Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica: named after Hermes Trismegistus

Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica: named after Hermes Trismegistus

The Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica is named after Hermes Trismegistus, the oriental sage to whom astrological, alchemical, magical, medical, philosophical and religious works were attributed. Not only does the library collect Hermetic works and works belonging to the Hermetic tradition, its own publishing house In de Pelikaan also made it a policy to bring out editions of the major philosophical-Hermetic works in Dutch, with expert and insightful commentaries by two renowned Dutch scholars of Gnosis in Antiquity, Gilles Quispel and Roelof van den Broek. Other works dealing with Hermes Trismegistus brought out by In de Pelikaan are catalogues of exhibitions held in Amsterdam, Florence and Venice respectively; these are thorough studies of written and printed sources commissioned by the BPH.

The Corpus Hermeticum is included in an edition of 1503 in the new exhibition “Master of Change: Images of Hermes Trismegistus” which opens on January 6th 2015. This edition also has the preface by translator Marsilio Ficino recounting the ‘genealogy of Hermes’. The Asclepius is on display in an ‘omnibus’ edition of 1505 which also contains the Corpus Hermeticum and the Crater Hermetis by the exuberant Hermetist Italian Ludovico Lazzarelli.

To mark 25 years of publishing Hermetic source texts and exhibition catalogues, we offer copies of the titles below at a special exhibition discount of 20 %. Bear in mind that the prices below are the full prices.


corpus-hermeticum (2)Corpus Hermeticum by Gilles Quispel and Roelof van den Broek. first print in 1990 (Dutch)

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asclepiusAsclepius by Gilles Quispel. 1996 (Dutch)










hermes-trismegistus (1)Hermes Trismegistus. Inleiding, Teksten, Commentaren by Roelof Van den Broek. 2006 (Dutch)

[add_to_cart item=”PH110″ showprice=”no” text=”€ 40,00 Add to Cart” ]








hermes-trismegistus-pater-philosophorumHermes Trismegistus.Pater philosophorum. Tekstgeschiedenis van het Corpus Hermeticum by Frank van Lamoen. 1990 (Dutch)

[add_to_cart item=”PH109″ showprice=”no” text=”€ 8,00 Add to Cart” ]








ficino-tresmegisto (1)Marsilio Ficino e il ritorno di Ermete Trismegisto. Marsilio Ficino and the return of Hermes Trismegistus. 1999 (English and Italian)

[add_to_cart item=”PS406″ showprice=”no” text=”€ 75,00 Add to Cart” ]








magia-alchimia-scienza1Magia, alchimia, scienza dal ‘400 al ‘700. L’influsso di Ermete Trismegisto/Magic, alchemy and science 15th-18th centuries by Carlos Gilly et al. 2002 (English and Italian)

[add_to_cart item=”PS404″ showprice=”no” text=”Volume I € 85,00 Add to Cart” ]

[add_to_cart item=”PS405″ showprice=”no” text=”Volume II € 65,00 Add to Cart” ]





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