The Turba Philosophorum. Or Assembly of the Sages. Called also The Book of Truth In The Art and the Third Pythagorical Synod; and Known unto the Wise as the Crowd of the Philosophers.
Seattle, WA: Ouroboros Press, 2006. Deluxe Vellum Limited Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 157pp. (+ iii adverts). Full white vellum with gilt Ouroboros design on front cover, gilt title to red title label on spine. Index. The extremely scarce full-vellum issue of this reset fine press edition. This copy is hand-numbered "20" out of an unstated limited edition. The vellum bound copies were the most deluxe issues of the Ouroboros Press edition - although not printed in the volume, it is said that no more than two dozen copies were bound in vellum out ouf a print-run thought to have totalled less than 300 copies. "The Turba Philosophorum" (Assembly of the Alchemical Philosophers), is thought to date from the twelfth century, and is one of the earliest known Latin alchemical texts. It became one of the best known works in the alchemical lexicon, and is often quoted in later writings. Waite's translation remains one of the most comprehensive: Writing of the text in his autobiography, Waite observed "It was translated and annotated by myself using two recensions which are both well known to Hermetists" - in other words it contains both the major versions of the work, probably drawn from Manget's "Bibliotheca Chemica Curiosa" (1702). An "as new" copy, thus Fine condition. Item #70500