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A BOOK OF THE OFFICES OF SPIRITS
The Occult Virtue of Plants and Some Rare Magical Charms & Spells Transcribed ... from a Sixteenth Century Manuscript on Magic and Necromancy.
From a manuscript by by John Porter, transcribed by Frederick Hockley, With an Introduction by Colin D. Campbell.
1st 2011 102pp Teitan Press 4to h/b. Illus. Ltd. ed. 800 copies.
A Book of the Offices of Spirits is the first ever publication of this Solomonic text or grimoire which, in common with the better-known "Goetia," is essentially a catalog of demons, giving their name, description, rank in the infernal hierarchy, number of attendant legions, offices (abilities), as well as a variety of magical rituals for their conjuration and other purposes. The text has its origin in a magical manuscript written by one John Porter in 1583, which was itself probably drawn from earlier European sources. In the early nineteenth century the Porter manuscript came into the possession of the British occult fraternity, "the Mercurii," and a transcription of key sections was compiled by John Palmer. Palmer's transcription was in turn copied by the renowned occult scholar Frederick Hockley, and this transcription, along with another anonymous late nineteenth century manuscript copy, for the basis for the present work.
Colin D. Campbell, author of The Magic Seal of Dr. John Dee has edited and written an Introduction for the book in which he examines the history of the manuscript, its place in the Goetic canon, and its relevance to contemporary occultists. £37.50
ABRAHAM THE JEW ON MAGIC TALISMANS
From a manuscript by Frederick Hockley
1st 2011 102pp Teitan Press. Illus. Ltd. ed. 800 copies.
Abraham the Jew on Magic Talismans is a previously-unpublished manuscript by Frederick Hockley, probably transcribed by him circa 1850 from an earlier work. The manuscript deals with the creation of talismans, and is divided into two parts, the first of which details methods for their manufacture "under the fixed stars" and the second "under the twenty-eight mansions of the moon." Both sets of concepts were popular in mediaeval and later European astrological and magical practice, having apparently been incorporated into them from Arabic astronomical and astrological treatises composed during the "Golden Age" of Arabic science from the middle of the 8th to the middle of the 13th centuries
This first published edition comprises an Introduction in which Silens Manus explores the history of the manuscript, and its relationship with other early magical works, notably those of Cornelius Agrippa. It is followed by a typeset transcription of the text of the manuscript, with explanatory footnotes, etc., and a reproduction of various relevant passages from the 1651 edition of Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy. The final section is a facsimile of the original manuscript, printed on special coated paper that gives a photograph like quality to the reproduction. £44.99
INVOCATING BY MAGIC CRYSTALS AND MIRRORS
1st 2010 92pp Teitan small hardback. Col. illus. Numbered edition of 600 copies.
Invocating by Magic Crystals and Mirrors contains a full colour facsimile of an original manuscript by Frederick Hockley, a transcription of the text, an Introduction by R. A. Gilbert, and other related material.
Invocating by Magic Crystals and Mirrors is one of Hockley's own writings. In it he describes the philosophy and method of "crystallomancy" ("crystal gazing" or "scrying through crystals or mirrors"), a practice which has long been associated with ritual magic. John Dee and his seer Edward Kelly were of course famous proponents of the system during the Elizabethan years, and after a period of relative obscurity it had found a new popularity in Spiritualist circles during the nineteenth century. Hockley's is a short work, that is reproduced from an original manuscript, dated 1869, that he presented to Barbara Honywood, a well-known society Spiritualist of the time. Honywood was said to have mediumistic powers, and it seems likely that Hockley prepared and gave the manuscript to her in the hope that it would excite her interest in the process, and perhaps help induce her to act as his "seer." £38.50
CLAVIS ARCANA MAGICA
Frederick Hockley, With an Introduction by Alan Thorogood.
1st 2012 84pp Teitan Press h/b. Illus. No d/w as issued. Ltd. Ed. 650 numbered copies.
