A Look at the Earliest Printed Book—and It’s Not the Gutenberg Bible

oday, the printed word is taken for granted. Newspapers, books, brochures, and business cards are filled with printed words essential for spreading information around the globe. The revolution of the printed word came about with the advent of moveable type—technology that allowed quick, quality reproductions of text. While many associate the world-famous Gutenberg Bible with this technology, it’s actually not the first book ever printed. In fact, work coming out of Asia beats it by a long shot.


Jikji, 1377. (Photo: BnF)

Contrary to popular belief, the Gutenberg Bible isn’t the first printed book. Moveable type in Korea predated it by at least 75 years.

13th-century Korean type specimens. (Photo: Library of Congress)

Source: A Look at the Earliest Printed Book—and It’s Not the Gutenberg Bible


The Rosicrucian Mysteries (Occult Audiobook) by Max Heindel 

by Max Heindel 
This is a primer for those interested in the basic philosophy, beliefs & secrets of the Rosicrucians.

Intellectual Exercise Published on Nov 19, 2013   

This is a primer for those interested in the basic philosophy, beliefs & secrets of the Rosicrucian’s.

The Dark Night of the Soul – Manly Palmer Hall

Man’s Instinctive Search for Reality

More than three hundred years ago, a Spanish mystic, San Juan de la Cruz, St. John of the Cross, wrote an extraordinary book, entitled “The Dark Night of the Soul.”

Though comparatively unknown to the modem reader, this is perhaps one of the greatest documents in Christian symbolism on a mystical level.
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Man’s Instinctive Search for Reality
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More than three hundred years ago, a Spanish mystic, San Juan de la Cruz, St. John of the Cross, wrote an extraordinary book, entitled “The Dark Night of the Soul.”
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Though comparatively unknown to the modem reader, this is perhaps one of the greatest documents in Christian symbolism on a mystical level.
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Dan Brown Helps Ritman Library Digitize Its Occult Manuscripts

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.


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.

‘Curiosa physica’ by Johann Otto von Hellwig. 1714. (Image: Ritman Library)
Photo: Ritman Library The Ritman Library has been sharing their progress as they scan and digitize their vast collection of occult manuscripts.
Photo: Ritman Library

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.

Source: Dan Brown Helps Ritman Library Digitize Its Occult Manuscripts


Mysticism Part 1: History of Mystics [Occult Audiobook](Boehme, Swedenborg, William Blake, etc.)

Mysticism Part 1, History of Mystics (Jacob Boehme, Emmanuel Swedenborg, William Blake, Dante, etc.) Audiobook by Evelyn Underhill.

Intellectual Exercise Feb 8, 2014

Preface ends at 11:32 mark and main book start at 11:50 mark. Mysticism Part 1, History of Mystics (Jacob Boehme, Emmanuel Swedenborg, William Blake, Dante, etc.) Audiobook by Evelyn Underhill.


  • Part 1: The Mystic Fact 12:01
  • Chapter 1 – The Point of Departure 12:41
  • Chapter 2 – Mysticism and Vitalism 1:24:04
  • Chapter 3 – Mysticism and Psychology 2:21:52
  • Chapter 4 – The characteristics of Mysticism 3:38:26
  • Chapter 5 – Mysticism and Theology 4:56:18
  • Chapter 6 – Mysticism and Symbolism 6:25:12
  • Chapter 7 – Mysticism and Magic 7:37:15

  • Part 2: The Mystic Way 8:23:24
  • Chapter 1 – Introductory 8:23:40
  • Chapter 2 – The Awakening of the Self 8:48:03
  • Chapter 3 – The Purification of the Self 9:50:18

