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Conference 18 February 2017 – A Hermetic Reformation. The silent language of Alchemy, Magic, Christian Kabbalah and Rosicrucians

February 5th, 2017

A Hermetic Reformation. The silent language of Alchemy, Magic, Christian Kabbalah and Rosicrucians The conference A Hermetic Reformation was held to mark the opening of The Ritman Library’s travelling exhibition ‘Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature. The Message of the Rosicrucian Manifestoes in the Visual Language of the Seventeenth Century’ on 18 February 2017 in the National Széchényi […]

The Relevance of Spinoza’s Political Philosophy Today

December 3rd, 2016

Spinoza, being a prime exponent of the Embassy of the Free Mind with his thoughts on freedom of conscience and freedom to philosophise, will be a key figure in the House with the Heads when it opens. Chaired by Karianne Marx and introduced by Peter Paul van Loon, the Amsterdamse Spinoza Kring held its ninth […]

‘Paradise is Green’: Tradition & Modernity in Ets Haim

December 3rd, 2016

On Thursday 24 November, the Menasseh ben Israel Institute and the Jewish Historical Museum organized a symposium to celebrate the fact that Portuguese Jews who had settled in Amsterdam to escape oppression in their native country founded a Talmud Torah school and the Ets Haim Library in their new homeland, in 1616. The director of […]

The Homeospagyria Paracelso Award SEP 2016

November 4th, 2016

The Ritman Library received the Paracelsus Award from the hands of Dr. Juan Carlos Avilés, director of Heliosar Spagyrica during the VI National Symposium on HomeoSpagyria in Madrid. The award was created in 2014 to honour the achievement of individuals or institutions that contribute or have contributed to the retrieval, in the West, of traditional knowledge […]

Exhibition ‘Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature’ in Kraków, Poland OCT 2016

October 1st, 2016

Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature in Kraków, Poland The exhibition Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature. The Visual Language of the Rosicrucians in the 17th Century opened in the Collegium Maius of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, on 3 October 2016. Dating back to the 14th century, the Collegium Maius is the Jagiellonian University’s oldest and […]

Infinite Fire Interview on Jung & Alchemy – Sonu Shamdasani, Peter Forshaw & Hans van den Hooff

June 28th, 2016

Infinite Fire Interview on Jung & Alchemy – Sonu Shamdasani, Peter Forshaw & Hans van den Hooff This interview is part of the Infinite Fire Interview Series characterized by an open dialogue between the host and the conversation partners. The seed idea of this interview came about in an informal conversation between Esther Ritman and Punita Miranda when […]

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 […]

Author Dan Brown donates to digitize ancient texts

June 16th, 2016

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 Brown’s donation, the public will be able to access the core collection of […]

A tribute to Gilles Quispel: Symposion ‘God is Geestig’ – Amsterdam MAY 2016

April 15th, 2016

  Pre-order the book Hermetische Geschriften               SYMPOSION ‘GOD IS GEESTIG’ Gilles Quispel (30 mei 1916 – 2 maart 2006): pionier van de Gnosis van het Hart ORGANISATIE: The Ritman Library, Stichting Rozenkruis en Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and related currents DATUM: Zaterdag 14 mei 2016, 10:00 – 16:30 […]

Symposium ‘The Greatness of the Human Mind’ – London MAY 2016

April 15th, 2016

  ORGANISATION: The Ritman Library (Amsterdam) & Rosycross Foundation DATE: May 28th 2016 from 10:30 – 16:00 VENUE: Nuffield Hall, 27 Sussex Place, London NW1 4RG, UK COSTS: £ 25,00 ENTRY: is by prior online registration only: The upcoming symposium will consider the depths and the unprecedented possibilities of the human mind, from a spiritual point of view. What […]

The Ritman Library will move to the House with the Heads

February 23rd, 2016

VISITORS In April 2016 the BPH will start preparing for the move to the new premises on 123, Keizersgracht in Amsterdam, the 17th century building known as ‘The House with the Heads’. As of 5 April, the library on Bloemstraat will no longer be open to the public. The renovation will take place in stages, […]

American Friends of The Ritman Library

February 23rd, 2016

Since 40% of our online community is based in the United States we have founded an American Friend Fund. U.S.-based donors can support our activities in a tax-efficient way through a contribution to the American Friends of The Ritman Library Fund at the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS). Because KBFUS is a public charity, […]

