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BPH in the Press

Books are constantly in dialogue with each other in the Embassy of the Free Mind

March 23rd, 2017

Translation from an article in the Dutch Speakers Academy 2017 magazine. BIBLIOTHECA PHILOSOPHICA HERMETICA Books are constantly in dialogue with each other in the Embassy of the Free Mind The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, The Ritman Library for short, was once described by the Dutch man of letters and political scientist Aad Nuis (†2007) as a house of […]

Recently premiered! The Ritman Library Documentary by Artoldo

March 23rd, 2017

We are very proud to present you… a documentary about our library! Sara Ferro and Chris Weil from Artoldo Pictures visited the library in the spring of 2016, a little before we moved out of the building on Bloemstraat. Their documentary provides a really unique view inside our previous location and the library there. The […]

International Articles: Dan Brown donates €300,000 to digitise mystical books that inspired him

June 18th, 2016

Dan Brown donates €300,000 to digitise mystical books that inspired him. Article in The Guardian by Allison Flood, 17-06-2016 Da Vinci Code author gives money to help the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in Amsterdam make collection available online to ‘people around the world’ Dan Brown, whose hero Robert Langdon is able to crack ancient codes with […]

Dutch Articles: Dan Brown donates to Amsterdam library

June 16th, 2016

SOURCE: NRC.NL by Claudia Kammer (english translation) Thriller writer Dan Brown drew inspiration for several of his books there. The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica is now rewarded with a gift of 300,000 Euros. Amsterdam, 16 June 2016 at 10:40 The American author Dan Brown donates 300,000 Euros to the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in Amsterdam. The writer is […]

The Ritman Library on Tripadvisor

June 3rd, 2015

The Ritman Library on Tripadvisor In the last few years, The Ritman Library’s Hermetic Holiday Trip Advisors have been suggesting alchemical or hermetic destinations to you (and will continue to do so in the future); now The Ritman Library itself has become the focus of a Trip Advisor post! We received a wonderful review by […]

GNOSTIKA: Göttliche Weisheit – Göttliche Natur

March 3rd, 2015

ROSENKREUZER-Themen stehen auf unseren heutigen GNOSTIKA-Rundgang im Fordergrund. Das wundert nicht, denn 2014 jährt sich zum 400ten Mal die Wiederkehr des Erscheinens der ersten Rosenkreuzermanifeste. 1614-1616 tauchten Schlag auf Schlag die Fama Fraternitatis, die Confessio Fraternitatis sowie die Chymische Hochzeit wie aus dem Nichts auf und sorgten für Furore und eine Flut an Bekennerschriften und […]

Ritman family treats the neighbourhood to a fabulous display, 15 Years of Fireworks on Amsterdam’s Bloemgracht

December 16th, 2014

Ritman family treats the neighbourhood to a fabulous display, 15 Years of Fireworks on Amsterdam’s Bloemgracht This New Year’s Eve the bridge at the junction of Bloemgracht and Prinsengracht is again the scene of a thunderous, spectacular and by now traditional fireworks show, Joost Ritman’s annual treat to the neighbourhood. Ritman (1941) was born in […]

Rosicrucian quadricentenary at the BPH – Heterodoxology.com

November 21st, 2014

The anniversary publication “Divine Wisdom Divine Nature” brought out by the Ritman Library to celebrate four hundred years of Rosicrucian Manifestoes was recently discussed by Egil Asprem on his excellent Heterodoxology blog. Rosicrucian quadricentennary at the BPH This spring marked four hundred years since the publication of the first Rosicrucian manifesto, and as I have […]

A Rich Collection of Works On The Egyptian Humanistic Tradition

March 21st, 2014

The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in Amsterdam: a Rich Collection of Works on The Egyptian Humanistic Tradition by Rachad Mounir Shoucri The following article appeared in Watani International on February 23rd, 2003. The BPH The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (BPH) was founded in 1957 by Joost R. Ritman in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) with the aim of documenting the […]

The Ritman Library live in ‘Streets of Amsterdam’

February 27th, 2013

  Lights, camera, action – welcome to The Ritman Library! On Thursday 7 February 2013 ‘Straten van Amsterdam’ (Streets of Amsterdam), a television programme broadcast by the Amsterdam broadcasting company AT5, visited the Bloemstraat and The Ritman Library. Anchorwoman Gülden Ilmaz talked to Joost and Esther Ritman in a fascinating journey of discovery through the […]