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THE PARADOXICAL EMBLEMS OF DIONYSIUS ANDREAS FREHER (1983) Edited by Adam McLean (Edition of 250 SIGNED copies)

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THE PARADOXICAL EMBLEMS OF DIONYSIUS ANDREAS FREHER (1983) Edited by Adam McLean (Edition of 250 SIGNED copies)

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FREHER, Dionysius Andreas (edited from Ms. Add. 5789 in the British Library with an introduction by Adam McLean)

The Paradoxical Emblems of Dionysius Andreas Freher (Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks  Number 16)

Edinburgh: Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks, 1983. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. Issued without dust jacket. Bound in simulated brown leather. Limited to 250 copies, SIGNED by Adam McLean. 170 pp. 154 illustrations in black and white. 

A near fine copy

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D. A. Freher was one of the most important of those who worked and followed in the stream of mysticism initiated by Jacob Boehme. He had a gift for illustrating mystical ideas in pictorial form, and he applied this to Boehme's work in creating a series of 'Paradoxical Emblems', consisting of 153 emblematic diagrams each bearing a short line of text. Though prepared in the early 18th century for publication, regrettably they never appeared in print. These emblems are a coherent integrated system of interior exercises. Each of these focusses on a simple fundamental spiritual statement, of which Freher gives us the essence in a picture for us to meditate upon. The sequence of 153 emblems begins with Emblem 1 the point everywhere in empty space and the maxim of Hermes Trismegistus "The Center of Centres is everywhere, the Circumference is nowhere", and ends with emblem 152-3 "All things were, are and will Be, out of the One, through One and to One".