All of the above amazing engravings comes from the alchemical emblemata work, 'Hermetico-Spagyrisches Lustgärtlein'. Click the images for full sized versions.
“The one hundred and sixty hermetick emblems [are] attributed to the heroes of alchemy, historical and mythical, famous and anonymous".
The above 'draco' images come from the 'Lambspring book' (an earlier hand painted set) - I think the engravings here are a reissue by the same publisher Lucas Jennis; as the 'Lambspring book' was released in the same year of publication as 'Dyas Chymica Tripartita', 1625: from where these engravings derive.
I'm afraid I don't remember in which of the 7 works contained in 'Dyas Chymica Tripartita' (compiled by Johann Grasshoff ) these illustrations are found. The full book is online at Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. Wonderfully obscure.
Between this post and the last entry, more than half of the engravings in the 250+ page book have been uploaded. A few of the remaining illustrations contain symbology more obviously occult in nature.
Previously: alchemy, emblemata.
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Posted by peacay at 12:04 am