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NEW Texts (March 4, 2016)
Altar of the Theraphic Brotherhood
Ara Foederis Theraphici (1617)[English, full-text]
"To the Reader, Whoever has doubts about the Fraternity of the Rosy Cross, let him read this and having read the poem, he will be certain. ANNO CHRISTI 1617"
"The Mirror of the Wisdom of the Rosy Cross" by Daniel Mogling
Speculum sophicum rhodostauroticus (1618)
[English, full-text,images]
"Through the mediation of the Elohim - I, Theophilus Schweighart Centralleanicus with the blessing of the times, herald of the Divine - Magical, Physical - Chemical, Triune - Universal Philosophy with the Grace of God, revealed to the unworthy, wish to all those who have been granted by God to contemplate my "Sophy speculum oculis intelligentiae" peace, joy and constant prosperity from the glorious Father of Light reigning through the generations."
"An Explanation of the Six Mystical Points" by Jacob Boehme
SEX PUNCTA MYSTICA (1620)
[English, full-text]
The precious knowledge is not found unless the soul have once conquered in the assault and struck down the devil, so that it obtains the knight's garland, which the gracious virgin Chastity puts upon it as a token of victory that it has overcome in its dear champion Christ. Then the wonderful knowledge rises, but with no perfection.
"The Six Theosophic Points" by Jacob Boehme
SEX PUNCTA THEOSOPHICA (1620)[English, full-text]
An Open Gate of all the Secrets of Life wherein the causes of all Beings become known.
"The Signature of All Things" by Jacob Boehme
SIGNATURUM RERUM (1621)
[English, full-text]
THIS Book is a true mystical Mirror of the highest Wisdom. The best Treasure that a Man can attain unto in this World is true Knowledge; even the Knowledge of himself: For Man is the great Mystery of God, the microcosm, or the complete Abridgment of the whole Universe: He is the Mirandum Dei opus, God's Master-piece, a living Emblem and Hieroglyphic of Eternity and Time; and therefore to know whence he is, and what his temporal and eternal Being and Well-being are, must needs be that ONE necessary Thing, to which all our chief Study should aim, and in comparison of which all the Wealth of this World is but Dross, and a Loss to us.
"The Clavis (Key) to the Writings..." by Jacob Boehme
Clavis (1624)[English, full-text]
It is written, The natural man  receives not the things of the spirit, nor the Mystery of the kingdom of God, they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them: therefore I admonish and exhort the Christian lover of Mysteries, if he will study these high writings, and read, search, and understand them, that he does not read them outwardly only, with sharp speculation and meditation; for in so doing, he shall remain in the outward imaginary ground only, and obtain no more than a  counterfeit color of them.
"The Golden Tractate" by [pseudo-]Hermes Trismegistus
Tractatus Aureus de Lapidis physici secreto (1566?)
[English, full-text]
"EVEN thus said Hermes: "Through long years I have not ceased to experiment, neither have I spared any labour of mind, and this science and art I have obtained by the sole inspiration of the Living God, who judged fit to open them to me His servant, who has given to rational creatures the power of thinking and judging aright, forsaking none or giving..."
The Book of Lambspring
Lambsprinck (1599)
[English, full-text, images]
"The Lambsprinck is a German alchemical poem accompanied by 15 emblems. It first appeared in manuscript form at the end of the 16th century. A latin translation was published as "De Lapide Philosophico" (without illustrations) by Nicholas Barnaud is his 1599 collection, Triga Chemica."
"The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony" by Basil Valentine
Triumph Wagen Antimonii (1604)
[English, full-text]
"Whereas I, Basil Valentine, by Religious Vows am bound according to the Order of St. Benedict, and that requires another manner of Spirit of Holiness, then the common State of Mortals exercised in the prophane business of this World; I thought it my duty before all things, in the beginning of this little Book, to declare what is necessary to be known to the..."
"A Subtle Allegory.." by Michael Maier
Subtilis Allegoria.. (1617)[English, full-text]
"After spending the best part of my life in the study of the liberal arts and sciences, and in the company of wise men and judicious scholars, I was compelled, as the result of my observation of mankind, to arrive at the melancholy conclusion that the hearts of most persons are set either on ambitious and vainglorious projects, on sensual pleasures, or on the accumulation of wealth by all and any means; and that few care either for God or for virtue. At first I did not quite know..."
Tabula Smaragdina Hermetis
Tabula Smaragdina Hermetis[English, full-text]
"It is true, certain, and without falsehood, that whatever is below is like that which is above; and that which is above is like that which is below: to accomplish the one wonderful work. As all things are derived from the One Only Thing, by the will and by the word of the One Only One who created it in His Mind, so all things owe their existence to this Unity by the order of Nature, and can be improved by Adaptation to that Mind."
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Key Rosicrucian Texts:
Fama Fraternitatis Rosae Crucis
1st Rosicrucian Manifesto (1614)
[English, full-text]
"Fama fraternitatis Roseae Crucis oder Die Bruderschaft des Ordens der Rosenkreuzer, usually listed as Fama Fraternitatis Rosae Crucis, is an anonymous Rosicrucian manifesto published in 1614 in Kassel, Hesse-Kassel (in present-day Germany). In 1652, Thomas Vaughan translated the work into English..."
Confessio Fraternitatis
2nd Rosicrucian Manifesto (1615)
[English, full-text]

