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The Ritman Library: Amsterdam (2017)

Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica: More than 23.000 books in the fields of: Alchemy, Hermetica, Cabala, Magic, Rosicrucianism, Mystic, Theosophy, Freemasonry, Pansophy and much more.


Sara Ferro, Chris Weil
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Cast overview:
Joost Ritman Joost Ritman ... Founder of the library
Esther Ritman Esther Ritman ... Director of the library
Cis van Heertum Cis van Heertum ... Curator of the 1800-present rare books collection
José Bouman José Bouman ... Curator of the pre-1800 rare books collection
Marco Pasi Marco Pasi ... Associate Professor in History of Hermetic philosophy and related currents (University of Amsterdam) (as Dr. Marco Pasi)
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Watch legendary first editions, rare books and manuscripts like the famous Fama Fraternitatis, Corpus Hermeticum, Tabula Smaragdina, Atalanta Fugiens, Spaccio della bestia trionfante, Plontin Polyglot Bible and discover incredible works of authors like Basilius Valentinus, Marsilio Ficino, Johannes Reuchlin, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, Paracelsus, Giordano Bruno, Heinrich Khunrath, Michael Maier, Jacob Böhme, Lambspring, Robert Fludd, Daniel Mögling, Baruch Spinoza, Matthäus Merian and Stephan Michelspacher. Learn more about the Ritman Library featuring wonderful stories and anecdotes of Joost Ritman, Esther Ritman, Cis van Heertum, José Bouman and Dr. Marco Pasi. Summary : - Exclusive rare books, manuscripts, wood cuts, engravings and first editions - Fascinating interviews and anecdotes - Amazing visual contents and images - Stunning symbols of Alchemy, Hermetica, Mysticism, Cabala, Magic, Rosicrucianism - Learn more about the spellbinding history of Western ...

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Very interesting for those who love books, antiques and esoteric
6 August 2019 | by psaccheriSee all my reviews

I enjoyed the documentary, it is well done. I am not a believer in any of the esoteric philosophies, nor religion. But I find very interesting not only the existence of such a great library, of which I didn't knwo the existence, full of rare and antique manuscripts and books, but also the seeds its owners and librarians can give you to make your interest in the matter grow. So I recommend the movie to anybody, of course it is a documentary, no fiction images inside.

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English | German

Release Date:

19 February 2017 (Netherlands) See more »

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EUR5,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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