Stanislas Klossowski de Rola
A true son of Hermes, Prince Stanislas Klossowski de Rola (Baron de Watteville) inspired a reevaluation of the alchemical tradition with his two books, Alchemy: The Secret Art (1973) and The Golden Game (1988) and their French elaborations, Alchimie ; florilège de l’art secret (1974), and Le Jeu d’or (1997). Son of Balthus, the renowned Polish-French aristocrat and artist, Stanislas is a man of unique extraction and influence. A close personal friend to Eugène Canseliet—the direct disciple of the legendary adept, Fulcanelli—he more famously befriended The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the 1960s, and gained popular attention for his dandyist æsthetic. He later lived for many years in Sri Lanka, and was personally acquainted with Lama Anagarika Govinda, an important authority on the deeper links between eastern and western wisdom traditions. He presently resides in the Castle of Montecalvello, Italy.
Stanislas Klossowski de Rola is a translator and commentator of the text, Hermetic Recreations, a nineteenth century French alchemical manuscript appearing for the first time in English through Rubedo Press.