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Le livre rouge resume du magisme, des sciences occultes et de la philosophie hermétique d’apres Hermès Trismegiste, Pytagore, Cléopatre, Artéphius, Marie-l’Egyptienne, Albert-le-Grand, Paracelse, Cornélius Agrippa, Cardan, Mesmer, Charles Fourrier, etc
Paris: La Vigne, 1841. First edition. Hardcover. First Edition. 16mo. 204p. With illustrations. Bound in marbled paper over boards. (The binding is probably later in date). Interior pages are clean and very mildly age-toned. A couple of miniscule marginal tears are neatly sealed. Page 73 contains a small chip in the margin; a few leaves show some wrinkling in the upper right corner. Many pages are uncut. The passage underlings on page 46 were apparently printed with the text and are not marginalia. OCLC lists two versions of the 1841 edition – one with 144 pages and the other (here offered) with 204p. An edition dated 1842 also exists. An interesting little grimoire or book of charms and spells with numerous occult diagrams and sigils. De Guaita catalogue mentions that Chuquet (presumably Alphonse Chuquet) considered the book to be an early work on magic by Eliphas Levi writing under a pseudonym. However, De Guaita argues that the writing style is unlike Levi’s and instead ascribes the book to the French Freemason and occultist J.M. Ragon. An uncommon book. [Caillet 3971; De Guaita 1377; Duveen, p. 220 (listing the 204p. version); Ferguson, Books of Secrets IV, p. 37-38; Du Prel 438 (listing the 144p. version)].
      [Bookseller: Robert McDowell Antiquarian Books]
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