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Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks



This series of 23 volumes of source texts from the hermetic tradition was published between 1979 and 1987 by Adam McLean, the editor of the Hermetic Journal. These were not reprints of earlier editions but each work was edited or translated from original source material in manuscript and printed books, and many of the volumes contained extensive commentary and introductory material. These were issued in small editions of 250 signed and numbered copies, handbound by the editor, and are rather rare, though occasionally copies come onto the second-hand bookmarket. Some of these editions sold out, but a few copies remain of some issues. The series was later issued by David Fideler of Phanes Press in new hardback and paperback editions (these have been indicated below).
  1. The Magical Calendar 1979 (Reissed by Phanes Press in 1994)
  2. The Mosaical Philosophy of Robert Fludd - Cabala
  3. The Crowning of Nature
  4. The Rosicrucian Emblems of Daniel Cramer (Reissued by Phanes Press in 1991)
  5. The Hermetic Garden of Daniel Stolcius
  6. The Rosary of the Philosophers
  7. The Amphitheatre Engravings of Heinrich Khunrath
  8. Splendor Solis (Reissued by Phanes Press in 1991)
  9. The 'Key' of Jacob Boehme (Reissued by Phanes Press in 1991)
  10. The Revelation of Revelations of Jane Leade
  11. A Commentary on the Mutus Liber (Reissued by Phanes Press in 1993)
  12. The Steganographia of Trithemius
  13. The Origin and Structure of the Cosmos - from Robert Fludd
  14. A Commentary of Goethe's Fairy Tale (Reissued by Phanes Press in 1993)
  15. A Treatise on Angel Magic (Reissued by Phanes Press in 1990)
  16. The Paradoxical Emblems of D.A. Freher
  17. The Heptarchia Mystica of John Dee
  18. Commentary on the Chymical Wedding (Reissued by Phanes Press in 1991)
  19. Alchemical Engravings of Mylius
  20. The Five Books of Mystical Exercises of John Dee
  21. The Dream of Poliphilus
  22. Atalanta Fugiens of Michael Maier (Reissued by Phanes Press in 1989)
  23. The Kabbalistic Diagrams of Rosenroth