Friday, November 26, 2010

Looking for a Necronomicon Cheap? It's a Buyer's Market

I don't have one, and I suspect the Ritman library, aka the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica doesn't either, as it focuses mostly on the Christian Hermetic, Gnostic, alchemical, and other traditions, and other aspects of the Western occult tradition. And many of those works, currently housed together in the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in Amsterdam, may be split up on the auction block to cover the owner's debts. Some of the works there are quite important for these topics, and the current crisis was signaled by the offering for sale of The Grail of Rochefoucauld, the oldest account of the myth of King Arthur and the Holy Grail, a story still alive in our culture centuries later. If you want to check out more, or sign the petition if you believe it might help, check out The Wild Hunt's post on this for more info.

But seeing the troubles of the Ritman made me wonder what ancient grimoires and works of "occult poetry" might float about in economic chaos.

Update: The library is indeed being broken up.

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