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The Picatrix (Ghayat Al-Hakim), The Goal of the Wise. Volume One (FULL VELLUM)
Seattle: Ouroboros Press, 2002. First Edition. Full Vellum Binding. Fine. First Limited Edition. Bound in full vellum with gilt titles and device to front, device also on back. Spine with 6 compartments and 5 raised bands with red leather label with gilt title to second compartment. Marbled end papers, maroon page ribbon marker. Numbered as ?"0?". A very small number of the first edition were bound in vellum. 174 pages. Bound by Ars Obscura Bookbinding in Seattle. The Picatrix has long been regarded as source material in the Hermetic tradition. The text of this Medieval work consists of four books covering the art and practice of Astrological, Talismanic and Astral Magic. The author has compiled information derived from 224 books by ?"ancient sages?" (Hermes, Plato & Aristotle and others, known and unknown) with the intention of uniting all these diverse arts into a practical system. This Ouroboros Press edition is a translation based on the medieval [circa 10th century] Classical Arabic as opposed to the later Renaissance Latin translation. The Warburg Institute originally published theĀ  Arabic, German, and Latin editions which are often referred to by scholars and remain the only academic editions extant. Volume one of the Picatrix contains the first two books and are here translated into English for the first time. Some very light wear to vellum on front cover otherwise a fine copy. The vellum is nicely toned, aging quite well.
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