Item #63361 Arguing with Angels: Enochian Magic and Modern Occulture. John Dee, Egil ASPREM.

Arguing with Angels: Enochian Magic and Modern Occulture.

Albany, NY: SUNY, 2012. First US Softcover Edition. Softcover. Octavo. x + 230pp, appendix, notes, bibliography. From the publisher: "An exploration of John Dee’s Enochian magic of angel contact, its reinterpretation over the years, and its endurance to the present day. This fascinating work explores John Dee’s Enochian magic and the history of its reception. Dee (1527–1608/9), an accomplished natural philosopher and member of Queen Elizabeth I’s court, was also an esoteric researcher whose diaries detail years of conversations with angels achieved with the aid of crystal-gazer Edward Kelley. His Enochian magic offers a method for contacting angels and demons based on secrets found in the apocryphal Book of Enoch. Examining this magical system from its Renaissance origins to present day occultism, Egil Asprem shows how the reception of Dee’s magic is replete with struggles to construct and negotiate authoritative interpretational frameworks for doing magic. Arguing with Angels offers a novel, nuanced approach to questions about how ritual magic has survived the advent of modernity and demonstrates the ways in which modern culture has recreated magical discourse." Covers lightly rubbed & a bit curled at fore-edge, all edges chafed, very mildly damp affected at upper corner of front blank and first dozen or so pages leaving a light ripple, page edges thumbed, pages toned. Still a tight, unmarked VG copy. Item #63361
ISBN: 9781438441900


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