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The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts. Including the Rites and Mysteries of Goetic Theurgy, Sorcery, and Infernal Necromancy.
Privately Printed, London 1898 - Hardcover. Quarto. xvi + 297pp. Original black buckram boards, with silver title and author to spine and upper board. Beveled edges, top edge gilt, rubricated title page, Frontis plate of Edward Kelly, eight other full-page plates, and 188 vignettes, smaller illustrations etc. in text and as decoration. Although not stated, only 500 copies were printed [GilbertA 25a]. As the title suggests it is a study and collection of material from various grimoires, including "The Key of Solomon," "The Lesser Key of Solomon," "The Grimoire of Honorius," "The Fourth Book of Agrippa," "The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage," etc. etc. "The Book of Black Magic and Pacts" was arguably the first major collection of grimoires to be published in the English language. It was also one of the first books on the subject to be studied by Aleister Crowley, and his reading of it set in motion a chain of events that led to him joining the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn." A truly exceptional copy, without doubt the nicest we have ever seen (and this as specialists with decades of experience in the business). The binding is sharp, clean and bright, looking much as it would have at the time of publicaion. Endpapers unevenly toned, and a little light foxing - mainly confined to the preliminaries and edges. A contemporary previous owner's name and address on the front free endpaper has left a ghost across the half-title. There are some light pencil annotations on a few pages (which could be easily and invisibly erased if so desired). Otherwise the pages are crisp and clean, the binding solid and unmarked. A VG + copy of a scarce and important edition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Weiser Antiquarian Books, Inc.]
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