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PICATRIX The Goal of the Wise, Vol. 1 (2002) Edited by William Kiesel

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PICATRIX The Goal of the Wise, Vol. 1 (2002) Edited by William Kiesel

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KIESEL, William (edited by). Translated from the Arabic by Hashem ATALLAH

Picatrix (Ghayat Al-Hakim). The Goal of the Wise. Volume One

Seattle: Ouroboros Press, 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. Limited to 1000 numbered copies. This is copy #675. Bound in maroon cloth with gilt title to spine. Signed (initialed) by the editor and publisher, William J. Kiesel, on the title page. 170pp. Illustrated with sigils.

A near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket.

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The Picatrix has long been regarded as source material in the Hermetic tradition. The text of this Medieval work consists of four books covering the art and practice of Astrological, Talismanic and Astral Magic. The author has compiled information derived from 224 books by “ancient sages” (Hermes, Plato & Aristotle and others, known and unknown) with the intention of uniting all these diverse arts into a practical system. This Ouroboros Press edition is a translation based on the medieval [circa 10th century] Classical Arabic as opposed to the later Renaissance Latin translation. The Warburg Institute originally published the  Arabic, German, and Latin editions which are often referred to by scholars and remain the only academic editions extant. Volume one of the Picatrix contains the first two books and are here translated into English for the first time.