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ARBATEL OF MAGICK. Tome One. Isagoge. Translated by Robert Turner (Heptangle Books)

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ARBATEL OF MAGICK. Tome One. Isagoge. Translated by Robert Turner (Heptangle Books)

350.00

Gillette, NJ: Heptangle Books, 1979. First Edition Thus. Octavo. No print run stated. Bound in navy cloth with paper spine label. Original dust jacket. Rubricated title page, purple decorative borders throughout. Printed letterpress. xxii + 70pp. Frontispiece illustration plus several sigils in red. An elusive Heptangle publication. A bit of darkening to dust jacket spine otherwise a near fine copy in like dust jacket.

This is an interesting work on "angelic magic." It was first published in Latin in 1575 as ‘Arbatel de Magia Veterum,’ Turner translated it into English and it was it was published in London in 1655. This edition reproduces Turner's translation, along with a new foreword by the Publisher. The Arbatel belongs, with some notable reservations, within the mainstream of the history and tradition of the Ceremonial Magic of Europe. The angelic or spiritual beings, with whom an aspiring magician would deal with are traditionally the angels of the seven Astrological Planets under whose administration the governance of the World is entrusted. There is mention of Paracelsus, Elemental Spirits, and sufficient mention throughout the text of the devil; but as there is no ceremonial rite or apparatus with which to deal with either elementals or devils, it can only be assumed that the author considered such commerce beyond the pale of this work of ‘White’ or ‘Transcendental’ Magic. The number and Cosmological function of the Olympic Spirits places the Arbatel, theoretically at least, with such works of Ceremonial Magic as The Sworn Book of Honorius, Agrippa’s Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy, the Heptemeron, and the Sepher Raziel; as distinct from such works as the Greater Key of Solomon, the Lemegeton, the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, and the Grimoirium Verum, in which one, quite obviously, has commerce with fallen angels.

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