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PICATRIX (Ghayat Al-Hakim), The Goal of the Wise. Two Volumes. Deluxe Leather. Edited by William Kiesel, Translated from the Arabic by Hashem Atallah

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PICATRIX (Ghayat Al-Hakim), The Goal of the Wise. Two Volumes. Deluxe Leather. Edited by William Kiesel, Translated from the Arabic by Hashem Atallah

795.00

Seattle: Ouroboros Press, 2002, 2008. First Edition. (volumes issued separately). Octavo. 170, 300 pages. Volume I is #321, volume II is #130. Beautifully bound in Full black goat. Hand-bound with raised spine-bands and gilt titles, silk ribbon bookmark and marbled endsheets, from the fine binders at Ars Obscura Bookbinding. A former owner has made custom marbled paper dust jackets with spine titles. These are on heavy stock and in protective mylar. While the books still look best in their natural leather bindings, the dust jackets do protect the leather from wear. A fine set (in fine dust jackets).

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. Volume Two contains the 3rd and 4th books of Ghayat Al-Hakim and completes the English translation. It is a larger book than volume one and contains much in the way of the practical working of astral and talismanic magic. Planetary and Zodiacal magic and full instructions for invoking the related spirits are provided along with all the requisite materials needed: stones, plants, inks, colors, incenses, talismans, and the invocations. In addition to this are many anecdotes relating to Arabic and pre-Islamic magical lore, including the writings of Ibn Wahshija, the Nabataeans, Sabians, Chaldeans and Assyrians. Of particular note is the magical plant and mineral lore from the Nabataean Agriculture, which portray ancient practices of pagan Iraq. The influence of the Picatrix can be seen in several texts of well-known authors of the western esoteric tradition, including Ficino, Mirandola, Abano and Agrippa, whose works have played a major role in forming contemporary manifestations of the esoteric tradition today. 

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