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BASILIUS VALENTINUS AND HIS TINCTURES FROM ANTIMONY began as a doctoral thesis of Dr. Schein with the University of Munich, and was originally published in German in 1977. It reproduces the procedures set out in the famous alchemical manuscript The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony, by basil Valentine. Dr. Schein proves that modern day alchemists should not shun the growing body of knowledge available since days of old, while, on the other hand, science based investigations of alchemical text would do good not to ignore the alchemists viewpoint as outdated and irrelevant. Ideally, interest in Alchemy will neither remain in the past nor disregard the past, but will help translate alchemical concepts and results into languages used today.
VOYAGES IN KALEIDOSCOPE is a little dadaist style book which undeniably reveals the Great Work. It is a must for all those involled in some form of Inner Work or practical Qabalah - the journeymen who seek the uncharted realms, the maze with its own order and images in kaleidoscope. The book was originally published in French, in the autumn of 1919. Shortly after publication in Paris, all copies of the book were confiscated and pulped. A few copies were overseen. Translated into English for the first time, it is now offered through Inner Garden Press. Enjoy this poetic little novel.
CHIVALRY reveals a side of knighthood that seems to have been overlooked by main stream historians. Pierre Dujols was known as one of the more advanced practical alchemists of the early 20th century. He had a keen interest in the chivalric tradition which is not surprising considering the more than coincidental link between knighthood and alchemy that has been found throughout history. In this unfinished manuscript Pierre Dujols unravels a secret tradition that has been an undercurrent of Mystical and Knightly Orders.
TWO ALCHEMICAL ABODES is one of the first books of Eugène Canseliet, reminiscent of Fulcanelli's Mystery of the Cathedrals and Dwellings of the Philosophers. In his unique periphrastic way Canseliet here delights the reader with his observations on another two dwellings that must have belonged to alchemists: The castle of Plessis-Bourré and the Villa of Palombara of which now only the remarkable Alchemical Door remains. Submerge yourself in the fantastic world of the philosophers of old and prepare to enter an uncharted realm of wonder.
THE BOOK OF IMAGES WITHOUT WORDS is the English translation of the masterful commentary on the Mutus Liber by Pierre Dujols de Valois (Br. Magophon). The Mutus Liber was first published in 1677, by an author called Altus. The book contained only images, no words, and desribed a certain path to the Philosopher's Stone. Magaphon was looked upon as the expert-alchemist by many of the Parisian occultists of his time, and some believe he was in close contact with Fulcanelli. A rough translation of Magaphon's commentary was done by Kjell Hellesoe in 1985, but this translation left much to be desired. Inner Garden has redone the translation, and included high quality reproductions of the emblems.
HERMETIC TREASURE: The Book of Images without Words (Mutus Liber) and the Symbolic Treatise on the Philosopher's Stone is the title of the commentary on the Mutus Liber by Marc Haven (Dr. Emmanuel Henri Lalande). Alledgedly it was the first commentary on the enigmatic mute book. The original edition of the commentary from 1914 appeared just before Magophon's in that same year. The commentary is exceedingly short and as such stands in stark contrast with the verbose title page of the work. Some would say it has very little to offer compared with the commentary of Magophon or that of Canseliet. However, those fascinated by the Mutus Liber will consider this first commentary to be a must-have.
CHRYSOPOEIA is a treaty written by the renown alchemist Pierre Dujols de Valois. In this book he explains in good detail - in clearer terms than many Masters of old - the operations of traditional laboratory alchemy that are required to make the Philosopher's Stone. He provides instructions as to how to make the White and Red Stone. This book will be of interest for the more advanced students of alchemy who operate in the mineral realm of Alchemy.
NATURE UNCOVERED: For the children of Science only and not for ignorant Sophists is rare French work written by an anonymous knight. It contains an explanation of the Wet Path to the Stone and a clear and explicate distinction between the medicinal and transmutational Stone. We present here the earliest edition of this fascinating mss – the one also found in Fulcanelli’s library.
ALCHEMY AND ITS MUTE BOOK. In the year of foundation in 2010, we published Br. Magaphon’s commentary on the Mutus Liber – the Book Without Words. This year we offer commentary on the Mutus Liber from Magaphon’s friend and associate: Eugène Canseliet. Canseliet had a most pivotal role in the transmission of the alchemical tradition in Europe in the 20th century. Canseliet may not quite touch upon the innermost secrets of the book, as becomes obvious from the preface, yet this book still offers a most formidable insight in the Visual Language of the Alchemists of old.
PSYCHOANALYSIS AND GUIDED IMAGERY is a seminal work of one of the pioneers in the field of the Waking Dream. In 1923 Robert Desoille met Colonel Eugène Caslant, who introduced him to an experimental mental imaging technique, which Desoille later developed into the method of the 'directed waking dream' (rêve eveillé dirigé, or RED). Desoille was influenced by Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung. Desoille's pupils now define themselves as analysts and interpret their practice along Freudian, Freudo-Lacanian, or Jungian lines. Authors that cite Desoille's work include Charles Baudouin, Gaston Bachelard, Juliette Favez-Boutonier, Françoise Dolto, and Daniel Lagache; parallels have also been drawn between Desoille's work and that of Milton H. Erickson and neuro-linguistic programming.
GUIDE TO MEDITATION captures half a lifetime of experience of the German doctor Carl Happich. Together with a circle of likeminded friends he was involved in a profound discipline of meditation that provides a sort of passageway to the inner realm within us. The meditation method elaborated by Happich consists of a number of subsequent stages of visualizations that were carried out against the backdrop of certain predetermined scenes such as a meadow, a mountain, and a chapel. These meditations formed a point of departure for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes which quickly gained merit.
THE SCIENCE Of ALCHYMY is a short treaty in which Sapere Aude defines alchemy in clear terms. Sapere Aude is a pseudonym of William Wynn Westcott, one of the founders of the Golden Dawn. The early Golden Dawn had a distinct alchemical curriculum, reminiscent of the Gold und Rozenkreuz. Westcott proposes that Alchemy has two aspects: the simply material, and the religious. The dogma that Alchemy was only a form of chemistry, is untenable by anyone who has read the works of its chief professors. The doctrine that Alchemy was religion only, and that its chemical references were all blinds, is equally untenable in the face of history. This book is as much true today as it was at the time of its original publication in 1893.
THE PARACHEMISTRY COLLECTION of Dr. Schein gives a unique insight into the teachings of the Paracelsus College of the 1970s. The book in part reads like a manual on the subject of Alchemy and in part is a historical record of the Paracelsus Research Society and Paralab. The laboratory section includes detailed instructions on a wide range of techniques and operations that are relevant to the spagyric art.
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The Inner Garden foundation was legally established in 2010 and that same year the first publications, of Inner Garden came out: The Science Of Alchymy, by Sapere Aude, The Book of Images without Words (Mutus Liber), by Magophon, and Basilius Valentinus and his Tinctures from Antimony, by Dr. Schein. These books were all published as ebooks.
In those early days we did not bring out any hardbacks. The only tangeable print that was made was a traditional letterpress project of Inner Garden's certificate which was done on Fabrioni 100% cotton paper with a Thompson Platen Press.
In 2015 Inner Garden published its first hardcovers with a focus on quality and craftmanship. Offset was chosen in favour of letterpress but again with the highest quality inks and 100% cotton paper. All hardbacks are released as limited editions, both the Fine Bindings and the highly limited Legendary Edition.
Inner Garden Press aims to continue bring out a small selection of quality books. Quality in content and unparalleled durability and craftmanship in print and binding. Inner Garden books are meant to last hundreds of years.
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