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Tom Willard
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I have been trying to find a source for the famous illustration of the Rebis (the conjunction of solar and lunar principles) found in the "Azoth, Sive Aureliae Occultae Philosophorum" of Georgius Beatus (Georg Seliger) published by Johann Bringer in Frankfurt, 1613, and reprinted in volume 4 of the "Theatrum Chemicum," 1613 and 1661. The image itself has been often reproduced--for example, in the "Opus Medico-Chymicus" of Daniel Mylius (1618). But it seems quite different from earlier images of the Rebis such as the one near the end of the "Rosarium Philosophorum" of 1650 ( the "perfectionis ostensio").

Beatus/Seliger seems to present his work in the tradition of Basil Valentin, but I have found no precedent there, only a vague precedent in his eleventh Key.

I would welcome any suggestions.

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Tom Willard
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Incidentally, the famous illustration appears beneath the caption "Materia Prima" and above an allegorical speech by the dragon on which the Rebis stands.




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