Glasgow: Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks, 2002. This remarkable book written in the last half of the 16th century is an elaborate extended allegory in the form of three dreams. Through these the author is taken on strange journeys in which he meets various symbolic figures who lead him to realise the errors, deceptions and falsehoods of alchemy. He is guided by Bernard of Treviso towards an understanding of where the alchemical truth lies. This is one of the key allegories of alchemy. It appeared very early in alchemical publishing. Although written in Italian and never translated into Latin, this work must have influenced the explosion of the allegorical alchemy that appeared in the early 17th century. It draws upon the Hypnerotomachia (Dream of Poliphilus) printed in 1499, Nazari having the same fascination for elaborate descriptive detail of architecture and landscape. This is the first ever translation of this previously obscure work. Few will have heard of this work before, but this is truly one of the hidden gems of alchemical allegory. This book has a number of woodcut illustration that have become quite well known recently. Cloth bound in very good condition; A couplke spots of wear to the edge of the spine. Item #24901
Translated, with an Introduction, by Doug Skinner; Limited edition of 300 copies signed, dated and numbered by Publisher, Adam McLean; Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks No. 27; Hand-Bound in simulated brown leather with gilt spine title; 159 pages, Eight color engravings.