Hermetic Database (Late Antiquity, Renaissance)

Esta lista de recursos online se circunscribe al estudio histórico-crítico del hermetismo y campos relacionados, con especial referencia a la Antigüedad Tardía (concretamente, la Historia del Pensamiento en el Mediterráneo oriental) y el Renacimiento (concretamente, la Historia de la Ciencia en Europa). Hemos reflejado aquellos proyectos, investigadores y publicaciones especializadas que, consideramos, presentan una mayor utilidad en el estudio multidisciplinar del hermetismo teórico-práctico. Nuestro objetivo no es publicar una lista exhaustiva de recursos online, sino un punto de partida útil y ordenado para los aficionados y estudiosos de la materia.

Si es usted un investigador o editor cuyo campo de estudio se circunscribe tanto en la perspectiva histórico-crítica adoptada, como en el conjunto de materias acotadas, no dude en ponerse en contacto con nosotros (ivanelvira@studiahermetica.com), con el fin de que valoremos su inclusión. Naturalmente, si no desea verse reflejado en esta lista, háganoslo saber y retiraremos sus datos. Igualmente, si su filiación académica ha cambiado.

Actualmente (2018-), los países que cuentan con una mayor tradición en el estudio histórico-crítico de la Historia de la filosofía hermética, centrándonos en todo momento en la Antigüedad y el Renacimiento, son Italia, Francia, el Reino Unido y los Estados Unidos. En menor medida, Alemania, Bélgica y Holanda. Obviamente, cuando vinculamos a un investigador cualquiera a un determinado país, lo hacemos en razón de su filiación académica, no de su nacionalidad.

Este documento no reviste la forma de un artículo académico; su propósito principal es el de servir de apoyo para el emprendimiento de estudios serios sobre las materias listadas, por lo que estará sometido a constante revisión.

El Sr. Rodríguez Guerrero, editor de la Revista Azogue, publica en su actual blog recursos relacionados con la Historia de la Alquimia, con idéntico ánimo: https://buscandolapiedrafilosofal.wordpress.com/.

Campos de investigación abarcados: Coptología, Egiptología, Historia de la Antigüedad Tardía, Historia intelectual del Renacimiento, Estudios bizantinos y neogriegos, Historia de la Alquimia, Historia de la Magia, Historia de la Astrología, Historia del Hermetismo, Historia del Medioplatonismo y el Neoplatonismo, Historia de la Ciencia, Epigrafía y Paleografía griegas y latinas, Arqueología del Egipto helenístico-romano, Historia de las religiones.

Fecha de actualización: 31 de diciembre de 2018.


This list of online resources is limited to the historical-critical study of Hermetism and related fields, with special reference to Late Antiquity (concretely, the History of Thought in the Eastern Mediterranean world) and the Renaissance (specifically, the History of Science in Europe). We have reflected those projects, researchers and specialized publications that, we believe, display a greater utility in the multidisciplinary study of theoretical-practical hermetism. Our goal is not to publish an exhaustive list of online resources, but a useful and orderly starting point for amateurs and scholars in the subject.

If you are a researcher or an editor whose field of study is circumscribed both in the historical-critical perspective and in the set of mentioned areas, do not hesitate to contact us (ivanelvira@studiahermetica.com), so we will appraise your inclusion. Naturally, if you do not want to be reflected in this list, let us know so we will withdraw your data asap. Also, if your academic affiliation has changed.

Currently (2018-), the countries that have a greater tradition in the historical-critical study of the History of Hermetic philosophy, focusing at all times on Antiquity and Renaissance, are Italy, France, United Kingdom and the United States. To a lesser extent, Germany, Belgium and Netherlands. Obviously, when we link a researcher to a specific country, we do so because of their academic affiliation, not their nationality.

This document is not in the form of an academic article. Its main purpose is to provide support for the undertaking of serious studies on the listed materials, so it will be subject to constant review.

Mr. Rodríguez Guerrero, editor of Azogue Journal, has been published in his current blog resources related to the History of Alchemy, aimed by the same spirit: https://buscandolapiedrafilosofal.wordpress.com/.

Fields of research covered: Coptology, Egyptology, History of Late Antiquity, Intellectual History of the Renaissance, Byzantine and Neo-Greek Studies, History of Alchemy, History of Magic, History of Astrology, History of Hermetism, History of Middle Platonism and Neo Platonism, History of Science, Greek and Latin Epigraphy and Paleography, Archeology of Hellenistic-Roman Egypt, History of Religions.

Updated: December 31th, 2018.


Institutions and learned societies

 

Società Internazionale per lo Studio del Medioevo Latino (SISMEL): http://www.sismelfirenze.it/

International Plato Society: http://platosociety.org/

International Society for Neoplatonic Studies: http://www.isns.us/

International Association for Coptic Studies: http://www.cmcl.it/~iacs/ 

Centro Internazionale di Studi Bruniani “Giovanni Aquilecchia” (CISB): http://www.giordanobruno.it/

Centre Jean Pépin: http://umr8230.vjf.cnrs.fr/?lang=fr

The Plato Centre – Trinity College Dublin: https://www.tcd.ie/plato/index.php 

The Warburg Institute: https://warburg.sas.ac.uk/

Institut für Ägyptologie und Koptologie: http://www.uni-muenster.de/IAEK/saek2018/ 

The Yale Department of Religious Studies: https://religiousstudies.yale.edu/

• Graduate program: Ancient Christianity: https://religiousstudies.yale.edu/academics/fields-study/ancient-christianity


Ongoing projects & online resources

 

Hermes Latinus: http://www.corpuschristianorum.org/series/pdf/Xenium%20natalicium%201953-2003_HERMLAT.pdf

• Progression: http://www.corpuschristianorum.org/series/pdf/CCCM_HERMES%20LATINVS_022018.pdf

Le Projet Ramsès (Université de Liège): http://www.egypto.ulg.ac.be/Ramses.htm

• Ramses online: http://ramses.ulg.ac.be/

Digital Egypt for Universities (UCL): http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums-static/digitalegypt/

• Ptolemaic Egypt: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums-static/digitalegypt//gr/index.html.
• Roman and Byzantine Egypt: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums-static/digitalegypt//roman/index.html

Trismegistos. An interdisciplinary Platform for Ancient World Texts and Related Information: http://www.trismegistos.org/index.html

• TM Magic — Religious, Ritual, Magical and Divinatory texts (An online metadata database by F. Naether / M. Depauw Universität zu Köln / Universität Leipzig): https://www.trismegistos.org/magic/about.php

• Fayum archives: http://www.trismegistos.org/arch/fayum.php

• Trismegistos Geo: http://www.trismegistos.org/geo/google.php

Online Egyptological Bibliography (OEB): http://oeb.griffith.ox.ac.uk/

Bibel + Orient Datenbank Online (BODO): http://www.bible-orient-museum.ch/bodo/

Propylaeum is the “Specialized Information Service for Classical Studies” (FID): https://www.propylaeum.de/en/home/

