The Magus, or Celestial Intelligencer, Part 3 [ III ]. containing the Constellatory Practice or Talismanic Magic; The Rare Text Library. Francis BARRETT.
The Magus, or Celestial Intelligencer, Part 3 [ III ]. containing the Constellatory Practice or Talismanic Magic; The Rare Text Library

The Magus, or Celestial Intelligencer, Part 3 [ III ]. containing the Constellatory Practice or Talismanic Magic; The Rare Text Library

Gloucester, England: Rare Text Library / Helios, 1964. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Quarto. 172pp. Original beige cloth with patterned papered boards, printed title label on upper board, gilt lettering to spine. The third volume in a series of nine comprising the magical components of Francis Barrett's "The Magus." Edition limited to 200 numbered copies, this being no. 12. The Fifth volume of the Rare Text Library of Philosophical Research published by Helios Book Services of Gloucester, England, one of the pioneers of occult publishing in the UK in the 1960s. "The Magus" was first published in 1801 and is now recognised as one of the most influential works of the "Occult Revival" and probably the best-known magical text produced in nineteenth century Britain. At the time of the publication of this series "The Magus" was long out of print, with early editions difficult to find and selling for a premium. The idea behind the new edition was to make the most important sections of the text - each complete within itself - available in a durable form at an affordable price. It was a monumental task, with the text having to be completely retyped, and the tables redone - only the original diagrams were copied as facsimiles. This volume reprints the whole of Part II of Book I of the original text which is devoted to Talismanic Magic. The publisher described is as comprising "Correspondence and Images for the 10 Sephiroth of the Qabalistic Tree of Life and a description of the images associated with the 28 Mansions of the Moon. The section also contains a description of the way in which talismans may be made, that is the way in which particular objects may be made to hold a particular form of psychic energy. (6 plates)." Although not marked as such, this volume is from the collection of occult scholar and author, Stephen Skinner. Cloth of spine slightly darkened, spine ends lightly bruised, corners lightly bumped, owner has affixed a now very faded photocopy of the plate of sigils opposite the original. Still overall a tight unmarked VG+ copy of a publication which inspired a new generation of magicians in the 1960s and 1970s. Item #57586

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