Arbatel of Magic. Concerning the Magic of the Ancients.
Lake Worth, FL: Ibis Press, 2009. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Large octavo. xxxii & 128pp. Black cloth silver titling to spine, b&w illustrations, bibliography and index. SIGNED by Joseph Peterson on a Weiser Antiquarian Books bookplate tipped onto the front free endpaper. An important translation of this famous anonymously-written grimoire. Unlike the vast majority of magical writings, the Arbatel is unique in that it is clear, concise, and elegantly written, and the instructions it gives are comparatively straightforward. The grimoire attracted considerable attention when it was first published in Latin in 1575, and has been the subject of controversy and discussion ever since, provoking both praise and condemnation. This critical edition is drawn from both the English and the Latin texts, and includes the Latin text opposite the English translation, as well as a critical commentary by well-known scholar Joseph Peterson. As "new" copy - thus Fine condition in mylar protected Fine dust jacket. Item #70582