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Limited to numbered copies. Illustrated dustjacket. Beautifully bound in white quarter leather with blue cloth boards and housed in a matching clothbound slipcase. Being a new issue , of the original Catalpa Press edition of A Book of Automatic Drawing is a large, folio-sized book of sketches by the renowned English artist and occultist Austin Osman Spare - The original work was executed by the artist in April and May of during a particularly turbulent period of his life in which he abandoned more commercial artistic styles and instead immersed himself in the creation of several series of his darkly-visionary "automatic drawings.
The book is a magnificently-crafted reproduction of Spare's original manuscript sketchbook and comprises a decorative title, contents, and end pages, plus twelve full-page plates and an Introduction by Ian Law. The sheets of this Catalpa Press edition were beautifully produced by an art-printer in two issues: a "trade edition" printed on white laid paper and an "edition deluxe" on hand-made paper.
Each copy of the edition deluxe was to be "posthumously signed" by Spare by way of tipped in signed cheque that had been recovered from his home after his death. A number of unbound sets of sheets from these original printings were recently rediscovered, and form the basis of this magnificent Teitan Press reissue. A 12 page booklet by Keith Richmond, recounting the complex and fascinating history of the book, is included with each copy.
Hardcover, Folio. Quarter black cloth with black paper-covered boards and title and design by Spare gilt stamped on front board. Finely printed in black and white, with some green and brown line-work on Abbey Mills white laid paper. This Teitan Press reissue of the Catalpa Press "trade edition" is limited to numbered copies , bound up from the original sheets, printed on high quality white wove paper. Included with each copy is a 12 page booklet by Keith Richmond, recounting the complicated history of the book.
The book is a superb production. As might be expected with sheets that are nearly 40 years old, there is the occasional minor blemish, but over all the book is as new. Quarter black goatskin with black cloth-covered boards and title and design by Spare gilt stamped on front board and spine. This Teitan press reissue of the Catalpa Press " edition deluxe " is limited to 40 numbered copies , bound up from the original sheets, finely printed in black and white, with some green and brown line-work, on fine hand-made paper.
Each copy is also "posthumously signed" by Austin Osman Spare by way of tipped in cheque the cheques were recovered from the last house that he lived in, shortly before it was demolished in the late s. Wentworth , With an Introduction by Silens Manus. The Magic Seal of John Dee. The Sigillum Dei Aemeth. With a wood engraving featuring Saint Jerome and lion. Celebrated book on vampires. It was quickly followed by his equally informative The Vampire in Europe.
Leipzig, by Kirchner 2nd ed. Leipzig, by Weidmann 3rd expanded posthumous ed. Dresden, by Zimmerman. A treatise by noted physician Christian Frederic Garmann, who was born at Mersebourg about and who practised with great repute at Chemnitz. Garmann discusses many curious details about the undead, and continued to amass so vast a collection of notes that after his death there was published in at Dresden by Zimmerman a very much enlarged edition of his work.
Even if not always scientifically rigourous, one of the earliest texts devoted to forensic medicine, one of the founding texts of modern Thanatology, and allegedly an inspiration to Mary Shelley in the writing of Frankenstein. First edition of this rare and significant physical and medical treatise on the phenomena that are said to accompany death and the decomposition process, with rich dissertations about the growth of corpses' hair and nails; the death rattle and other sounds made by corpses; the physical changes of decomposition; how long it takes for flesh, organs, bones, and teeth to decay or burn; abdominal swelling and bursting; penile erections in corpses; infestation of insects and worms; etc.
First edition contains pages of stiff parchment; the title and the frieze in antique letters on the spine; skull woodcut in the title; headers, drop caps and ornamentations stained or in woodcut; diffuse burnishing typical of German books of the period.
This book of vampire lore appears in the film Vampyr: Der Traum des Allan Grey film , as a roughly Thirty-Twomo-sized antique volume about 5"x2" , with a dark leather? These are the bodies and souls of the dead whose terrible deeds in life deny them repose in the grave. Under the bright light of the full moon, they rise from their graves to suck out the blood of children and youths and thus prolong their shadowy existence.
