A reprint of the famous Everard edition of 1650.
The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus in XVII Books was published in 1650 by John Everard. Translated from Marsilios Ficino’s Latin translation of 1471, Everard’s work represents the first English translation of the Corpus Hermeticum (the “Hermetic body of writings”), the foundational documents of the Hermetic tradition, said to have been written by Hermes the Thrice-Great, an avatar or living embodiment of the god Hermes-Thoth. Hermes Trismegistus was said to be an ancient Egyptian priest and magician who was credited with writing forty-two books on esoteric wisdom collectively known as the Hermetic literature or Hermetica. The Pymander (Ποιμανδρης), also spelled Poemandres,Poemander or Pimander is one of the chapters in the Corpus Hermeticum. It means “Man-Shepherd,” alluding to God as Divine Mind, and in another sense as “the Good Shepherd” or “Shepherd of Men.”
The Divine Pymander is one of the oldest and most important books on the mysteries. It has been a textbook for generations of hierophants, saints, and sages. Of this book it has been written in 1650, by J. F.: “There is contained in this book that true philosophy. without which it is impossible to attain to the heights…”