The Arabic Origin of Liber de compositione alchimiae
By Ahmad Y. al-Hassan
Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, Vol. 14 (2004)
Introduction: Liber de compositione alchimiae or the The Book of the Composition of Alchemy is believed to have been the first book on alchemy that was translated from Arabic into Latin. The translator was the Englishman Robert of Chester who was one of the earliest translators to flock to Spain to learn Arabic and to translate some of the Arabic works. He completed his translation on 11 February, 1144.