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 thirty new titles have been issued with more in preparation.
No. 23. The Kabbalistic Diagrams of Knorr von Rosenroth
Translated by Christopher Atton and Stephen Dziklewicz. Edited with an Introduction by Adam McLeanSorry, the edition is now sold out. Some copies may be available from Adam McLean's personal collection. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on availability and price.
At the end of the first volume of the important 17th century Kabbalistic compendium, the Kabbalah Denudata of Knorr von Rosenroth, there is a section containing 16 kabbalistic diagrams together with a text in Latin explaining the symbolism. These diagrams and the text illustrate the key ideas of Lurianic kabbalah. This present book reproduces these diagrams and provides a translation of the text, putting into print for the first time a valuable and unique source for the kabbalistic ideas during the mid 17th century. The diagrams relate in form to hermetic-alchemical figures of the same period. It is from material such as this that the 'Kabbalistic' tradition as pursued today in Western occultism has emerged, rather than directly from the Jewish tradition, so this volume gives us some valuable insights into the roots of Western kabbalah.
Limited edition of 250 signed and numbered copies. 124 pp. 19 illustrations.
This edition is now sold out.