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The Real Hermetic Tradition (Lodovico Lazzarelli and Giovanni da Correggio)

As the Corona virus was dominating the media and everybody’s daily lives, many of my friends on Facebook began launching “book challenges” to entertain themselves and the members of their networks. I accepted a challenge to list “10 books that changed your life,” and soon discovered that it was not just great fun to select ten titles and write about them, but that the exercise triggered a process of self-reflection. It made me conscious of some deep and long-term motivations and obsessions that have very much determined my personal life and my career as a scholar as well (or the other way around?). Here is nr. 5 on my list. In 1997 I was living in Paris,  working on a postdoc research project.   O ne day I paid a visit to my friend Antoine Faivre in Meudon .  He ha s  a small collection of valuable antiquarian books in a glass case, and somehow my attention was caught by this small booklet.  T wo  books of Mercurius Trismegistus ,  translated by Gabriel du Preau, including a text calle

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