I gasped out loud when I saw these new deluxe, highly-limited editions of The Emerald Tablet, just released by alchemy scholar and artist, Brian Cotnoir on Khepri Press. The Emerald Tablet is perhaps the most famous alchemical text, allegedly written by Hermes Trismegistus himself (and translated several times over including by Sir Isaac Newton). It is considered both a mystic poem and a sacred recipe said to hold the secrets of creation and transmutation. Though the price of these is steep, they are works of art in and of themselves, complete with two new translations of the Arabic and Latin versions of the text, new commentary by Cotnoir, and accordian folio production in stamped Moroccan leather. Full details:
The Emerald Tablet
"The Emerald Tablet one of the root texts of alchemy is a brief alchemical work attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. Historically the work is part of the Hermetic corpus and seems to have the same origins as the rest of the Corpus Hermeticum.
The text was discovered, according to one version of the legend, by Apollonius of Tyana. After an earthquake a passageway opened up beneath a statue that led to a subterranean chamber. Seated there was a statue of Hermes Trismegistus holding a tablet of green stone (smaragda) engraved with the text of what is now known as the Emerald Tablet. The earliest known surviving texts are attributed to Apollonius of Tyana and it is the Arabic and Latin versions that are considered in this new work.
This edition is a collection of new translations of those earliest extant Arabic and Latin versions with accompanying essay and commentary. It is a distillation of the chapter on the Emerald Tablet in my forthcoming book Alchemy: The Poetry of Matter. There I present a more complete discussion, analysis and experimentation. Here I present it as a Hermetic work of art – a talismanic book in form, function and result. The Emerald Tablet is not only a fresh contribution to alchemical studies it is also an example of book art at its finest.
Drawing on the elements of Islamic and Western sacred geometry in their design, the two cover emblems visually indicate the Arabic side and the Latin side of the book. The overall design and typesetting from case to cover to page to word to letter evolved from the same Hermetic principles and follows from these same geometries.
This publication is a collection of new translations of the earliest extant Arabic and Latin versions with accompanying essay and commentary.
The Emerald Tablet is not only a fresh contribution to alchemical studies it is also an example of book art at its finest. Drawing on the elements of Islamic and Western sacred geometry in their design, the two cover emblems visually indicate the Arabic side and the Latin side of the book. The overall design and typesetting follow from these same geometries."
Designed by Brian Cotnoir. Typeset by Lara Captan – English and Latin in Seria & Seria Sans by Martin Majoor; the Arabic in DecoType Naskh by Thomas Milo & Mirjam Somers. Letterpress printed by Roni Gross on Magnani Book paper with marbled end sheets. Cover Emblem Designs by Daud Sutton. Bound by Biruta Auna. Polymer plates by Boxcar Press.
29 copies Limited Edition Leather Bound in Red Moroccan goat leather with hot stamping 23k gold $850 ORDER
71 copies Limited Edition Cloth Bound Green Silk with hot stamping 23k gold $600 ORDER
All copies numbered and signed by author.