The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Paracelsus; [Aureolus Philippus Theophrastus Bombast of Hohenheim, Called Paracelsus the Great], Now for the First Time Faithfully Translated Into English, Edited with a Biographical Preface, Elucidatory Notes, a Copious Hermetic Vocabulary and Index. Vol. I Hermetic Chemistry, Vol. II Hermetic Medicine and Hermetic Philosophy.
London: James Elliott and Co., 1894. First Edition. Hardcovers. Large quartos. Two volumes, complete. Volume I: xvi., 394pp + viii and Volume II: 396pp. [+4pp. adverts]. Original maroon pebbled cloth with gilt pentacle within a sunburst design on front boards and gilt titles on spines, beveled edges, top edges gilt, others uncut. Paracelsus (Phillipus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim: 1493 - 1541) was one of the first of the European alchemical writers to underline the link between chemical experiment and spiritual development, and is acknowledged both as a precursor of modern scientific medicine and chemistry and as a major figure in alchemical and esoteric thought. His work is said to have had a profound effect on Dr. John Dee and Francis Barrett, and more recently on the membership of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and kindred occult groups and individuals. The editor, Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942), was a major figure in the Victorian occult revival whose accomplishments included the introduction of the works of Eliphas Levi to the English-speaking world and the first English publication of many of the classics of alchemy. As the title suggests this edition collects Paracelsus' alchemical and hermetic writings, omitting his 'conventional' medical and scientific works. The text is translated from the Latin of the Geneva edition of 1658. Aside from editing and assembling the collection Waite also supplied the 'Short Lexicon of Alchemy' and undertook some of the translation, although most were apparently supplied by anonymous scholars. A SHABBY EX-LIBRARY SET. Faint shelf numerals to spine, cloth heavily rubbed and with some discolored patches, frayed and chipped at head and tails of spine, corners of boards rounded and cloth rubbed through, including in a few patches to the edges and in several places down the cloth hinges. Endpaper gutters crudely reinforced with thick paper tape, endpapers chipped, book plates (institutional and private libraries) to endpapers, a couple of small ink stamps and a blind stamp to the title-page, a few annotations. Pages are lightly toned with a few small edge tears, but otherwise clean and unmarked. As noted quite shabby, yet overall a tight solid, mostly-clean Good only set, albeit with significant cosmetic flaws. Due to the weight of the set additional shipping to that automatically quoted will apply to all destinations. Item #70777