Carlos Gilly. 500 Years of Gnosis in Europe.
Carlos Gilly. 500 Years of Gnosis in Europe. Exhibition of Printed Books and Manuscripts from the Gnostic Tradition (Hermes series 13). Amsterdam 1993
Paperback, 29 x 22 cm., 311 pp. illus.
English and Russian | € 22.50
The exhibition 500 Years of Gnosis in Europe showed Western-European Hermetic texts together with their Russian counterparts. The exhibition grew out of the cooperation between the Moscow M.I. Rudomino Russian State Library for Foreign Literature and the Amsterdam Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica. The results of Carlos Gilly's searches in the libraries and archives of Moscow and St Petersburg formed the basis of the exhibition. The manuscripts and printed editions shown are a cross-section from the traditions of Hermetic philosophy, mysticism, alchemy and Rosicrucianism. The texts include ancient works by Hermes Trismegistus and Lactantius, early and late medieval texts (Dionysius Areopagitus, Raimundus Lullius), sixteenth-century works (Paracelsus), seventeenth-century works (Jacob Böhme, Rosicrucian tracts, Robert Fludd, Michael Maier) and eighteenth and nineteenth-century works (Geheime Figuren der Rosenkreuzer, Karl von Eckartshausen, I.V. Lopukhin). Note that most of the Russian texts date from the eighteenth century: these are mainly translations by and for Russian Freemasons