Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tabula Smaragdina Hermetis

Tabula Smaragdina Hermetis, the foundational word on Hermeticism, Alchemy, and the world. The Emerald Tablet of Hermes has taken on many forms and translations. Presented here is Titus Burckhardt's rendering, written in German from an Arabic language original, and translated into English. Particularly appealing are the nuances found in this text, in relation to those brought out from the Latin. The helix glyph at the head of the broadside was hand illuminated after printing, using weasel hair Chinese brushes and ink. Each highly detailed miniature constitues an emblem of the elemental forces of ancient thought, and is a cosmos of information unto itself. This is an edition of 22, letterpress printed on Revere Felt 100% cotton paper, each with a unique hand illuminated emblem, and numbered. This piece was printed at the Fall Equinox, 2009, and was originally presented at the first annual Esoteric Book Conference in Seattle, Washington. To purchase please inquire at: onikubi [at] gmail.com.

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