Clavis Arcana Magica is an unusual text for Hockley in that it is largely concerned with what might be considered "black magic." As Alan Thorogood describes in his Introduction, it gives instruction for the performance of a number of magical workings, the details of which were said to have been obtained for Hockley via his seer Emma, during a series of scrying operations undertaken between 1853 and 1856. The workings are preceded by instructions including the form of the "call to the crystal," the exorcism and the discharge. The first working outlines a method to call the spirits of five material substances or organisms for the purpose of receiving cognate visions, the second is a variety of praestigia for the revivification of animal as well as plant species, the third outlines the construction of a talisman which permits the operator to enter the “spirit state” while asleep, and the fourth is necromantic ritual said to be "of marvellous power and force." This first publication of the text comprises an Introduction by Alan Thorogood, followed by a typeset transcription of the text of the manuscript, with explanatory footnotes, etc., and a facsimile of the original Hockley manuscript. £37.50
Magnus Rafnsson (trans)
1st 2014 134pp Strandagaldur trade p/b. Illus. NEW
Theis book of magic was copied by hand on a small farm in Iceland, Strandir district, in 1928 and gives an excellent example of the magic which survived ever since such manuscripts were presented in 17th century courts. Contains a facsimile copy of the entire manuscript with an english translation. £19.99
TWO ICELANDIC BOOKS OF MAGIC
Magnus Rafnsson (trans)
2008 264pp Strandagaldur trade p/b. Illus. NEW
The two manuscripts in this book were written around 1800, only 100 years after prosecutions for witchcraft ceased in Iceland.
The first manuscript in the book, Lbs 2413 8vo, was written ca. 1800 and is the largest collection of magical staves in a single manuscript even when compared to those collected by amateur scholars almost a century later. Many of the magical acts described are the same as those mentioned in court records and similar ones can be found in the 17th century grimoires. The manuscript itself measures 10 x 8 cm with 74 leaves and nothing is known of its history or how the library acquired it. Apparently a systematic collection was intended, beginning with various acts to prevent theft or find who has stolen, then a collection of love magic, but after that there seems to be no specific order to the staves. After a number of protective staves or sigils there follow a number of invocations against ghosts and evil spirits. The second manuscript in the book, Lbs 764 8vo, was written ca. 1820 and is very different. It is 14 x 8,5 cm, only 14 leaves and wrapped in an old leather wallet. The manuscript was bought in 1903 but no information about its history has been found. The first half appears to be of European origin and this part consists of protective signs and texts in Latin and with little connection to Icelandic court cases unless such signs or texts are the kind of blasphemy sometimes associated with staves or sigils. The book is both in English and Icelandic. The Icelandic text is printed with modern spelling on the right hand page and in English on the left page. £19.99
DR. RUDD’S NINE HIERARCHIES OF ANGELS
Frederick Hockley, John Dee et al. Edited with an Introduction by Alan Thorogood.
1st 2013 180pp Teitan Press. Illus. Ltd. Ed. 880 copies.
The first ever facsimile publication of this manuscript version of Dr. Rudd's Nine Hierarchies of Angels which was compiled by Frederick Hockley during the 1830s. The manuscript comprises three distinct but connected texts; "Dr Rudd’s Nine Hierarchies of Angels" (a work in part at least derived from a seventeenth century manuscript "Janua Magica Reserata"), the English translations of John Dee’s angelic keys, and the invocations of the angels relating to the 'table of the earth.' The book includes a comprehensive Introduction by Alan Thorogood, followed by a typeset transcription of the text of the manuscript, with explanatory footnotes, etc., and a facsimile of the original Hockley manuscript with color preliminary pages. As is now well known, Frederick Hockley (1808-1885) was an occultist and freemason whose interests included scrying, ritual magic, alchemy and spiritualism. In later life Hockley was associated with the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia and his peers considered him to be one of the great occult scholars of his time. One of the founders of the Golden Dawn, W. Wynn Westcott, held Hockley in such high regard that he posthumously and imaginatively claimed Hockley as one of the Order's most outstanding Adepts. £44.99
OF THE ARTE GOETIA
1st 2015 280pp Teitan Press hardback. Black cloth with gilt design stamped on front cover. Ltd. ed. 720 numbered copies.
Of the Arte Goetia is a significant new study of the text known as The Goetia by Colin Campbell, author of The Magic Seal of Dr. John Dee. In this work Campbell examines the evolution of "The Goetia", from the proto-Goetia of Wier's Pseudomonarchia Daemonum, through the first English translation in Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft, and on to the English-language manuscripts from which most modern editions are drawn. Campbell reproduces the significant passages of each of these sources side-by-side, highlighting their differences, and allowing him to correct a number of errors, lacunae or redactions that the comparisons reveal. His researches also shed light on a number of obscure internal references, the meaning of which only becomes apparent when the viewed in the context of the historical development of the texts. Whilst largely an historical/textual exploration, Campbell also includes a short chapter in which he reflects on approaches to working with the forces of the Goetia. £49.50
ARS NOTORIA - THE NOTARY ART OF SOLOMON
Translated by Robert Turner, Transcribed and with Additions by Frederick Hockley.
