It is a very good book that has everything that someone who would be interested in the original texts that were ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus by various philosophers, could search for. The introduction is very good, (eventhough for some texts in latin and greek contained in it there is no english translation) and the english translation to the latin and greek texts is trying to keep up with the meaning, eventhough not exact, but quite helpful to those that can't read the original, which of course, is immensly better to read. A very good book, with useful commentary, ideal to be bought.
First published in 1924, this classic work contains various Greek and Latin writings of religious or philosophic teachings attributed to the Egyptian sage Hermes Trismegistus, with Walter Scott's extensive notes, commentary, and addenda.
It is said that these teachings are records of private, intimate talks between a teacher and one or two of his disciples. The setting was in Egypt under the Roman Empire, among men who had received some instruction in Greek philosophy, and especially the Platonism of the period, but were not content with merely accepting and repeating the dogmas of the orthodox philosophic schools. Instead, they sought to expound a philosophic religion that would better satisfy their needs.
-In VOL.1 are the libelli of the Corpus Hermeticum, the Asclepius, the Hermetic excerpts in the Anthologium of Stobaeus, and other fragments. The entire text is produced in the original Greek or Latin, with an English translation on facing pages. -In VOL.2 are the translator's notes on the twenty-eight libelli of the Corpus Hermeticum. -In VOL.3 are the translator's commentary on the Latin Asclepius and the Hermetic excerpts of Stobaeus. -In VOL.4 are alchemical writings in Greek and Latin about the Hermetica, as well as addenda and indices compiled after Scott's death.
Walter Scott (1855-1925), a classical scholar, devoted much of his life to the study of the Hermetica.