"Robert Fludd’s (1574–1637) Utriusque cosmic historia is a key work of mystical »Naturphilosophie« in the early modern era. It is an encyclopedia of all those theories excluded from the scientific canon due to their alleged superstition and irrationality. Fludd – medical scientist, astrologist, Kabbalist, mathematician and »Naturphilosoph« – develops a cosmology that depicts the influence of the stars on world events, as well as illustrating and describing in detail all the man-made arts and technologies during this period, which are explained in analogy with their celestial archetypes. – The many illustrations make this book the most beautiful encyclopedia of the early modern era."
Due out in February 2014. About 2000 euros.
"The magnificent first edition of Khunrath’s Amphitheatrum has always belonged to the rarest and most coveted books of Paracelsian theology, Christian Kabbalah, magic and alchemy. The reproductions of the artistically arranged texts and text images are preceded by a critical and historical study of Khunrath (ca. 1560–1605) as an important mystic of nature and the impact of his ›Amphitheatrum‹. The edition also provides a transcript and translation of the texts witin the images, an introduction to Khunrath’s iconographical program as well as an extensive bibliography of his works. These are succeeded by a complete reprint of the Hanau edition (1609), with its own unique augmentation and design, including illustrations of the engravings added since the Hamburg edition. The edition also contains a reprint of Johann Arndt’s ›Iudicium über die 4 Figuren‹ and a transcript of a mid-18th century German translation (based on the 1609 Hanau version), supplemented by a substantial introduction analyzing Khunrath’s theosophy within the context of 18th-century piety and enlightenment. A double concordance as well as a detailed name index complete the edition."
I don't know why or how this publisher announces books and assigns ISBN numbers years before they are actually available. Gilly et al.'s edition of the "Amphitheatrum sapientiae aeternae" has been advertised at least five years, but I hear that the project was abandoned. Granted, I heard this from Peter Forshaw, who is preparing a new edition for another publisher, and he now says Gilly's volume is about to come out.
Last edited on Thu Oct 3rd, 2013 03:29 pm by Tom Willard