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Recent Acquisitions

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]