The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra Melin The Mage. S. L. MacGregor MATHERS, Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers.
The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra Melin The Mage.
The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra Melin The Mage.

The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra Melin The Mage.

Chicago, IL: de Laurence Co. Inc., 1939. Second Printing of this Edition. Hardcover. Quarto. xlviii + 268pp. Original black cloth, dull gilt title, etc. to spine and magic square design on front cover. Black and white illustrations. Top edge gilt. The second and arguably the most attractive of the de Laurence printings, the first of which was supposedly published in 1932 ("supposedly" as de Laurence's assertions about his books are not overly reliable). "The Book of the Sacred Magic" is popularly held to be one of the most important and powerful Grimoires of talismanic magic in the western esoteric canon. Translated by MacGregor Mathers, and used by the Golden Dawn, Aleister Crowley is famously said to have attempted it in a rather offhanded way, unleashing dire consequences on all those around. This edition published Lauron William de Laurence (1868 - 1936), was a well-known publisher and seller of occult literature, who was also a book pirate and plagiarist who was not averse to taking other people's works and reissuing them under his own name (sometimes re-titling them in the process). Despite his roguish eccentricities de Laurence played an important part in the occult history of the USA: he was a pioneer in selling occult books and supplies by mail order, and the cheap "Pow Wow" books and other books of simple magic which he published were surprisingly well received, and he is quite revered in some quarters. In this instance he has been quite restrained, and merely credited himself with non-existent editorial duties - in fact the book is pretty much exactly as published by Mathers. Previous owner's signature on front paste-down, pages lightly toned, slight bruising to head and tail of spine, otherwise a tight, clean VG+ copy (no dust jacket issued with this volume). Oversized book may require extra shipping. Item #30792

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