"The Confessio Fraternitatis (Confessio oder Bekenntnis der Societät und Bruderschaft Rosenkreuz), or simply The Confessio, printed in Kassel (Germany) in 1615, is the second anonymous manifestos, of a trio of Rosicrucian pamphlets, declaring the existence of a secret brotherhood of alchemists and sages who were interpreted, by the society of those times, to be preparing to transform the political and intellectual landscape of Europe."
 
"Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz" {by Johann Valentin Andreae?}
3rd Rosicrucian Manifesto (1616)
[English, full-text, images]
"The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz (Chymische Hochzeit Christiani Rosencreutz anno 1459) was edited in 1616 in Strasbourg, and its anonymous authorship is attributed to Johann Valentin Andreae. The Chymical Wedding is often described as the third of the original manifestos of the mysterious 'Fraternity of the Rose Cross'..."
"The Laws of the Fraternity of the Rosie Crosse" by Michael Maier 
Themis Aurea (1618)
[English, full-text]"
First published in Latin in 1618, the English version was printed in 1656. Thanks to Gregory John Papadopoulos (soundzgreg.blogspot.gr) and Dawn Kwiatkowski for their help with some Greek in Chapters 14 and 16 (I've substituted the modern greek) γλυκόπικρο [modern greek - "Bittersweet"] , ενδελεχεια [modern greek - "Soul"] εγτελεχια [modern greek - "Entelechia is a growth, fruition and rebirth of any possibility."
 
 
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The Other Texts:
Assembly of the Philosophers  
The Turba Philosophorum (10th c)
[English, full-text]

The Turba Philosophorum, also known as Assembly of the Philosophers, is one of the oldest European alchemy texts, translated from the Arabic, like the Picatrix. It is considered to have been written c. 900 A.D. The first Latin version was printed in 1550.
 
"The New Pearl of Great Price" by Petrus Bonus
Pretiosa margarita novella de thesavro...(1546)
[English, full-text]

The Latin version is titled "Pretiosa margarita novella de thesavro..." published in 1546 and attributed to Petrus Bonus (Pietro Antonio Boni of Ferrara")
The Rosary of the Philosophers
Rosarium Philosophorum (1550)
[English, full-text, 20 images]

is a 16th century alchemical treatise. It was published in 1550 as part II of De Alchimia Opuscula complura veterum philosophorum (Frankfurt). The term rosary in the title refers to a "rose garden", metaphoric of an anthology or collection of wise sayings. The 1550 print includes a series of 20 woodcuts."
"The Hieroglyphic Monad" by John Dee
Monas Hieroglyphica (1564)
[English, full-text, images]

"The Monas Hieroglyphica (or Hieroglyphic Monad) is an esoteric symbol invented and designed by John Dee, the Elizabethan Magus and Court Astrologer of Elizabeth I of England. It is also the title of the 1564 book in which Dee expounds the meaning of his symbol. Dee's glyph, whose meaning he explained in...."
"The Twelve Keys" by Basilus Valentinus
Les Douze Clefs... (1599)
[English, full-text, images]

