Clavis Or Key To The Magic Of Solomon Hardcover – 25 Jun 2010
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About the Author
Joseph H. Peterson has been studying esoteric texts for decades, intrigued by the Renaissance intellectual and experimental approach to spirituality. After years of collecting and digitizing rare texts for his own research, in 1995 he created the avesta.org and esotericarchives.com websites to share them with a wider audience. He lives near Rochester Minnesota.
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This edition is comprised of the following texts: 'The Clavis or Key to Unlock the Mysteries of Magic of Rabbi Solomon,' 'The Mysterious Ring,' 'An Experiment of Birto,' 'An Experiment of Agares,' ' An Experiment of Vassago,' 'Of the Spirit of Bealpharos,' 'The Wheel of Wisdom,' and last but not least 'The Complete Book of Magical Science,' which is a working grimoire in itself.
My only criticism at the time of writing is the book is rather over priced when bought direct from Amazon at £80. You can purchase it brand new for around £35 from other sellers on the Amazon site - just click the other 'new' offers available. It is well worth the money if you collect magic books.
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1. The Clavis or Key to Unlock the Mysteries of Magic of Rabbi Solomon
2. The Mysterious Ring
3. An Experiment of Birto
4. An Experiment of Agares
5. An Experiment of Vassago
6. Of the Spirit of Bealpharos
7. The Wheel of Wisdom
8. The Complete Book of Magical Science
Two particular notes of interest with regard to the previous publication of this material are as follows. The Clavis or Key to Unlock the Mysteries of Magic of Rabbi Solomon was recently published in 2008 by Caduceus Books for The Society of Esoteric Endeavour as "Ebenezer Sibly, Solomon's Clavis, or Key to Unlock the Mysteries of Magic" in a limited edition of 144 copies. It looks to be a facsimile edition with the same eight independent hand colored and hand written treatises. But a quick comparison betrays several differences in the seals, pentacles and other illustrations. Furthermore the handwriting and drawing is a lower quality and seems to be rushed. Leading one to believe the manuscript used for the Caduceus limited edition was perhaps intended as a rough draft or preliminary copy compared to the manuscript used for the Peterson Edition.
The Complete Book of Magical Science has also been previously published in 2008 by Teitan Press as "A Complete Book of Magic Science" in a limited edition of 450 copies. A volume titled "The Secret Grimoire of Turiel" published in the 1960's and 1970's has some affinity to the material in The Complete Book of Magical Science. Both of these titles are currently out of print.
Joseph Peterson has thoughtfully provided a full scholarly apparatus such as an INTRODUCTION detailing the manuscripts provenance as well as other exemplar of this work, PREFACE from the original manuscript, copious end NOTES, the CRITICALLY ESTABLISHED TEXT type set and cross referenced, BIBLOGRAPHY current with the most recent scholarship, APPENDICES and INDEX. The Clavis or Key to the Magic of Solomon by Joseph H. Peterson is a library of the highest quality magical texts, in one volume. Such a work of art and critical scholarship at this low price is truly a magical work indeed.
Peterson's knowledge of the grimoire tradition is evidenced by his informative introduction, detailed textual notes, and production of a Critically-Established Text which predominantly follows the Weiser manuscript, "except for substantive deviations that can be critically established from the limited number of available witnesses" (page xxi). The textual analysis includes reference to notable works such as Abano's Heptameron, Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Reginald Scot's expanded 1665 edition of his Discoverie of Witchcraft, the Arbatel, and The Magical Calendar, among others. Five related texts to Sibley's Clavis were also used for analysis, including manuscript Wellcome 4670 which was published along with Wellcome 4669 in an English translation through Skinner and Rankine's The Veritable Key of Solomon. In the Acknowledgments section, one also finds credit going to Peterson's daughters Sarah and Lisa who assisted with the artwork in Appendix 2, and his son Karl for providing a wonderful drawing of the wyvern which was missing from the manuscript. What awesome family support! This collectible edition of magical texts is a pleasure to own and reference.