Adam McLean

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Adam McLean


Scotland 1948 - present

Comments: has done more to make ancient Alchemical texts available and understandable than anyone else in this modern century;Alchemy; Researcher/ Librarian:


Teachers: Gareth Knight; Paracelsus; Dr. John Dee; Edward Kelly; Abraham Von Worms ; Frederick Carter; A.E. Waite; Michael Maier; Franz Hartmann; Roger Bacon; Elias Ashmole; Sir Isaac Newton; Albertus Magnus; John Winthrop the YoungerAKA John Winthrop,(CT 1650s); Anton Joseph Kirchweger; Frederick Holland; Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers ; William Robert Woodman; William Wynn Westcott;Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie; Count Apponyi; Frederick Hockley; William W. Atkinson; William Alexander Ayton; H. Spencer Lewis; Fulcanelli; Justus von Liebig; Basil Valentine; Nicolas Flamel; Sir George Ripley; Michael Sendivogius; Jābir ibn Hayyān AKA Gerber; Johann Isaac Hollandus; Arnoldus de Villa Nova; Josephus Quercetanus ; Baro Urbigerus; Henry Khunrath AKA Heinrich Khunrath aka Henry Kunwrath of Lipsicke; Valentin Weigel aka Valentine Weigelius; Robert Fludd; Dr Sigismond Bacstrom; Franciscus Mercurius van Helmont; Sir Hans Sloane; "Salomon Trismosin"; Cornelius Agrippa; Johannes Theodorus de Bry, engraver; Johan Babtista Grosschedel Von Aicha; Hermes Trismegistus; Dionysus Andereas Freher, author of the Paradoxa, Emblemata, Aenigmata, Hieroglyphica, de Uno, Toto, Puncto, Centro; Johann Daniel Mylius; Thomas Murner;


Students: Tim Hogan ; Kirk White; Chuck Furnace;

Partners / Friends/ Similar: J.W. Hamilton-Jones;

Organizations: Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica; The Alchemy Website

Author /translator/ Editor: founded the Hermetic Journal, 1978; Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks, 39 editions; A Treatise on Angel Magic; The Alchemical Mandala; The Rosicrucian Emblems of Daniel Cramer; The Triple Goddess: An Exploration of the Archetypal Feminine; A Commentary on the Mutus Liber (the Mute Book); The Magical Calendar. A Synthesis of Magical Symbolism from the Seventeenth Century Renaissance of Medieval Occultism, meant to include the large diagram of the Calendarium Naturale Magicum Perpetuum; The Rosary of the Philosophers. The English Translation in Ferguson Manuscript 210, 2006; The Pneumo-Cosmic Manuscript. MS Ferguson 115 in Glasgow University Library , 2005; Commentary on the Chymical Wedding ( by Johannes Valentinus Andreae) With text of the 1690 Foxcroft translation revised and modified by Deidre Green and Adam McLean, With Extracts from the Original German Edition, preface by Gareth Knight, 1984; Alchemical Compendium I: A Collection of Alchemical Treatises , 1999; The Alchemical Mandala - A Survey of the Mandala in the Western Esoteric Traditions; A Commentary on the Mutus Liber aka The Silent Book; (editor) The Alchemical Engravings of Mylius. With the texts of Part Four of the First Book of the 'Philosophia Reformata; translated by . Three Dreams on the Transmutations of Metals by Giovanni Battista Nazari;

Under Adam McLean comments: asked him for help in distinguishing between 3 books and authors, his reply was so quick and precise it bears quoting in full:

"1). Rabbi "Abraham Eleazar" , author of Age-Old Chymical Work aka Uralter Chymisches Werck, 1735; A well known work. Written in German.

Uraltes Chymisches Werck, 1735, Erfurt, 1735. I (he, Adam Maclean) recently published an edition of this. see http://www.alchemywebsite.com/bookshop/mohs55.html


3) Habraham (aka Abraham), the Jew, Prince, Priest, Levite, Astrologer and Philosopher to the Jews scattered in Gaul, author of The Book of Hieroglyphic Figures with applications of the Fables of the Poets of the Mysteries of Christianity, of Alchemy, Pharmacy, according to NUMBERs, at least published by 1760;

The same German work as item 1, but reprinted in 1760 in Leipzig. You have here a translation into English of the title page. An English translation was issued as photocopied transcripts by Hans Nintzel in the early 1980s. It is easily available on the Internet. This translation is very poor in places.


2).Rabbi Abraham Von Worms, author of The Book of Abramelin aka The Jew Abraham of Worms's Book of the True Praxis in the Ancient Divine Magic and Astounding Things, as they have been transmitted through the Holy Kabbalah and Elohim @ 1350

This has nothing at all to do with the Rabbi Eleazar of items 1 and 2.

As far as I understand The Book of Abramelin dates to about 1608 and was written in German. The Hebrew versions are all more modern i.e. later than 1740 and are translations of the German, rather than copies of earlier Hebrew manuscripts"* AM 4/21/2016 compare at http://www.akor.cc/Abramelin/abramelin_book1.pdf ;



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