  • The Light of Egypt, vol II
    “The Light of Egypt” will be found to be an Occult library in itself, a textbook of esoteric knowledge, setting forth the “wisdom Religion” of life, as taught by the Adepts of Hermetic Philosophy. It will richly repay all who are seeking the higher life to carefully study this book, as it contains in a nutshell the wisdom of the ages regarding man and his destiny, here and hereafter.
  • Grimms’ Fairy Tales : Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
    A classic collection of oral German folklore, brought together for posterity by the scholarly brothers Grimm in the 1800s, this epitome of fairy tales includes many of the world’s best known stories. In these dark foreboding woods, you will find: Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Lily and the Lion (better known as Beauty and the Beast), and Snow White and Rose Red, among other timeless works. These tales were later heavily revised and sanitised, but here are presented closer to their grim and beloved originals. (Summary by Marlo Dianne)
  • The Rosicrucian Mysteries (Occult Audiobook) by Max Heindel 
    by Max Heindel  This is a primer for those interested in the basic philosophy, beliefs & secrets of the Rosicrucians.
  • An Introduction to Rhetorical Appeals – ppt video
    Published by Jonas Tucker Background Information Rhetoric is the use of words for a specific purpose, often to persuade an audience. According to Aristotle, there are three main strategies employed when appealing to an audience: logos, ethos, and pathos.
  • Anthroposophical Spiritual Science and Medical Knowledge – Rudolf Steiner
    Anthroposophical Spiritual Science and Medical Knowledge Rudolf Steiner FROM (The Healing Process: Spirit, Nature & Our Bodies, 11 lectures, Aug. 28, 1923–Aug. 29, 1924 (CW 319) by Rudolf Steiner.)

Mysticism Part 2: History of Mystics [Occult Audiobook](Boehme, Swedenborg, William Blake, etc.)

Mysticism Part 2; History of Mystics [Occult Audiobook] (Jacob Boehme, Swedenborg, William Blake, etc.) by Evelyn Underhill.

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Mysticism Part 2; History of Mystics [Occult Audiobook] (Jacob Boehme, Swedenborg, William Blake, etc.) by Evelyn Underhill.


  • Part 2 Chapter 3 – The Purification of the Self (second half) 0:21
  • Chapter 4 – The Illumination of the Self 51:20
  • Chapter 5 – Voices and Visions 2:25:04
  • Chapter 6 – Introversion. Part I: Recollection and Qui 3:50:39
  • Chapter 7 – Introversion. Part II: Contemplation 5:15:25
  • Chapter 8 – Ecstasy and Rapture 6:39:00
  • Chapter 9 – The Dark Night of the Soul 7:41:48
  • Chapter 10 – The Unitive Life 9:20:42
  • Conclusion –  10:52:55

  • The Caducean phenomenon
    Originally posted on The Apollonian Transmission:
    The Marxist leader Lenin famously said: “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” Since then, this line has been used by rightists to refer to the duplicity of modern political left or, more plainly, Jews in politics. Here they contend, elements of Jewry, whom are in every instance…
  • Mercury: The Philosopher, Priest, Prophet, Apostle, Wizard and Deceiver
    Originally posted on The Apollonian Transmission:
    Mercury, as a type, is a symbol of philosophers, priests and wizards. That he is a priest we see in his role as guide to the underworld. In fact the entirety of Christianity and “Western philosophy” —as sophistry, in its common “spiritual” non-Nietzschean form— might also be termed “Mercurial.”…
  • A Look at the Earliest Printed Book—and It’s Not the Gutenberg Bible
    oday, the printed word is taken for granted. Newspapers, books, brochures, and business cards are filled with printed words essential for spreading information around the globe. The revolution of the printed word came about with the advent of moveable type—technology that allowed quick, quality reproductions of text. While many associate the world-famous Gutenberg Bible with this technology, it’s actually not the first book ever printed. In fact, work coming out of Asia beats it by a long shot.
  • The Light of Egypt, vol II
    “The Light of Egypt” will be found to be an Occult library in itself, a textbook of esoteric knowledge, setting forth the “wisdom Religion” of life, as taught by the Adepts of Hermetic Philosophy. It will richly repay all who are seeking the higher life to carefully study this book, as it contains in a nutshell the wisdom of the ages regarding man and his destiny, here and hereafter.
  • The Rosicrucian Mysteries (Occult Audiobook) by Max Heindel 
    by Max Heindel  This is a primer for those interested in the basic philosophy, beliefs & secrets of the Rosicrucians.