Edited & Introduced by Alan Thorogood and with an Essay by Robin Cousins.
1st 2015 approx 300pp Teitan Press. Illus. Ltd. ed. 650 copies.
An important new edition of the Ars Notoria, the well-known mediaeval magical work (often termed a grimoire) that was designed to equip the practitioner of the magical arts with "knowledge of every science, of all arts and all learning ... in other words everything that is within human capacity to know." This Teitan Press edition is drawn from a manuscript by Frederick Hockley (1809-1885), which itself is based on the 1657 edition by Robert Turner. The volume begins with an Introduction by Alan Thorogood, in which he examines the history of the Ars Notoria, the different versions of the text, and the context in which Hockley prepared his manuscript version. This is followed by "The Philomath," a significant 24 page biographical study (with bibliography) of Robert Turner, the original translator of the Ars Notoria and a major figure in post-Elizabethan British occultism, about whom little has been known until now. Then there is a complete transcription of Hockley's manuscript of the Ars Notoria, edited with explanatory footnotes and in comparison with other versions of the text (including Turner's and the Latin critical edition). The book ends with a 140pp facsimile of the original Hockley manuscript. £47.50
Don Karr & Stephen Skinner
Sepher Raziel - also called Liber Salomonis - is a full grimoire in the Solomonic tradition from a rare sixteenth century English manuscript. It is completely different from the Sepher Raziel ha-Melakh published by Steve Savedow, and is the oldest grimoire so far published in the Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic series, and shows clear signs of it Hebrew and Greek roots, quoting both Solomon and Hermes.
It contains seven treatises:
Clavis, concerned with astrology and its use in magic, with precise interactions between planets, Signs, and Houses;
Ala, outlining the magical virtues of stones, herbs, and animals;
Tractatus Thymiamatus, which deals with incense, and perfumes used in the Art;
Treatise of Times detailing the correct hours of the day for each operation;
Treatise on Preparations on ritual purity, and abstinence;
Samaim, on the different heavens and their angels; and finally,
Semiforas or a Book of Names and their virtues and properties, being seven semiforas attributed to Adam and seven semiforas attributed to Moses.
The Sepher Raziel text is given in two forms: a literal transcription with no changes in spelling or wording, and a full modern annotated English version.
This volume also includes a foreword which offers an overview of Raziel manuscripts, which represent a number of independent traditions, an essay on the literature of Solomonic magic in English, an introduction to the Sepher Raziel manuscript itself, an appendix on incense names, botanical names and identification, a list of printed notices and manuscript sources of Sepher Raziel, and a full bibliography of printed works on Solomonic magic. £39.95
Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic - Book I
Practical Angel Magic of Dr John Dee's Enochian Tables
Stephen Skinner & David Rankine
From two previously unpublished 17th century manuscripts on Angel Magic, with instructions for their use as used by Wynn Westcott, Alan Bennett, Rev. Ayton, F L Gardiner and other members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
The authors have discovered what happened to John Dee's most important manuscript, his book of personal angelic invocations which he kept in Latin, and how it was preserved and developed by 17th century magicians into a full working magical system. How only a small part of this material reached the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in the 1880's. Even this was then suppressed by the chiefs of the Order, and it did not appear in Israel Regardie's monumental work on the Order rituals.
They have also traced how the classical techniques of invocation and evocation drawn from late mediaeval grimoires, were passed through John Dee's magic, via Elias Ashmole, to the aristocratic angel magicians of the 17th century, including some of the most powerful and influential figures in England.
In the 20th century many fanciful constructions were added to GD Enochian by writers such as Aleister Crowley, who were however all unaware of the completely developed system that already existed, and which is here published in full for the first time.
This book provides the complete text of Sloane MS 307 and Sloane MS 3821, two previously unpublished 17th century manuscripts which expand massively on the Latin in Dee's Tabularum Bonorum Angelorum Invocationes found in Sloane MS 3191. The authors also provide derivative material from the original Sloane manuscripts which occurred in Rawlinson MS D1067 and Rawlinson MSS D1363. The first part of the material on the Enochian Tables found in the Sloane manuscripts was used by the Golden Dawn to form their Book H, and a transcription of Allan Bennett's personal copy of Book H is included as an appendix, as well as textual comparison from Frederick Leigh Gardner's copy against the Sloane material.
