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Komt u ook onze tentoonstelling bezoeken tijdens het festival Oer ‘t Dok te Harlingen?

June 4th, 2017

        Tentoonstelling Hermetisch Open     WIJ NODIGEN U UIT VOOR Met trots nodigen wij u uit voor onze panelententoonstelling ‘Hermetisch Open’ tijdens het OER ‘t DOK festival in het Entrepot Gebouw aan de haven in Harlingen van 9 t/m 18 juni. In de tentoonstelling worden een aantal unieke afbeeldingen uitvergroot op panelen getoond en kan men via video’s en […]

The Ritman Library Newsletter

May 12th, 2017

        The Ritman Library Newsletter       THE RITMAN LIBRARY DOCUMENTARY     We are very proud to present to you… a documentary about our library! Sara Ferro and Chris Weil of Artoldo Pictures visited the library in the spring of 2016, not long before we moved out of the building on Bloemstraat. Their documentary offers a really […]

The Ritman Library Newsletter

December 4th, 2016

  The Ritman Library Newsletter THE RITMAN LIBRARY IS TRAVELLING The next location of our travelling exhibition ‘Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature’  or ‘Isteni bölcsesség – Isteni természet’ will be the National Library in Budapest from 18 February to 27 April in 2017! We are working on the preparations and the translation of the Hungarian […]

Happy Hermetic Holidays! Enjoy 25% discount in our webshop ✨✨

November 5th, 2016

✨✨ The Ritman Library Newsletter INFINITE FIRE INTERVIEW – CARL GUSTAV JUNG An open dialogue where 3 scholars from different backgrounds (a historian of alchemy, a historian of psychotherapy and a Jungian analyst) discussed and explored alchemy and Jung, from the perspectives of intellectual and cultural history, as well as psychological practice. A new Infinite […]

The Ritman Library Newsletter

October 18th, 2016

  The Ritman Library Newsletter DIVINE WISDOM – DIVINE NATURE IN POLAND Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature in Kraków, Poland!The exhibition Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature. The Visual Language of the Rosicrucians in the 17th Century will open in the Collegium Maius of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, on 3 October 2016. Dating back […]

Newsletter The Ritman Library

August 19th, 2016

INTRODUCING THE EMBASSY OF THE FREE MIND VIDEO: The Ritman Library and the Embassy of the Free Mind WATCH THE VIDEO THE EMBASSY OF THE FREE MIND The Embassy of the Free Mind in the House with the Heads will be a platform for free and contrarian thought. The Embassy offers room for exhibitions, tours, […]

Author Dan Brown donates to digitize ancient texts

August 12th, 2016

  Author Dan Brown donates to digitize ancient texts INTRODUCTION VIDEO WATCH THE VIDEO AUTHOR DAN BROWN DONATES TO DIGITIZE ANCIENT TEXTS Novelist Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) has donated € 300,000 to the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica to digitize and preserve part of its priceless collection, including Hermetica, alchemy, mysticism, Rosicrucians and Kabbala.Thanks to […]

The Ritman Library Newsletter

November 8th, 2015

  THE RITMAN LIBRARY NEWSLETTER View this email in your browser EXHIBITION ‘DIVINE WISDOM – DIVINE NATURE’ in AMSTERDAM OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION The opening of our new exhibition ‘Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature’ on 11 September 2015 was a very lively afternoon, dedicated to a special moment in time: 400 years of the Rosicrucian […]

Upcoming Events The Ritman Library

September 15th, 2015

  UPCOMING EVENTS THE RITMAN LIBRARY Dear friends of The Ritman Library, we are organizing the following events in the coming months. You are all invited to participate, book your tickets We hope to see you soon! For those who are not able to attend, we will keep you posted with blogs, photos and videos via our social […]

Newsletter – 9 May 2015

May 9th, 2015

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 04/2015 – 9 May 2015  – – – PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED ON ASCENSION DAY, THURSDAY 14 MAY – – – EVENTS CALENDAR MORGENROTE IM AUFGANG A tribute to Jacob Böhme The work and person of the seventeenth-century German mystic Jacob Böhme continues to fascinate and has now inspired a feature film […]

