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November 28, 2006 14:49 ET

After 300 Years Magical Book of Forbidden Knowledge Translated Into English

MIDDLEFIELD, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 28, 2006 -- For nearly three centuries the famous occult and magical book "Opus Mago-Cabbalisticum et Theosophicum" by German Alchemist Georg von Welling has been available only in 18th century German.

Until now.

"I could not believe that the 'Opus' could have lain untranslated in its entirety for so long," says Joseph McVeigh, Professor and Chair of German studies at Smith College, who has recently translated the "Opus" into English.

This first-ever translation has been met with glowing reviews and brisk sales. A renewed interest by historians and consumers in Alchemy is making the book a popular item. Azure Green, a large distributor and retailer for all things metaphysical, has sold numerous copies since its debut this year. Azure Green owners Adair Carafella and Tamarin Laurel-Paine point out that the 551-page book is sought after because it is rare and truly original material. "There is very little that is original material in books today. Von Welling's book, however is not only original, it is considered one of history's most important alchemical work," explains Laurel-Paine.

Professor McVeigh's translation is prefaced with an Introduction written by internationally renowned occult author and lecturer, Lon Milo DuQuette, ( DuQuette refers to this edition as an "Alchemical masterpiece." DuQuette states, "This, in all likelihood, was the actual book of forbidden knowledge that fired the imagination of the magician Faust in Goethe's immortal play. Von Welling's work can also be traced through the doctrines and teachings of many European esoteric institutions including those of the Freemasons, Rosicrucians and the Golden Dawn."

First published in 1719, the book was popular in its own time, and was still being published in a third edition at the same time masterworks of Enlightenment Philosophy by Immauel Kant were appearing. Professor McVeigh has brilliantly transformed von Welling's magical writings and dozens of alchemical illustrations into a clear text for contemporary readers. "Reading von Welling's work, one can imagine Faust's dark study where he struggles with the futility of earthly knowledge and the temptation this book offered him with its claim of secret insights into nature and the cosmos," says McVeigh.

The "Opus Mago-Cabbalisticum et Theosophicum," published by Red Wheel/Weiser, is available in hardcover from Azure Green 800-326-0804,

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