To appreciate manuscript material the context and provenance of the material needs to be demonstrated, and Skinner and Rankine have done this with extensive chapters elaborating on Sources of Angel Magic in the Grimoires, John Dee, Aristocratic Magic after the Sixteenth Century and the Impact of the Golden Dawn. A whole range of well-known and obscure magicians are brought to life with details of their lives and practices, tracing the ownership and use of the material from the time of their creation through to the Golden Dawn.
Hardback in dustwrapper. £35.00
Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic - Book II
Keys to the Gateway of Magic
Stephen Skinner & David Rankine
Summoning the Solomonic Archangels and Demon Princes. This work includes the complete unabridged version with variants of The Nine Great Keys, a vital early 17th century manuscript detailing the evocation of the Archangels and Orders of Angels. The practical techniques of summoning the Archangels, details of the hierarchies of spiritual beings, and how the Enochian system fits in with the Angelic and Demonic hierarchies are all covered, as well as the theology and philosophy associated with Angelic magic, giving the context that the pioneers of Angel magic were working within.
Additionally the evocation of the four Demon Princes and their role within the system of magic which can now be seen to cover all spiritual creatures from Archangels to Demons to Olympic Spirits and Elementals is also presented in detail with rare manuscript material being made available for the first time. Amongst the rare material is a previously unknown and beautifully illustrated volume dealing excusively with the Demon Princes.
This volume draws on a wide range of manuscript sources to make available some of the most important grimoire material of the seventeenth century. The Nine Celestial Keys details the evocation to visible appearance or into a crystal of the nine archangels who rule the heavens corresponding to the Sephiroth from Kether to Yesod on the Tree of Life, and includes seals for all the archangels. The primary and earliest source of this material is Sloane MS 3825, which also contains the Janua Magica Reserata and a Tenth Key, and from notes contained within it was clearly owned by Elias Ashmole. The Nine Celestial Keys are also in Harley MS 6482 with much other material, copied in 1712 by Peter Smart, and in Sloane MS 3628, bound in the front of a diary dated 1686-88.
Janua Magica Reserata contains a wide range of theological and philosophical material relating to the grimoires, including a unique hierarchy which connects the Enochian system to the Spiritual Creatures of the Grimoires. The Demon Princes are found in Sloane MS 3824, which uses exactly the same style of conjuration as the Nine Celestial Keys. The same material is also found in the derivative manuscript Rawlinson MS D1363, and textual comparison given to demonstrate the propagation of the material.
Hardback in dustwrapper. £35.00
Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic - Book III
The Goetia of Dr Rudd
Stephen Skinner & David Rankine
The Goetia (Lemegeton) is the most famous grimoire after the Key of Solomon. This volume contains a transcription of a hitherto unpublished manuscript of the Lemegeton which includes four whole grimoires:
• Liber Malorum Spituum seu Goetia
• Ars Paulina (Books 1 & 2)
• Ars Almadel
This was owned by Dr Thomas Rudd, a practicing scholar-magician of the early seventeenth century. There are many editions of the Goetia, of which the most definitive is that of Joseph Peterson, but here we are interested in how the Goetia was actually used by practising magicians in the 16th and 17th century, before the knowledge of practical magic faded into obscurity.
To evoke the 72 demons listed here without the ability to bind them would be foolhardy indeed. It was well known in times past that invocatio and ligatio, or binding, was a key part of evocation, but in the modern editions of the Goetia this key technique is expressed in just one word ‘Shemhamphorash’, and its use is not explained.
This volume explains how the 72 angels of the Shemhamphorash are used to bind the spirits, and the correct procedure for safely invoking them using dual seals incorporating the necessary controlling angel, whose name is also engraved on the breastplate and Brass Vessel.
This volume is a transcription of Harley MS 6483, the Lemegeton. Unlike other copies of the Lemegeton, Rudd included the use of the 72 angels of the Shem ha-Mephorash as controlling spirits for the demons of the Goetia, transforming the practice of Goetic magic. He also included far more of the material from Peter de Abano's Heptameron, the source of much of the grimoire tradition. Material from Rudd's other major work, Harley MS 6482, is also included to set the context of the work with the Shem ha-Mephorash angels.
Although much work has been done on the Lemegeton, Skinner and Rankine trace component parts of the grimoire back further than has previously been done, and include other relevant manuscript material not previously available. This includes proto-Goetic material from Sloane MS 3824, such as a Spirit Contract, invocations of the Wandering Princes and Ruling Demons. The Goetia of Ebenezer Sibley, found in Wellcome MS 3203 is also included to show a later derivative version and complete the range of available Lemegeton material in the public forum. £40.00
THE GRIMOIRE OF ARTHUR GAUNTLET
A 17th century London Cunning-man’s book charms, conjurations and prayers
David Rankine (ed)
1st 2011 336pp Avalonia. Illus.
