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Three Books of Occult Philosophy: 1 [Paperback]

Henry Cornelius Agrippa , Kevadrin Dolluson
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1 Aug 2012
The first book of Agrippa's famous treatise on magic and Alchemy. Vital for Ceremonial Magicians of all forms.

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  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478344342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478344346
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential work on Western occult tradition 29 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy must rank as one of, if not the most important work ever written on the Western Occult tradition. Written in relative youth, it nevertheless has an immensely broad range of topics covering Goetia ("Black magic") and Theurgia ("White magic') while still remaining in the Christian tradition. Agrippa's work certainly provides numerous practical instructions, but always ties together a wide range of classical and traditional sources in a broad theorectical framework. As a traditional astrologer I found his exposition of astrological magic to be among the best available in English, better than Marsilio Ficino's Three Books of Life (though the Boer translation is fairly universally disliked). Much of astrological magic still remains locked up in Latin, Thabit Ibn Qurra's De Imaginibus, edited by Carmody and Picatrix, edited by Pingree being the most salient examples. I should note, however, that Brill has just published a new edition of Agrippa in the original Latin which does differ in some respects from the Freake translation that Tyson has edited in this edition. For example, Chapter 50, Book II at 403 Agrippa describes the construction of amulets for love and concord between two people. The first full paragraph in the Tyson edition ends, "...let them [the two images] be wrapped up in silk and cast away or spolied. In the Latin Brill edition the sentence states that the images should be wrapped in "fine linen cloth" and "buried". Nonetheless if I could have only one book on the Western occult tradition (perish the thought!) this would be it. Anyone with a serious interest in studying or practicing in this area should have this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than worth the price... 24 Oct 1998
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I'm normally very skeptical about anything produced by Llewellyn, but not only is this an honest reproduction of Agrippa's brilliant works (I've seen the first English translation for myself--1560, I think), but Donald Tyson's scholarship is almost comparable to Agrippa's own. The notes are extensive & do a marvelous job of fleshing out the myriad brief & passing references in the text. Quotes from Agrippa's most likely sources provide timely insights into his own mind, and Tyson in addition offers a notes on sources foreign to or later than Agrippa for comparative study. Tyson's editing does not disturb the text at all, but rather makes it that much more clear. His diagrams & seals are well produced, & his corrections (which include skilled reanalysis of the Hebrew) & major additions are saved for the back of each chapter and of the whole volume. These appendices, and the bibliographical notes as well, are intelligent, clearheaded & very useful. Agrippa's genius is well known, but Tyson's fine scholarship for this volume deserves acknowledgment as well. I recommend this book especially strongly to serious students of magic who are tired of the flood of New Age-y magical manuals & gothic garbage tossed out like so much glitter by these shallow modern writers who use "magic" as a substitute for intelligence, or as a solution to their ego problems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 22 Nov 2009
By Pen
Format:Paperback
I first encountered Cornelius Agrippa as a very young man many years ago in a very short extract of his work appearing somewhere or other, and I was hooked. Determining to track down his Three Books of Occult Philosophy I was astonished to learn that (at that time) there were only two known places in the world where his writing was kept. The first was under lock and key in the Vatican (surprise! surprise!) and the second was in the University of Chicago Library (and only available in the Reference department to bona fide scholars conducting "serious academic research"). Disgusted by the extent of the apparent censorship in the so-called Free World, I gave up. But over the years Agrippa remained in the back of my mind as someone clearly worth reading. Then, recently, I stumbled upon the Llewellyn publication available on Amazon. Excited by its availability (at last!) I immediately ordered a copy (half expecting to be disappointed in my younger self's taste). On the book's delivery I was a wee bit intimated by appearances. It is, after all a hefty tome of some 938 pages, and, to discourage further, it is an OLD text, some five hundred years old, in fact, and, to top it off, pubished in a BLACK binding! But, and this is the crux of it all, be not discouraged! If you are at all interested in the most important source materials on the true nature of the world, this is THE book. Beautifully written, brilliantly annotated, and ACCESSIBLE! I speak here as a layperson and sceptic with very little esoteric knowledge and even less of the occult. Agrippa's treatise is a breath of fresh air in a the midst of a confusion of New Age waffle. Great stuff! Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The roots of Western magickal practice... 4 May 1998
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This is the book most often found at the heart of many of the modern groups practising some form of Western esoteric/magickal system. This book influenced the Golden Dawn and many other groups which went on to form the foundation of classical magick in the West. Today, this heavy tome is still a treasure trove of information, technique, and erudition essential to anyone wishing to walk the path of Hermeticism, Rosicrucianism, or other such related paths. Even Chaos magicians will find something useful in this book. It's a tremendous resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance classic of occult literature
This book is an excellent compendium of renaissance occult philosophy. The editor, Donald Tyson has done a superb job of eliminating errors in previous editions.
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Published 11 months ago by Hugo L. Shepherd
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I have not doubt the book printed edition weighs a ton and is probably well worth the expenditure and the muscle power to hump it around from bed to armchair or vice versa. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2012 by John Peter Green
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This book is a treasure trove of random weirdness. Having never purchased a 'real' magic book before this book contains a wealth of information, mind you a lot of it is very... Read more
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An amazing book when studying occultism.
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Published on 11 Mar 2011 by Kiel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Most of other books (including "The Magus", for example) directly or indirectly take information from this book. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2007 by Dmitry Dulepov
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of its kind.
This is a curiosity from another age. In the 16th Century, much of what we would now regard as science was not based on observation or experiment but, rather like law, based on... Read more
Published on 23 July 2007 by Michael J. Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful.
Complex but annoyingly old-english. It's hard to read, but well worth the time and money, depending on what you're looking for. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 72 Chapters I have ever read
Great sourcebook ever combined about the occult into one book. Agrppa and Llewllyn's publication are all geniuses.
Published on 26 April 1998
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