PARACELSUS: A GENIUS AMIDST A TROUBLED WORLD — A SHORT ESSAY ON THE LIFE AND THE MAIN WORKS OF THIS GREAT PHYSICIAN, SCIENTIST AND PHILOSOPHER — By Brasilio de Telepnef — 1st Edition / 1st Printing, 1945 —Alchemy, Alchemical, Hermetic, Magick, Talismans, Occult — Authored Alphabet of the Magi, Instruction on How to Engrave the Names of Angels Upon Talismans
Publisher: Zollikofer & Co, St Gallen, Switzerland (1945)
In overall very well preserved condition. The boards and binding are solid and tight with minimal wear. The pages are crisp and clean. The dust jacket is also in exceedingly well preserved condition with minimal shelfwear; it remains uncut. 93 pages, with frontispiece and fold-out map. A scarce biography highlighting the alchemical, astrological, hermetic and medical achievements of this German Renaissance genius. 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. [Wikipedia]