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 Posted: Sat Mar 22nd, 2008 02:18 pm
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Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalog Thirty-Two: 

 

Alchemy

 

may now be viewed at:

 

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To view the catalog simply click on the link above.  If the link does not work direct from your email, please cut and paste it into your web browser.  If your web-browser shows an earlier catalog of ours at the above link (ie it is not 'refreshing' properly) a duplicate copy of our new catalog is on-line at: http://www.weiserantiquarian.com/catalogthirtytwo
 
Weiser Antiquarian Books is pleased to announce the release of the thirty-second of our on-line catalogs. This catalog is devoted to the subject of Alchemy, and is made up of five sections.  The first section features just one item, a charming nineteenth-century Italian Alchemical Manuscript containing translations into Italian of a work by Sendivogius, and two smaller texts. The second section lists a small selection of antiquarian and rare books, including a nicely bound set of William Law's edition of The Works of Jacob Behmen, The Teutonic Theosopher..., (1764-81), with magnificent hand-colored fold-outs, etc., a copy of The Dragon of the Alchemists, (1926) by Austin Osman Spare's friend and co-editor of Form magazine, Frederick Carter, and Dorothea Waley Singer's important three volume Catalogue of Latin and Vernacular Alchemical Manuscripts in Great Britain and Ireland (1928-1931). A particularly interesting association item is a copy of Treatise on the Great Art. A System of Physics According to Hermetic Philosophy and Theory and Practice of the Magisterium, 1898 signed by Edouard Blitz. A Martinist, and follower of Papus, Blitz was cited as the translator of the work, although it has been suggested with some authority that he may in fact have been its author. This particular copy has a fascinating multiple provenance, having been presented by Blitz to Leopold Engel (a prominent member of the Verband Deutscher Okkultisten and close associate of Theodor Reuss), and eventually finding its way into the library of John W. Hamilton-Jones, a well-known Freemason, Theosophist, and member of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (S.R.I.A.), who published a number of important translations of little-known alchemical and hermetic texts.

The third section of the catalog comprises a good selection of Used, Out-of-Print, & Unusual Alchemical Texts, some of which are surprisingly scarce. The fourth section describes a recent publication that has attracted considerable interest within Alchemical circles: The Great Alchemical Work of Eirenaeus Philalethes, Nicholas Flamel and Basil Valentine by Rubellus Petrinus, whilst the fifth section offers a group of books, each of which is priced at twenty-five dollars or less. Despite their lowish prices, a number of these are quite important works, and worthy of serious consideration.

As usual we have a number of other catalogs in preparation. At present we are not sure in what sequence they'll appear, but they include: Spiritualism (Part II) , Rosicrucianism, and Magick and Hermetica . Future catalogs will be devoted to The Occult Review, Astrology, Mythology, TheosophyGrimoires, and other of our specialties. Of course we will also continue to regularly issue our special Aleister Crowley catalogs.


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