Bacstrom, Sigismond (ca. 1750–1805)
Physician who was also an alchemist and a Rosicrucian. Believed
to be of Scandinavian origin, he spent some time as a
ship’s surgeon. While visiting the island of Mauritius, he met
the mysterious occultist and alchemist Comte Louis de Chazel,
who initiated him into a Societas Rosae Crucis. De Chazel
owned an extensive library of occult and mystical works and a
well-equipped laboratory for astronomical observations and alchemical
experiments. He informed Bacstrom that he had succeeded
in making the philosophers’ stone and demonstrated
the transmutation of quicksilver into gold. Subsequently Bacstrom
lived in London and had discussions with other individuals
interested in hermetic subjects. He translated a number of
treatises on alchemy from German, French, and Latin into English,
adding his own commentaries. His manuscript Essay on
Alchemy was published in a limited edition under the title Bacstrom’s
Alchemical Anthology, edited by J. W. Hamilton-Jones
(1960).