The Descent of Man

The Descent of Man

Charles Darwin

Fully illustrated. No book made a greater impact on the intellectual world of its first Victorian readers nor has had such an enduring influence on our thinking on science, literature, theology and philosophy. In The Descent of Man, Darwin addresses the crucial question of the origins, evolution and racial divergence of mankind, that he had deliberately left out of On the Origin of Species. And the evidence he presents forces us…

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The Golden Chain of Homer

The Golden Chain of Homer

Anton Kirchweger

The Golden Chain of Homer, in its various forms and editions, is perhaps one of the most descriptive and least ambiguous manuscripts on alchemical lore and the early explanations given during the late Renaissance and early Enlightenment periods regarding chemical and earthly processes. Less concerned with celestial and angelic symbolism and more focused on outright experimentation, it covers the processes of fixation, putrefaction…

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The Great Art

The Great Art

Antoine-Joseph Pernety

A system of physics according to hermetic philosophy and theory and practice of the magisterium. From the Preface: ‘UNDER the auspices of the “Universite Libre des Hautes Etudes” of Paris, a Branch of which has recently been established in America, we publish the first volume of a series of classical works whose study constitutes the foundation of the teaching of the “Faculte des Sciences Hermetiques. It is not without reason that we…

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Harmonies of the World

Harmonies of the World

Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler published Harmonies of the World in 1619. This was the summation of his theories about celestial correspondences, and ties together the ratios of the planetary orbits, musical theory, and the Platonic solids. Kepler’s speculations are long discredited. However, this work stands as a bridge between the Hermetic philosophy of the Renaissance, which sought systems of symbolic correspondences in the fabric of nature…

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Hypnotism, Mesmerism and the New Witchcraft

Hypnotism, Mesmerism and the New Witchcraft

Ernest Hart

A volume of papers which originally appeared in the Nineteenth Century in the British Medical Journal. Its chief purpose is to show that ‘hypnotism, when it is not a pernicious fraud, is a mere futility, which should have no place in the life of those who have work to do in the world.’ Dr. Hart looks upon spiritualism, mesmerism, faith cure, etc., as examples of false science, on a slender basis of physiological and pathological…

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Lectures on Evolution

Lectures on Evolution

Thomas Henry Huxley

Illustrated. This book is comprised of three lectures that Thomas Henry Huxley gave. ‘We live in and form part of a system of things of immense diversity and perplexity, which we call Nature; and it is a matter of the deepest interest to all of us that we should form just conceptions of the constitution of that system and of its past history…

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Letters on Natural Magic

Letters on Natural Magic

David Brewster

Intended as a supplement to Sir Walter Scott’s 1830 Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft, this 1832 publication seeks to explain and expose the science behind the alleged ‘magic’ of spiritualists and conjurors. David Brewster (1781–1868), a Scottish natural philosopher and historian of science, was highly regarded in his lifetime but has since faded into obscurity. Penned at the request of Scott, Brewster’s friend and neighbour…

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Man’s Place in the Universe

Man's Place in the Universe

Alfred Russel Wallace

A study of the results of scientific research in relation to the unity or plurality of worlds. Chapters include: Early Ideas As To The Universe And Its Relation To Man; Modern Ideas As To Man’s Relation To The Universe; The New Astronomy; The Distribution Of The Stars; Distance Of The Stars—The Sun’s Motion Through Space; The Unity And Evolution Of The Star System; Are The Stars Infinite In Number?; Our Relation To The Milky Way; The Uniformity…

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