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The Rosicrucian Emblems of Daniel Cramer
Introduction and Commentary by Adam McLean
ISBN: 9780933999886
Translated by Fiona Tait
Book (Paperback)
Phanes Press
$15.00
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
80 pages
January 1, 1991


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The Rosicrucian Emblems is a significant yet little-known work of emblematic philosophy published in 1617, only one year after the appearance of The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz.

The work consists of 40 emblematic plates, each bearing a title, together with a verse from the Bible and two lines in Latin. The plates revolve around the symbolism of the heart, which undergoes a variety of processes and experiences through a cycle of 40 stages.

Adam McLean, in his introduction and commentary, elucidates the history of the text and the nature of the symbolism. He convincingly argues that Cramer, a Protestant theologian, was consciously trying to produce a series of spiritual exercises for a Protestant, esoteric Christianity. McLean outlines a way to work with the emblems and their symbolism and suggests that "a work as profound and as simple as this can never die, but must always be a source of inspiration."

This book is a Rosicrucian item of great interest and will be greatly valued by all students of emblematic philosophy and the Hermetic tradition. Highly illustrated.

Adam McLean is a well known authority on alchemical texts and symbolism. He is the editor and publisher of over 40 books on alchemical and Hermetic ideas. Based in the UK, he has been writing and researching alchemical and hermetic literature for many years. Between 1978 and 1992, he edited the Hermetic Journal and began publishing the Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks, including The Alchemical Mandala, The Magical Calendar, and Rosicrucian Emblems. McLean organized the alchemy website, www.levity.com/alchemy and an extensive reference work on the subject. He lives in England.
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