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THRICE GREATEST HERMES in 3 Volumes by G.R.S. - First Edition (London, 1906)

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THRICE GREATEST HERMES in 3 Volumes by G.R.S. - First Edition (London, 1906)

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THRICE GREATEST HERMES in 3 Volumes by G.R.S. - First Edition (London, 1906)

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Mead, G.R.S. Thrice Greatest Hermes: Studies in Hellenistic Theosophy and Gnosis: Being a Translation of the Extant Sermons and Fragments of the Trismegistic Literature, with Prolegomena, Commentaries, and Notes. Complete in three volumes. London & Benares: The Theosophical Publishing Society (Watkins), 1906. 

First Edition. Hardcover. Tall 8vo. Bound in green cloth with gilt spine titles. Volume One: 481, 403, 371 pages. Index at end of third volume. Light rubbing to spines otherwise A VERY GOOD TO NEAR FINE SET

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Classic work by Mead which looks at the history of Hermetic literature in order to achieve a better understanding of pre-Christian thought. Volume one consists of historical discussions in relation to Egypt and the early Hellenistic period. It includes chapters on Thoth - the Master of Wisdom, The Theurgic Hermes-Cult in the Greek Magic Papyri, The Main Source of the Trismegistic Literature According to Manetho - High Priest of Egypt, The Myth of Man in the Mysteries, Philo of Alexandria and the Hellenistic Theology, Plutarch’s Views on the Mysteries of Isis and Osiris, “Hermas” and “Hermes”, Concerning the Aeon-Doctrine, The Seven Zones and Their Characteristics, The Disciples of Thrice-Greatest Hermes, and more. Volume Two contains a translation of the Corpus Hermeticum, being the core documents of the Hermetic tradition. These come mainly from the early Christian era and came out of the turbulent seas of Hellenistic Egypt. Volume three continues the translations with excerpts by Stobaeus and additional fragments from both ancient and classical literature.