Splendor Solis

Harley MS. 3469

The study book of the most beautiful alchemy treatise ever made is now available for you. We are talking about the Splendor Solis (1582, Harley 3469), a British Library gem bound in luxury red fabric and French book jacket. This very thorough edition includes all its miniatures, 22 full page images with their many nuances, alongside a full explanation that will allow you to discover every little detail of this beauty.
 
The authors, subject matter experts: Jörg Völlnagel, Thomas Hofmeier, Peter Kidd and Joscelyn Godwin, introduce us to the secrets of its iconography, the background and the full history of the manuscript, as well as show us the meaning of each image and the full codex mysteries.

According to Berlin Staatliche Museum art historian & researcher, Mr. Jörg Völlnagel words, «The Splendor Solis is not at all a laboratory book [...]. It rather spreads the alchemy philosophy, under which the alchemist lives and acts according to the natural rules. Therefore, he respects the divine creation but he contributes to its development and growth by following the alchemy principles. »
Splendor Solis Harley MS. 3469



The study book of the most beautiful alchemy treatise ever made is now available for you. We are talking about the Splendor Solis (1582, Harley 3469), a British Library gem bound in luxury red fabric and French book jacket. This very thorough edition includes all its miniatures, 22 full page images with their many nuances, alongside a full explanation that will allow you to discover every little detail of this beauty.
 
The authors, subject matter experts: Jörg Völlnagel, Thomas Hofmeier, Peter Kidd and Joscelyn Godwin, introduce us to the secrets of its iconography, the background and the full history of the manuscript, as well as show us the meaning of each image and the full codex mysteries.

According to Berlin Staatliche Museum art historian & researcher, Mr. Jörg Völlnagel words, «The Splendor Solis is not at all a laboratory book [...]. It rather spreads the alchemy philosophy, under which the alchemist lives and acts according to the natural rules. Therefore, he respects the divine creation but he contributes to its development and growth by following the alchemy principles. »

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The study book of the most beautiful alchemy treatise ever made is now available for you. We are talking about the Splendor Solis (1582, Harley 3469), a British Library gem bound in luxury red fabric and French book jacket. This very thorough edition includes all its miniatures, 22 full page images with their many nuances, alongside a full explanation that will allow you to discover every little detail of this beauty.
 
The authors, subject matter experts: Jörg Völlnagel, Thomas Hofmeier, Peter Kidd and Joscelyn Godwin, introduce us to the secrets of its iconography, the background and the full history of the manuscript, as well as show us the meaning of each image and the full codex mysteries.

According to Berlin Staatliche Museum art historian & researcher, Mr. Jörg Völlnagel words, «The Splendor Solis is not at all a laboratory book [...]. It rather spreads the alchemy philosophy, under which the alchemist lives and acts according to the natural rules. Therefore, he respects the divine creation but he contributes to its development and growth by following the alchemy principles. »

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Size: 230 x 330 mm
Pages: 182
Illustrations: 77 full-colour
Language: English, French or Spanish
ISBN: 978-8496400-68-9

Contents:

From the Editor to the Reader

Introduction
Jörg Völlnagel (Art historian, research associate at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin)

The Alchemy of the Splendor Solis
Thomas Hofmeier (Historian of Alchemy, Institut für Geschichte und Hermeneutik der Geheimwissenschaften, Basel)

The Origins of the Splendor Solis
Jörg Völlnagel

The Provenance of the Harley Splendor Solis
Peter Kidd (Former curator of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts at the Bodleian and British Libraries)

Commentaries on the Twenty-two Paintings
Jörg Völlnagel

Translation of the text
Joscelyn Godwin (Professor of Music, Colgate University, New York)

Appendix

Bibliography

 

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