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    "...of the Utmost Importance to the Study of Böhme and Gitchel."

    Johann Georg Gichtel and Johann Georg Grabern. [Jacob Boehme or Böhme] [Theosophica Practica.] Eine Kurtze Eröffnung und Anweisung der dreyen Principien und Welten im Menschen, in unterschiedlichen Figuren .... [N.p.]: [N.p.], 1723. First edition. Octavo. A-L8. 175 pages. Double-page frontispiece, two full page illustrations (uncolored), lacking "Das Rad der Geburt" folding plate, title page in red and black, decorated initials. Full calf with gilt rules and leather label on spine, all edges red. Boards rubbed and soiled, minor surface leather loss on front board, corners bumped, spine bumped at head and foot, small hole from biopredation near head of spine, small crack in leather near foot, gilt title worn off label, joints starting; small edge tears with minor paper loss in upper corners of first and last few pages, holograph pencil numbers on front pastedown, holograph pen name on lower right corner of title page, pages with foxing, soiling, and stains; else in good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Magnifique ouvrage du celébre mystique et Kabbaliste allemand...dont une se déployant et representant la constitution kabbalistique de l'homme et du Microcosme--Cette oeuvre est aussi savante que celles de Jacob Boehme." -Caillet.


    Gichtel (1683-1710) theosophical mystic and follower of Boehme. He met Baron Justinianus von Weltz who presented him with a vision of a union for all Christians. He formed the Christerbauliche Jesusgesellschaft. He had to leave and move to Holland because of persecution where he discovered Boehme's writings. He edited Boehme's works and organized the society of the Brethren of the Angels. His major literary contribution lay in a series of letters published by his follower Grabern.


    "...he rejected marriage, because he took Böhme's idea about the original androgynous nature of man too literally, and thus regarded woman as a reversion of the original order of creation...In place of woman, Gichtel puts heavenly virgin Sophia, who performs the spiritual marriage with the newly-born and enables the reintroduction of Melchizadekian priesthood." B.P.H., Gnosis, page 207.


    This is the first collection of his writings and is of the utmost importance to the study of Böhme and Gichtel.  


    Caillet, 4521. Esoterica 1861 (French later edition.) Baroklit NF 383 (also lacking this plate). Ouvaroff 59 (later edition.) B.P.H., 500 Years of Gnosis in Europe, 61b. Biblio. Hermetica 119.

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