The generous gift will allow the library Ritman digitize thousands “of texts published before 1900, in alchemy, astrology, magic and theosophy”, said Thu-Huong Ha (Thu-Huong Ha) on the website Quartz. Among them, the “Case Hermeticum” (1472), “the source of works on hermetic wisdom”; “the expulsion of the triumphant beast” (1584) Giordano Bruno; “the first printed version of the tree of life (1516): a graphic representation of the Sefirot, the 10 virtues of God in the Kabbalah”.Ritman notes that brown is “a big fan of the library and visited her several times, while writing his novels “the Lost symbol” and “Inferno””. Part of the profit received from the sale of his bestseller, he returns to the library. His donation along with 15 000 euros, which were allocated by a Dutch Cultural Foundation, Prince Bernhard, will allow you to digitize a core collection of the library, and this “3500 ancient books”, which will soon be published online in an online archive entitled “Hermetically Open“.At the moment you can download a 44-page guide to the collection as a free e-book and watch the animated video (above) about the process of transportation, digitization and uploading of books. Below you can watch the trailer for the documentary on the Library Ritman founded in 1984 by businessman Joosten R. Ritman. It contains over 20,000 books on mysticism, the gnosis, esotericism, religion, alchemy and many more.Many writers like brown found inspiration in the more accessible works from the library of the Ritman (sorry, Borges, who suffered from blindness, and died two years after the opening of the library was not able to enjoy the funds). Thanks to the generosity of the author “the Code Yes Vinci” a new generation of scientists will have access, for example, to the first English translation of the works of the German mystic of the 17th century, Jacob Boehme. The Director and librarian Esther Ritman describes them as “a journey into a whole new world”.The Library website of the Ritman noted that the interest of scientists to texts from the fields of Hermeticism and the occult in recent years has increased. A leading expert on the history of esotericism and hermetic philosophy Wouter Jacobus Hanegraaff who wrote the book “Esotericism and the Academy: rejected knowledge in Western culture”, says the “”forgotten” the story of how an intellectual community since the Renaissance have tried to come to terms with “esoteric” and “occult” currents present in Western culture”. The fact that these currents are as much a part of culture, as a scientific or industrial revolution, should not cause any doubt. The project “Hermetically Open” opens the story, “inviting all comers to inquire or to investigate the sources of the Christian-hermetic region, for personal, scientific or other purposes”. Digitized the project will be put online in the coming months.
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