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Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Ritman Library one year after reopening

December 19th, 2012

The Ritman Library one year after reopening Exactly twelve months after the festive reopening of The Ritman Library we are looking back with great satisfaction to a very dynamic and productive year in which we were able to launch a great many new projects. To ensure the continuity of the BPH as a scholarly research […]

Special Event – Alchemy on the Amstel – 19 november 2012

December 19th, 2012

Alchemy on the Amstel meets Leyden’s Luxuriance and the Bibliotheca Pharmacia. On 19 November some 65 people attended an afternoon devoted to 3 related exhibitions currently showing in Leiden and in Amsterdam. Ritman Library director & librarian Esther Oosterwijk-Ritman, who introduced the afternoon’s speakers, emphasized what she said in her preface to Alchemy on the […]

A look behind the logo of Alchemy on the Amstel

December 18th, 2012

The logo of Alchemy on the Amstel comes from a manuscript called the Tractatus artis notoriae et expositiones eius quas Apollonius flores aureos appellavit, and it’s magic! Although the manuscript was written in the middle of the 17th century, the work itself is one of the pseudo-Solomonic magical works that can roughly be dated to […]

Gustav Meyrink and the Rosicrucians

December 17th, 2012

Rosicrucian imagery in Der weiße Dominikaner and Der Engel vom westlichen Fenster „Ich breite die Arme aus“ Der weiße Dominikaner „Breite die Arme aus, Aufrechtstehender!“ Ich breitete die Arme waagrecht. Der Engel vom westlichen Fenster   Erwin Tintner’s cover illustration for Der weiße Dominikaner (1921) In 1890 a significant turn of events changed the life […]

Amsterdam was a centre of magic and mysticism

December 17th, 2012

Henk Schutten Translation of an article which appeared in Het Parool, 6 December 2008 The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica devotes an exhibition to the author Gustav Meyrink Chidr, a mysterious personage with a green visage, plays a major role in Gustav Meyrink’s novel The Green face. Those who encounter Chidr with a flaming cross on his […]

Chotverdori aschubliv

December 17th, 2012

Erik van den Berg © De Volkskrant (translation of an article which appeared on 23 January 2009) Profile: Gustav Meyrink The novels The Golem and The Green Face made Gustav Meyrink famous. Eventually his readers and critics lost interest in the author. An exhibition throws light on his esoteric side. A heavyweight from the world […]

Alchemy on the Amstel in the press

December 13th, 2012

De Echo, 28 November 2012 Translation of an article by Hans Tulleners which earlier appeared in De Echo, a local Dutch newspaper. Some libraries – the chronicler has been taking a close look at yet another library – come into existence in rather special ways. Take the story of businessman Joost Ritman, whose parents ran […]

Adam McLean about Alchemy on the Amstel

December 13th, 2012

We are very happy to post Adam McLean’s first blog, on the Alchemy on the Amstel exhibition currently showing in the library. Adam McLean, who really needs no introduction (and if he does, let us direct you to his website www.alchemywebsite.com/adam.html) will be posting blogs regulaly on topics related to the BPH’s collections of alchemical and hermetic literature. […]