IKGF – Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung: http://www.ikgf.uni-erlangen.de/

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science: https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/

Centre de Papyrologie et d’Epigraphie grecque (Université Libre de Bruxelles): http://dev.ulb.ac.be/philo/bad/copte/base.php?page=rechercher.php

Epigraphic Database Bari project (EDB): http://www.edb.uniba.it/

Papyri.info: http://papyri.info/

Bryn Mawr Classical Review: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/


Publishers

 

Les Belles Lettres (https://www.lesbelleslettres.com/):

• Collection Giordano Bruno: https://www.lesbelleslettres.com/collections/24-giordano-bruno

• Textes grecs: https://www.lesbelleslettres.com/les-budes/serie-grecque

Brill (http://www.brill.com/):

  • Publications

Humanism, Theology, and Spiritual Crisis in Renaissance Florence: Giovanni Caroli’s Liber dierum lucensium: http://www.brill.com/products/reference-work/humanism-theology-and-spiritual-crisis-renaissance-florence-giovanni-carolis-liber-dierum-lucensium
The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius: http://www.brill.com/products/book/fabrica-andreas-vesalius
Christoph Rothmann’s Discourse on the Comet of 1585: http://www.brill.com/products/book/christoph-rothmanns-discourse-comet-1585
Time and the Science of the Soul in Early Modern Philosophy: http://www.brill.com/time-and-science-soul-early-modern-philosophy
Copernicus in the Cultural Debates of the Renaissance: http://www.brill.com/products/book/copernicus-cultural-debates-renaissance
Kepler’s Cosmological Synthesis: http://www.brill.com/keplers-cosmological-synthesis
A Catalogue of the Manuscripts of Christiaan Huygens including a concordance with his Oeuvres Complètes: http://www.brill.com/catalogue-manuscripts-christiaan-huygens-including-concordance-his-oeuvres-completes
Matter and Form in Early Modern Science and Philosophy: http://www.brill.com/matter-and-form-early-modern-science-and-philosophy
Medical Humanism and Natural Philosophy: http://www.brill.com/medical-humanism-and-natural-philosophy
Thought Experiments in Methodological and Historical Contexts: http://www.brill.com/thought-experiments-methodological-and-historical-contexts
Key Texts of Johann Wilhelm Ritter (1776-1810) on the Science and Art of Nature: http://www.brill.com/key-texts-johann-wilhelm-ritter-1776-1810-science-and-art-nature
Evidence and Interpretation in Studies on Early Science and Medicine: http://www.brill.com/evidence-and-interpretation-studies-early-science-and-medicine
The Astronomical Tables of Giovanni Bianchini: http://www.brill.com/astronomical-tables-giovanni-bianchini
The Stepchildren of Science: http://www.brill.com/products/book/stepchildren-science
European Collections of Scientific Instruments, 1550-1750: http://www.brill.com/european-collections-scientific-instruments-1550-1750
Emblems and the Natural World: http://www.brill.com/products/book/emblems-and-natural-world
Astrology and Numerology in Medieval and Early Modern Catalonia: http://www.brill.com/astrology-and-numerology-medieval-and-early-modern-catalonia
Meditatio – Refashioning the Self: http://www.brill.com/meditatio-refashioning-self
Late Medieval and Early Modern Corpuscular Matter Theories: http://www.brill.com/late-medieval-and-early-modern-corpuscular-matter-theories
Philosophies of Technology: Francis Bacon and his Contemporaries (2 vols): http://www.brill.com/philosophies-technology-francis-bacon-and-his-contemporaries-2-vols
Spirits Unseen: The Representation of Subtle Bodies in Early Modern European Culture: http://www.brill.com/spirits-unseen-representation-subtle-bodies-early-modern-european-culture
Paracelsus: The Man and his Reputation, his Ideas and their Transformation: http://www.brill.com/paracelsus-man-and-his-reputation-his-ideas-and-their-transformation
The Problem of the Rational Soul in the Thirteenth Century: http://www.brill.com/problem-rational-soul-thirteenth-century
Ancient Medicine in Its Socio-Cultural Context, Volume 1: http://www.brill.com/products/book/ancient-medicine-its-socio-cultural-context-volume-1
Ancient Medicine in Its Socio-Cultural Context, Volume 2: http://www.brill.com/products/book/ancient-medicine-its-socio-cultural-context-volume-2
Time, Astronomy, and Calendars: http://www.brill.com/publications/time-astronomy-and-calendars

Christoph Rothmann’s Discourse on the Comet of 1585: https://brill.com/view/title/24646

Spanish Science in the Age of the New: https://brill.com/view/book/edcoll/9789004360372/BP000027.xml
Nicholas of Cusa and Times of Transition: https://brill.com/view/title/38773

Religio-philosophical discourses in the Mediterranean world. From Plato, through Jesus, to late antiquity: https://brill.com/view/title/34553

Brepols (http://www.brepols.net/Pages/Home.aspx)

  • Publications

Hermetism from Late Antiquity to Humanism: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503516165-1
Chaldaean Oracles and Theurgy: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782851212436-3
Bibliographie analytique de la prière grecque et romaine. Deuxième édition complétée et augmentée (1898-2003): http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503524306-1
Contextualizing the Sacred in the Hellenistic and Roman Near East: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503569635-1
Lux perpetua: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9788884194237-1
Les Mystères : nouvelles perspectives: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503570501-1
L’offrande du lotus dans les temples égyptiens de l’époque tardive: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=ON-M1-F1-05850060200-1
Religions de Rome: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503569338-1
Les religions orientales dans le paganisme romain: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9788884192899-1
Puissances divines à l’épreuve du comparatisme: Puissances divines à l’épreuve du comparatisme: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503569444-1
The Strange Death of Pagan Rome: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503549422-1
Les syncrétismes religieux dans le monde méditerranéen antique: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9789074461276-1
De la crise naquirent les cultes: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503554617-1
Astrologie et religion chez les Grecs et les Romains: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9789074461429-1
La déesse Korè-Perséphone: mythe, culte et magie en Attique: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503565088-1
Astrologica et divinatoria: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503044477-1
De triginta sex decanis: http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503044415-1
Adorare caelestia, gubernare terrena. Atti del Colloquio Internazionale in onore di Paolo Lucentini (Napoli, 6-7 Novembre 2007): http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503534909-1

Greek Alchemy from Late Antiquity to Early Modernity: https://www.brepolsonline.net/doi/book/10.1484/M.DDA-EB.5.116173
–Graeco-Egyptian, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Alchemy: Introductory Remarks, p. 11. Vangelis Koutalis, Matteo Martelli, Gerasimos Merianos: https://doi.org/10.1484/M.DDA-EB.5.116310