Newsletter – 2 April 2015

April 2nd, 2015

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 03/2015 – 2 April 2015 – – – PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED ON 3 APRIL and 5 and 14 MAY – – – BLOG DIVINE WISDOM TO INSPIRE INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETY Book presentation by Hans Siepel Hans Siepel (1958) studied political science and held several communication positions in the course of his […]

Newsletter – 6 March 2015

March 7th, 2015

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 02/2015 – 6 March 2015 – – – PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED ON FRIDAY 3 APRIL – – – BLOG ‘IL PENSEROSO’ by Joanna Gardner WHERE MORE IS MEANT: ALCHEMICAL IMAGERY IN MILTON’S “IL PENSEROSO” by Joanna Gardner On the surface, John Milton’s poem “Il Penseroso” seems to […]

Newsletter – 29 January 2015

January 31st, 2015

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 01/2015 – 29 January 2015  COMING UP DIVINE WISDOM – DIVINE NATURE in Amsterdam 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 […]

Newsletter – 24 December 2014

January 5th, 2015

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 12/2014 – 24 December 2014 NEW EXHIBITION MASTER OF CHANGE Images of Hermes Trismegistus The new exhibition opening in The Ritman Library on January 6th 2015 presents the iconography as it has developed around Hermes Trismegistus and the attributes that can be associated with him, such as the armillary sphere, […]

Newsletter – 27 November 2014

November 27th, 2014

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 11/2014 – 27 November 2014  EXHIBITION WORLDS OF WISDOM will end on 12 December Our current exhibition “Worlds of Wisdom. An Encounter between Eastern and Western Wisdom” will end on 12 December. Among the works currently on show are the Hindu Bhagavad Gita in a splendid decorated manuscript on parchment, a […]

Newsletter – 01 November 2014

November 10th, 2014

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 10/2014 – 1 November 2014 NEW ON FACEBOOK THE ALCHEMICAL HANDBOOK of Ulrich Ruosch Ulrich Ruosch (1628-1698) was a Paracelsian surgeon from Appenzell in Switzerland who produced a beautiful manual which captures the world of 17th-century alchemy, rife as it is with meaningful connections between the planets and the metals […]

Newsletter – 03 October 2014

October 3rd, 2014

    INFINITE FIRE INTERVIEW – I THE MULTIPERSONA FERNANDO PESSOA Jeronimo Pizzaro, Marco Pasi and Esther Ritman We are proud to present to you the first instalment of the Infinite Fire Interview Series, interviews that are conducted in a spirit ofopen dialogue between the interviewer and the interviewee(s). This first episode features library director Esther Ritman […]

Newsletter – 31 August 2014

September 1st, 2014

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 8/2014 – 31 August 2014 NEW PUBLICATION  DIVINE WISDOM – DIVINE NATURE | GÖTTLICHE WEISHEIT – GÖTTLICHE NATUR The Message of the Rosicrucian Manifestoes in the Visual Language of the Seventeenth Century The Ritman Library is bringing out a lavishly illustrated work in German and in English to celebrate the fourth centenary of […]

Newsletter – 02 August 2014

August 3rd, 2014

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 7/2014 – 02 August 2014 INFINITE FIRE WEBINAR IX ARTHUR EDWARD WAITE by Marco Pasi  This is the ninth and final episode of the first Infinite Fire webinar series that we prepared in collaboration with the Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (HHP). In this webinar, […]

Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature. The Message of the Rosicrucian Manifestoes in the visual language of the 17th century

July 11th, 2014

EXHIBITION This travelling anniversary exhibition of the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica to celebrate the fourth centenary of the Rosicrucian Manifestoes examines the visual imagery that can be associated with the Rosicrucian movement. Never before was such complex imagery used to explore the relationship between God, Nature and Man. In this anniversary year, 400 years after the publication […]

Exhibition – ‘Worlds of Wisdom: an Encounter between Eastern and Western Wisdom’

July 3rd, 2014

‘East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet’, is the first and often quoted line from Rudyard Kipling’s The Ballad of East and West (1889), which is too often explained as pointing to the irreconcilable differences existing between the East and the West. In doing so, however, the last two lines of […]

