The Golden Game
Alchemical Engravings of the Seventeenth Century New edition
By (author) Stanislas Klossowski de Rola
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Golden Game by Stanislas Klossowski de Rola
Book DescriptionAlchemy, the quest for the Philosopher's Stone, has been an "alternative" strand in the development European culture since antiquity. By the 17th century, the complex pictorial language of symbols which encoded its theories and secrets had reached a highpoint of elaboration and sophistication. With the spread of printing, the iconography of alchemy began to flower as never before. This text presents a selection of alchemical illustrations reproduced from originals contained in obscure works from the shelves of research libraries around the world. The author (son of the artist Balthus), investigates the origins of this visual tradition, interprets the symbols and provides information on the authors, publishers, patrons and engravers of these "hermetick emblems" and "hieroglyphicall figures".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780500279816
(270mm x 210mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stanislas Klossowski de Rola
Alchemy, Paperback (February 2013)
Creates a colourful and vibrant guide to the secret art. In this title, the author elucidates the mysterious language and polyvalent symbolism from a variety of perspectives practical, spiritual, elemental and historical and explains how the true alchemist differs from the modern chemist and the false practitioner.
Balthus, Paperback (November 2002)» View all books by Stanislas Klossowski de Rola
In the wake of the artist's death in February 2001, this publication brings together a rare selection of Balthus's paintings, chosen by his son, Stanislas Klossowski de Rola. Relatively obscure until the 1960s, by the 1980s Balthus's enigmatic work had achieved international renown.
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