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1656 rare occult facsimile edition...
Proclaimed by: sarapis
Proclaimed from: stamford lincolnshire, England
An exquisite new edition bearing the bookplate
“Dashwood Lord le Despencer”
And reflecting the tastes of the 18th century Gothic Revival and particularly inspired by the architecture of Sir Francis Dashwoods famous caves at West Wycombe in Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom, the site of the Hell Fire Clubs most secret conclaves:
A masterwork of Occult Science
Limited to 40 copies printed on archival rag paper with a rubricated title page and finely bound by hand in the time honoured fashion of English Craft Binding
7 copies are fully bound in honey coloured sheepskin, 5 raised bands, each inscribed in sepia ink after the ‘..spirits and tinctures..’ of the alchemical metals, tooled in blind with period handtools from the binders collection: head and tail panels to spine with stamped borders refelecting the original printers devices, maltese crosses between panels, double lines to the raised bands; front boards are tooled with a panel baroque corners around a floral centrepiece dated circa 1700. Each copy fully sewn by hand onto linen tapes, made handsome with marbled endpapers of the finest quality polished with beeswax, and stiff-leaved to the book, head and tailbands to compliment the colouration of the leather.
33 copies are half bound with corners in natural kidskin and virgin parchment, copies are inscribed in sepia ink and numbered 1-33, tooled in blind with 5 corded pallets to the spine, an ornate scrollwork incorporating leaves and torches to the corners and fronts; front boards covered in virgin parchment have the title printed in letterpress by hand using dark olive ink, initial letter hand gilt in 23 carat gold leaf, as an enlarged drop-capital all in gothic characters. Each copy fully sewn by hand onto linen tapes, made handsome with marbled endpapers of the finest quality polished with beeswax, and stiff-leaved onto the book, head and tailbands to compliment the colouration of the leather.
Of the Spirits of the Planets
Of Occult Philosophy
The Magickal, Sympathetical & Antipathetical
Cure of Wounds and Diseases
The Mysteries of the Twelve Signs of the Zodiack
Englished by Robert Turner Philomathes
Comprising three parts:
i) The Secrets of Alchemy: containing matter on the spirits & bodies of the planets, the tinctures and how they are made, of the conjuction of male and female, the forms of the glass instruments, vessels, furnace etc etc. Muiltiplication, philosophical conjuction, of the red tincture and on ‘..buds appearing in ye glasse..
ii) Of Occult Philosophy: of Consecrations, of Ceremonies Magical, Conjuctions, characters, on the powers of the Pentagon and Hexagon, supernatural diseases, dreams & visions, terrestrial spirits, possession and ‘..the great abuse of the magick art by them that use it for negromancy and witchcraft..’
iii) Of the Mysteries of the Signes of the Zodiack: being the Magnetical and Sympathetical Cure of Diseases ‘as they are appropriated under the Twelve Signes Ruling the Partes of the Body’. Part (i) giving a selection of ailments and their alchemic and talismanic remedies, an elegant synthesis of astrological and sympathetic magic. The instructions for constructing the famous ‘Trident of the Magic Arte’, which in this text is actually a silver lamen used in conjuction with operations to cure the generative organs. Part (ii) comprises a complete textbook of astro-alchemic talismanic magic for the cure of disease, each sign allotted a pair of circular magic figures to be engraved upon talismans composed of a balance of metals peculiar to it, such as Gemini whose seal is composed of a regulus of gold and silver in equal proportion:
“… Let them both be melted together, the Sun entering the sign of Gemini….when the work is completed let he quicksilver be poured into the quill, the day and hour of Mercury, the moon decreasing..”
The end of the volume comprises a short treatise on killing with poisons, on preservation of livestock by talismanic means, and a curious magical weapon used to drive away insects.
“A Table Shewing the Fit Times to Transmute Metals” gives an excellent guide in the application of the talismanic instructions found throughout the book
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