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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 –

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 […]

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 […]