 

A Companion to Religion in Late Antiquity: https://books.google.es/books?hl=es&lr=&id=islZDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA411&ots=Cp9oQ2nw-7&sig=qukesRuYze2H6j1wiOM-A07T5c0#v=onepage&q&f=false
Revival: Mysticism (1911): https://books.google.es/books?hl=es&lr=&id=LUlaDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PT19&ots=BW2gf2pSDH&sig=MWcgKiybC-fKIUDumkvfIIzOMsc#v=onepage&q&f=false
Revival: The Psychology of Medicine (1921): https://books.google.es/books?hl=es&lr=&id=EUlaDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PT10&ots=5JlYhcYeJ6&sig=RqsW5njLeJw422IqefOUMbM3WZ0#v=onepage&q&f=false
Supernatural: Death, Meaning, and the Power of the Invisible World by Clay Routledge, by Clay Routledge Oxford University Press, 2018
Ancient Philosophy: https://www.pdcnet.org/pdc/bvdb.nsf/purchase?openform&fp=ancientphil&id=ancientphil_2018_0038_0001_0229_0232
Church History: “An Alchemical Quest for Universal Knowledge: The ‘Christian Philosophy’ of Jan Baptist Van Helmont (1579–1644). By Georgiana D. Hedesan”: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/church-history/article/an-alchemical-quest-for-universal-knowledge-the-christian-philosophy-of-jan-baptist-van-helmont-15791644-by-georgiana-d-hedesan-universal-reform-studies-in-intellectual-history-15501700-london-routledge-2016-xix-244-pp-14995-cloth/0AF24C35242FE9FA37E605B6211C6E61
Paracelso: una de las raíces de la química: http://repository.udistrital.edu.co/handle/11349/11680
Platonism in Twelfth-Century Western Philosophy: https://www.pdcnet.org/pdc/bvdb.nsf/purchase?openform&fp=wcp23&id=wcp23_2018_0021_0041_0050
A Summary of Proclus’ Lost First Argument On the Eternity of the World in al-Shahrastani’s works: https://www.pdcnet.org/pdc/bvdb.nsf/purchase?openform&fp=wcp23&id=wcp23_2018_0017_0017_0025

Art and Mathematics in Matila Ghyka’s Philosophical Aesthetics. A Pythagorean Approach on Contemporary Aesthetics: http://cornelmoraru.ro/project/art-and-mathematics-in-matila-ghykas-philosophical-aesthetics-a-pythagorean-approach-on-contemporary-aesthetics/

Wordsworth and Coleridge: the radical years: https://books.google.es/books/about/Wordsworth_and_Coleridge.html?id=0IBbAAAAMAAJ&redir_esc=y

Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy: Porphyry’s Philosophy of Art and Religious Imagery: https://www.pdcnet.org/pdc/bvdb.nsf/purchase?openform&fp=wcp23&id=wcp23_2018_0002_0004_0011_0015
In What Sense Does the One Exist? Existence and Hypostasis in Plotinus: https://philpapers.org/rec/WIIIWS
Plotinus’s Language of Seeing: Marsilio Ficino on Enneads V.3, V.8 and III.8: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12138-018-0465-y
Constructions of Hellenism Through Printing and Editorial Choices: The Case of Adrien de Turnèbe, Royal Lecturer and Printer in Greek (1512–1565): https://www.researchgate.net/publication/325765990_Constructions_of_Hellenism_Through_Printing_and_Editorial_Choices_The_Case_of_Adrien_de_Turnebe_Royal_Lecturer_and_Printer_in_Greek_1512-1565
Daily Life in Late Antiquity: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/everyday-life-in-late-antiquity/9F6D7A8BE0719AC436E55A25D6F44E73

Platonic Pathways: Selected Papers from the Fourteenth Annual Conference of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies: https://philpapers.org/rec/FINPPS

The Cambridge Platonists: material and immaterial substance: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429019487/chapters/10.4324%2F9780429508158-8
Peter Abelard on mental perception: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429019609/chapters/10.4324%2F9780429508196-7
Hermetica II: The Excerpts of Stobaeus, Papyrus Fragments, and Ancient Testimonies in an English Translation with Notes and Introduction: https://books.google.es/books?id=YHVjDwAAQBAJ&lr=&hl=es&source=gbs_navlinks_s
The Sphinx at the Séance: Literature, Spiritualism and Psycho-Archaeology: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429847318/chapters/10.4324%2F9780429454967-12
Monastic Education in Late Antiquity: The Transformation of Classical Paideia: https://books.google.es/books?id=BjNlDwAAQBAJ&dq=neoplatonism&lr=&hl=es&source=gbs_navlinks_s
A Study on the Monumental Center of Ancient Alexandria: The Identification of the Ptolemaic Mouseion and the Urban Transformation in Late Antiquity: https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/klio.2018.100.issue-1/klio-2018-0009/klio-2018-0009.xml
Neoplatonic Demons and Angels: https://philpapers.org/rec/BRINDA
Evil Demons in the De Mysteriis: Assessing the Iamblichean Critique of Porphyry’s Demonology: https://philpapers.org/rec/OEDI

Franciscans and the Elixir of Life: Religion and Science in the Later Middle Ages. By Zachary A. Matus. The Middle Ages Series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/church-history/article/franciscans-and-the-elixir-of-life-religion-and-science-in-the-later-middle-ages-by-zachary-a-matus-the-middle-ages-series-philadelphia-university-of-pennsylvania-press-2017-216-pp-5995-cloth/7AF307EEF886A73682C58F495C939692
A Companion to Late Antique Literature: https://books.google.es/books?id=jbpmDwAAQBAJ&lr=&hl=es&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Plotinus on Light and Vision: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/18725473-12341413
Plants Versus Animals in Hellenistic Thought: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-96047-0_6
The Idea of Ideoplasty and Occult Phenomena in the Theoretical and Empirical Research of Julian Ochorowicz: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/preternature.7.2.0239?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
Hildegard von Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum: A Musical and Metaphysical Analysis: https://books.google.es/books?hl=es&lr=&id=EQprDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PP10&ots=0bfR6Hf4_S&sig=msC5HRYksk1tKJ60c45Y_EIUcf8#v=onepage&q&f=false
Fruits of Migration: https://brill.com/view/title/34857#page=59
The influence of Hipparchus in Antikythera mechanism: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1384107618302227
Dialectic after Plato and Aristotle: https://books.google.es/books?hl=es&lr=&id=1xNwDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA320&dq=neoplatonism&ots=QLwLWiRbHJ&sig=avlrZDqp3AjwsjSAJVdmxuA5BiY#v=onepage&q=neoplatonism&f=false

