The Ritman Library – Amsterdam
Discover a library with over 23.000 books in the fields of Alchemy, Hermetica, Cabala, Magic, Rosicrucianism and Mystic! Watch legendary first editions, rare books, manuscripts and learn more about the hidden stories and secret symbols of Esotericism…
Cast: Joost Ritman, Esther Ritman, Cis van Heertum, José Bouman, Dr. Marco Pasi
Directors: Sara Ferro, Chris Weil
Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica
How old rare books about the divine essence of things, the hidden reality behind the curtain of visible life can be the first companions for a soul seeking for an inner path of spirituality and how this path can be as well of cosmological nature, bringing to the comprehension of the intimate relationship between Microcosmos and Macrocosmos. How the rediscovery in older printings of betrayed knowledges and concealed thruths can ignite a trascendent spark, help to pass a sort of mystical gate and find access to a circle of initiates. In a symbolical alchemical trasmutation of the own reality. How some ancient metaphysical Traditions can incorporate the Inviolable, Absolute and Permanent. How a certain particular world of bibliophiles and bibliomaniacs ticks, what motivate them and how become comfortable with auction while you build up your library – and above all why to build up a library. Understanding books as engine of cultural revolutions and as heritage of hard-fought theories and vexed authors, whom we can now enjoy freely. The founder of the BPH Joost Ritman, the director of the library Esther Ritman, the bibliographical team with Cis van Heertum and José Bouman tell us about all this, while Dr. Marco Pasi from the University of Amsterdam narrates the wonderful and captivating history of Western Esotericism.
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