Collectanea Hermetica Volume I: Hermetic Arcanum. This book was part of the curriculum studied by members of the original Order of the Golden Dawn. This essay presents the secret work of the Hermetic philosophy wherein the secrets of nature and art concerning the matter of the philosophers' stone and the manner of working are explained in an authentic and orderly manner. The volumes of Westcott's “Collectanea Hermetica” appeared over three years from 1893 to 1896 when the Golden Dawn was at its peak. In every volume the intellectual integrity of the authors is evident, as is an eagerness to bring academic respectability to subjects derided by their contemporaries. This edition was Edited Darcy Kuntz. General Preface by R.A. Gilbert; Preface to the Series by W. Wynn Westcott; Preface to the Hermetic Arcanum by Sapere Aude; Introduction by Robert Allen Bartlett; To the Students by Penes Nos Unda Tagi; The Hermetic Arcanum; Time of the Stone; Notes, Appendixes, Advertisements and Bibliography. Hardbound. 6x9. xxvi, 70 pp. This is the first corrected edition since Westcott’s edition which was originally published in 1893. This edition has been corrected against the original editions: Enchiridion Physicæ Restitutæ (1623); Enchiridion Physicæ Restitutæ (1642); Arcanum or the Grand Secret of Hermetic Philosophy. Third amended edition, (1650); Westcott's edition (1893). It also contains two advertisements from 1893 and a rare illustration of the interior of an Athanor reprinted from Theatrum Chemicum, (1659).
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