Exploring Gregory of Nyssa: Philosophical, Theological, and Historical Studies: https://books.google.es/books?hl=es&lr=&id=DrlwDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA220&dq=neoplatonism&ots=AVgBfjT0ZW&sig=_oSUUZM0ihCz1hiudyfFjafI34s#v=onepage&q=neoplatonism&f=false

The Gnostic World: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781317201854
–“Hermetism and Gnosticism” (Jean-Pierre Mahé): https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781317201854

Magical and Mechanical Evidence: The Late-Renaissance Automata of Francesco I de’ Medici: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-91869-3_8
Byzantine Alchemy, or the Era of Systematization: https://www.academia.edu/37521364/Byzantine_Alchemy_or_the_Era_of_Systematization
Quevedo and Medical Polemic, from the Sueños to the Enlightenment: https://www.academia.edu/37523975/Quevedo_and_Medical_Polemic_from_the_Sue%C3%B1os_to_the_Enlightenment

The Religious Metaphysics of Vladimir Solovyov: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-02339-3_2


Journals: Ancient thought, Late Antiquity, Renaissance

 

Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies: http://grbs.library.duke.edu/index. GRBS is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal devoted to the culture and history of Greece from Antiquity to the Renaissance, featuring research on all aspects of the Hellenic world from prehistoric antiquity through the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods, including studies of modern classical scholarship.

Kernos is the only international scientific journal entirely devoted to the study of the religious facts and phenomena in ancient Greece: http://journals.openedition.org/kernos/

The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition: http://www.brill.com/international-journal-platonic-tradition

Revue des Études Tardo-Antiques: http://www.revue-etudes-tardo-antiques.fr/presentation-de-la-revue/

Journal of Late Antiquity (JLA) is the award-winning first international English-language journal dedicated to the study of Late Antiquity writ large: http://muse.jhu.edu/journal/399

Phronesis. The Phronesis is the leading international journal dealing specifically with the study of ancient Greek and Roman thought: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/15685284/

Micrologus: http://www.sismel.it/tilist.asp

Ambix: http://www.ambix.org/publications/ambix/
• Chemical Intelligence newsletter: http://www.ambix.org/publications/chemical-intelligence

Nuncius: http://www.brill.com/publications/journals/nuncius

Early Science and Medicine: http://www.brill.com/early-science-and-medicine

Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes: https://warburg.sas.ac.uk/publications/journal-warburg-and-courtauld-institutes

The Review of Metaphysics: https://www.pdcnet.org/collection-anonymous/browse?fp=revmetaph

The Journal of Ecclesiastical History: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-ecclesiastical-history

Études platoniciennes: https://journals.openedition.org/etudesplatoniciennes/

–Timotin A., La prière dans la tradition platonicienne, de Platon à Proclus: https://journals.openedition.org/etudesplatoniciennes/1398


List of scholars (active during the last 10 years)

UK

George Boys-Stones: https://durham.academia.edu/GeorgeBoysStones
Sacha Stern: https://ucl.academia.edu/SachaStern
Eleni Pachoumi: https://eap.academia.edu/EleniPachoumi
Michael Zellmann-Rohrer: http://www.classics.ox.ac.uk/michaelzellmann-rohrer.html
Ole Peter Grell: http://www.open.ac.uk/people/opg3
Charles Burnett: https://warburg.sas.ac.uk/charles-burnett
Sophie Page: https://ucl.academia.edu/SophiePage
Morwenna Ludlow: https://exeter.academia.edu/MorwennaLudlow
Christina Riggs: https://eastanglia.academia.edu/ChristinaRiggs
David N Sedley: https://cambridge.academia.edu/DavidSedley
Johannes Zachhuber: https://oxford.academia.edu/JohannesZachhuber
Constance Blackwell: https://birkbeck.academia.edu/ConstanceBlackwell
Frederick Lauritzen: https://independent.academia.edu/FrederickLauritzen
Paul Magdalino: https://risweb.st-andrews.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/paul-magdalino(dc69359b-e6c0-478b-8508-680aeaa2ee2f).html
Anna Laura Puliafito: https://warwick.academia.edu/AnnaLauraPuliafito
Ioannis Papadopoulos: https://leeds.academia.edu/IoannisPapadopoulos
Norman Russell: https://www.ssho.ox.ac.uk/about/staff/honorary-research-fellows.html

Belgium

Mark Depauw: https://kuleuven.academia.edu/MarkDepauw
Gert Baetens: https://kuleuven.academia.edu/GertBaetens
Willy Clarysse: https://kuleuven.academia.edu/WillyClarysse
Herbert Verreth: https://trismegistos.academia.edu/HerbertVerreth
Nico Dogaer: https://kuleuven.academia.edu/NicoDogaer
Teodoro Katinis: https://ugent.academia.edu/TeodoroKatinis
Katelijn Vandorpe: https://kuleuven.academia.edu/KatelijnVandorpe
Sébastien Moureau: https://uclouvain.be/fr/repertoires/sebastien.moureau
Kristoffel Demoen: http://research.flw.ugent.be/en/kristoffel.demoen

Italy

Marco Beretta: https://unibo.academia.edu/MarcoBeretta
Claudio Moreschini: https://patristicum.academia.edu/ClaudioMoreschini
Ilaria L. E. Ramelli: http://www.isns.us/directory/europe/ramelliilaria.htm
• Interview: http://philosophyofreligion.org/?p=476675

Vittoria Perrone Compagni: https://www.sns.it/sites/default/files/perronecompagnivittoriacv2014.pdf
Alberto Camplani: https://wwwuniroma1.academia.edu/AlbertoCamplani
Giulia Gasparro: https://unime.academia.edu/GiuliaGasparro
Mariangela Monaca: https://unime.academia.edu/MariangelaMonaca
Agostino Paravicini Bagliani: https://sismelfirenze.academia.edu/AgostinoParaviciniBagliani
Marco Zambon: https://unipd.academia.edu/MarcoZambon
Vimercati Emmanuele: https://www.pul.it/team/vimercati-emmanuele/
Attilio Mastrocinque: https://univr.academia.edu/AttilioMastrocinque
Matteo Martelli: https://unibo.academia.edu/MatteoMartelli
Francesca Alesse: https://libero.academia.edu/FrancescaAlesse
Claudia Maggi: https://independent.academia.edu/ClaudiaMaggi
Francesco Paparella: https://unibg.academia.edu/francescopaparella
Alessandro Palazzo: https://unitn.academia.edu/AlessandroPalazzo
Antonella Sannino: http://docenti2.unior.it/index2.php?user_id=asannino&content_id_start=1
Pasquale Arfé: http://www.uniba.it/docenti/arfe-pasquale 
Pinella Travaglia: http://www3.unisi.it/ricerca/prog/fil-med-online/htm/travaglia.htm
Carmela Baffioni: http://docenti.unior.it/index2.php?user_id=baffioni&content_id_start=1
Antonella Straface: http://docenti2.unior.it/index2.php?user_id=astraface&content_id_start=1
Fabrizio Lelli: https://unile.academia.edu/FabrizioLelli
Michela Pereira: https://sismelfirenze.academia.edu/MichelaPereira
Antonio Rigo: http://www.unive.it/data/persone/5593089/pubb_anno
Federico Barbierato: https://univr.academia.edu/FedericoBarbierato
Sebastiano Gentile: https://unicas.academia.edu/SebastianoGentile

