Friday, January 20, 2017

Library. Stoltzius. Hortulus hermeticus

Title: Hortulus hermeticus = The Hermetic Garden
Hortulus hermeticus flosculis philosophorum cupro incisis conformatus, & breuissimis versiculis explicatus
Author: Daniel Stoltzius von Stoltzenberg (Wikipedia)
Edition: 1627
Online Source: Hathi Trust

I would like to find a cleaner scan of this if I can, but I have not had any luck. The little emblems for the philosophers are so fascinating! I'll just do the first two here; this is a book I could really enjoy working on from start to finish. There are 160 of these little emblems:

Hermes Trismegistos, Aegiptius.
Quod est superius est sicut id quod est inferius.
That which is above is as that which is below.
(You will find these words in the Tabula Smaragdina.)

Adfar Alexandrinus, Praceptor Morieni.
Sol coniugii nostri est pater, mater vero Luna Alba.
The father of our union is the Sun; the mother indeed is the White Moon.
(You can read about Morien in The Lives of Alchemystical Philosophers by Francis Barrett.)

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