Newsletter – 29 May 2014

May 30th, 2014

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 05/2014 – 29 May 2014   NEW WEBINAR MARCO PASI Infinite Fire Webinar VIII (PART II)   Now online! A new Infinite Fire Webinar, by Dr. Marco Pasi. This webinar focusses on the Theosophical Movement, which was founded in the late 19th century. The word Theosophy relates to ‘Wisdom concerning God or things divine’. Watch […]

Newsletter – 24 April 2014

April 24th, 2014

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 04/2014 – 24 April 2014  IN DE PELIKAAN BOOKSHOP EXHIBITION CATALOGUE Beauty as the Imprint of the Cosmos   Just arrived! The exhibition catalogue of our current exhibition ‘Beauty as the Imprint of the Cosmos’, with an introduction by dr. Marco Pasi of the HHP in Amsterdam. The catalogue is for sale […]

Newsletter – 28 March 2014

April 7th, 2014

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 03/2014 – 28 March 2014 RECENT ACQUISITION ROBERT FLUDD Donation of complete works On 17 March 2014 Jons and Els Hensel offered the complete works of Robert Fludd to the board of the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica Foundation as a donation to the library. Robert Fludd was perhaps the most outstanding […]

Newsletter – 27 February 2014

March 5th, 2014

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 02/2014 – 27 February 2014 BE A VOLUNTEER! WRITING FOR THE RITMAN LIBRARY Facebook Contribute to our Facebook page and write Hermetic Holidays,  Hermetic Reads, Interesting Events, and Brief Biographies posts. If you are interested in reading and writing about Hermetic topics, let us know and send an email to,    including a short introduction about yourself and be welcome to join our volunteer team! Read more… […]

Newsletter – 23 January 2014

January 23rd, 2014

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 01/2014 – 23 January 2014 BLOG DAN BROWN VISITS THE RITMAN LIBRARY 7 January 2014 The New Year opened for The Ritman Library in a special way with a visit by Dan Brown, celebrated author of Inferno (to name only the most recent one of his bestsellers). Dan Brown greatly […]

Dan Brown visits The Ritman Library

January 15th, 2014

DAN BROWN VISITS THE RITMAN LIBRARY The New Year opened for The Ritman Library in a special way with a visit by Dan Brown, celebrated author of Inferno (to name only the most recent one of his bestsellers). Dan Brown greatly appreciated coming face to face with the primary sources of the Hermetic tradition as […]

Newsletter – 14 November 2013

November 19th, 2013

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 13/2013 – 14 November 2013     PARTNERSHIP THE CENTER FOR HISTORY OF HERMETIC PHILOSOPHY AND RELATED CURRENTS University of Amsterdam The HHP is project partner of the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, the Hermetically Open Project – Hermetic Amsterdam is a track developed by the two institutes in which academic education and the library’s sources […]

A lucky hit?

October 18th, 2013

A few months ago the BPH acquired a number of anthroposophical works dating from the 1920s and 1930s. The collection not only consists of books, but also includes an admittance ticket to one of Rudolf Steiner’s mystery plays, Hüter der Schwelle. The name on the printed ticket, showing the Rosicrucian symbol designed by Steiner himself, […]

Morgen-Glantz. Zeitschrift der Christian Knorr von Rosenroth-Gesellschaft.

October 12th, 2013

Morgen-Glantz. Zeitschrift der Christian Knorr von Rosenroth-Gesellschaft. Vol. 23 (2013), 366 pp. Ever heard of the Christian Knorr von Rosenroth Society? Now is your chance! This German Society brings out a periodica once a year with articles (all in German) covering many more subjects and persons than Knorr von Rosenroth (1636-1689) and his famous Kabbala […]

Newsletter – 10 October 2013

October 10th, 2013

      The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 12/2013 – 10 October 2013         BLOG ENCHANTED MODERNITIES SOME THOUGHT-FORMS ON THE METAPHYSICAL IN ART by Eline Bochem From September 25th – 27th the international scholarly conference Enchanted Modernities – Theosophy, Modernism & the Arts took place in Amsterdam, bringing together more than 150 bright minds working in […]

