Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica: named after Hermes TrismegistusDecember 21, 2014
Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica: named after Hermes Trismegistus
The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica is named after Hermes Trismegistus, the oriental sage to whom astrological, alchemical, magical, medical, philosophical and religious works were attributed. Not only does the library collect Hermetic works and works belonging to the Hermetic tradition, its own publishing house In de Pelikaan also made it a policy to bring out editions of the major philosophical-Hermetic works in Dutch, with expert and insightful commentaries by two renowned Dutch scholars of Gnosis in Antiquity, Gilles Quispel and Roelof van den Broek. Other works dealing with Hermes Trismegistus brought out by In de Pelikaan are catalogues of exhibitions held in Amsterdam, Florence and Venice respectively; these are thorough studies of written and printed sources commissioned by the BPH.
The Corpus Hermeticum is included in an edition of 1503 in the exhibition “Master of Change: Images of Hermes Trismegistus” which opened on January 6th 2015. This edition also has the preface by translator Marsilio Ficino recounting the ‘genealogy of Hermes’. The Asclepius is on display in an ‘omnibus’ edition of 1505 which also contains the Corpus Hermeticum and the Crater Hermetis by the exuberant Hermetist Italian Ludovico Lazzarelli.
OUT OF PRINT, REPRINT BEING CONSIDERED