Michelspacher was a paracelsian physician living in Tyrol. Alinda van Ackooy has suggested that as a Lutheran he left Tyrol in around 1613 owing to the Catholic Renewal (Rekatholisierung) currently adopted by the Hapsburgs. Augsburg retained a more religiously tolerant atmosphere, although it also was a centre of the print industry, which Michelspacher was to participate.
In Augsburg on becoming a printmaker he published Cabala, Spiegel der Kunst und Natur: in Alchymia in 1615. The book is noted for its selection of hermetic inspired prints.
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- Ackooy, Alinda van. "Through the Alchemical Looking Glass. An Interpretation of Stephan Michelspacher's Cabala: Spiegel der Kunst und Natur, in Alchymia concerning the Tincture of the Alchemists". Academia.edu. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
- Rola, Stanislas Klossowski de (1997). The golden game : alchemical engravings of the seventeenth century (1st paperback ed.). New York: Thames and Hudson. ISBN 978-0500279816.