A Course in Hermetic Philosophy or Alchemy, in Nineteen Lessons; ( Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks series ).
Glasgow, Scotland: Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks, 2012. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 110pp. Hand-bound brown faux leather, gilt titling to spine, b&w illustrations. Edition Limited to 200 numbered copies. SIGNED by Adam McLean. Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks No. 44. Described by McLean: "In 1829 Louis Paul Francois Cambriel (1784-1850) created a series of nineteen lessons on the philosophy and practice of alchemy. He intended to sell these to a sponsor in order to raise the funding that would allow him to complete the alchemical process. Some years later, in 1843, these were published in Paris. These lessons sum up many of the alchemical ideas current in the mid-nineteenth century, thus dealing with the three principles, the nature of salt, sulphur and mercury, the dry and wet ways, the creation of a foliated earth, the different fires in the work, the hermetic marriage of metals, and many similar themes. Cambriel continually shifts between theory and practice. His nineteen lessons had considerable influence on the emergence of modern French alchemy during the early 20th century, though due to lack of a translation it had little influence on 20th century British and American alchemical circles." A lovely bright "as new" copy in about Fine condition. Item #70098