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Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Hermetic Synthesis – extracts from Convivencia

September 21st, 2012

‘It is true! It is certain! It is the whole truth! That which is below is the same to that which is above and that which is above is the same to that which is below, in order that the wonders of the One shall be accomplished. As all things are accomplished out of the […]

Hermeticism – key to universal knowledge

September 17th, 2012

  Translation of Joost R. Ritman’s response to the laudatio delivered by prof. dr. Maria A. Schenkeveld-van der Dussen, chairwoman of the Arts Department of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, on being awarded the Academy’s Silver Medal on 13 May 2002. “Honourable chairman, governors, and members of the Academy, ladies and gentlemen; […]

Exhibition – Alchemy on the Amstel

September 13th, 2012

Alchemy on the Amstel: On Hermetic Medicine in the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic Exhibition in The Ritman Library 15 October 2012 – 17 May 2013 Prolonged until 20 September 2013! In the 17th century, many apothecaries not only sold pharmaceutical remedies made on the basis of medicinal plants but also alchemically produced medicines: the […]

Tentoonstelling – Alchemie aan de Amstel

September 13th, 2012

Alchemie aan de Amstel: Over Hermetische Geneeskunst in de Gouden Eeuw Tentoonstelling in The Ritman Library van 15 oktober 2012 tot en met 17 mei 2013 In de 17e eeuw werden door veel apothekers naast medicijnen op basis van geneeskrachtige planten ook geneesmiddelen aangeboden die op alchemistische wijze waren verkregen: de zogenaamde iatrochemische medicijnen. Apothekers […]

A word of thanks: to the living future

September 10th, 2012

  On Friday 16 December 2011 the Ritman Library re-opened its doors after having been closed for a year. On this occasion Joost Ritman, the founder of the library, explained: ‘The library is like a ship in a storm, we have always tried to steer it to a safe and vital haven’. Before the library […]

Jean Mallinger, Les secrets esotériques dans Plutarque, Paris and Brussels, 1946

September 9th, 2012

The Ritman Library recently acquired the first – and only, according to Worldcat – edition of Les secrets esotériques dans Plutarque by Jean Mallinger (1904-1982), who was ‘Avocat près la cour d’appel de Bruxelles’, lawyer at the Court of Appeal in Brussels, as appears from the cover of this and another work by him which came out that same […]

Western Esotericism. A guide for the Perplexed. Wouter J. Hanegraaff

September 8th, 2012

Western esotericism has been a pervasive presence in Western culture from late antiquity to the present day, but until recently it was largely ignored by scholars and surrounded by misconceptions and prejudice. This accessible guide provides readers with the basic knowledge and tools that will allow them to find their way in this bewildering but […]

René Guénon, Founder of the ‘Traditional School’

September 7th, 2012

The BPH recently managed to acquire some fifteen works by René Guénon to add to its collection of works by this French occultist. Among these works, which were written in the years 1909-1947, is an almost complete run of a periodical edited by Guénon, La Gnose (1909-1912). Guénon also published his first work in La […]

An extremely rare Amsterdam edition

September 6th, 2012

Julius Sperber, Kabalisticae praecationes, das ist ausserlesene schöne Gebet, aus des Autoris lateinischem Exemplar ins Teutsche versetzt. Amsterdam, ‘für gute Freunde’ [s.n.], 1707 Although Julius Sperber (ca. 1540-1616) wrote works with a theological and mystical slant he was not a professional theologian: he acted as physician and counsellor to the court of Christian von Anhalt […]

A beautiful alchemical picture book

September 5th, 2012

Jörg Völlnagel, Alchemie. Die königliche Kunst. München, Hirmer, 2012. The library recently acquired Vollnägel’s work on the royal art of alchemy, published by Hirmer Verlag. It is a beautiful and colourful book taking the reader on a journey through the Royal Art of Alchemy and its visual treasures. In the book you will find explanations […]