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Albion
06-29-2011, 12:37 PM
Free download [for me, hopefully for you as well] on scribd.

Scanning through the many images may prove rewarding for someone...


http://www.scribd.com/doc/58660580/Bibliotheca-Philosophica-Hermetica

3+O(
06-29-2011, 02:15 PM
Has there been any further news on the Ritman Library's financial troubles? The last I read the government had relocated the pre-1800s books to the Royal Library.

Albion
06-29-2011, 02:43 PM
Personally, I haven't been following that issue.

Here is an entry, dated 11/20/10, from another forum:

Dear all,
The world's best collection of hermetic literature, situated in Amsterdam, is in danger of being dissolved through the current actions of the recently-elected right wing government of the Netherlands and the Frisian Bank. Since the library contains a wide selection of books on alchemy, I thought this would be of interest to the group.
If the dissolution of this library troubles you, I hope you will look at the library's website (ritmanlibrary.nl) to see what it offers, and then take action to voice your concern.
The library, until this moment, has been open to the public AT NO COST. The dispersal of its volumes will make the study of this material more difficult, as they may very well enter into the hands of private collectors who may not be so committed to making the works available.


Looking over their homepage, I don't see any indication of a crisis. Perhaps, by now, it's all been resolved.

http://www.ritmanlibrary.nl/lib.html

Andro
08-28-2018, 05:40 PM
We have a great "Hermetic Museum" here in the Netherlands.

Are you referring to the Ritman Library by any chance?

Mr Curious
08-29-2018, 12:41 PM
Are you referring to the Ritman Library by any chance?
Yes. The "Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica" was originally set up by Ritman. It is now a part of the Dutch Royal Library.
Unfortunately the website does not have an English version: https://www.kb.nl/themas/boekgeschiedenis/gedrukte-boeken-tot-1800/amsterdam-bibliotheca-philosophica-hermetica

They have published a number of books with collections of images. I have one of those and have seen others.
They are pretty nice pictures of the Work in various forms and phases. Often things like flasks with dragons and lions and eagles in them, or flasks with a miniature world in them, or dragons and lions fighting in fire, stuff like that. And a full copy of the Mutus Liber and a few other picture books.

Andro
08-29-2018, 01:15 PM
Yes. The "Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica" was originally set up by Ritman. It is now a part of the Dutch Royal Library.
Unfortunately the website does not have an English version: https://www.kb.nl/themas/boekgeschiedenis/gedrukte-boeken-tot-1800/amsterdam-bibliotheca-philosophica-hermetica.

The Ritman Library - I knew they had some troubles and had to sell sell some of the collection, but it looks like they are open now (https://www.ritmanlibrary.com/visit-us/visit-the-library/), since November 2017, at their new location at 123 Keizersgracht, Amsterdam. Some of us from this forum visited the Library at the old place in 2014. Not sure if they are fully independent now or a part of the "royal" library.

Mr Curious
08-29-2018, 01:29 PM
As far as I know they are not independant but incorporated in the greater Royal Library organisation.
There was some hassle a few years ago but as far as I can see it has only relocated and the collection is still mostly intact.
They're not very communicative so to get the details I suppose it would be best to go there and hear one of the old guys out.