One Nice Thing: The Digital Library of the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica

May 27, 2020 | Filed Under Things I Think About | No Comments

The Embassy of the Free Mind, aka the House with the Heads, houses the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, an Amsterdam museum and library, “a place where you can find wisdom from all over the world, where images and texts will tell you centuries-old stories created by free thinkers.”

They are in the process of digitizing their library (partly supported by a government grant from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds), and all of the manuscripts are available for free on their website as they are scanned.

The website is in English, and while the search function will let let you search for a specific author, year, or place of publication, there’s no way to order the search by any of those items, so you will get a randomly ordered list each time you pull up the page. That could be useful, however—the serendipity of discovering just the right book or just the right author awaits!

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