Joseph Curwen kept a copy of Fludd's Clavis Alchimiae in his collection.
[The Case of Charles Dexter Ward - H.P.L.]
See also: Clavis Alchimiae
Robert Fludd (1574-1637) was an English mystic involved with cabalist beliefs. He wrote two books in defense of magic called "Mosaical Philosophy" and "Summum Bonum," which contained his own version of the cabalistic theories. According to Fludd, all creation proceeded from God, who is the sum of everything, and all eventuallly returns to God. Fludd was a Rosicrucian and claimed by the Freemasons as one of their own. Many modern occultists perform rituals on September 8th, the date he died. These involve meditating on the celebrated diagram of Man the Microcosm in his "Utriusque Cosmi-Historia."
Robert Fludd - Origin and Structure of the Cosmos.
Text translated by Patricia Tahil. Introduction by Adam McLean.
This is the first ever translation into English of a substantial section of Robert Fludd's classic work Utriusque Cosmi historia. Patricia Tahil has here translated the whole of the first two Books of the work which deal with the origin and structure of the Macrocosm. Fludd shows himself attached to the classical Ptolomaic picture of an Earth-centred Cosmos and he sums up in this work the spiritual perspective of the ancient tradition (to which he was passionately dedicated) on, the Macrocosm. Thus in his first book he deals with the nature of the Primal Substance, the inner nature of the Original Darkness, the Ancient Chaos, and the Universal Essence from which the entire Creation was shaped. His second book deals in turn with the threefold structure of the Macrocosm - the Empyrean World, the World of the Ethers, and the Earthly World.
This volume provides us with a clear picture of the Cosmos seen as a spiritual being as it was grasped in the Western tradition in the early 17th century, just a few decades before seeds of a purely materialistic mechanical view of the Cosmos were sown into Western consciousness, which in time would emerge as the 'Scientific' revolution in thought of the 18th and 19th centuries.
A valuable sourcework on Rosicrucian Cosmic Science.