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Newsletter – 29 January 2015

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The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 01/2015 – 29 January 2015 



Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature is the catalogue accompanying a series of exhibitions to celebrate four hundred years of Rosicrucian Manifestoes. In the words of Egil Asprem: ‘… how does the BPH mark the Rosicrucian quadricentenary? By putting on a show, and taking it on tour. (…) The focus of the exhibition is something that the BPH does particularly well: the visual culture and imagery of Rosicrucianism in the 17th century. On display are engravings appearing in the works of Heinrich Khunrath, Daniel Mögling, Stephan Michelspacher, Robert Fludd and Michael Maier, most of which are thought to have been engraved by the celebrated artist Matthäus Merian the Elder’. Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature is also available in German. The BPH will host its own Rosicrucian anniversary exhibition in Amsterdam in the autumn of this year. Read more
A video of the Fireworks Display during New Year’s Eve 2015 presented by The Ritman Library on the bridge Prinsengracht – Bloemgracht in Amsterdam, with over 10,000 people watching the show. “This time the motto of the show is Back to the Source of the Light. Ritman likes to refer to his fireworks using metaphors of light, sacred fire, creation and not forgetting the big bang preceding it. The inspiration for the themes is always found in Ritman’s library, which he sometimes affectionately refers to as a ‘House of Living Books’ and a ‘Centre for Unconventional Thought’. The idea for his life’s work was born when he his mother gave him a 17th-century copy of Aurora, a work by the German mystic Jacob Böhme, for his 23rd birthday.” (from an article in Jordaan & Gouden Reaal) Watch the video
The Ritman Library is looking for volunteers for a specific library task: adding the Unique Book Numbers in the catalogue records to the corresponding books on the shelves. Requirements: the ability to read book titles in German, French, English (and Dutch) coupled with a high degree of accuracy. Volunteers who can read German gothic script can also turn their hand to pre-1800 printed books. Anyone who can spare at least two hours a week is welcome! You will work with one of the library’s curators and become acquainted not only with the library’s books but also with the readers consulting them. We offer you a friendly and rewarding environment. Your help will ensure that all books will be easily identifiable in future and you will thus contribute to making The Ritman Library even more Hermetically Open! Send an email
To mark 25 years of publishing Hermetic source texts and exhibition catalogues, we offer copies of the titles above at a special exhibition discount of 20 %. The discount will be calculated automatically. 

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