Hermetic Adventures: A Student’s Travels into Worlds Unknown

December 29th, 2015

Hermetic Adventures: A Student’s Travels into Worlds Unknown A quiet Bloemstraat, at ten o’clock on a Tuesday morning. Underneath a beautifully engraved gold-plated plaque reading Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, the doorbell stares at me, willing me to ring it and break the silence. I look down the street, to the left, to the right. Do I […]

The Esoteric Conception of Divinity in the Ancient World

November 27th, 2015

The Esoteric Conception of Divinity in the Ancient World “Enki’s beloved Eridug, E-engura whose inside is full of abundance! Abzu, life of the Land, beloved of Enki! Temple built on the edge, befitting the artful divine powers!” From: ‘Enki’s journey to Nibru.’  (Black, Cunningham, Robson, Zόlyomi, The Literature of Ancient Sumer, 2004, p. 330) The […]

Robert Fludd

October 26th, 2015

Robert Fludd (1574-1637) Robert Fludd is the author of more than twenty philosophical, medical and scientific works, but the first three books he published were apologies for the Rosicrucian movement. After years of travel on the continent between 1598-1604 he returned to England to take up the study of medicine. It took a long time […]

Goddelijke Wijsheid – Goddelijke Natuur

August 11th, 2015

Exhibition ‘Goddelijke Wijsheid – Goddelijke Natuur’ (Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature) in the Ritman Library Anniversary exhibition opening on 11 September 2015 The travelling exhibition ‘Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature’, celebrating 400 years of Rosicrucian Manifestoes which first opened in Germany in September last year and was shown in Switzerland in the spring of this […]

In memory of Dr. Ekaterina Genieva

July 24th, 2015

IN MEMORY OF DR. EKATERINA GENIEVA It is with profound regret that the founder, board, director and staff of The Ritman Library learned about the passing of Dr. Ekaterina Genieva, Director General of the Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, on 9 July 2015 at the age of 69. The Ritman Library and the Rudomino […]

Summertime Walk 2015 – Jordaan (Amsterdam)

June 27th, 2015

Summertime Walk 2015 – Jordaan (Amsterdam) 02-07-2015 – 30-08-2015 The Summertime Walk 2015 is a new tour specially designed by the Multatuli House, the Pianola Museum, the Theo Thijssen Museum and The Ritman Library. You will discover some of the hidden gems of Amsterdam’s Jordaan district, including a few special museums, devoted to two Dutch literary heroes […]

Review ‘Master of Change: Images of Hermes Trismegistus’ by Joe Walsh

June 25th, 2015

Exhibition: MASTER OF CHANGE: IMAGES OF HERMES TRISMEGISTUS A review by Joe Walsh This is an exhibit worth traveling to see. From its renowned collection of books and materials, The Ritman Library has assembled a display that clearly and comprehensively opens up the fascinating development of Hermes as founder and patron of learning through the […]

Modern approaches to the Hermetica

June 3rd, 2015

Modern approaches to the Hermetica The message of the Hermetica can be studied from a historical perspective but can also be implemented in modern life. Robert Anderson Plimer is a modern-day Hermeticist and Alchemist who offers courses in alchemy and the Hermetica. Students have the opportunity to discuss and debate the significance and usefulness of […]

The Black Madonna, Gilles Quispel’s old love

June 3rd, 2015

Annine van der Meer was a student of the late Professor Gilles Quispel and presented her PhD thesis “Op zoek naar loutering. Oorsprong en ontwikkeling van de enkratitische ascese tot het begin van de 13e eeuw n.Chr.” under his supervision in 1989. Having since grown into a specialist in the role of women in ancient […]

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 […]

The Emerald Tablet

May 29th, 2015

THE EMERALD TABLET Recently acquired by The Ritman Library: The Emerald Tablet one of the root texts of alchemy is a brief alchemical work attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. Historically the work is part of the Hermetic corpus and seems to have the same origins as the rest of the Corpus Hermeticum. The text was discovered, […]

Exhibition ‘Göttliche Weisheit – Göttliche Natur in Basel, Switzerland

May 8th, 2015

Exhibition ‘Göttliche Weisheit – Göttliche Natur in Basel, Switzerland As part of the Four Hundred Years of Rosicrucian Manifestoes jubilee, the Ritman Library and the International Rosycross Foundation will be presenting the BPH exhibition Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature in several countries from 2014-2017. Having started in Calw in 2014, the venues will be chosen in consultation […]

