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Paul Ferguson

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Hardly new, but I thought I would mention it here as its alchemical significance may have been overlooked:

A Rosicrucian Utopia in Eighteenth-Century Russia: The Masonic Circle of N.I. Novikov.

"The author undertakes an investigation into the history of Russian Freemasonry that has not been attempted previously. Her premise is that the Russian Enlightenment shows peculiar features, which prevent the application of the interpretative framework commonly used for the history of western thought. The author deals with the development of early Russian masonry, the formation of the Novikov circle in Moscow, the 'programme' of Rosicrucianism and the character of its Russian variant and, finally, the clash between the Rosicrucians and the State. The author concludes that the defenders of the Ancien RĂ©gime were not wrong. In fact the democratic behaviour, the critical attitude,the practice of participation, the freedom of thought, the tolerance for the diversity, the search for a direct communication with the divinity, in short all the attitudes and behaviours first practiced inside the eighteenth century Rosicrucian lodges constituted a cultural experience which spread throughout the entire society. Novikov's imprisonment in 1792 and the war against the Rosicrucian literature were attempts to thwart a culture, based on the independence of thought that was taking root inside the very establishment, representing a menace to its stability."

Novikov [portrait below: is that the Lion's Paw he's about to administer?] was a publisher, bookseller and printer whose huge collection of alchemical books was confiscated by the Moscow censor.

Novikov was an associate of Ivan Vladimirovich Lopukhin, some of whose works are available in English here:

Lopukhin published several alchemical works through his IV Lopukhin Free Press.

More about him here:

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