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THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE. A Facsimile Rosicrucian Alchemical Manuscript, Attributed to Edward Kelley (1 of 32 Copies in Full Vellum)

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THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE. A Facsimile Rosicrucian Alchemical Manuscript, Attributed to Edward Kelley (1 of 32 Copies in Full Vellum)

150.00

UK: Hell Fire Club Books, (2014). No edition stated. Hardcover. Octavo. Partially paginated (82 total pages). Though there is no limitation statement present, according to the publisher, this vellum edition was limited to only 32 copies. Full vellum over boards, black leather spine label with gilt titles. Marbled end papers, sewn binding. The body of the text is an exact reproduction of the handwritten original. A near fine copy, issued without dust jacket.

Facsimile of a manuscript attributed to Edward Kelley. This work reflects the secret alchemical traditions of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia and the Hermetic Society of the Golden Dawn. This unique document opens with a curious history relating to the Emperor Rudolf II and his court physician Sennert, who were involved in the discovery of an alchemist ‘Kallnuss’, his eventual imprisonment and attempted escape, which lead to his ‘..breaking four ribs..’ and dying ‘soon after..’.  This legend of Edward Kelley's (here misnamed Kallnuss) demise is a variant of the famous story found in Francis Barrett’s ‘Magus’ and in Elias Ashmoles early account,; the manuscript itself contains much material not found in any of the surviving Kelley material (either the ‘Tractatus de Lapide Philosophorum’ or in the collection of texts which survived through the agency of Sigismond Bacstrom). The alchemical traditions of the Hermetic Society of the Golden Dawn are derived through the agencies of Fredrick Hockley et al, yet it is widely believed that a connection with the older tradition is to be sought in the German Gold und Rosenkreuz formed in the late 1500’s. This manuscript is clearly a translation from a German original, as it is known to be Kelley’s recipe for the Philosopher’s Stone. This indicates the possibility that the transmission of the alchemic mystery in the Rosicrucian Orders have come ultimately from the experiments of Dee and Kelley. 

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