Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks Series
This series of limited edition hand-bound books by Adam McLean were initially produced between 1979 and 1986. They were never sold through book dealers, but only by direct mail order. Consequently, these books became collectors items, often fetching high prices on the second-hand market. Only a few copies remain of some of the older titles in this series and a number are now entirely sold out. Since 1997 seventeen new titles have been issued with more in preparation.
No. 40. Aurora consurgens
Translated with an Introduction by Paul Ferguson
The Aurora consurgens is one of the most important of early alchemical manuscripts. Created around the early 15th century it interwove spiritual, allegorical and material alchemy. It used a series of 38 coloured emblems to illustrate its ideas, some of which are so striking that they have become well known even outside the realm of alchemical enthusiasts. The earliest manuscript has become damaged and incomplete and a number of these images are missing. For this edition, the complete text has been newly translated by Paul Ferguson from the printed Latin versions. The edition of the Aurora consurgens by von Franz issued in 1966 left out the whole of Book Two and did not include the illustrations, so this Magnum Opus edition finally allows the work to be viewed as the author intended it.
This will be seen as one of the treasures of the Magnum Opus series.
Limited edition of 200 signed and numbered hardbound copies. 38 illustrations. A5. 116 pages.
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