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 thirty new titles have been issued with more in preparation.
No. 52. The Virga Aurea
Translated by Ingrid Walton with an Introduction by Adam McLean
In 1620 the Scottish Catholic scholar of languages, James Bonaventure Hepburn (1573-1621), created a large engraving which was published in Rome. It was essentially an attempt to document the alphabets of all the then known languages. Hepburn includes many familiar languages but also references some magical and invented ones, such as the Hieroglyphic, Apollonian, Mystical, Seraphic, Supercelestial, Celestial, Angelic, Enochian and Arcanum. Ingrid Walton has translated the Latin text on the engraving and provided some notes on the work. Included with this book is a reproduction of the entire plate in two sections, each A3 size approximately 12 by 16.5 inches (30 x 42cm), printed on thick 160 gsm paper, which would make a rather fine wall chart.
Limited edition of 100 signed and numbered hardbound copies. 23 illustrations. A5. 63 pages. Supplied with large two part chart.