Alchemy & Mysticism.
Alchemy & Mysticism
107 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012
9783836549363, $19.99, HC, 576pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: In the pages of "Alchemy & Mysticism", author Axlexander Roob and The Hermetic Museum takes readers on a magical mystery tour spanning an arc from the medieval cosmogram and images of Christian mysticism, through the fascinating world of alchemy to the art of the Romantic era. The enigmatic hieroglyphs of cabalists, Rosicrucians, and freemasons are shown to be closely linked with the early scientific illustrations in the fields of medicine, chemistry, optics, and color theory. Even for those with no knowledge of the fascinating history of alchemy, "Alchemy & Mysticism" is a delight to explore. Each richly illustrated chapter begins with an introduction and quotes from alchemists. The roots of surrealism and many other more recent artistic movements can be found in this treasure trove.
Critique: An inherently fascinating and thoroughly absorbing read from beginning to end, "Alchemy & Mysticism" is a richly illustrated and exceptionally informative study that is very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, community, and academic library Metaphysical Sciences reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.