France

David Lefebvre: https://univ-bpclermont.academia.edu/DavidLefebvre
Luc Brisson: http://umr8230.vjf.cnrs.fr/spip.php?article24&lang=fr
Fabio Acerbi: https://cnrs.academia.edu/FabioAcerbi
Alexandra Dimou: https://grec-ancien.unistra.fr/enseignants-et-chercheurs/dimoualexandra/
Corinne Bonnet: https://univ-tlse2.academia.edu/CorinneBonnet
Laurent Bricault: https://univ-tlse2.academia.edu/LaurentBricault
Philippe Borgeaud: https://unige.academia.edu/philippeborgeaud
Nicole Belayche: https://ephe.academia.edu/NicoleBelayche
Sylvain Matton: https://cnrs.academia.edu/SylvainMatton
Irene Caiazzo: https://cnrs.academia.edu/IreneCaiazzo
Christian Boudignon: https://univ-amu.academia.edu/ChristianBoudignon
Olivier D’Jeranian: https://univ-paris1.academia.edu/OlivierDJeranian
Michael Chase: https://cnrs.academia.edu/MichaelChase
Isabelle Koch: http://ihp.univ-amu.fr/sites/default/files/publications%20I.%20Koch.pdf
Zenon Kałuża: http://lem.vjf.cnrs.fr/spip.php?article164&lang=fr
Adrien Lecerf: https://cnrs.academia.edu/AdrienLecerf
Isabelle M C Draelants: https://cnrs.academia.edu/IsabelleDraelants
Danielle Jacquart: http://saprat.ephe.sorbonne.fr/enseignants-chercheurs/danielle-jacquart–59.htm
Nicolas Weill-Parot: https://ephe.academia.edu/NicolasWeillParot
Concetta Pennuto: https://cesr.cnrs.fr/node/203
Jean-Marc Mandosio: https://www.ephe.fr/ecole/nos-enseignants-chercheurs/jean-marc-mandosio
Didier Kahn: https://cnrs.academia.edu/DidierKahn
Anna Van Den Kerchove: http://lem.vjf.cnrs.fr/spip.php?article137&lang=fr
Constantinos Macris: https://cnrs.academia.edu/ConstantinosMacris

Cristina Viano: https://cnrs.academia.edu/CristinaViano

Switzerland

Vera Segre: https://unil.academia.edu/VeraSegre/CurriculumVitae
Carlos Gilly: https://unibas.academia.edu/CGilly
Thomas Hofmeier: https://www.google.com/search?tbm=bks&tbm=bks&q=inauthor:%22Thomas+Hofmeier%22&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwipqNryhJfZAhWHxxQKHdZAB-4Q9AgINDAB&biw=1536&bih=734&dpr=1.25

Sweden

Ola Wikander: https://lu.academia.edu/OlaWikander
David Westberg: https://uppsala.academia.edu/DavidWestberg

Norway

Torstein Theodor Tollefsen: http://www.hf.uio.no/ifikk/personer/vit/filosofi/fast/tollefse/index.html
Eyjólfur Kjalar Emilsson: https://uio.academia.edu/Eyj%C3%B3lfurKjalarEmilsson

Egypt

Sameh Farouk Soliman: http://scholar.cu.edu.eg/?q=sfhs/

Canada

Cristian Tolsa Domènech: https://independent.academia.edu/CristianTolsaDom%C3%A8nech
Jean-Marc Narbonne: http://www.fp.ulaval.ca/faculte/personnel/professeurs-reguliers/jean-marc-narbonne/
Jitse Dijkstra: https://uottawa.academia.edu/JitseDijkstra
Zeke Mazur: http://kalyptos.org/Zeke/
David Porreca: https://uwaterloo.ca/classical-studies/people-profiles/david-porreca
Katherine Blouin: https://utoronto.academia.edu/KatherineBlouin

United States

Gregory Shaw: https://stonehill.academia.edu/GregoryShaw
Christopher Haas: https://villanova.academia.edu/ChristopherHaas
Brian Copenhaver: https://ucla.academia.edu/BrianCopenhaver
Roy D. Kotansky: https://independent.academia.edu/RoyKotansky
Christopher A. Faraone: https://classics.uchicago.edu/faculty/faraone
G. L. Huxley: https://philpapers.org/s/G.%20L.%20Huxley
Marquis Berrey: https://uiowa.academia.edu/MarquisBerrey
John Slater: https://ucdavis.academia.edu/JohnSlater
Mark Damien Delp: https://renovatio.zaytuna.edu/authors/mark-damien-delp
Dennis Clark: https://independent.academia.edu/DennisClark
William Eamon: https://nmsu.academia.edu/WilliamEamon
Paul Richard Blum: https://loyola.academia.edu/PaulRichardBlum
David Frankfurter: https://bu.academia.edu/DavidFrankfurter
James Hankins: https://harvard.academia.edu/jhankins
Sarah Klitenic Wear: https://franciscan.academia.edu/SarahKlitenicWear
James E. Goehring: http://cas.umw.edu/clpr/faculty/
Kevin van Bladel: https://yale.academia.edu/KevinvanBladel
Caitlín E. Barrett: https://cornell.academia.edu/Caitl%C3%ADnEBarrett
Oliver Nicholson: https://umn.academia.edu/OliverNicholson
Isabel Moreira: https://utah.academia.edu/IsabelMoreira
Stephen Davis: https://religiousstudies.yale.edu/people/stephen-davis
Annette Yoshiko Reed: https://as.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/as/faculty/annette-yoshiko-reed.html
Andrew Cain: https://www.colorado.edu/classics/andrew-cain
Raffaella Cribiore: https://nyu.academia.edu/RaffaellaCribiore
Elizabeth DePalma Digeser: http://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/elizabeth-depalma-digeser/

Brazil

Fernanda Lemos de Lima: https://uerj.academia.edu/FernandaLemosdeLima

Greece

Spyros Piperakis: https://independent.academia.edu/SpyrosPiperakis
Katerina Ierodiakonou: https://uoa.academia.edu/KaterinaIerodiakonou
Katerina Panagopoulou: https://crete.academia.edu/KaterinaPanagopoulou
Eleni Fassa: https://ouc.academia.edu/EleniFassa
Polymnia Athanassiadi: https://www.lesbelleslettres.com/contributeur/polymnia-athanassiadi

