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Alchemy and Mysticism: The Hermetic Museum (Klotz) Paperback – May 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-3822886533 ISBN-10: 382288653X Edition: 1St Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Klotz
  • Paperback: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 382288653X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822886533
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 2.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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I actually own two copies of this book.
Amanda Chesworth
Every page is a gorgeous full color or true color representation of an original text or illustration.
solipsis@hevanet.com
This book is a most excellent read for anyone who has an understanding of Spiritual Alchemy.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

140 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Dragan on August 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
Why do I give this book only 2 stars? I don't agree with the way this book is marketed. Watch out for ordering this book, as there are two books of the same title, author and publisher. What's the difference? One of the books has the word 'icons' on it and has only 192 pages from the original book. The original book has 712 pages. Check that the ISBN's match for what you are after. I made the mistake of buying this book from a site that did not list the page numbers and went off the title, publisher, author and picture on the front cover. Since first writing this review, I have now returned to say that I have the original 712 paged book and am very happy with it. When it comes to a book like this, why settle for second best?
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Chesworth on May 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is an extraordinary collection of art - comprehensive and diverse, spanning a significant portion of human history. Brief descriptions and explanatory text are sprinkled about but the greatest pleasure, in my opinion, derives from the gorgeous reproductions of art related to alchemy and mysticism.
I actually own two copies of this book. One that I peruse regularly and another that I shall keep as a spare should my first wear out. It is an excellent gift - very uplifting and immensely inspiring.
The subject of alchemy has been somewhat cheapened in our time - reduced to a few basic - often misrepresented - ideas and thrown about by simple minds with incoherent ideas. Few people have encountered the breadth of the subject and the contributions it has made to human civilizations. The inspiration it has provided artists and scientists is immense and this book captures quite a bit of this significance.
The author neither advocates existing belief in alchemy and mysticism, nor denies it. It is a historical perspective - largely relayed through imagery - celebrating the great beauty of the subject and the complexities it once contained.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By B. Erickson on April 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
High praise that somebody said she owned two copies, one as a spare. I agree that this is a nice book to have as a reference, and I'm sure it must be the largest collection of "Hermetick" and "Alchymical" images presently available under one cover. That said, it's pretty small (although to produce this in a large volume would probably put its price out of the range of the average enthusiast), the colors are often badly reproduced, and the text is only excusable because nobody expects much in the way of text from Taschen. The main thing you have here is convenience. I have a large enough collection of books that I can track down superior examples of most of these images...but I have to track them down. With this book, I just flip through the pages. As a companion to this book I would suggest either (preferably, if you can find it) "Alchemy: the Medieval Alchemists and Their Royal Art" by Johannes Fabricius, or (failing that) "The Golden Game: Alchemical Engravings of the Seventeenth Century" by Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, for a better look at the engravings specifically. Also, "Art and Symbols of the Occult" by James Wasserman has the best color reproductions I've seen of the lavishly-painted sixteenth-century alchemical manuscript "Splendor Solis," amidst many other amusing curiosities.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book, not having much background in alchemy. I was suprised to find such a treasure and for such a cheap price. Although the book is in a smaller format, most of the pages are taken up with beautiful full color pictures. Each picture has a alchemic saying beside it, as well as an interpetation. For someone who has no understanding of the visual format of alchemy, this book is a must. There is also some background info in the front. The other pleasing thing about this book is the time Alexander Roob has taken in laying out his information. Each chapter is preceeded by an well thought out intro and quotes from alchemist. I thought that this was one of those rare books that presented as well as informed. Strongly recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1997
Format: Paperback
There are lots of books where you can find reproduction of the occult woodcut illustrations that are some of our best records of Renaissance alchemical culture, but this book is the new contender: very clean reproductions, a broad range of history up to the present day, and great depth. I was lucky to buy a copy of this a few years ago during a trip to Heidelberg, and couldn't wait until Taschen put out the English-language edition. Great paper stock, well-written captions, and many rarely-reproduced images along with the classics.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By solipsis@hevanet.com on September 6, 1997
Format: Paperback
And Lo, All things were made from the ONE...
OMNIA AB UNO....This book is like a Peter Greenaway Movie made from the History of Alchemy.
Every page is a gorgeous full color or true color representation of an original text or illustration. Taschen books are always colorful, but this one is profound... And try to find anything on the web about Hugo Hoeppner's Cubic Theosophical Temple.. ain't gonna happen... This book is nothing less than one of the finest paperback image and short quote encyclopedias on alchemy and mysticism produced in recent times.
Do not miss it! It is fuel for your subconscious.
This is the stuff that spawned Surrealism and is capable yet of producing revolutions... Alchemy is a vivification of being's materiality.. and matter's search for meaning in matter...

and he followed the mercurial hare into the forrest..

mysterious old bones...
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