The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet is an outstanding example of a seventeenth century London Cunning-man’s book of practice. Cunning-folk were practitioners of magic and herbal medicine who dealt with problems in their local communities. Cunning-man Arthur Gauntlet was based in Gray’s Inn Lane in London, and his personal working book contains a fascinating diverse mixture of herbal remedies, prayers, magical and biblical charms, with previously unseen angelic conjurations and magic circles, in an eclectic blend of practical magic for health, wealth, love and protection.
This unique manuscript demonstrates both the diverse and spiritual nature of such Cunning-folk’s books of practice, as well as their magical emphasis on Biblical scripture, particularly the Psalms, and their opposition to witchcraft, found in charms and conjurations. Arthur Gauntlet worked with a female skryer called Sarah Skelhorn, and drew on numerous preceding sources for his craft, including the Arbatel, the Heptameron, Folger Vb.26, The Discoverie of Witchcraft, the Book of Gold, the writings of the German magus Cornelius Agrippa, the astrologer William Bacon and Queen Elizabeth I’s court astrologer Dr. John Dee, as well as other London Cunning-folk.
In his introduction, the author provides fresh insights into the hidden world of seventeenth century magical London, exploring the web of connections between astrologers, cunning-folk and magicians, playwrights, authors and church figures. These connections are also highlighted by the provenance of the manuscript, which is traced from Arthur Gauntlet through the hands of such notable angel magicians as Elias Ashmole (founder of the world’s first public museum, the Ashmolean in Oxford), Baron Somers (the Lord Chancellor), Sir Joseph Jekyll (Master of the Rolls) and Sir Hans Sloane (founder of the British Museum), as well as the astrologer John Humphreys and the cunning-woman Ann Savadge.
This is a unique work which draws attention to the often neglected place of women in seventeenth century magic, both as practitioners (such as skryers and Cunning-women), and customers. It also emphasises the vital and influential role played by Cunning-Men and Women in synthesising and transmitting the magical traditions of medieval Britain into the subsequent centuries, as well as their willingness to conjure a wide range of spiritual creatures to achieve results for their clients, including angels, demons, fairies, and the dead. Available in two editions:
Hardback in dustwrapper £45.00
THE MAGICAL TREATISE OF SOLOMON OR HYGROMANTEIA
Translated and edited by Ioannis Marathakis
2011 376pp Golden Hoard h/b in d/w. Illus.
This is the true ancestor of the Key of Solomon. Containing the full translation of the Hygromanteia, a Solomnike. This book is sometimes called the Hygromanteia, and this book has hidden behind the mistaken idea that all of it is a work on water divination, a scholarly mistake that has hidden the true value of this book for centuries. Throughout history thousands of people have been fascinated by the grimoire the Key of Solomon. This is the original Greek book of magic that was the source of the Key of Solomon, and in turn the ancestor of most of the grimoire-based ceremonial magic practiced in Europe and the US today.
This is a ground-breaking work. For the first time (outside of a handful of pages in academic works) the full Greek original of the Key of Solomon appears in English.
Contrary to popular opinion the Key of Solomon was not translated from a Hebrew original. During the gradual decline and fall of the Byzantine Empire, this precious text, along with many others, was taken to Italy. This may even have happened when Constantinople was sacked in 1453. It is quite likely that it was taken to Venice, where parts of it were translated into Latin and Italian.
Abridged Latin copies entitled the Clavicula Salomonis circulated in Europe, going through many changes, languages and versions to become the Key of Solomon as we know it (some of those manuscripts are published as Volume IV of the present series). Now for the first time you can read the whole text (large portions of which were left out of the Latin translations) arranged clearly in the order in which it was meant to be read. £46.00
OBEAH, A SORCEROUS OSSUARY
Nicholaj De Mattos Frisvold
1st 2013 88pp Hadean Press hardback in d/w. Illus.