Croatia

Tomislav Bilić: https://amz.academia.edu/TomislavBili%C4%87

Israel

Guy G Stroumsa: https://huji.academia.edu/guystroumsa
Leah Di Segni: https://huji.academia.edu/LeahDiSegni

Australia

Michael Champion: https://acu-au.academia.edu/MichaelChampion

Netherlands

Hiro Hirai: https://radboud.academia.edu/HiroHirai
Peter J Forshaw: https://uva.academia.edu/PeterForshaw
Viviana L Felix: https://xs4all.academia.edu/VivianaFelix
Jacques van der Vliet: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/staffmembers/jacques-van-der-vliet#tab-1

Germany

Tayra Lanuza-Navarro: https://hab.academia.edu/TayraLanuzaNavarro
Luciana Gabriela Soares Santoprete: https://uni-bonn.academia.edu/LucianaGabrielaSoaresSantoprete
Kirsten Dzwiza: https://uni-heidelberg.academia.edu/KirstenDzwiza
Dylan Burns: https://fu-berlin.academia.edu/DylanBurns
Alexander Schütze: https://lmu-munich.academia.edu/AlexanderSch%C3%BCtze
Victor Gysembergh: https://fu-berlin.academia.edu/VictorGysembergh
Lena Tambs: https://uni-koeln.academia.edu/LenaTambs
Richard Bussmann: https://uni-koeln.academia.edu/RichardBussmann
Paul Kunitzsch: http://www.naher-osten.uni-muenchen.de/personen/ehemalige/kunitzsch1/index.html
Martin Thurner: http://www.kaththeol.uni-muenchen.de/lehre/stud_for_einh/grabmann/personen/thurner/publikationen_martinthurner.pdf
Jan Assmann: https://www.exzellenzcluster.uni-konstanz.de/assmann-jan.html

Austria

Christophe Erismann: https://univie.academia.edu/ChristopheErismann
Claudia Rapp: https://univie.academia.edu/ClaudiaRapp

Poland

Karol Jan Myśliwiec: http://www.iksiopan.pl/index.php/en/structure/research-staff/138-prof-karol-jan-mysliwiec

Bulgaria

Francesco Dall’Aglio: https://bas.academia.edu/FrancescoDallAglio/CurriculumVitae

Hungary

Benedek Lang: https://bme.academia.edu/BenedekLang

Japan

Kuni Sakamoto: https://toyo.academia.edu/KuniSakamoto

Ireland

John M Dillon: https://tcd.academia.edu/JohnDillon
Denis O’Brien: https://independent.academia.edu/DenisOBrien3
Vasilis Politis: http://people.tcd.ie/Profile?Username=VPOLITIS

Portugal

Luís Miguel Carolino: https://iscte-iul.academia.edu/LuisMiguelCarolino
Ronaldo Gurgel Pereira: https://unl-pt.academia.edu/RonaldoGuilhermeGurgelPereira

Spain

José María Zamora Calvo: https://uam.academia.edu/Jos%C3%A9Mar%C3%ADaZamoraCalvo
Mar Rey Bueno: https://independent.academia.edu/MarReyBueno
Alexander Fidora: https://icrea.academia.edu/AlexanderFidora
Manuel Álvarez Martí-Aguilar: https://www.uma.es/ciencias-historicas/info/56469/manuel-alvarez-marti-aguilar/
Miguel Ángel Granada: https://ub.academia.edu/MiguelAGranada
María Luz López Terrada: https://csic.academia.edu/MariaLuzLopezTerrada
Miguel López Pérez: https://independent.academia.edu/MiguelL%C3%B3pezP%C3%A9rez
José Rodríguez Guerrero: https://independentresearcher.academia.edu/Jos%C3%A9Rodr%C3%ADguezGuerrero
José Iván Elvira Sánchez: https://studiahermeticajournal.academia.edu/ivanelvira

Studia Hermetica: 2008-2018

Aquí seguimos, amigo lector, con el ánimo intacto e idéntico el propósito, tras diez años de odisea. Desvelar la Historia de la filosofía hermética, sin pretenderlo, continúa siendo nuestro objetivo. Los que formamos este proyecto compartido que es Studia Hermetica deseamos reconstruir un periodo de la historia sobre la base de sus textos filosóficos; de aquéllos, bien lo sabe, menos conocidos y reconocidos por el mundo académico. Y eso que con tanto infortunio se ha dado en llamar “hermetismo” no es más que una mera excusa para penetrar en el recóndito tejido intelectual de nuestros antepasados.

Aprender a leer es la mayor hazaña jamás lograda por la humanidad; en virtud de las letras, las ideas se transmiten a lo largo y ancho de las millones de muertes que nos separan de ese universo extinto con el que deseamos conectar… derrumbando, arrumbando, arramblando, arrasando, arredrando, derramando y arrullando las infinitas proyecciones que el acto creador nos proporciona. Al contrario que el vestigio arqueológico, las letras continúan vivas en el corazón del ávido lector que persigue penetrar en sus misterios; y sin embargo, no podemos prescindir del utillaje científico que nos devuelve a la mente que en una remota época las produjo. ¿Acaso existimos en un eterno tiempo presente?, ¿acaso la evolución, el progreso y el transcurso de las eras, suponen una máscara de palabras para definir el cambio? No sabría decirlo, ¡no soy más que un hombrecillo que vive y sueña encerrado en una jaula de cristal opaco! Pero sé una cosa: no one’s gonna take my soul away, I’m living like Jim Morrison…

En los próximos meses, si todo va según lo previsto, llevaremos a cabo una severa actualización en la revista, con el fin de conmemorar como se merece este décimo aniversario, además de publicar un nuevo número especial que, confiamos, sea de su interés.

En esta etapa que despierta con el año 2018 deseamos, más que nunca, que siga a nuestro lado.

 

La Biblioteca Gris

Uno de los más sublimes placeres para los que anhelamos internarnos en ese laberinto recóndito del universo humano, es el de desvelar joyas bibliográficas semiolvidadas, devueltas al presente en virtud de una larga e inopinada cadena de búsqueda, la pura casualidad o el conjunto de actos inconscientes implicado en esta nuestra especial clase de curiosidad. El hombre de letras, lo mismo que el filósofo o el “científico” (considerando como tales, también a los audaces experimentadores del pasado), están guiados por pulsiones parecidas; impulsos que les conducen a hundir sus dos manos en el cieno pútrido del secreto terrible que anima a los vivientes. No lo dude: nuestra suerte corre paralela a esos experimentadores que, centuria tras centuria, velan ocultos por trascender el conocimiento de tal o cual materia. Y no, no hablo exclusivamente de alquimistas y astrólogos, al albur de errados conocimientos precientíficos, sino de médicos, biólogos, zoólogos, geólogos, exploradores, astrónomos, historiadores o químicos. Con seguridad, usted no les conoce, no por ignorancia, desidia o desinterés; no le estoy insultando con subrepticio ánimo, estimado lector. Muy al contrario, las vidas de estos mártires pasan inadvertidas a sus contemporáneos debido a un simple y delicioso hecho: los agentes o veladores del progreso no generan simpatía. Con frecuencia no son guapos, tampoco amables ni éticamente presentables; entre sus logros no se hallan la fascinación de las masas ni el cortejo de los malvados, los soberbios y los idiotas de este mundo. Yerran desvalidos, por mucho que se afanen en demostrar lo contrario. Y además carecen de perfil en Facebook o Twitter.

