Grand Rapids, MI: Phanes Press, 1995. Paperback, 210 pages. New.
Hermes—the mercurial messenger of the gods and guardian of occult wisdom—has played a central role in the development of esotericism in the West. In The Eternal Hermes: From Greek God to Alchemical Magus, esoteric scholar Antoine Faivre draws on rare books and manuscripts to explore the origins of this fascinating and multi-faceted figure; from his roots in Ancient Greek religion and mystery traditions, through to the figure of Hermes Trismegistus and his importance in Renaissance magic and alchemical traditions. Illustrated with 39 monochrome plates, and with extensive notes and biblipgraphy, this is a scholarly yet accessible guide to Hermes from his ancient roots to his contemporary relevance. Recommended for both scholars and practitioners of the Western Esoteric Traditions alike.