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BOIS, JULES. Le Satanisme et la Magic (Satanism and Magic)

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BOIS, JULES. Le Satanisme et la Magic (Satanism and Magic)

450.00 650.00

Paris: Leron Chailley, 1895. 

Preface by J.K. Huysmans, Illustrations by Henry de Malvost)

First Edition. Tall octavo. Text in French. This copy is beautifully bound in contemporary half brown leather over marbled boards. Spine with 6 compartments (5 raised bands). Tooled compartments with wonderful devil, owl, and bat designs. xxvii + 427 pages. Numerous full page black and white illustrations by de Malvost plus a few smaller drawings.  Tipped in letter to the FFEP which is in French and SIGNED BY JULES BOIS. A scarce work.

Boards have light wear present. 1.5” area of separation to upper front joint. Binding remains tight. No ownership marks present. A very good copy of this rare edition and quite uncommon with the signed letter by Bois. 

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A seminal work of the turn of the century Parisian occult scene. With a preface by J.K. Huysmans. The book is divided into two main parts: I. Satan and His Disciples. II. The Church of the Devil and the Rites of Magic. Sub chapters include: The Three Satans; The Sorcerer; The Fantastic Evocations of the Magi; The Sabbath; Black Masses; Incubus and Succubus; The Bewitchment of Hate; The Exorcism; and much more. The appendix covers The Fourth book of "Occult Philosophy" by Cornelius Agrippa. The numerous illustrations by Henry de Malvost are pretty great!

Jules Bois was a French author, lecturer, and poet who eventually turned his attention to occult subjects. He was a personal friend of S.L. MacGregor Mathers, founding member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Mathers credits Bois as being responsible for reminding him of the existence of the manuscript of The Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin The Mage, which was located in the Bibliotheque de l'Arsenal in Paris. Bois joined the Golden Dawn on July 8, 1909 when he was received as a Neophyte, taking the motto "Poeta Vates". He reached the Philosophus grade on August 20 of the same year. Since Bois was already well-known as an occultist, he did not have to go through the actual ceremonies, but was admitted by Mathers and his wife Moina in person through explanations of the symbolism of the various degrees.