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 fourteen new titles have been issued with more in preparation.
No. 8. Splendor solis
Translated by Joscelyn Godwin. Edited with an introduction and commentary by Adam McLeanThe Splendor solis is possibly the best known manuscript of late 16th century alchemy, primarily because of the beauty of the often reproduced illustrations in the illuminated manuscript version in the British Library. However, the only available version of the text in translation, the 'J.K.' translation published in the 1920's and reprinted since then, is a poor and rather paraphrased translation of the original, and has made a true appraisal of the textual material impossible.
For this edition, Joscelyn Godwin has translated the text anew from original German versions, and has consulted five primary sources. This translation is coherent and easily readable and does justice at last to the work of Salomon Trismosin.
The 22 plates are reproduced from a late 16th century German version, and Adam McLean provides a commentary on the symbolism of the process outlined in this series.
Limited edition of 250 copies. 105 pages. 22 illustrations. A5 Hardbound.
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