Se les puede hallar en ecosistemas en apariencia inhóspitos para rarae aves como ellos, tales como suburbios insalubres o escenarios de extrema pobreza, violencia o miseria intelectual. Y todos tienen una característica en común: son grandes trabajadores, apasionados de sus respectivas materias que dedican su vida a un proyecto del que sólo ellos dan cuenta. No es infrecuente, por si fuera poco, que estos sacerdotes de la palabra, la aritmética o el experimento, sean confundidos con los visionarios, es decir, con esos individuos que generan apego inmediato entre sus congéneres debido a las habilidades de mentalista de las que hacen gala. Estos charlatanes dotados de extremo talento viven a costa de nuestros entrañables sujetos (en masculino y femenino), traduciendo sus peroratas científicas a un lenguaje llano; presentando sus inquietantes descubrimientos en un envoltorio tolerable y atrayente para las masas. Puede que unos y otros sean necesarios, a su manera.

Pero me pierdo; mi pretensión al escribir este post es mucho más humilde: hacerle partícipe, estimado lector, de una bibliografía que compilo, con azaroso ánimo, desde hace años. En ella se dan cita los variopintos productos de la pretérita ciencia junto a curiosidades y exabruptos de estafadores y estafados, que en su día obraron al amparo del pensamiento marginal u oficial. A esta selección la denomino “la biblioteca gris”. Ni blanca ni negra. Concentrada en aquella región adonde van los desterrados.

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Hauber, Eberhard David, Bibliotheca sive Acta et Scripta Magica, Lemgovia, 1738.

Albrecht von Haller, D. Albertus Haller clarissimi candidati Christiani Jeremiae Rollini disputationem inauguralem qua duorum monstrorum anatome continetur indicit…, Vandenhoeck, 1742.

Albrecht von Haller, Dissertatio anatomico-medica inauguralis duorum monstrorum anatomen et de causis monstrorum ulteriorem disquisitionem…, Vandenhoeck, 1742.

Fortunio Liceti, De Anulis antiquis librum singularem…, Typis N. Schiratti, 1645.

Fortunio Liceti, De monstrorum caussis, natura, et differentiis libri duo…, Patavii: Apud Paulum Frambottum, 1634.

Fortunio Liceti, De regulari motu minimaque parallaxi cometarum coelestium disputationes, Utini 1640.

Fortunio Liceti, Hieroglyphica, siue, Antiqua schemata gemmarum anularium : quaesita moralia, politica, historica, medica, philosophica, & sublimiora…, Patauii : Typis Sebastiani Sardi, 1653.

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Georgio Stengelio, De monstris et monstrosis, quam mirabilis, bonus, et iustus, in mundo administrando, sit Deus, monstrantibus, apud Gregorium Haenlin, sumtu Ioannis Wagneri, 1647.

Ulisse Aldrovandi, De animalibus insectis libri septem: cum singulorum iconibus ad viuum expressis…, Bonon: apud Ioan: Bapt: Bellagambam.

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Collin de Plancy, J.-A.-S. (Jacques-Albin-Simon), Dictionnaire infernal; répertoire universel des êtres, des personnages, des livres, des faits et des choses qui tiennent aux esprits…, Paris, H. Plon, Paris, H. Plon, 1863.

Jean Frédéric Bernard, Eloge de l’enfer: Ouvrage critique, historique, et moral, P. Gosse junior, 1759.

Jubinal, Achille, Explication de la danse des morts de la Chaise-Dieu…, Paris : Challamel, 1841.

Jean Baptiste Benoît Eyriès, Fantasmagoriana, ou, Recueil d’histoires d’apparitions de spectres, revenans, fantômes, F. Schoell, 1812.

Cyrano de Bergerac, Selenarhia, or, The government of the world in the moon : a comical history / written by that famous wit and caveleer of France, Monsieur Cyrano Bergerac ; and done into English by Tho. St Serf, Gent., London : Printed by J. Cottrel, and are to be sold by Hum. Robinson …, 1659.

Schott, Gaspar, Technica curiosa, sive Mirabilia artis, libris XII. comprehensa…, Prostant Norimbergæ…: sumptibus Johannis Andreae Endteri, & Wolfgangi junioris hæredum, excudebat Jobus Hertz typographus herbipol, 1664.

Schott, Gaspar, Anatomia physico-hydrostatica fontium ac fluminum…, Herbipoli [Würzburg] : sumptibus viduae Ioannis Godefridi Schönwetteri… Excudit Jobus Hertz, 1663.

Schott, Gaspar, Physica curiosa, sive Mirabilia naturae et artis libri 12. comprehensa, quibus pleraque, quae de angelis, daemonibus, hominibus…, sumptibus Johannis Andreae Endteri & Wolfangi Jun. haeredum, excudebat Jobus Hertz, 1667.

Hervás y Panduro, Lorenzo, Historia de la vida del hombre, Madrid : En la Imprenta de Aznár, 1789-1799.

Gessner, Conrad, Icones animalium quadrupedum uiuiparorum et ouiparorum : quae in Historiae animalium…, Tiguri: Excudebat C. Froschouerus, 1560.

Trithemius, Johannes, Steganographia: Hoc est: Ars Per Occultam Scripturam Animi Sui Voluntatem Absentibus aperiendi certa, Francofurti, 1606.

Belon, Pierre, L’histoire naturelle des estranges poissons marins…, A Paris, De l’Imprimerie de Regnaud Chaudiere, 1551.

Ambroise Paré, Les oeuvres d’Ambroise Paré…, N. Buon, 1628.

Regnard, Paul, Les maladies épidémiques de l’esprit; sorcellerie, magnétisme, morphinisme, délire des grandeurs…, Paris, E. Plon, Nourrit et cie, 1887.

Laurent Bordelon, L’histoire des imaginations extravagantes de Monsieur Oufle…, chez Estienne Roger, Pierre Humbert, Pierre de Coup, & les Freres Chatelain, 1710.

Holder, Charles Frederick, Living lights: a popular account of phosphorescent animals and vegetables…, London : Sampson Low, Marston, 1887.

Comenius, Johann Amos, Lux e tenebris, novis radiis aucta : Hoc est: Solemnissimae divinae revelationes…, Amsterdam, 1665.