"The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine is a widely reproduced alchemical book attributed to Basil Valentine. It was first published in 1599 by Johann Thölde who is likely the book's true author.[1] It's presented as a sequence of alchemical operations encoded allegorically, in words to which images..."
"The Book of Hieroglyphic Figures" by Nicholas Flamel
Livre des figures hiéroglyphiques (1612)
[English, full-text, images (some color)]

"An alchemical book, published in Paris in 1612 as Livre des figures hiéroglyphiques and in London in 1624 as Exposition of the Hieroglyphical Figures was attributed to Flamel. It is a collection of designs purportedly commissioned by Flamel for a tympanum at the Cimetière des Innocents in Paris, long disappeared at the time the work was published..."
"Atalanta Fleeing" by Michael Maier
Atalanta Fugiens (1617)
[English, full-text, 50 images]

"Atalanta Fugiens or Atalanta Fleeing is an emblem book by Michael Maier (1568–1622), published by Johann Theodor de Bry in Oppenheim in 1617 (2nd edition 1618). It consists of 50 discourses with illustrations by Matthias Merian, each of which is accompanied by an epigrammatic verse, prose and a musical fugue. It may therefore be considered an early example of multimedia. "
"The Alchemical Garden" by Daniel Stolcius
Viridarium chymicum (1624)
[English, full-text, 107 images]

"After I had the work begun and half finished I observed that the descriptions no longer corresponded to the figures; nor could I find their meaning anywhere else. I found myself perplexed and in a labyrinth; nor could I find means to extricate myself from this peculiar situation. But I did not want to leave the work unfinished. So I compared the philosopher’s writings and excerpted the explanations which I communicate to you without hesitation."
"The Silent Book" by Isaac Baulot
Mutus Liber (1677)
[15 fullpage images]

"Mutus Liber (The Silent Book) is an alchemical text that was published in France in the later half of the 17th century. It professed to outline, through a series of mystical illustrations, a method of manufacturing the Philosopher's Stone. It was first printed in 1677 at La Rochelle under the editorship of Pierre Savouret. Scrolls on the last plate of the Mutus Liber bear in Latin the dismissal oculatus abis, "thou departest seeing," which almost anagrams the author's name. The beleaguered Huguenots of La Rochelle had good cause during the capricious enforcement and then revocation of the Edict of Nantes to disguise their more occult speculations in code."
[Colour]"The Silent Book" by Isaac Baulot
Mutus Liber (1677)
[15 fullpage colour images]

"Mutus Liber (The Silent Book) is an alchemical text that was published in France in the later half of the 17th century. It professed to outline, through a series of mystical illustrations, a method of manufacturing the Philosopher's Stone. It was first printed in 1677 at La Rochelle under the editorship of Pierre Savouret. Scrolls on the last plate of the Mutus Liber bear in Latin the dismissal oculatus abis, "thou departest seeing," which almost anagrams the author's name. The beleaguered Huguenots of La Rochelle had good cause during the capricious enforcement and then revocation of the Edict of Nantes to disguise their more occult speculations in code."
"The Hermaphrodite Child of Sun and Moon" by an Unknown Philosopher
Hermaphroditiches Sonn-und Mons Kind (1752)
[English, full-text, 12 fullpage images]

By an Unknown Philsopher and Adept. Analyzes the natural and supernatural birth, destruction, and regeneration of the Symbolic Child. Introduces the theory and practice of how to quest for and manufacture the Philsopher's Stone. Includes applications and explanations of verses by Samuel Norton. With 12 emblemmatic figures and corresponding explanatory paragraphs. Publisher: John Frederick Krebs, Maintz. Printer: Eli Peter Bayer.
"The Book of Abraham the Jew" by Rabbi Abraham Eleazar
The Book of Abraham the Jew (1774)
[English, full-text, many images]

A Very Ancient Alchemical Work, Which was formerly written by the Author, partly in Latin and Arabian, partly in Chaldee and the Syriac Language and Written Afterwards by one who remains Anonymous. Translated in our German Mother Tongue, and with all the necessary Copper Plates, Figures, Vessels, and Ovens belonging thereto, etc. Written for the use and employment of the Lover of the Noble Hermetic Philosophy

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