Petit Albert. The Marvelous Secrets of Natural & Cabalistic Magic. ANONYMOUS, Tarl Warwick.

Petit Albert. The Marvelous Secrets of Natural & Cabalistic Magic.

Seattle, Washington: Ouroboros Press, 2016. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Small octavo, 178pp [iv]. Publisher's black cloth with gilt titles and device to spine. Printed dust jacket, 30 woodcuts, charts and talismans. Edition limited to 1,500 copies - 1,000 of which are bound thus. From the publisher "The first edition of this new translation of the ‘Little Albert’ - a grimoire and book of secrets first published in France in 1700s. The text ranks as one of the most infamous books in the grimoire corpus, though much of its infamy stems from the 18th century hucksters who populated Rural Europe with copies of their merchandise. Although the tome is criticized by the likes of Arthur Edward Waite and Eliphas Levi before him, they nonetheless mention it many times throughout their several books. As a book of ritual magic it relies heavily on other sources, namely Paracelsus and Albertus Magnus. Yet in addition to the grimoire material consisting of talismanic images, cabalistic magic and ritual perfumes, the book also features many wortcunning remedies, and alchemical recipes. Magic squares and tables showing planetary hours are common in grimoire literature but also tend to appear in almanacks, which were also very popular. The folk remedies and recepies are drawn from that curious literary genre known as Books of Secrets. The famous alchemical bibliographer John Ferguson wrote a defining book on the subject as did William Eamon whose later text laid bare many intricacies of the tradition." NEW Book, Fine in Fine dust jacket. Item #57918


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