Magnum Opus e-books
Edited by Adam McLean|
The Magnum Opus series of Hermetic Sourceworks, currently some 55 volumes, is by far the most significant alchemical publishing venture in recent times. I began this in 1979 and continue today publishing major alchemical works in English editions. 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 are not available in English editions. Often it took me many years to find someone to translate a work for the series. For example, I tried for ten years to find someone to translate the Voarchadumia, before I finally found Paul Ferguson willing to undertake this. Also I had to do much primary research, visiting many libraries to seek out rare manuscript material.
The series contains many of the most important and key works of alchemy, such as the Rosary of the Philosophers, the Splendor Solis, Crowning of Nature, Amphitheatre engravings of Khunrath, Steganographia, three separate works of Robert Fludd, the Atalanta fugiens, Voarchadumia, the complete Aurora consurgens amongst others. The series thus focusses on issuing editions of source material, rather than providing an individual interpretation. Collectors of this series thus have in their hands texts which enable them to fully appreciate the breadth of alchemy writings.
The hand bound books were issues in small signed and numbered editions of 100 to 250 copies and were quite expensive compared to mass market paperbacks. I have decided, as an experiment, to issue some of these in the form of Kindle e-books on Amazon, so that a wider readership can read them. They will be on Kindle Unlimited, so that subscribers to that service can read them for free. These e-books will also be available to purchase at a very low price for those not on Kindle Unlimited. Initially I have chosen five titles and may add more if there is a reasonable response.
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