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SEPHER RAZIEL also known as LIBER SALOMONIS. A 1564 English Grimoire from Sloane MS 3826 by Don Karr and Stephen Skinner


SEPHER RAZIEL also known as LIBER SALOMONIS. A 1564 English Grimoire from Sloane MS 3826 by Don Karr and Stephen Skinner


Singapore: Golden Hoard Press, 2010. First Edition. (Volume 6 in the Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic series). Hardcover in dust jacket. Quarto. 264 pages. A fine copy in like dust jacket.

Sepher Raziel - also called Liber Salomonis - is a full grimoire in the Solomonic tradition from a rare sixteenth century English manuscript. It is completely different from the Sepher Raziel ha-Melakh published by Steve Savedow, and is the oldest grimoire so far published in the Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic series, and shows clear signs of its Hebrew and Greek roots, quoting both Solomon and Hermes. It contains seven treatises: Clavis, concerned with astrology and its use in magic, with precise interactions between planets, Signs, and Houses; Ala, outlining the magical virtues of stones, herbs, and animals; Tractatus Thymiamatus, which deals with incense, and perfumes used in the Art; Treatise of Times detailing the correct hours of the day for each operation; Treatise on Preparations on ritual purity, and abstinence; Samaim, on the different heavens and their angels; and finally, Semiforas or a Book of Names and their virtues and properties, being seven semiforas attributed to Adam and seven semiforas attributed to Moses. The Sepher Raziel text is given in two forms: a literal transcription with no changes in spelling or wording, and a full modern annotated English version. This volume also includes a foreword which offers an overview of Raziel manuscripts, which represent a number of independent traditions, an essay on the literature of Solomonic magic in English, an introduction to the Sepher Raziel manuscript itself, an appendix on incense names, botanical names and identification, a list of printed notices and manuscript sources of Sepher Raziel, and a full bibliography of printed works on Solomonic magic and items of related interest. 

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