The Rosicrucian Manuscripts

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Benedict J. Williamson
The Invisible College Press, LLC, 2002 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 248 pages
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The Rosicrucian Fraternity announced their existence some four centuries ago. Since then there has been much speculation about the brotherhood regarding their secrets, their history, and their existence. Time has spawned numerous imitators, voluble detractors, and earnest defenders of the Fraternity. The only certainty lies in the early manuscripts and publications; these works are presented together in this volume. Herein are all of the crucial Rosicrucian documents. The Fama Fraternitatis proclaims the existence of the brotherhood to the world and calls for sincere Christian reformation. The Confessio Fraternitatis gives more details on their history and teachings. The Chemical Wedding is considered by some to be a key alchemical work by the brotherhood. When the Fama was first printed, it was accompanied by the by Trajano Bocalini. Each of these works is presented in an early English translation, along with the original prefaces. Also included is Thomas Vaughn's lenghty preface to the first English publication of Fama and Confession This edition includes introductions to every Rosiucrucian work, useful footnotes, historical information, and latin, german and greek translations from noted Rosicrucian scholar Benedict J. Williamson. Williamson has compared numerous translations of the various works to produce the most authoritative and accurate version to date of these forgotten historical treasures.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Vaughns Preface
19
The Publisher to the Reader
20
The Preface
22
A Short Advertisement to the Reader
55
Fama Fraternitatis
61
The First Preface
64
The Second Preface
65
A General Reformation of the World
68
Fama Fraternitatis
98
Confessio Fraternitatis
119
The Preface
121
Confessio Fraternitatis
122
Chemical Wedding
135
The Chymical Wedding
137
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