The Prince of Darkness is their ally and lends them supernatural power among the living and the dead At night these creatures from the abyss haunt the abodes of the living, where they sow death and decay. A vampire's victim is doomed to perish without hope. A wound on the throat, as from the bite of a cat or rat, is the mark of damnation Like a plague, the vampire's lust infects the victim, who is torn between a thirst for blood and a desperate revulsion toward this craving. The innocent youth itself becomes a vampire and seeks to prey on its nearest and dearest.
Entire families, even entire villages, are thus brought under the curse The ghosts of executed criminals are in their service, but the living too may fall under their dreadful influence.
An account from Hungary tells of a village doctor who, having sold his soul to the Evil One, became a vampire's henchman and thus an accessory to a series of horrid crimes in that region. Once the vampire has gained complete control over its victim, it seeks to drive the victim to suicide, thus delivering that soul to the Evil One, for he who takes his own life is lost for all eternity: to him the Golden Gates of Heaven are closed, and all hope is lost. Accounts of how vampires have been rendered harmless in many places: In the village of Kisilova, haunted a generation ago by a vampire in the form of an old woman, the following procedure was used: at dawn the grave was opened, and the old woman was found lying as if asleep; an iron stake was driven through her heart, nailing her horrid soul to the earth.
She then died a true death, and the curse that had lain upon herself and her victims was broken. Even in these parts tradition tells how certain areas were haunted by vampires. Just 25 years ago, a murderous epidemic claimed 11 victims in the village of Courtempierre. Doctors assigned the plague a medical name, but a persistent rumor circulated among the people that a vampire was the cause of the scourge. Many firmly believed that vampire to be none ofther than Marguerite Chopin, who lay buried in the village cemetery. All her life, Marguerite Chopin had been a monster in human form.
She died an unrepentant soul, and the CHurch denied her the Last Sacraments. The Key of Solomon is divided into two books. It describes not the appearance or work of any spirit but only the necessary drawings to prepare each "experiment" or, in more modern language, magical operations. Unlike later grimoires such as the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum 16th century or the Lemegeton 17th century , the Key of Solomon does not mention the signature of the 72 spirits constrained by King Solomon in a bronze vessel.
As in most medieval grimoires, all magical operations are ostensibly performed through the power of God, to whom all the invocations are addressed. Before any of these operations termed "experiments" are performed, the operator must confess his sins and purge himself of evil, invoking the protection of God.
Elaborate preparations are necessary, and each of the numerous items used in the operator's "experiments" must be constructed of the appropriate materials obtained in the prescribed manner, at the appropriate astrological time, marked with a specific set of magical symbols, and blessed with its own specific words.
All substances needed for the magic drawings and amulets are detailed, as well as the means to purify and prepare them. Many of the symbols incorporate the Transitus Fluvii occult alphabet. A Medieval Grimoire of the 'Solomonic Cycle', centered around an even older collection of orations or prayers which are interspersed with magical words, said to have mystical properties which can impart communion with God and instant knowledge of divine and human arts and sciences.
The English translation drops the detailed illustrations and diagrams of the original along with many references to them, while disguising the original's patently Catholic references to conform with Robert Turner's religious tastes, with results that are sometimes confusing, obscuring the intent and meaning of the original Latin.
Arbatel consists primarily of a set of pious aphorisms, and the description of seven "Olympian" or "Olympick" spirits. The Arbatel mainly focuses on the relationship between humanity, celestial hierarchies, and the positive relationship between the two. The Olympian spirits featured in it are entirely original.
Unlike other grimoires, the Arbatel avoids the trappings of black magic and exhorts the magus to remain active in their community instead of isolating themselves , favoring kindness, charity, and honesty over remote and obscure rituals. The Arbatel is noted for being straightforward in its writing, positive in its contents, and unusually honest regarding its origins, and for original content unrelated to the Key of Solomon.
With an alchemist's focus on metals and astrology, it described the creation of seals - metal talismans with occult sigils - related to the astrological signs, and their magical uses. It has been alleged that Abano wrote this grimoire, a concise book of ritual magical rites concerned with conjuring specific angels for the seven days of the week hence the title.
