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UK: The Society For Esoteric Endeavour., 2006. First Edition Thus. Quarter Leather. Fine in Slipcase. First Printing of this Edition, a reproduction of a 19th Century Manuscript which belonged to F.G Irwin, a member of Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia, The Society of Eight, the Fratres Lucis and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Issued in a very limited edition of just 65 hand-numbered copies, of which this is copy number 40. Octavo, bound in green cloth over beveled boards with a full green morocco leather spine, an oval title label mounted on the front panel that has been titled and decorated in gilt, & hand-marbled endpapers. 204 pp. The original manuscript, of which this is a facsimile, had been bound into a book. This was disbound and each individual sheet was reproduced onto pure cotton paper - even the blank leaves and the slight foxing that affect them have been reproduced. The sheets were then hand-sewn copying the arrangements of the signatures in the original. The text block was then cased in a quarter Moroccan goatskin binding with traditional bookcloth. The boards are beveled and there is a leather title label gilt blocked with 23½ carat gold leaf. The edges of the title label are embedded into the board. The endpapers are of hand-made Cockerell marbled paper. A bookplate of the Society of Esoteric Endeavour identifies the limitation and the number of each copy. The bookplate of F.G Irwin has been reproduced and that is also tipped in. A fine copy of a fine facsimile of a remarkable manuscript. On publication, subscribers could purchase this book with or without a slipcase. This copy is in a very special case - a top-loading fleece-lined solander case, much different & far superior to any others we have seen on this title. The case has marbled paper boards, the front & rear sides are mounted with bevel-edged panels of green morocco leather, both sides bearing the title labels as on the front cover of the book; the spine panel has a finely printed paper title label; all with a snug-fitting top of marbled paper over board. This is obviously a deluxe issue of the slipcase, making this a very special copy of the book. Both the book and the slipcase are in fine / as new condition. It should be noted that this was the first book issued under the imprint of The Society for Esoteric Endeavour. ¶ The text is in two parts. The first is a Grimoire of Ceremonial Magic and Demonic Invocation written in 17th Century France and spuriously attributed to the much earlier Pope. Most are conjurations for Lucifer though a great range of daemonic names are given. It must be said that the rituals are very extreme and likely violate modern sensibilities. The second part is very different, being a collection of spells drawn from various sources, two being named individuals. Many of the spells use Christian words of powers in other cases the powers invoked are obscure and even demonic. Most are for healing but some are ambiguous. Some are clearly folk-magic, recording the spells of cunning men and witches. One spell, which is attributed to a minister, is a brief spell to obtain your desires involving a psychoactive dose of nutmeg and unfamiliar words of power. Another summons the shade of a dead person by planting beans in orifices of a skull, with the practitioner being able to share in the spirit?'s invisibility by placing a similar bean his mouth. The original manuscript is unique in many ways, and this is the finest reproduction available.
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