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The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus (Two volumes in slipcase) (Out of Print)

by Waite, Arthur Edward


Binding: Hardcover

Book ID: A50381, A50381


Paracelsus, Edited and translated by Arthur Edward Waite. The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus [Aureolus Philippus Theophrastus Bombast of Hohenheim, Called Paracelsus the Great], Now for the First Time Faithfully Translated Into English, Edited with a Biographical Preface, Elucidatory Notes, a Copious Hermetic Vocabulary and Index. Vol. I Hermetic Chemistry, Vol. II Hermetic Medicine and Hermetic Philosophy (Two Volume Set). New Hyde Park, NY: University Books, 1967. Limited Edition. Hardcovers. Small 4to. Two volumes in slipcase. Vol. 1: xxiv + 394 pp & Vol. 2: vi + 396 pp. Quarter grey cloth with red cloth boards, gilt title, etc. to spine, frontis. A facsimile set of the 1894 edition - limited to 1000 numbered copies - 500 copies for distribution in the US and 500 for distribution in the British Commonwealth. This set has matching numbers. Paracelsus (Phillipus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim: 1493 - 1541) was one of the first of the European alchemical writers to underline the link between chemical experiment and spiritual development, and is acknowledged both as a precursor of modern scientific medicine and chemistry and as a major figure in alchemical and esoteric thought. His work is said to have had a profound effect on Dr. John Dee and Francis Barrett, and more recently on the membership of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and kindred occult groups and individuals. The editor, Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942), was a major figure in the Victorian occult revival whose accomplishments included the introduction of the works of Eliphas Levi to the English-speaking world and the first English publication of many of the classics of alchemy. As the title suggests this edition collects Paracelsus' alchemical and hermetic writings, omitting his 'conventional' medical and scientific works. The text is translated from the Latin of the Geneva edition of 1658. Aside from editing and assembling the collection Waite also supplied the 'Short Lexicon of Alchemy' and undertook some of the translation, although most were apparently supplied by anonymous scholars. This is a facsimile reprint of the First English language edition of 1894. Spines slightly darkened, otherwise a lovely, clean near Fine set in a near-VG example of the original slipcase. (Slipcase a bit rubbed overall and starting to split at some of the folds). No dust jackets issued with this set.

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