First appears as an Appendix to Johann Weyer's De praestigiis daemonum , and is an abridgement of a grimoire similar in nature to the "Ars Goetia", the first book of The Lesser Key of Solomon , containing a list of demons, and the appropriate hours and rituals to conjure them. The book was written before The Lesser Key of Solomon, and has some differences fewer demons, listed in a slightly different order. The book also contains a famous appendix also circulated independently as the Pseudomonarchia daemonum , a listing of the names and titles of infernal spirits, and the powers alleged to be wielded by each of them.
Weyer relates that his source for this intelligence was a book called Liber officiorum spirituum, seu liber dictus Empto Salomonis, de principibus et regibus demoniorum "The book of the offices of spirits, or the book called Empto, by Solomon, about the princes and kings of demons.
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Weyer's reason for presenting this material was not to instruct his readers in diabolism, but rather to "expose to all men" the pretensions of those who claimed to be able to work magic, men who "are not embarrassed to boast that they are mages, and their oddness, deceptions, vanity, folly, fakery, madness, absence of mind, and obvious lies, to put their hallucinations into the bright light of day. Weyer held to a demonology that was entirely orthodox in terms of its endorsement of the reality of Satan and evil demonic spirits, while maintaining at all times that their ability to act was circumscribed by the omnipotence of God, but disagreed with certain of his contemporaries about the justification of witch-hunting.
Weyer believed that most, probably all, cases of alleged witchcraft resulted from delusions of the alleged witch, rather than actual, voluntary cooperation with spiritual evil. In brief, Weyer claimed that cases of alleged witchcraft were psychological rather than supernatural in origin. Derivative of or outright copy of a number of other grimoires, notable mainly for shifting focus toward the end of the Grimoire from lists and hierarchies of demonic spirits to the order of the Faerie world instead, with references to Faerie King Oberon, Queen Mycob, etc.
It contains ideas, traditions, and elements of works dating back to at least the 13th century.
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The Livre des Esperitz merely lists the hierarchy of hell, and does not include prayers, conjurations, invocations, or spells to summon any being described. It does provide detailed descriptions of each spirit's appearance and function, and lists how many legions of demons serve under each. Many of these descriptions eventually found their way into later works, often unmodified. It is supposedly the product of a conference of magicians who decided to condense all their knowledge into one volume.
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In 93 chapters, it covers a large variety of topics, from how to save your soul from purgatory to the catching of thieves or finding of treasures. It has many instructions on how to conjure and command demons, to necromancy, to work other magical operations, and knowledge of what lies in Heaven among other highly sought information. Like many grimoires, it has lengthy dissertations for proper operation and seals to be used. The book can be classified as a "Solomonic Grimoire" due to its heavy use of angelic powers and seals like those found in The Greater Key of Solomon. This summary of occult and magical thought, Agrippa's most important work in a number of respects, sought a solution to the skepticism proposed in De Incertitudine et Vanitate Scientiarum AKA De Vanitate , published in , from the perspective of a condemnation of all philosophy and all learning.
In short, Agrippa argued for a synthetic vision of magic whereby the natural world combined with the celestial and the divine through Neoplatonic participation, such that ordinarily licit natural magic was in fact validated by a kind of demonic magic sourced ultimately from God. By this means Agrippa proposed a magic that could resolve all epistemological problems raised by skepticism in a total validation of Christian faith. A grimoire of astrology, magic, angelic hierarchies, and word squares, with descriptions of the humors Yellow Bile, Phlegm, Blood, Black Bile , the Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy alleges to be a followup to Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy, but did not appear until 30 years after Agrippa's death, and Agrippa's student, Johann Weyer, dismissed this claim.
John Dee owned this grimoire and borrowed from it in his writings, and many other grimoires have drawn from it. This is Trithemius' most notorious work. On the surface it is a system of angel magic, but within is a highly sophisticated system of cryptography. It claims to contain a synthesis of the science of knowledge, the art of memory, magic, an accelerated language learning system, and a method of sending messages without symbols or messenger.
In private circulation, the Steganographia brought such a reaction of fear that he decided it should never be published. This text appears in The Magus and its original provenance and authorship should be treated with skepticism. A two-volume diabolical grimoire that was discovered in an attic in Norway.
It was likely written between and by an individual practitioner, and mixes Christian and pagan concepts and superstitions.