All posts tagged: Rosicrucianism

Clavis Artis, Zoroaster

Zoroaster’s Clavis Artis, a mysterious alchemical manuscript

Clavis Artis is the title of an alchemical manuscript published in Germany in three volumes in the late 17th or early 18th century, attributed to Zoroaster (Zarathustra). It features numerous watercolor illustrations depicting alchemical images, as well as pen drawings of laboratory instruments. Three copies of the manuscript are known to exist, one at the Biblioteca […]

Robert Fludd's "Utriusque Cosmi...", 1617–24

Robert Fludd’s “Utriusque Cosmi…”, 1617–24

Robert Fludd (1574-1637) was an English physician, astrologer, mathematician, and mystic. His opus magnum, Utriusque cosmi maioris scilicet et minoris metaphysica, physica atqve technica historia, was published in two volumes between 1617 and 1624. The encyclopedic book covers different subjects such as optics, music, perspective drawing, engineering, as well as Rosicrucianist themes, theosophy and the Qabalah. Read more […]

Alchemical and Rosicrucian compendium, ca. 1760, Python

Alchemical and Rosicrucian compendium, ca. 1760

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is a great resource for finding high-res digitizations of alchemical and mystical book illustrations. The following were taken from an “Alchemical and Rosicrucian compendium”, dated ca. 1760. No further information about this specific record is provided, but there is a very informative blog post about their European Alchemy collection. The uncopyrighted […]