Poliphilo in Alchemy

The influence of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphile (Poliphilo’s Dream) can be found in many esoteric writings from the 16th and 17th centuries. Adam McLean, an authority on alchemical texts, points in his book The Dream of Poliphilus to the parallels between Poliphilo’s Dream and one of the most important writings of the Rosicrucian movement: The Chymic Wedding of Christian Rosycross, from 1516. In both works the main character accompanied by a female character through countless initiations. Central to both books: a wedding and a death scene, followed by a trip to a mystical island to complete the journey. In principle, McLean’s book can still be ordered online; and also present at the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica by Joost Ritman

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