Dan Brown, the famed author of the Da Vinci Code, is known for his intense interest in obscure religious and occult books and artifacts, and he may soon revolutionize how the world understands the occult.
A short while ago, he made a donation of €300,000 to Amsterdam’s Ritman Library, also known as the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica House of Living Books.
The generous gift is specifically set aside so that the Ritman can digitize thousands of “pre-1900 texts on alchemy, astrology, magic, and theosophy,” including the Corpus Hermetikum (1472) , known as the “the preeminent source work on Hermetic wisdom”; Giordano Bruno’s Spaccio de la bestia trionfante (1584); and “the first printed version of the tree of life (1516): A graphic representation of the sefirot, the 10 virtues of God according to the Kabbalah.” reports Thu-Huong Ha at Quartz.
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