Item #69455 Chaldean Magic: Its Origin And Development; ( Translated from the French with Considerable Additions by the Author and Notes by the Editor ). Francois LENORMANT.
Chaldean Magic: Its Origin And Development; ( Translated from the French with Considerable Additions by the Author and Notes by the Editor )
Chaldean Magic: Its Origin And Development; ( Translated from the French with Considerable Additions by the Author and Notes by the Editor )

Chaldean Magic: Its Origin And Development; ( Translated from the French with Considerable Additions by the Author and Notes by the Editor )

London: Samuel Bagster and Sons, ND [ 1877 ]. First English Edition. Hardcover. Octavo, xiv + 414pp (+20 pp adverts and index). Original green cloth with gilt title, and black rules to spine. Black illustration and titling are surrounded by a decorative border in black on upper board. A remarkably bright copy of the first English Edition (much enlarged from the preceeding French edition) of Lenormant's 'scholarly exposition of the magical practices, religious systems, and mythology of the Chaldeans of ancient Assyria. "The work draws largely from a tablet from the library of the Royal Palace at Nineveh which contains numerous formulas of 'deprecatory incantations against evil spirits, the effects of sorcery, disease .... etc. " Chapters on Chaldean Demonology and Sorcery, A Comparison of Egyptian and Chaldean Magic, etc. Decorated cloth remarkably bright and fresh. Spine ends and corners lightly rubbed, pages lightly toned. Modern bookplate on front pastedown. There are a few tiny ink speckles (printing flaw?) and a "Martinist Order" ink stamp to upper edge of title page but no other markings and no signs that the book has even been read, no interior marks of any kind. A tight, bright and unmarked VG+ copy. Despite a few minor faults, the nicest copy we have seen of this edition and one that would be hard to be bettered. Item #69455

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