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THE HISTORY OF MAGIC: INCLUDING A CLEAR AND PRECISE EXPOSITION OF ITS PROCEDURE, ITS RITES AND ITS MYSTERIES Eliphas Levi (London 1922)

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THE HISTORY OF MAGIC: INCLUDING A CLEAR AND PRECISE EXPOSITION OF ITS PROCEDURE, ITS RITES AND ITS MYSTERIES Eliphas Levi (London 1922)

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THE HISTORY OF MAGIC: INCLUDING A CLEAR AND PRECISE EXPOSITION OF ITS PROCEDURE, ITS RITES AND ITS MYSTERIES Eliphas Levi (London 1922)

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Levi. Eliphas [Alphonse Louis Constant] (Translated with a preface and notes by A. E. Waite). THE HISTORY OF MAGIC: INCLUDING A CLEAR AND PRECISE EXPOSITION OF ITS PROCEDURE, ITS RITES AND ITS MYSTERIES. London: William Rider & Son, Limited, 1922. 

Second Edition. Hardcover. Thick octavo. Bound in blue cloth with stylish gilt border and titles to front, gilt titles to spine. Top edge gilt. Other edges untrimmed. Black and white frontispiece. 536 pages. Black and white illustrations. Page marker ribbon. Former owner’s bookplate to front paste down, browning to free endpapers, a few very light areas of foxing. Otherwise this is a beautiful copy in near fine condition.

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First published in 1913, this classic text is an invaluable source book on the history and practice of magic and occultism. The contents include: Magic of the Magi, Magic in Ancient Greece, the Kabalah, Primitive Symbolism, Mysticism, Oracles, Magical Monuments, Magic and Christianity, Pagan Magic, Kabalistic Paintings and Sacred Emblems, Sorcerers, Magic and Freemasonry, the Illuminati, and more.

Alphonse Louis Constant, better know by his pen name Eliphas Levi, was a master of the traditional Rosicrucian interpretation of the Kabbalah. He was born in France in 1810, and through the offices of the parish priest, was educated for the church at Saint-Sulpice. He was later expelled from seminary for teaching doctrines contrary to those of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1824 Levi began studying the occult sciences, and wrote about magic and the Kabbalah for the next three decades. His other books include Transcendental Magic, Mysteries of the Qabalah , and The Book of Splendours.