Rachael Ashe altered book

Rachael Ashe’s stunning altered book  makes an apt symbol for the themes to be covered in this section, viz: alchemical texts and practice, herbalism, medicine and secrets. See more of Rachael’s altered books at:

I plan to write a series of pieces about Adam McLean’s important  Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks   collection  of alchemical texts which he researches, edits, prints, binds and publishes himself. The books become instant collectors’ items and fetch silly prices on the second-hand market, Pneumo-Cosmic-XXbut their real value is the care with which old, obscure and often unknown texts have been brought to light  and placed in the tradition. One such is the Pneumo-Cosmic Manuscript  discovered in Glasgow University’s Ferguson collection  to which McLean   gave  new life  by sensitively hand-colouring its 52 mysterious zen-like emblems (one reproduced at left). Find the book here  and please visit McLean’s website:



The Great Work of the Metal Lover. Adam W. Brown’s  alchemical art installation employs   microbiology to  make gold from sea water.