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THE KEYS OF RABBI SOLOMON (2017) Limited to 11 Copies

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THE KEYS OF RABBI SOLOMON (2017) Limited to 11 Copies

395.00

HUNTER, Edward (transcribed by).

The Keys of Rabbi Solomon. Translated Accurately from the Hebrew into English by Edward Hunter. The Whole Embellished by a Vast Number of Mysterious Figures, Talismans, Pentacles [Circa 1830]

UK: Hell Fire Club Books, 2017. First edition in book form. Volume measures 8.5” x 11”. Issued in three states: 11 copies in cream goatskin, 42 copies in virgin calfskin, 250 copies in kidskin. The copy offered here is the ‘Super Deluxe’ edition limited to 11 numbered copies. This is copy #3. The portfolio is hand bound in full cream goatskin that has been rubbed with pumice and then brushed, creating an incredibly soft and delicate surface. Gold pantacle to front and gold spine titles. Burgundy cloth endpapers and flaps. Housed in a burgundy cloth slipcase. Held inside are two hand-made paper books, both with burgundy paper and linen spine over burgundy card stock, sewn, with a white archival paper wrapper with tipped on title and seal plate. The first book contains a color facsimile of the original manuscript (unpaginated [60pp]), the other a transcript of the manuscript with an introduction by Travis Shores (unpaginated [30pp]). A gold-stamped card is laid in with limitation info in red ink.

All components are in fine condition.

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The original handwritten grimoire was most likely copied from an earlier 18th century source and was probably a personal copy as opposed to a copy prepared for circulation. It is stated in the introduction to the transcript that the “Edward Hunter” of the title page is Edward Hunter, [Jr.] (1793 - 1883) who was a Presiding Bishop of the Church of Latter Day Saints (The Mormons) from 1851 (called by Brigham Young) until his death. Additional information regarding the Mormon’s alleged connections with ceremonial magic, and the manuscript’s similarity to one located in Salt Lake City, is in the introduction (see Peterson’s “The Clavis or Key to the Magic of Solomon” ). As a side note, the publisher has stated that the transcriber “may” be the Mormon Edward Hunter who was a Bristol-based merchant before becoming involved with the LDS, indicating the possibility that nobody really knows the true identity. There was also an Edward Hunter who was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, though he wouldn’t necessarily fit the narrative if the copied manuscript is indeed from 1830. That being said, there is no date written anywhere on the manuscript. 

Contents of the manuscript include: The Dispositions required of a person wishing to partake of the Secrets of the Cabalistic Science; Of the Matters which Serve for the Operations & The Instruments proper & necessary for the Operations of the Art; The Influences & Secret Virtues of the Moon; Of the manner of working the Figure, Talismans, Characters & following the Rules of the Art; Of the hours of the Day & the Night in respect to the Planets which govern them; Of the proper Perfumes suitable to the Seven Planets; Of the Oraisons, Invocations & Conjurations for the days of the week; Of the Oraisons in form of Exorcisms, to Consecrate things which serve to the Operations of the Great Art; and additional content that deals with the characters, precious stones, trees, and perfumes for each of the seven planetary days of the week.