THE LIFE AND THE DOCTRINES OF PHILIPPUS THEOPHRASTUS, BOMBAST OF HOHENHEIM, KNOWN BY THE NAME OF PARACELSUS: EXTRACTED AND TRANSLATED FROM HIS RARE AND EXTENSIVE WORKS AND FROM SOME UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS — By Dr. Franz Hartmann — Early Edition, 1918 — Alchemy, Alchemical, Hermetic, Magic, Talismans, Occult —Authored The Alphabet of the Magi, A Tome of Instruction On How To Engrave the Names of Angels Upon Talismans
Publisher: The Theosophical Publishing Company, New York (1918)
THE LIFE AND THE DOCTRINES OF PHILIPPUS THEOPHRASTUS, BOMBAST OF HOHENHEIM, KNOWN BY THE NAME OF PARACELSUS: EXTRACTED AND TRANSLATED FROM HIS RARE AND EXTENSIVE WORKS AND FROM SOME UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS. Early edition from 1918 by Franz Hartmann, in overall well preserved condition. Cobalt blue boards with gilt title and decoration on spine. The boards and binding are solid and tight with minimal shelfwear. The pages are crisp and clean save for very light foxing on the first and last blank pages as well as the inside back board. Creasing on pages 224-225. Some pages have slight warping due to old moisture. 367 pages, with an Index. One of the first and most comprehensive biographies of Paracelsus, culminating from the works of several scarce manuscripts and other sources during the 19th century. Please see below for more information on Paracelsus.
Paracelsus (1493 - 1541), born Theophrastus von Hohenheim,was a Swiss physician, alchemist, and astrologer of the German Renaissance. He was a pioneer in several aspects of the "medical revolution" of the Renaissance, emphasizing the value of observation in combination with received wisdom. He is credited as the "father of toxicology". He also had a substantial impact as a prophet or diviner, his "Prognostications" being studied by Rosicrucians in the 1700s. Paracelsianism is the early modern medical movement inspired by the study of his works.
As a physician of the early 16th century, Paracelsus held a natural affinity with the Hermetic, Neoplatonic, and Pythagorean philosophies central to the Renaissance, a world-view exemplified by Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola. Astrology was a very important part of Paracelsus' medicine and he was a practicing astrologer. Paracelsus devoted several sections in his writings to the construction of astrological talismans for curing disease. He also invented an alphabet called the Alphabet of the Magi, for engraving angelic names upon talismans. Paracelsus largely rejected the philosophies of Aristotle and Galen, as well as the theory of humors. Although he did accept the concept of the four elements as water, air, fire, and earth, he saw them merely as a foundation for other properties on which to build. [Wikpedia]