Click to preview Alchemical Sequences Coloured by Adam McLean photo book

This volume brings together 546 of my coloured images from 34 series and is an amazing source book on the imagery of alchemical sequences.


About the Author

Adam McLean
adammclean Glasgow, UK.

Adam McLean, is a well known authority on and enthusiast for alchemical texts and symbolism, the editor and publisher of over 60 books on alchemical and Hermetic ideas. Based in the UK, he has been writing and researching alchemical and hermetic literature for many years.
Between 1978 and 1992 he edited the Hermetic Journal and during those years he also began publishing the Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks, the important series of forty one editions of key source texts of the hermetic tradition. In 1995, when the internet became more widely available, he began to construct the alchemy web site in order to make alchemical ideas more accessible to the wider community. It is now recognised as the most important internet resource on alchemy.
McLean is a great researcher and has often discovered, buried in libraries and specialist collections, important texts, both in printed books and manuscripts, which have been neglected. In 1999 he began to produce a series of in-depth study courses

Publish Date  February 28, 2011

Dimensions  Standard Portrait  158 pgs Standard Paper

Category  Religion & Spirituality

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yumahermit says

Adam McLean has dedicated his life to the preservation and advancement of understanding of Alchemy and the people and works surrounding that important aspect of the human endeavor. His hours and hours of work enhancing and coloring these elusive manuscript illustrations is wonderfully displayed in this publication. This companion piece to his massive web site will undoubtedly stand the test of time as a masterpiece within itself and as a major contribution to the preservation of steps taken toward the human understanding of our place in the universe.

posted at 12:48pm Mar 23 PST


Oddfellow says

Adam McLean's Alchemical Sequences Coloured is a meticulous labor of love and a joy to behold and explore. Printed with extraordinary detail on high-quality, silky paper, the painstakingly hand-tinted emblems come to life, inspiring active study to unlock their mysteries. Each alchemical symbol is beautiful and intriguing in its own right, but together the symbols compose the basic elements of a grander allegorical literature. The very first page of McLean's emblems dispels the popular, romantic misconception of alchemists as gold-obsessed wizards. Two distinct yet complementary faces of alchemy become immediately apparent: the exoteric (empirical/methodical/experiential/scientific) and the esoteric (theoretical/psychological/poetical/mystical). Though there is no one correct definition of alchemy, it may be safe to say that McLean's emblems constitute knowledge meant to float outside of time like a message in a bottle. As Gustav Meyrink suggests in his mystical novel The Green Face, "What is of value is not the invention itself, but man's inventiveness, not the picture — it's value is measured in monetary terms at the most — but the ability to paint. Any one picture can fall to pieces, but the ability to paint will not be lost, even if the painter should die. What remains is the power that has come from heaven; even if it should sleep for centuries, it always awakens when the genius who can reveal its majesty is born." Indeed, McLean's ability to paint is the true genius of this book. Highly recommended!
—Craig Conley, author of Magic Words: A Dictionary (Weiser Books) and One-Letter Words: A Dictionary (HarperCollins)

posted at 05:34pm Mar 21 PST

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