About the Book
In the first decade of the sixteenth century Thomas Murner created the first ever educational card game, the Card Game of Logic which was printed as woodcut illustrations in his book 'Logica Memorativa Chartiludium Logice, sive totius Dialectice memoria', Strasburg, 1509. This was essentially a set of cards each bearing emblems and symbols which acted as a memory aid, or a teaching tool for the standard system of medieval logic, codified by the thirteenth century writer Peter of Spain in his 'Tractatus'.
Murner's book contains 51 woodcuts using the imagery of playing cards. It is not a conventional pack of cards as there are a number of different "suits" - those being Bells, Lobsters, Fish, Acorns, Scorpions, Crowns and Hearts. Within each suit we usually find a King and Queen and different numbers of pip cards.
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