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Magic and the Occult

THE SOURCES OF THE FAUST TRADITION (1936) by Philip Mason Palmer and Robert Pattison More (First Edition)

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THE SOURCES OF THE FAUST TRADITION (1936) by Philip Mason Palmer and Robert Pattison More (First Edition)

195.00

PALMER, Philip Mason, and MORE, Robert Pattison. 

The Sources of the Faust Tradition from Simon Magus to Lessing

New York: Oxford University Press, 1936. First Edition Hardcover. Octavo. Bound in black cloth with gilt titles to spine. No dust jacket (as issued?). vi + 300pp. Index.

Gilt on spine titles a bit dull and rubbed, otherwise a very good to near fine copy. Scarce in the first edition.

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A detailed look at the historic sources that developed into the elements which make up the Faust tradition which became fully realized in Marlowe’s play and in Goethe’s drama. The traditions most associated with Faust are mankind’s relationship with the forces of good and evil, man’s revolt against human limitations, and the idea of the blood pact or contract with the Devil. Though there are numerous predecessors of the 16th century magician known as Faust, who were credited with magical powers (Solomon, Roger Bacon, Merlin, and others), the volume begins with numerous excerpts taken from ancient writings mainly concerning the magical deeds of Simon Magus, St. Cyprian, and Theophilus. Then follows some research on possible identities of a historical Faust, a study of manuscripts which make up the majority of the German ‘Faust Books’ (Faustbuchs), a look at the Faust plays and dramas, and a final chapter on German dramatist, G.E. Lessing.