and Known unto the Wise as the Crowd of the Philosophers. Hardcover. Small octavo. 158pp. + adverts. Maroon cloth with gilt title, etc. to spine, gilt Ouroboros design on front cover, index. A fine press edition, with the text of the 1896 edition beautifully printed in Goudy and Hoefler typefaces. Limited hand-numbered printing, this copy is one of a small group numbered below 50 which we recently discovered hidden in our store-room. (Although unstated the print-run is said to be 700 copies). "The Turba Philosophorum" (Assembly of the Alchemical Philosophers), is thought to date from the twelfth century, and is one of the earliest known Latin alchemical texts. It became one of the best known works in the alchemical lexicon, and is often quoted in later writings. Waite's translation remains one of the most comprehensive: Writing of the text in his autobiography, Waite observed "It was translated and annotated by myself using two recensions which are both well known to Hermetists"-in other words it contains both the major versions of the work, probably drawn from Manget's "Bibliotheca Chemica Curiosa" (1702). NEW. Fine in fine dust jacket.
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