The Ritman Library has been aiming to digitize its collection since beginning its Hermetically Open project in 2012. A play on the library’s status as a hub of printed materials in the field of Hermeticism, it was the start of an effort to bring these precious materials to a wider audience. Luckily for the library, they had a fan in Brown, who had visited the Ritman on several occasions while writing The Lost Symbol and Inferno. In June 2016, Brown announced that he would be donating €300,000 ($368,000) to the library in an effort to help them digitize their core collection of 4,600 pre-1900 texts on alchemy, religion, and magic.
And now, the first results of the donation are online, with the Ritman Library announcing that 1,617 occult manuscripts are ready to be explored. While the library admits that the interface is still new and will be improved for searchability and manuscript downloads, it’s still an exciting step for those interested in Hermeticism.
Author Dan Brown made a generous donation to the Ritman Library to help bring their collection of Hermeticist manuscripts online. Now, 1,600 pre-1900 texts on alchemy, religions, and mysticism are online.
- Mercury: The Philosopher, Priest, Prophet, Apostle, Wizard and Deceiver
- SYMBOLISM. Alchemy
- Alchemy Ancient and Modern
- Lesson 3 Atomos, Aristotle and Alchemy (Chemistry Before Modern History)
- Metaphor: the Alchemy of Thought
- HIGH MAGICK: The Elemental Adept
- Dan Brown Helps Ritman Library Digitize Its Occult Manuscripts
- Illuminated Manuscript, the Aberdeen Bestiary, Digitized in High Resolution