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Author Archives: BPH

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 […]

Colloquium Convivencia. L’Art de Vivre Ensemble

September 2nd, 2012

            The Ritman Library is pleased to announce its patronage for the Colloquium Convivencia. L’Art de Vivre Ensemble; Christianisme Cathare, Soufisme, Kabbale, Psychologie de la Religion, Hermétisme 12 and 13 September 2012 de 14 à 18h Salle Osète – 6, rue du Lieutenant-Colonel Pélissier – Toulouse On 12 and 13 […]

Sabarthez, Cradle of Humanity

September 2nd, 2012

            The Ritman Library is pleased to announce its patronage for the manifestation: Sabarthez, Cradle of Humanity. Exhibition and conferences Tarascon-sur-Ariège, 7-20 September Modern science has demonstrated that there are significant parallels between the laws governing the universe and the laws ruling the world, mankind, and even the atom. In […]

Project Hermetically Open

September 2nd, 2012

  The Ritman Library: House of Living Books Who am I? Why am I here? What is the source of existence? Answering these ‘big’ questions will probably take a lifetime, though they are central to our lives. The Hermetically Open Project is based on an open and living tradition. In 1957, Joost R. Ritman decided […]

The resurrection of a library

December 28th, 2011

Article by Claudia Kammer – PHILOSOPHY. The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica long risked being dispersed. Now, the widely acclaimed collection of Joost Ritman is once again accessible. ‘This is an embassy of the free spirit’. The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in Amsterdam has two bronze busts representing Cosimo de’ Medici and his grandson Lorenzo. They were fifteenth-century […]