Of all the Living Traditions, Obeah has remained the most elusive. Whilst Vodou and Santeria have had both academic and occult treatment in tomes widely available to the seeker, Obeah has stayed uncompromisingly rooted as a sorcerous tradition veiled in obscurity. In Obeah: A Sorcerous Ossuary, Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold teases open this Caribbean mystery and reveals a crooked path into the hidden world of Papa Bones and Sasabonsam with a short monograph concerning the history of this incoherent cult and the ways in which power is bestowed upon and wielded by the Obeahman. The text includes the Kabalistic Banquette of Lemegeton, the Hypostasis of Abysina Clarissa and the Green Beasts, a Kabalistic Mass for Anima Sola Mayanet, a Call to Papa Bones, a Call to Spirit Guides, a Call to Anima Sola Abysina Clarissa, the Missale Ezekiel Sasabonson or the Conjuration of the Shadow-Self, and the Ritual Reptilica de Anansi, and offers insights into the Obeahman’s relationship with the spirits of wood, water, and bone. £20.00
THE PAULINE ART OF SOLOMON
Transcribed and with Additions by Frederick Hockley.
Edited & Introduced by Alan Thorogood.
1st 2016 approx 232pp Teitan Press h/b. Illus. Ltd. ed. 650 copies.
A significant new edition of this well-known magical text, comprising an Introduction by Alan Thorogood, a typeset transcription of Hockley's manuscript, and a black and white photo facsimile of the original Hockley manuscript. Traditionally, The Pauline Art, was one of five books (along with the Goetia, Theurgia Goetia, Ars Almadel and Ars Notoria) which were gathered together to form the compendium Lemegeton, Clavicula Salomonis Rex or the Little Key of Solomon the King which seems to have first circulated in manuscript form at the very end of the seventeenth century. This edition reproduces a transcription of a 1715 manuscript of The Pauline Art which was made by Frederick Hockley in 1838. The Pauline Art is in two sections, the first of which concerns the spirits of the twenty-four hours of the day, whose functions are "to do all things that is Attributed to the 7 Planets," their seals, and method of conjuration, whilst the second is concerned with the angels of the 360 degrees of the zodiac, with the primary purpose of determining the names and invoking the guardian angel or genius. Either deliberately or otherwise the text of the Hockley manuscript is abbreviated, and the accompanying diagrams for the most part incomplete. Thorogood addresses these issues in his Introduction and transcription, either supplying the wanting material, or indicating where it can be readily found. Importantly Thorogood provides a detailed history of the text, identifying many of its major sources (some for the first time), as well as offering corrections to a number of significant errors that had crept into the manuscript version over the years. £49.50
THE CAMBRIDGE BOOK OF MAGIC
A Tudor Necromancer’s Manual
Paul Foreman (attrib)
1st 2015 138pp Texts in Early Modern Magic h/b in d/w. Frontis.
Paul Foreman was a sixteenth-century necromancer who used the traditional prayers and liturgy of the pre-Reformation church in an effort to coerce and control angels and demons to do his bidding. Or, at the very least, he was an early owner of the manuscript that, in this edition, bears his name. The name ‘paul foreman’ appears close to the front of the manuscript, apparently in the same hand as the rest of the treatise. The Cambridge Book of Magic is a collection of 91 ‘experiments’ in Latin and English, whose contents ranges from comparatively innocent tricks (making a silver coin look like a bronze one, for example) to more disturbing sorcery designed to torture one’s enemies, taking in some bizarre magical operations on the way (such as a procedure for making a magical bird by keeping flies in a jar). Although ritual invocations of angels and demons predominate, the text also includes naturalia such as the manipulation of astrological forces and the creation of monsters, and a strong strand of herbalism which recurs throughout the text. The Cambridge Book of Magic was probably written between 1536 and 1541, and certainly between 1532 and 1558, by a man learned in the liturgy and practice of the church. He was not a priest but he was probably in minor orders, and could have been an ex-monk making use of his magical learning in the local community after his ejection from a monastery in 1536 and 1539. This possibility is suggested by some of the contents of the text, as well as the fact that the manuscript originally came wrapped in a leaf from an illuminated medieval gradual, probably from a monastic context. The Cambridge Book of Magic gives a glimpse of the medieval tradition of ritual magic at the very cusp of the English Reformation, and as such it has the potential to advance our understanding of the relationship between religion and magic at this crucial period. The original text is printed alongside a complete translation of the Latin portions of the text, and a rendering of the English portions into contemporary English spelling. £24.99
MARIA DE PADILLA: QUEEN OF SOULS
Humberto Maggi & Verónica Rivas
1st 2015 110pp Hadean Press trade p/b.
A personal, practical, and historical work, Maria de Padilla: Queen of the Souls is a detailed account of the life and death of the Spanish queen María de Padilla, her rise to popularity in the witchcraft of Spain and Portugal, and her later migration with the exiled witches to Brazil where she would become the queen of the souls in Quimbanda. £13.00
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