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This series of limited edition hand-bound books by Adam McLean were initially produced between 1979 and 1986. They were never sold through book dealers, but only by direct mail order. Consequently, these books became collectors items, often fetching high prices on the second-hand market. Only a few copies remain of some of the older titles in this series and a number are now entirely sold out. Since 1997 twenty two new titles have been issued with more in preparation.
No. 54. The Practice of the Green Lion
Translated by Ruud Muschter
Limited edition of 100 signed and numbered hardbound copies. A5. 75 pages.
In 1616 the elaborate alchemical allegory 'The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz' was published. This created great interest at the time, and has continued to engage people today, with many analyses and commentaries being published in the 20th century. Many of these try to understand the work within the framework of modern esoterics, not something known of in the early 17th century when the work was created. A partial commentary contemporary with the original was issued in 1619, and Rudd Muschter has here translated this from the German. This book provides us with insight into how the people in the early decades of the 17th century - the Rosicrucian period - actually read and understood the meaning of 'The Chymical Wedding'.
Here is a short edited extract from the text:-
"With the forest he indicates the consideration of nature. In it he had progressed so long, and had observed the generation and mortification of all things so long, that ultimately he had seen the green heath (this is, the green lion), to which he went. The reason however why he has gone into the heath, are the three cedar trees, namely sal, sulphur and mercurius. These are the right three principles. On this heath is the true Mercurius naturae, Mercurius solis and Sal metallorum, which he demonstrates with the next words.... "
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