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Splendor Solis, Germany 1582

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Extraordinary edition facsimile of the publishing house Moleiro realized in 2010 of what has been called “the most beautiful treaty of Alchemy ever created”. Originally preserved in the British Library of London, signed Harley 3469, made in Germany in 1582.

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Extraordinary edition facsimile of the publishing house Moleiro realized in 2010 of what has been called “the most beautiful treaty of Alchemy ever created”. Originally preserved in the British Library of London, signed Harley 3469, made in Germany in 1582.

The Splendor Solis is a codex that contains, among its wonderful illustrations, a great explosion of fantasy and lyrical power that call attention to even the profane in the matter of Alchemy and Physics. In this extraordinarily illustrated treatise, keys of the cabal, astrology and alchemical symbolism are presented along 22 full-page illustrated pages of great chromatic richness and an almost baroque profusion of details.

The 22 paintings of large format, framed with floral or animal motifs, are difficult and hermetic interpretation. Especially relevant are the well-known Glaskolben, “glass flasks”, which are, in turn, framed in a luxurious central panel, surrounded by scenes typical of rural and urban life of late medieval Germany and presided over by the celestial image of A pagan god who seems to give cohesion and meaning to the whole of the image. The treatise, cryptic and strangely poetic, tells us in a veiled but precise way the keys of the elements in Nature, their combinations, their mixtures, their powers and their influences.

The codex consists of 100 pages, written in German with a delicate Germanic Gothic script. The text is embellished with initials whose enormous size and spectacular decoration are by themselves a reason for aesthetic enjoyment.

The history of the codex itself is no less interesting. Today called “Harley 3469” was seen by John Evelyn, court painter of King Charles II of England, in the library of Whitehall Palace, 2 of September of 1680; About him wrote that contained “processes for the Great Elixir of the philosophers” and that they adorned paintings of a great beauty. Later it passed into the hands of the German theologian Johann Cyprianus, and of the heirs of this one arrived at the private library of the powerful and aristocratic family Harley, protector of artists and eminently biblioiófila. The British Library bought it in 1753 for the ridiculous sum of £ 10,000. It is currently considered one of its most valuable treasures. Not in vain the Splendor Solis is the most beautiful and splendid alchemical treatise ever created.

Facsimile format 23 x 33 cm. 100 pages with 22 full page thumbnails. Bound in garnet leather with golden gilt and presented in elegant matching case.
Edition limited to 987 numbered copies and notarized.
Accompanied by an illustrated book, 188 pages, by Jörg Völlnagel (Historian of Art and associate researcher of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Thomas Hofmeier (Alchemy Historian, Institut für Geschichte und Hermeneutik der okkulten Wissenschaften, Basel), Peter Kidd (former conservator of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the Bodleian Library and the British Library) and Joscelyn Godwin (Professor of Music, Colgate University, New York).

Exemplary in perfect condition and complete.

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