Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks Series
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 fourteen new titles have been issued with more in preparation.
No. 30. The Pneumo-Cosmic manuscript
Edited with an Introduction by Adam McLean
This remarkable late 18th century manuscript in the Ferguson collection is an enigmatic and alluring work. It has no text but consists of a series of 52 circular coloured drawings. These appear to depict the cosmos emerging out of chaos. Many of the images show interior worlds, and a number have little animal and human forms within them, even winged angel forms and depictions of mercurius. A work like this can probably never be understood. Instead it should be viewed as an alchemical artwork and just appreciated for the way it depicts its message. It is one of the treasures of later alchemy. Its origins are as mysterious as its subject matter.
This volume includes a short introduction by Adam McLean and the images have been reproduced in colour. As the colour printing is expensive only 125 copies will be produced and of these only 100 will be for sale. This is truly a collectors item.
Limited edition of 125 signed and numbered hardbound copies. 112 pages. 52 coloured illustrations.
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