Enchiridion Leonis Papæ Serenissimo imperatori Carolo Magno, Enchiridion du pape Léon, Envoyé comme un rare Présent à l'Empereur Charlemagne. Grimoires, Anonymous.
Enchiridion Leonis Papæ Serenissimo imperatori Carolo Magno, Enchiridion du pape Léon, Envoyé comme un rare Présent à l'Empereur Charlemagne.
Enchiridion Leonis Papæ Serenissimo imperatori Carolo Magno, Enchiridion du pape Léon, Envoyé comme un rare Présent à l'Empereur Charlemagne.
Enchiridion Leonis Papæ Serenissimo imperatori Carolo Magno, Enchiridion du pape Léon, Envoyé comme un rare Présent à l'Empereur Charlemagne.

Enchiridion Leonis Papæ Serenissimo imperatori Carolo Magno, Enchiridion du pape Léon, Envoyé comme un rare Présent à l'Empereur Charlemagne.

Rome [ Paris ]: [ Jules Bonaventure ], 1740 [1830?]. Edition Corrigée. Hardcover. Small 8vo. 6.25 x 3.75 inches. (ii) + 108pp. Recent brown quarter leather over marbled paper boards. Gilt titling on leather spine label, gilt rules and decorations to spine. Hand coloured design on title page & seven full-page hand-coloured plates bound in at the front of the volume. Decorative initial and tail-piece. An attractive early nineteenth century French edition of this famous grimoire. As with most such works the origins of "The Enchiridion of Pope Leo III" are obscure, but according to the legend echoed in the book's title, the text is derived from a prayer book that Pope Leo III presented to Charlemagne after Leo crowned him Imperator Augustus in December 800 CE. The book was said to be invested with magical properties that would protect it's owner through all the vicisitudes of life, provided that he treated it with reverence and repeated the prayers in it daily. When, over seven centuries later, the work finally appeared in print, it was apparently not as the simple devotional book that it was originally purported to be, but rather took the form of a series of spells or charms, mostly for specific worldly ends, in prayer-like form. Other versions of the work, with a more explicitly occult text, were published by the French grimoire makers during the first half of the nineteenth century. This is an example of such a work. Typically there is a rather cursory attempt to disguise the time and place of publication, which is given as Rome, 1740, on the title page, whereas there is little doubt that the work dates from around a century later, and the printer has even included his details "Imprimé chez Jules Bonaventure, quai des Grands-Augustins 55" in the colophon. This edition is arguably the most attractive of the "Enchiridions" published at the time, being crisply printed on quality paper, with lovely hand-coloured illustrations. Binding about Fine, page edges dusty, corners of some pages lightly rounded, a little darkening and thumbing, and a few pale discolored patches and some light creasing to some pages. Obviously read, but still a VG copy of a beautiful and rare edition. Item #48074

Price: $1,850.00

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