Conjuration and an Excellent Discourse of the Nature and Substance of Devils and Spirits. ANONYMOUS, Christina Oakley Harrington, Reginald Scot.
Conjuration and an Excellent Discourse of the Nature and Substance of Devils and Spirits.
Conjuration and an Excellent Discourse of the Nature and Substance of Devils and Spirits.

Conjuration and an Excellent Discourse of the Nature and Substance of Devils and Spirits.

[ England ]: Society for Esoteric Endeavour / Treadwell's Books, 2006 / 2012. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Quarto (10 x 7 1/4 inches). xii + 100pp. + (viiipp. blanks). Bound in full brown leather with elaborate gilt titling and decorations. Marbled endpapers. Printed in red and black throughout, a few sigils in text. The book is housed in a superb custom-made book box, with gilt stamped leather "spine", cloth sides, and marbled paper edges. Edition limited to 14 numbered copies. The book was first released by the Society for Esoteric Endeavour in 2006 in an edition of 120 copies. Apparently 14 extra sets of unbound sheets remained and in 2012 these were used to bring out this new edition in association with Treadwell's Books of London. In addition to the original sheets, this new edition includes a 12 page Introduction especially written for it by the owner of Treadwell's, Christina Oakley Harrington. The text itself is an interesting and generally overlooked work on ritual magic. It was originally published as an appendix to the third edition of Scot's Discoverie of Witchcraft (1665) but was omitted from almost all later editions. The work is in two parts. The first part details rites of necromancy, the conjuration of infernal spirits, a ritual for the invocation of the magician of his own Genius or Good Angel into a skrying crystal, and a ritual for the obtaining of a familiar. It includes detailed descriptions of ritual regalia and the performance of the rituals. The second part is a treatise on the nature of spirits. A bookmark made from the same material as the endpapers is loosely inserted. As noted, the book had a tiny limitation of 14 copies. There is some natural discoloration to the leather spine of the box, otherwise the box, which is beautifully made, is in fine collection. The book itself is unused, and has been completely protected by the box, thus it is also Fine. Item #64164

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