The Sworn Book of Honorius. Liber Juratis Honorii. Original Sourcebook of Medieval Magic.
Lake Worth FL: Ibis Press, 2016. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Octavo. 334pp + ipp advert. Bound in fine black cloth with silver titlng to the spine, black endpapers, bibliography, indexes, b&w sigils and illustrations. From the publisher: "This edition includes the complete Latin text, carefully checked against known manuscripts, and related texts in Latin, German, and English, and brings new light to obscure elements found in other texts such as the Heptameron of Pietro d’Abano. As the title testifies, students were sworn to secrecy before being given access to this magic text, and only a few manuscripts survive. Nevertheless, it is considered one of the most influential of occult texts. Parts of its teachings are alluded to in other texts, like the use of the magic whistle for summoning spirits. Another key element of its ritual, the elaborate SIGILLUM DEI AEMETH or “Seal of God,” has been found in texts and amulets throughout Europe. Interest in the Sworn Book of Honorius has grown in recent years, being discussed at length in several recent books, yet no modern translations have been attempted. A critical edition of the Latin text by Gösta Hedegård (2002), has already become somewhat dated by new research. Purporting to preserve the magic of Solomon in the face of intense persecution by religious authorities, this text includes one of the oldest, most detailed, and complete magic rituals. It is aggressively pro-magic, countering that the persecution and anti-magic hysteria were themselves inspired by demons seeking to suppress the divine art. Joseph H. Peterson has translated many esoteric and religious sourceworks. He has amassed a large collection of copies of rare and occult tracts for comparative research from the British Library and other institutions, which he shares at his award-winning websites." Appears as new: a tight, clean near Fine copy in mylar protected near Fine dust jacket. Item #70583