Forbidden Rites. A Necromancer's Manual of the Fifteenth Century; (Magic in History series). Richard KIECKHEFER.

Forbidden Rites. A Necromancer's Manual of the Fifteenth Century; (Magic in History series)

University Park PA: The Pennsylvanian State University Press, 1998. First US Softcover Edition. Softcover. Large octavo. viii + 384 pp, Original wrappers. Facsimiles and diagrams. A significant work on mediaeval magic, focussing on a little-known handbook from the late Middle Ages in the collection of the Bavarian State Library in Munich. "Forbidden Rites consists of an edition of this medieval Latin text with a full commentary, including detailed analysis of the text and its contents, discussion of the historical context, translation of representative sections of the text, and comparison with other necromantic texts of the late Middle Ages. Like many medieval texts for the use of magicians, it is a miscellany rather than a systematic treatise. It is exceptional, however, in the scope and variety of its contents - prayers and conjurations, rituals of sympathetic magic, procedures involving astral magic, a catalogue of spirits, lengthy ceremonies for consecrating a book of magic, and other materials.... With more detail on particular experiments than the famous thirteenth-century Picatrix and more variety than the Thesaurus Necromatiae ascribed to Roger Bacon, the manual is one of the most interesting and important manuscripts of medieval magic that has yet come to light." Old "new" stock. We have a small number of copies of this work that are actually brand new: purchased by us from the stock of a retired specialist dealer. A little light rubbing to edges- otherwise near Fine condition. Item #59162
ISBN: 0271017511

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