About the Book
The Hexastichon was a memory system created by Sebastian Brand in 1503, involving sixteen figures which is supposed to help the reader to remember the events in each chapter of the Four Gospels, of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The woodcut images, to the modern mind, seem bizarre and inexplicable.
Sebastian Brant (1457 – 1521) is best known for his satirical work The Ship of Fools, 1494, and his Hexastichon is now totally neglected and unknown.
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