A tribute to Jacob Böhme: Morgenröte im Aufgang

April 29th, 2015

A tribute to Jacob Böhme: Morgenröte im Aufgang (Aurora or Dayspring) Jacob Böhme is undeniably something of a miracle in the history of mankind, particularly in the history of German thought. Jacob Böhme (1575-1624), the shoemaker and visionary of Görlitz, is the least known, most mysterious and at the same time potentially the most influential figure […]

Review of the exhibition ‘Master of Change: Images of Hermes Trismegistus’ (Spanish)

March 4th, 2015

MASTER OF CHANGE: IMAGES OF HERMES TRISMEGISTUS. Reseña de la exposición en la Ritman Library. El inicio de este viaje comienza en Ámsterdam, ciudad a la que se asiste siguiendo la pista al siempre presente Hermes. Manifestándose, esta vez, mediante una exhibición temporal en una de las mayores bibliotecas herméticas actuales, the Ritman Library. Situada […]

Where more is meant: Alchemical Imagery in Milton’s “Il Penseroso”

March 4th, 2015

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 be a lighthearted work of mythopoesis, addressing an invented goddess named Melancholy who presides over the inward-looking preoccupations of the contemplative life. However, the poem includes an overt, centrally-placed reference to Hermes […]

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 […]

The flesh of heaven…almost already redeemed & the question of ‘mercy’.

January 20th, 2015

The flesh of heaven…almost already redeemed & the question of ‘mercy’. 27-10-2014, Diemen, by James Roolvink I would like to describe an approach to the work of the artist Irka Stachiw. The light that she shines on light does not light up as actual light, in actuality, but ‘shines’ and lights up in the absence of light […]

Exhibition: Master of Change: Images of Hermes Trismegistus

December 22nd, 2014

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, the Tabula smaragdina, the ouroboros and the caduceus. Master of Change. Images […]

Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica: named after Hermes Trismegistus

December 21st, 2014

Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica: named after Hermes Trismegistus The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica is named after Hermes Trismegistus, the oriental sage to whom astrological, alchemical, magical, medical, philosophical and religious works were attributed. Not only does the library collect Hermetic works and works belonging to the Hermetic tradition, its own publishing house In de Pelikaan also made […]

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 […]

A unique encounter with the BPH – video

November 25th, 2014

A unique encounter with the BPH This video is a personal gift by Wolfgang Jung, one of the filmmakers of “Reise ins Unerwartete”, to BPH director Esther Ritman and BPH founder Joost Ritman. The video records the first visit which the advisory committee of the film “Reise ins Unerwartete” (Journey into the Unexpected) made to […]

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 […]

Jacob Boehme: mysticism, theosophy and the Hermetic tradition

November 21st, 2014

Jacob Boehme: mysticism, theosophy and the Hermetic tradition Research project by Fabrizio Di Bella The Hermetic background provides the historiographical and transcendental framework for the speculative work of Jacob Böhme. The purpose of my research is to explore the wide and many-sided phenomenon of the circulation of works that can be classified as Hermetic in […]

International Conference ‘Um 1600’

October 31st, 2014

UM 1600 – Konstellationen zwischen Schulmetaphysik, Konfessionalisierung und hermetischer Spekulation Short film about the highly successful two-day conference ‘Um 1600 – Konstellationen zwischen Schulmetaphysik, Konfessionalisierung und hermetischer Spekulation’ which took place last month in Munich, Germany, to mark the fourth centenary of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood’s manifestoes. We also present as part of the ‘Infinite Fire Interview […]

Preface Divine Wisdom – Divine Nature | Göttliche Weisheit – Göttliche Natur

August 30th, 2014

PREFACE ‘TO THE READER WHO UNDERSTANDS WISDOM’ The preface to the Fama and Confessio Fraternitatis R.C. in the Frankfurt edition addresses ‘the reader who understands wisdom’ and begins with a definition of wisdom according to Solomon. Wisdom is here described as: ‘an infinite treasure, as she is the breath of divine power and a beam of […]

Per Unum – Ad Unum

December 20th, 2013

Per Unum – Ad Unum The eightieth birthday, on 30 May 1996, of Gilles Quispel, the nestor of Hermetic gnosis, was the occasion of a symposium held in his honour at the University of Amsterdam. The lectures presented at the symposium by Gilles Quispel, Roelof van den Broek, Peter Kingsley, Jean-Pierre Mahé and Carlos Gilly are […]

Böhme’s legacy abused!

