Picatrix. The Goal of the Wise ( Volume One ); (containing the Book I and Book II of the Ghayat al-Hakim, here translated into English for the first time). Ghayat Al-Hakim., Hashem Atallah, William Kiesel.

Picatrix. The Goal of the Wise ( Volume One ); (containing the Book I and Book II of the Ghayat al-Hakim, here translated into English for the first time)

Seattle, WA: Ouroboros Press, 2002. First English Language Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. xviii & 174pp. Maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, marbled endpapers. The scarce first edition of the first volume of this series. The total printing of this edition was limited to 1000 hand-numbered copies. "The Picatrix, or Ghayat Al-Hakim as it is titled in Arabic ... has long been regarded as source material in the Hermetic tradition. The text of this Medieval work consists of four books covering the art and practice of Astrological, Talismanic, and Astral Magic. ... Brought out of the obscurity of the Middle East it passed through the hands of many prominent figures throughout the history of Hermetic thought..Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, Peter of Abano, and Henry Cornelius Agrippa were among them. ... Volume One contains the first two book of Ghayat Al-Hakim, here translated into English for the first time.' Appears unused, thus a tight, clean near Fine copy in near Fine dust jacket. (Dust jacket now protected by a removable mylar sleeve). Item #64119

Price: $325.00