Glasgow: 2011. 72 pages. Item #26644
Hardbound in very good condition in a very good dust jacket.
This late 18th century alchemical allegory has been associated with the Comte de Saint-Germain and also with Cagliostro. Many theories have been advanced about its meaning. It is perhaps best known through Manly Palmer Hall's book Most Holy Trinosophia published in 1933. Many people take this as an authoritative commentary on the work but closer study reveals the usual muddle and jumble of theosophical ideas that characterises Hall's thought and he entirely misses the content of the work in his rush to link it up with all sorts of spurious traditions and esoteric ideas. Perhaps because of this it has been much neglected in recent times. Adam McLean has now devised this study course to allow the work to speak its message clearly. For the first time this work is explained line by line, section by section, idea by idea. This course will be entirely based on understanding the structure of the allegory and the text itself. McLean's approach, as in his other work with alchemical material, is to uncover what is actually in the text and images themselves and resist the temptation to make a trite interpretation, or project a mass of external ideas onto the work.