December 16th, 2013

Böhme’s legacy abused! The above words certainly do not apply to the International Jacob-Böhme-Institut (IJBI). This institute, established in Böhme’s native town of Görlitz, aims to bring the legacy of the theosopher and mystic Jacob Böhme to public attention and make it more accessible ( Recently, the IJBI published a new volume containing contributions by […]

“God is an infinite sphere…”

December 9th, 2013

“God is an infinite sphere…” Alanus de Insulis, De maximis theologiae. [Basel, Jakob Wollf, before 1492] This incunable (i.e. a book printed before 1500) is the first edition of the most important work by Alain de Lille, as he is also called in English after his place of birth. Alanus was a philosopher and theologian […]

Prestigieuses bibliothèques du monde

November 21st, 2013

Prestigieuses bibliothèques du monde by Jean-François Blondel (Oxus 2013). The French word ‘bibliothèque’ (library) comes from the Greek biblion, “book”, and thékê, “place, location”. It is the place where books are preserved, in the most general sense, that is to say the written word, and it is here where they are consulted. This French publication […]

Solomon’s Secret Arts

November 13th, 2013

Paul Kléber Monod, Solomon’s Secret Arts. The occult in the age of Enlightenment. Yale University Press, 2013 ‘WONDERS!, WONDERS!, WONDERS! and WONDERS!’ With these words showman Dr Gustavus Katterfelto, wearing a long black cloak and cap, praised his demonstrations of scientific marvels such as phosphorus matches, but also the revelation of ‘occult secrets’ in the 1780s. […]

Bruiloft by Claudy Jongstra (De Ketelfactory 2013).

November 8th, 2013

Bruiloft by Claudy Jongstra (De Ketelfactory 2013). Claudy Jongstra is a creative artist who enthusiastically experiments with natural materials to create works of art. In her work she particularly likes to use felt as a basic material. Jongstra’s sources of inspiration for her project ‘Bruiloft’ (‘ wedding’) came from the life and work of the […]

Free Adriaan Koerbagh!

October 31st, 2013

Free Adriaan Koerbagh! Unfortunately, it ‘s a little too late for that: Koerbagh died in prison in 1669 (a ‘Rasphuis’ in Amsterdam). He belonged to the circle of Spinoza, and wrote a very critical lexicon debunking the dogmas of the reformed and other churches. Read all about this ‘heretic’ whose thumb would have been chopped […]

The Secret Heresy of Hieronymus Bosch

October 23rd, 2013

Lynda Harris, author of The Secret Heresy of Hieronymus Bosch (first published 1985, reprinted 2002) is one of the many authors attracted by the enigma of Bosch’ paintings and interested in exploring possible influences: “Behind their appearance of orthodoxy, they portray the doctrines and attitudes of Catharism”, as the blurb claims. The author believes that […]

Two new volumes on Christian Kabbala

October 6th, 2013

Two new volumes on Christian Kabbala: Volumes 2 and 3 (covering the years 1600-1660 and 1660-1850): W. Schmidt-Biggemann, Geschichte der christlichen Kabbala. (Stuttgart/Bad Cannstadt , Fromman-Holzboog 2013). Vol. 2 contains explanations of the enigmatic engravings in the works of Heinrich Khunrath and Robert Fludd, and deals with Böhme’s much disputed relationship to the Kabbalah. Other […]

Searching for the Soror Mystica

September 30th, 2013

Ladies only! An exploration of the lives and alchemical practices of remarkable women, from Hypatia of Alexandria (4th C.), Anne Conway (17th C), Susanne Katharina von Klettenberg (18th C.) and Mary Anne Atwood (19th C.) to name a few of the better-known. The author (a woman, of course!) uses methods of modern feminist analysis, but […]

Contemporary Esotericism

September 23rd, 2013

Contemporary Esotericism, edited by Egil Asprem and Kennet Granholm (Equinox / Acumen, 2013). The study of contemporary esoteric discourse has hitherto been a largely neglected part of the new academic field of Western esotericism. Contemporary Esotericism provides a broad overview and assessment of the complex world of Western esoteric thought today. Combining historiographical analysis with […]

Handbook of the Theosophical Current

September 23rd, 2013

Handbook of the Theosophical Current. Eds. Olav Hammer and Mikael Rothstein. Leiden|Boston 2013 (Brill Handbooks on contemporary religion 7) It is a truth universally known that the Theosophical Society exerted a great deal of influence, both on religion and on the arts, though few currents have been so under-researched! The present book fills the gap, […]

Spirits Unseen

September 23rd, 2013

Spirits Unseen. The Representation of the Subtle Bodies in Early Modern European Culture. Ed. C. Göttler & W. Neuber. Leiden, Brill 2008 A book on spirits in the broad sense of the word: Spirits unseen investigates spirits (airy, volatile ‘subtle bodies’) in a variety of disciplines: in art theory, demonology, alchemy, psychology, in novels and […]

Light as a feather!

