AESH MEZAREPH OR PURIFYING FIRE - WILLIAM W. WESTCOTT, 1950s - KABBALAH ALCHEMY
Title:AESH MEZAREPH OR PURIFYING FIRE: A Chymico-Kabalistic Treatise Collected
from the Kabala Denudata of Knorr Von Rosenroth, Translated by a Lover of
Philalethes, 1714; Preface, notes and explanations by "Sapere Aude"
Author: WILLIAM W. WESTCOTT
Publisher: Occult Research Press
City: New York Year: 1950s (First Edition of this imprint;
ND provided) Binding Style: Softcover Pagination: 60 Illustrated: Yes
Book Details + Condition: First Edition Thus. Softcover booklet,
Small octavo. Stapled in printed card covers. A work on the "kabalistic scheme of
alchymy" which survived, in fragmentary state, as part of the "Kabala
Denudata" of Knorr Von Rosenroth. It was published in 1894 as the fourth
volume of the "Collectanea Hermetica" series, edited by Westcott, who also authored the Preface, Notes and Explanations
under his magical name / motto "Sapere Aude." The present edition was published by Occult Research Press, an early imprint of what would become Samuel Weiser Publishing. In good condition: front cover has faded (it was originally green); old marks to wrapper edges (front & back); some pages have old folds (mainly corners); former owner's name on title page; interior is clean and free of markings otherwise. W. Wynn Westcott
(1848 – 1925) was one of the founders of
the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Supreme Magus of the Societas
Rosicruciana in Anglia (SRIA), and Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge (the
well-known London Masonic Lodge devoted to Masonic research).
William Wynn Westcott
William Wynn Westcott (1848-1925) was
an English Rosicrucian and Theosophist best known as a founder of the Hermetic
Order of the Golden Dawn, which was an offshoot of Societas Rosicruciana in
Anglia. Dr. William Wynn Westcott, S.L. MacGregor Mathers, and
William Robert Woodman formed the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in 1881.
The three men particularly wanted to expand their studies in Kabbalah,
occultism, alchemy, and ceremonial magic. Westcott decoded old documents,
Golden Dawn Cipher Manuscripts, which laid out five masonic initiations.
MacGregor Mathers rewrote the rituals, and ultimately they decided upon ten
levels of initiation corresponding to the ten sephiroth of the Kabbalah. "They taught Qabalah,
Alchemy, Astrology, Geomantic and Tarot Divination, Tattwa Vision and the
Pentagram Ritual. Much of the background material for these teachings came from
Dr. Westcott; his occult and metaphysical library was unrivaled in his