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.

The Ritman Library - Amsterdam: documentary film
Joost Ritman - Founder of the library
Esther Ritman - Director of the library
Cis van Heertum - Curator of the 1800-present rare books collection
José Bouman - Curator of the pre-1800 rare books collection
Dr. Marco Pasi - Associate Professor in History of Hermetic philosophy and related currents (University of Amsterdam)

Exclusive rare books

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Get inspired

Discover some of the most mysterious characters and texts in European intellectual history.

House of treasures

Get access to the finest and completest collections in the field of hermetic philosophy.

Symbols and Secrets

A forest of symbols, hidden meanings and messages, lush emblems, allegories and codes.

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Hermetically open

Once hermetically kept secret, now open for experts, academics, enthusiasts, devotees and followers.

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