Hermetic Reads

September 28th, 2013

Hermetic Holiday Tips

September 28th, 2013

Pearls of Wisdom

September 28th, 2013

Newsletter – 12 September 2013

September 12th, 2013

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 11/2013 – 12 September 2013     INFINITE FIRE WEBINAR VI THE THEOSOPHICAL SYSTEM BY JACOB BOEHME by Wouter J. Hanegraaff This webinar focuses exclusively on perhaps the greatest of the Christian theosophers: Jacob Boehme. As will be seen, he exemplifies a potent combination of all three ways of knowing […]

On Facebook

August 30th, 2013

Newsletter – 15 August 2013

August 15th, 2013

  The Ritman Library Newsletter no. 10/2013 – 15 AUGUST 2013     NEW HERMETIC HOLIDAYS! travel tips? As of the middle of July we have been posting Hermetic Holidays tips for our Facebook followers, taking them to places of Hermetic, alchemical or generally esoteric interest. So far we’ve been to places in Greece, Italy, the […]

Visiting the Ritman Library

January 18th, 2013

by Carla Henkel Looking out from the first floor reading room of the Ritman Library, you’ll spot a pelican perched on the facade of the building across the street. The image of a pelican nourishing its young from the blood of its breast can be used by alchemists to illustrate ideas related to sacrifice and […]

Jean Mallinger, Les secrets esotériques dans Plutarque, Paris and Brussels, 1946

September 9th, 2012

The Ritman Library recently acquired the first – and only, according to Worldcat – edition of Les secrets esotériques dans Plutarque by Jean Mallinger (1904-1982), who was ‘Avocat près la cour d’appel de Bruxelles’, lawyer at the Court of Appeal in Brussels, as appears from the cover of this and another work by him which came out that same […]

Western Esotericism. A guide for the Perplexed. Wouter J. Hanegraaff

September 8th, 2012

Western esotericism has been a pervasive presence in Western culture from late antiquity to the present day, but until recently it was largely ignored by scholars and surrounded by misconceptions and prejudice. This accessible guide provides readers with the basic knowledge and tools that will allow them to find their way in this bewildering but […]

René Guénon, Founder of the ‘Traditional School’

September 7th, 2012

The BPH recently managed to acquire some fifteen works by René Guénon to add to its collection of works by this French occultist. Among these works, which were written in the years 1909-1947, is an almost complete run of a periodical edited by Guénon, La Gnose (1909-1912). Guénon also published his first work in La […]

An extremely rare Amsterdam edition

September 6th, 2012

Julius Sperber, Kabalisticae praecationes, das ist ausserlesene schöne Gebet, aus des Autoris lateinischem Exemplar ins Teutsche versetzt. Amsterdam, ‘für gute Freunde’ [s.n.], 1707 Although Julius Sperber (ca. 1540-1616) wrote works with a theological and mystical slant he was not a professional theologian: he acted as physician and counsellor to the court of Christian von Anhalt […]

A beautiful alchemical picture book

September 5th, 2012

Jörg Völlnagel, Alchemie. Die königliche Kunst. München, Hirmer, 2012. The library recently acquired Vollnägel’s work on the royal art of alchemy, published by Hirmer Verlag. It is a beautiful and colourful book taking the reader on a journey through the Royal Art of Alchemy and its visual treasures. In the book you will find explanations […]

Hermetica – Key to Universal Knowledge

December 21st, 2011

Translation of Joost R. Ritman’s response to the laudatio delivered by prof. dr. Maria A. Schenkeveld-van der Dussen, chairwoman of the Arts Department of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, on being awarded the Academy’s Silver Medal on 13 May 2002. Honourable chairman, governors, and members of the Academy, ladies and gentlemen, ‘He who knows […]

Exhibition ‘Infinite Fire’

December 19th, 2011

  From the beginning of the Christian era, the Christian-Hermetic body of thought collected by the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica has played a role in the West alongside the institutionalized religions, encouraging man to explore the secrets of nature and his place within creation, thereby attaining knowledge of God and himself. As an ‘unofficial religion’, followers […]