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The series thus focusses on issuing editions of source material, rather than providing an individual interpretation.

Publisher Series: Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks

Only a few copies remain of some of the older titles in this series and a number are now entirely sold out. Zoroaster’s Cave No The first book in the series was kpus in a small edition of only copies in Essay Concerning Adepts No 5.

No 31 The Three Tables of Man – coloured. Rosie Crucian Crowne No 7.

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Though most other contemporary publishers of alchemical books merely reprint editions from the late 19th and early 20th century revival of interest in alchemy, the Magnum Opus series has always sought out important alchemical works in manuscript and printed books that serkes not available in English editions. Speculum veritatis No 7. Rosie Crucian Crowne No 7. Consequently, these books became collectors items, often fetching high prices on the second-hand market.

Pandora woodcut series Opuscula alchemica series No 1. Also I had to do hemetic primary research, visiting many libraries seeking rare manuscript material. Prognostications of Paracelsus No 5. Some of the language is rather challenging, and it is difficult to find the exact terms in modern English for some of the abstruse concepts in this eighteenth century alchemical work. No 31 The Three Tables of Man magnu, coloured.


heemetic Mutus Liber Coloured No 5. So these are no mass market books, but instead are hand crafted. In writing his commentary on uermetic Hermaphrodite Child of the Sun and Moon, Adam McLean has adopted the approach he has taken in his other commentaries to works with emblematic sequences in the Magnum Opus editions – he exposes the structures underlying the symbolism in the emblem sequence rather than rigorously analysing the text.

Foundation course on symbolism How to read alchemical texts Advanced course on alchemical sequences Advanced course on Ripley Scroll Advanced course on Most Holy Trinosophia.

Mike Brenner has done us all a great service by undertaking this translation. Tillage of Light No 3.

Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks

Mutus Liber Coloured No 5. Speculum veritatis No 7. This book also includes the original German text, so that people who know German can make their own alternative reading of passages.

Apart from the first few years, I have not sold these through sourcweorks but only direct to customers. The engravings contain many familiar alchemical figures, the green lion, the raven or black crow, the white swan, the ouroboros, suns and moons in abundance, but it is not easy to tease out an interpretation or find a clear path through the symbols.

Although the text is relatively obscure and impenetrable, the hermeyic of the series of twelve engravings attracted people to this work, and the fascination of these images still remains with us today.

People buying opis today will find that, if they are prepared to hold on to these for some years, then the price will increase considerably. Key of Alchemy No Each book in these limited editions is individually signed and numbered by myself.

Information on how the Magnum Opus books are prepared. Golden Age No 2. One also has to bear in mind that I will not be able to continue publishing and binding up copies for much longer and when I stop publishing the series, it will doubtless become more sought after.



These were the days before personal computers, and having sourcewokrs money for professional printing, I had to devise my own printing and hand binding techniques. This series has often been reproduced in modern books on alchemy, though no one seems to have attempted to interpret the work. The text of these sections begins with an ‘explanation of the figure’, followed by a short verse, a ‘paragraph’ with its ‘explanation’, and lastly a ‘canon’ or short verse with its ‘explanation’.

Sample pages from some Magnum Opus books. Book of Lambspring Coloured No 6. The work is divided into twelve sections each headed by an emblematic figure. Alchemical Compendium No 4. The series contains many of the most important and key works of alchemy, such as the Rosary of the Philosophersthe Splendor SolisCrowning of NatureAmphitheatre engravings of KhunrathSteganographiathree separate works of Robert Fludd, the Atalanta fugiensVoarchadumiathe complete Aurora consurgens amongst others.

Philipp Sadeler’s Visions of Hell No 2. John Sawtre No 9. Foundation course on symbolism How to read alchemical texts Advanced course on alchemical sequences Advanced course on Ripley Scroll Advanced course on Most Holy Trinosophia.

Can I not just buy them through Amazon or my local bookseller, like any other book? Alchemical Symbols No Alchemical Coins No 3.