September 13th, 2013

Blog by the Global Hermetic Circle Light as a feather! All the great ones of earth likely sought inspiration in the light, in the self-explanatory. From childhood on they looked out for that which never changes. Staring at the moon, where does that light come from? Why is she gone now, now half, why now […]

Presentation The Ritman Library @Spui 25

September 13th, 2013

Talk by Esther Ritman at a Spui 25 meeting on 12 September 2013 to promote the Enchanted Modernities. Theosophy and the Arts in the Modern World conference which will take place from 25-27 September in Amsterdam. Over the past years the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (also referred to as The Ritman Library) and the Center for […]

Louis Cattiaux The Place of the Vision – Raimon Arola

September 6th, 2013

If you would also like to post a blog with content relevant to the BPH please contact us at  Revista Arsgravis: ISSN 2013-0228                                                               […]

The Ritman Library Emblem

September 2nd, 2013

An explanation of The Ritman Library emblem designed by Rachel Ritman The emblem consists of 7 components: The white cubic stone is the cornerstone of Christ, as it is written in the Fama fraternitatis: ‘A seed, sown in the heart of Jesus’. The cross, engraved in the white cubic stone is the roman numeral X, […]

The last taboo – Janny Leggedoor

August 30th, 2013

The contents of this blog, which has been sent to us by Janny Leggedoor who recently visited the library, expresses the author’s own ideas and opinions. If you would also like to post a blog with content relevant to the BPH please contact us at The Last Taboo We live in a culture that […]

Exhibition – ‘Beauty as the Imprint of the cosmos’

August 14th, 2013

‘Beauty as the Imprint of the cosmos’: the metaphysical in art An exhibition of drawings, graphic art and printed books  25 September 2013 – 23 May 2014 Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Amsterdam ‘Beauty is the imprint of the cosmos … in a physical earthly being’, is a statement by Rudolf Steiner* which pinpoints why art acquired […]

Hermes on Holiday

August 14th, 2013

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 have been to places in Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria, and we are planning to take our followers to many other places this […]

Current Research: Palombara and the Porta Magica in Rome

August 13th, 2013

Maria Fiammetta Iovine is researching that enigmatic and enthralling remaining monument of the villa of Massimiliano Palombara, marquis of Pietraforte (1614-1685), as she informed The Ritman Library when she paid a visit in March this year. Her email address is added below for anyone wishing to contact her on her research into Count Palombara. The […]

Celebrating the Dutch Gnosis scholar Gilles Quispel

May 30th, 2013

Today is the birthday of the Dutch Gnosis scholar Gilles Quispel, who was born on 30 May 1916. He was instrumental in advancing the study of Gnosis, both in the Netherlands and, through his vast international academic network, also abroad. An uneventful and predictable academic career would not have suited Gilles Quispel’s adventurous temperament. In […]

The Ritman Library and The Hermitage Amsterdam

April 10th, 2013

Cultural heritage institutions are working together more and more to make things happen, and it’s happening here in Amsterdam, too. On 8 March Mr. Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of The State Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, officially opened A Curious Tsar. Peter the Great and discovering Nature’s Secrets in Amsterdam, the new exhibition now showing in […]

Special event – ‘Wonderful Worlds of botany, alchemy and esotericism’ 22 March 2013

March 27th, 2013

Wonderful Worlds of botany, alchemy and esotericism On 22 March about 55 people attended the special afternoon devoted to the two exhibitions currently showing in The Ritman Library: ‘A Curious Tsar‘ and ‘Alchemy on the Amstel‘. Director & librarian Esther Ritman introduced the three speakers who had kindly agreed to offer what proved to be fascinating presentations: […]

University of the Arts group visit The Ritman Library

March 27th, 2013

On 20 March 2013 a group of students of the Typographic Interest Group from the University of the Arts in London visited The Ritman Library. Curator José Bouman offered the group a guided tour of the library, all the way up to the rare books room. We asked Phil Baines, Professor of Typography, to write […]

