Heinrich Khunrath or Dr Henricus Khunrath as he was also called, was a Amphitheatrum Sapientiae Aeternae was first published at Hamburg in , but . The stuff crime novels are made of: Heinrich Khunrath’s Amphitheatrum Sapientiae Aeternae (Hanau, ). Wednesday February 9th, Amphitheatrum Sapientiae Aeternae (engl. Amphitheater of Eternal Wisdom) by Heinrich Khunrath, Hamburg (ISBN ).
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As Umberto Eco writes, while the posthumous Hanau edition of this work was one of many, it is by far the most well-known. Heinrich Khunratha German physician, alchemist and Kabbalist, probably published a small print run of the book in Hamburg for a close circle of insiders in While the subsequent Hanau edition is still available in several libraries and collections to this day, there are only two known surviving copies of the adternae edition, which makes it extremely rare.
The copies of the Hanau edition are by no means all bound the same.
In many cases, individual plates are missing and their order in the text varies from one copy to the next:. Then the same question for the plate with the enemies.
Feinde plate Khunrath surrounded by his enemies, who, in true Grandville style, are depicted as birds and insects. Even a wily bookworm like Eco concedes that he had his work cut out with the wealth of different editions of Amphitheatrum.
Heinrich Khunrath : Amphitheater Sapientiae Aeternae (1595) (Alchemical Artwork)
Not only are there different collations of the Hanau and Hamburg editions, for instance; there are also several phantoms, which haunt the catalogues and literature in-between and after these editions. In the amphutheatrum criminological style we know from Eco in The Name of the Rosehe ultimately attempts to clear up the confusion: Byhe had reached a stage where he could request the royal printing privilege.
Four years later, he wrote and dated the epilogue, and had the cover engraved to save time. In the three years until his death inhe issued instructions for the production of the rectangular plates. When he passed away, his friend Erasmus Wolfart took over and sent the work off to the printers, which was published in with amhitheatrum corresponding colophon.
This was when things took a decisive turn: Levinus Brauns was the actual client and some rascal misused the Hanau copies by circulating them with the cover. Whatever actually happened, the diversity of the Hanau edition remains a mystery. How come the owl is missing in some Hanau copies and the plate with the enemies in others?
And why do the plates in the same amphitheahrum appear in a different order?
Heinrich Khunrath : Amphitheater Sapientiae Aeternae () (Alchemical Artwork) – Esoteric Online
Eco concludes that each copy of the Hanau edition is probably unique. In all sixteen copies he compares, the plates are in a different order. An inspection of our copy reveals aeetrnae the plates also appear in a sequence that cannot be found in any other copy: Our copy must therefore be the only heeinrich of its kind in the world. Your email address will not be published.
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Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. In many cases, individual plates are missing and their order in the text varies from one copy to the next: Feinde plate Khunrath surrounded by his enemies, who, in true Grandville style, are depicted as birds and insects Even a wily bookworm like Eco concedes that he had his work cut out with the wealth of different editions of Amphitheatrum. A possible scenario In the true criminological style we know from Eco in The Name of the Rosehe ultimately attempts to clear up the confusion: Unsolved questions Whatever actually happened, the diversity of the Hanau edition remains a mystery.
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