Caesius, Bernardus, Mineralogia siue naturalis philosophiae thesauri: in quibus metallicae concretionis medicatorúmque fossilium miracula…, Lugduni: sumptib. Iacobi & Petri Prost, 1636.

Schenk von Grafenberg, Johannes, Monstrorum historia memorabilis: monstrosa humanorum partum miracula…, Francofurti : Ex officina typographica Matthiae Becker, impensis viduae Theodori de Bry, & duorum eius filiorum, 1609.

Holland, W. J., The moth book; a popular guide to a knowledge of the moths of North America, New York, Doubleday, Page & company, 1903.

Day, Lewis Foreman, Nature in Ornament, London: B.T. Batsford ; New York : Charles Scribner’s sons, 1892.

Hall, Frederic T.The pedigree of the devil, Trübner & Company, 1883.

Tebb, William; Vollum, Edward Perry, Premature burial, and how it may be prevented…, S. Sonnenschein & Company, limited, 1905.

Conradus Wolfhart, Prodigiorum ac ostentorum chronicon, Quae praeter naturae ordinem, motum, et operationem, et in superioribus et his inferioribus mundi regionibus…, Henricus Petri, 1557.

Fechner, Gustav Theodor, The little book of life after death, Boston, Little, Brown, & company, 1904.

Pietro Pomponazzi, Tractatus de naturalium effectum causis, sive de incantationibus…, 1567.

Accum, Friedrich Christian, A treatise on adulteration of food, and culinary poisons…, Accum, Friedrich Christian, 1820.

Beinecke MS 408 (“Voynich Manuscript”), [ca. 1401-1599?]

Para terminar, le recomiendo la lectura de: “The oldest herpetological collection in the world: the surviving amphibian and reptile specimens of the Museum of Ulisse Aldrovandi”, Amphibia-Reptilia 34 (2013): 305-32. Dejamos para más adelante más posts relacionados con estos curiosos exploradores a caballo entre el Renacimiento y el Barroco (hablamos de personalidades como Ulisse Aldrovandi, Pietro Stefanoni, Andreas Libavius, Gaspar Schott, Georg Stengel o Athanasius Kircher); Virgilios cicerone a la vanguardia de sus respectivos campos, dotados de una fuerte inclinación por la disección erudita de la naturaleza, cuyos descubrimientos conllevaron tanto avances como retrasos. Personajes y circunstancias fascinantes, que valdrían de inspiración a más de una novela de éxito.


Imagen: “Archive of the Landesamt für Vermessung und Geoinformation” (2005). Copyright of the author: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Litography_archive_of_the_Bayerisches_Vermessungsamt_02.jpg 

SHJ VII, 1. Leonora 1917

The power of Leonora Carrington’s magical gifts was apparent to me by the way we first met. I was then, a graduate student in Comparative Literature about to complete my dissertation on Surrealism at NYU in New York. My advisor, Prof. Anna Balakian, had requested me to add something on Latin American Surrealism in my dissertation, and time was running out on my deadline. There was nothing in the New York Public Library, and she had said she was returning from Latin America with important texts, BUT her valise with that documentation got stuck in transit and did not arrive in time.

A good friend of mine, Joanne Pottlitzer, who then had been the Director of TOLA (Theater of Latin America), an organization that brought playwrights from Latin America to NY, told me that she knew a woman Surrealist who wrote plays in Mexico. She gave me her address, and I immediately sat down and wrote to Leonora Carrington, not knowing that she was primarily a visual artist. She never replied. So, Joanne suggested that when she would return to Mexico she would visit Leonora and ask why she never answered me, and see if she might convince her to write back to me. Leonora told her in no uncertain terms that she was not interested in academics! What she really wanted to know was why the Feminists were burning their bras in New York. Now there was a question I could respond to, as I had become involved in the New York Feminist Movement. I rewrote to her, informing her of my affiliation with the Feminist Movement, and my desire to teach Surrealism with an inclusion of the women in the movement as soon as I would get my Ph.D. Leonora wrote back to me immediately and sent me money to purchase books on Feminism for her as well as books that had published her plays in France for myself. I was overjoyed, and set right to work. I still did not know that she was a visual artist. We had a lively correspondence in which she often addressed me playfully as Grande Mere or Grand Pere. I used to wonder: “What could she be thinking?” Her grandparents were probably not even alive at that time. Then, little by little, I came to understand her sense of humor, and also the way she was using humor to disguise the contents of her mail. Often her letters would be hidden within a Birthday card that you would have to open to its fullest extent in order to find a message folded and lying deeply within it. I came to understand that she was using playful surrealist humor to hide more important things that she wanted me to know. She was, at that time, active in the student revolt in Mexico City, and she was protecting herself. Soon she began to include newspaper articles about the student revolution in her letters.

One day a letter arrived that had hidden within it reproductions of her art work taken from a Mexican journal. When I opened them up, I was in a state of ecstatic awe. These were images that I felt I had seen in another world, another life. I had never had those thoughts before. This was so extraordinary. I decided I had better include her in my dissertation, because the world had to know about her fabulous paintings. My thesis was on Surrealist Theater in France and Latin America after WWII, but I just had to include her visual art in it. I told her about my intensely personal response to these images, and I asked for some reference material to guide me as I wanted to write about the work and include it in my dissertation, but did not have any documentation on her. She wrote to me saying that I would have to come to Mexico to meet her because, in fact, while the male Surrealists had books on their work, the women artists had nothing. She felt that she had been shelved and forgotten forever. I wish I could convey how completely shocked I was to learn that such an incredible artist was omitted from the History of Surrealist art. In fact, as I started to do research I only found her name mentioned with regard to her relationship with Max Ernst, her beauty, and her surrealist culinary creations. How was it possible that nothing was written on such amazing art? Leonora said I would have to visit her in Mexico to find out more about her. I could not do that because I had two daughters. We were preparing to spend the next academic year in Paris where my husband was to do Physics research. I did not know where to turn, so my sub-conscious took over. I somehow got the idea that I had to purchase a Mexican dress, put it on, and trust that the vibrations from Mexico would penetrate my brain, and I would understand her very mysterious and completely wondrous paintings. I did purchase a dress in Greenwich Village, and on July 6, 1971, I wore it as I stood at my kitchen table (my desk at the time), and addressed the cosmos in these words. “If I can’t go to Mexico, let Mexico come to me!” At that very moment, the telephone rang and a deep English accent spoke to me saying: “This is Leonora Carrington. I have just arrived in New York, and I would like to meet you”. I began to shake from the unbelievable synchronicity of her ‘call’ with my words that had invoked help from the cosmos.


Excerpt from Gloria F. Orenstein’s essay “Leonora Carrington’s Feminist Alchemical Vision and Extrasensory Perception: My Magical Journey of Friendship with Leonora Carrington (1971–2011)”.

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