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Splendor Solis

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In this new, definitive edition of the well-known 16th century alchemical text, Godwin at last does justice to Salomon Trismosin's work.

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Alchemical treatises of Salomon Trismosin, adept and teacher of Paracelsus, including 22 allegorical pictures reproduced from the original paintings in the unique manuscript on vellum, dated 1582, in the British Museum. With introduction, elucidation of the paintings, aiding the interpretation of their occult meaning, Trismosin's autobiographical account of his travels in search of the Philosopher's Stone, a summary of his alchemical process called "The Red Lion" and explanatory notes.

Introduction and commentary by Adam McLean.


"The Splendor Solis is one of the most beautiful of illuminated alchemical manuscripts. The earliest version, considered to be that now in the Kupferstichkabinett in the Prussian State Museum in Berlin, is dated 1532-35, and was made in the form of a medieval manuscript and illuminated on vellum, with decorative borders like a book of hours, beautifully painted and heightened with gold. The later copies in London, Kassel, Paris and Nuremberg are equally fine.

The work itself consists of a sequence of 22 elaborate images, set in ornamental borders and niches. The symbolic process shows the classical alchemical death and rebirth of the king, and incorporates a series of seven flasks, each associated with one of the planets. Within the flasks a process is shown involving the transformation of bird and animal symbols into the Queen and King, the white and the red tincture."      ~Adam McLean


"As a Spiritual-Mystic book, SPLENDOR SOLIS stands not only for imparting knowledge of the Splendour, or Occult Chemical, possibly Radioactive and Creative Power of Disassociated and Spiritualised GOLD, it intends also the Mystic GOLD, the DIVINE SOUL, the GOD and GOLD of TRUE HERMETIC PHILOSOPHY. The SECRET of HERMETIC SCIENCE OR PHILOSOPHY is as its name indicates : SOUL-KNOWLEDGE. Hermetic Science does not relate to material things, but uses Alchemical symbols as a blind for SPIRITUAL REALITIES. It is an Alchemy of the MIND and SOUL, a SPIRITUAL ALCHEMY."       ~Intro

Author Trismosin, Salomon
Coauthor McLean, Adam
Translator Godwin, Joscelyn
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 121 pp.
Publisher Phanes Press 1991
Series Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks
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