Uitnodiging Themamiddag ‘Wonderlijke Werelden: over botanie, alchemie en esoterie’

March 13th, 2013

THEMAMIDDAG ‘WONDERLIJKE WERELDEN: OVER BOTANIE, ALCHEMIE EN ESOTERIE’ Themamiddag n.a.v. de dubbeltentoonstelling Een nieuwsgierige Tsaar en Alchemie aan de Amstel Op vrijdag 8 maart 2013 opende in The Ritman Library een nieuwe tentoonstelling: ‘Een nieuwsgierige Tsaar. Peter de Grote op zoek naar de geheimen der natuur in Amsterdam’, die tot 20 september 2013 te zien […]

A second home for enlightened Russian thinker Novikov

March 13th, 2013

Nikolay Ivanovich Novikov 1744-1818 From the report of Archbishop Plato to Catherine the Great, January 1786: “As before the throne of God, so before your throne, Your Most Gracious Majesty the Empress, I undertake, according to my conscience and rank, to report, that I pray to the most generous God that not just in the […]

Adriaen Koerbagh: A Life

March 13th, 2013

This Thursday will see the launch of the first full biography of one of the greatest exponents of what Jonathan Israel has called the Radical Enlightenment, Adriaen Koerbagh (1632-1669), in the pleasant surroundings of Amsterdam’s Special Collections on Oude Turfmarkt. Published by Vantilt in Nijmegen, Adriaen Koerbagh: Het noodlot van een ketter (‘Adriaen Koerbagh: A heretic’s […]

Exhibition – ‘A Curious Tsar: Peter the Great’

February 27th, 2013

  ‘A Curious Tsar: Peter the Great and Discovering the Secrets of Nature in Amsterdam’ Exhibition 11 March – 20 September 2013 in The Ritman Library The city of Amsterdam is getting ready to celebrate 400 years of relations between Russia and the Netherlands with a major exhibition opening on 9 March 2013 in 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 […]

Upcoming: a special exhibition ‘A curious Tsar: Peter the Great’

February 13th, 2013

A curious Tsar: Peter the Great and discovering nature’s secrets in Amsterdam Presenting: a special exhibition in The Ritman Library. Remarkable, intriguing and above all curious. ‘A curious Tsar: Peter the Great and discovering nature’s secrets in Amsterdam‘ shows printed works and engravings highlighting this extraordinary Tsar and the Scotsman Robert Erskine, and their shared interest […]

Introducing the second Infinite Fire Webinar host: Wouter J. Hanegraaff

February 13th, 2013

Introducing the second Infinite Fire Webinar host: Wouter J. Hanegraaff With the Infinite Fire Webinar Series, the Ritman Library and the Center for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (GHF) of the University of Amsterdam have joined forces and are planting the seed for a Scholarly Hermetic Circle. The series represents an initiative […]

Guided Tour Alchemy on the Amstel 13-12-2012

January 30th, 2013

Guided Tour Alchemy on the Amstel 13-12-2012 On 13 December 2012 the students of Peter Forshaw’s Alchemy Class were given a guided tour of the current exhibition Alchemy on the Amstel by curator Cis van Heertum and were then taken up to the ‘holy of holies’ to see highlights of the collection which were shown […]

Fireworks show: New year’s message of J.R. Ritman

January 30th, 2013

Fireworks show: New year’s message of J.R. Ritman Watch the New Year’s Message by the founder of the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Joost R. Ritman, and images of the fireworks show offered by The Ritman Library on Bloemgracht bridge at the foot of the Westertoren in Amsterdam every New Year’s Eve. There’s a new theme every […]

The Ritman Library one year after reopening

December 19th, 2012

The Ritman Library one year after reopening Exactly twelve months after the festive reopening of The Ritman Library we are looking back with great satisfaction to a very dynamic and productive year in which we were able to launch a great many new projects. To ensure the continuity of the BPH as a scholarly research […]

Special Event – Alchemy on the Amstel – 19 november 2012

December 19th, 2012

Alchemy on the Amstel meets Leyden’s Luxuriance and the Bibliotheca Pharmacia. On 19 November some 65 people attended an afternoon devoted to 3 related exhibitions currently showing in Leiden and in Amsterdam. Ritman Library director & librarian Esther Oosterwijk-Ritman, who introduced the afternoon’s speakers, emphasized what she said in her preface to Alchemy on the […]