Glasgow: Magnum Opus Source Works, 2008. First printing. Translated by Vincent Matley; Introduction and facsimile colored illustrations by Adam McLean; Limited edition of 100 copies signed and numbered by Adam McLean; Bound in faux brown leather; 70 pages, including 18 colored emblems. Item #21696
Cloth bound in fine condition.
The Solidonius series of eighteen watercolour emblems is an obscure alchemical work existing in at least sixteen manuscripts. It dates back to 1541, but the early version was rediscovered and reworked during the 18th century revival of interest in alchemical works in France. At the core of the emblem sequence is a strange meeting and merging of two figures. In other alchemical works, such as the Rosarium philosophorum, which is in fact contemporary with the early version of the Solidonius, this occurs through the figure of a hermaphrodite. Here we do have a meeting of male and female figures, but also a conjoining of two male figures. The idea being presented is the fusion of two polarised components. The work also incorporates the conventional sequence of alchemical colour changes.