The Hermetic Garden of Daniel Stolcius ( Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks series )
STOLCIUS, Daniel ( Translated by Patricia Tahil; Edited with commentary by Adam McLean ).
Edinburgh, Scotland: Magnum Opus Sourceworks , 1980. Limited edition Hardcover. 8vo. 170pp. Hand bound in brown faux leather with gilt title and author to spine, b&w illustrations. Edition limited to 250 numbered copies. Signed by Adam McLean. Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks series No. 5. A collection of alchemical emblems from the "Hortulus Hermeticus" of Daniel Stolz von Stolzenberg ("Daniel Stolcius" 1600-1660). Stolcius was a physician and a pupil of Michael Maier who wrote several is best known for his emblem book, "Viridarium Chymicum" (1624). His other significant work, the "Hortulus Hermeticus" (1627) comprised 160 emblematic images, each accompanied by a short verse. McLean describes these as providing an "in-depth experience of the symbolic material of the alchemical tradition." The first issue: the paper on which it is printed is a buff colour, it has a relatively low number in the sequence of limitation, and the binding is a brown with the title lettered down the spine reading "The Hermetic Garden of Daniel Stolcius". (The later issue varied on a number of counts, notably that it was on a different paper stock and had colour versions of the images) A chemical reaction between the endpapers and the binder's glue has caused some discoloration to the outer margins of the pastedowns which has spread through to affect the first few leaves at the front and the rear of the book (a common occurrence with this series). Fore-edge of one gathering protruding slightly (though the gathering is firmly in place). Light shelf dust, otherwise a clean VG+ copy. (Item ID: 32349)