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Clavis Or Key To The Magic Of Solomon Hardcover – 25 Jun 2010

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Nicolas Hays Inc; 1st Edition edition (25 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892541598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892541591
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The 'Clavis Or Key To The Magic Of Solomon' by Joseph Peterson is a well presented, informative hardback edition of the Key of Solomon, which includes other important historic magical texts. The book contains archival photographic scans of the original handwritten texts, in addition to extensive commentary and accurate analysis of the documents.

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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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eba0444) out of 5 stars Reborn Anew to Live Again... 2 Dec. 2009
By J. Buterbaugh - Published on Amazon.com
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Like a phoenix from the ashes of history, Ebenezer Silby's Clavis has been reborn anew, to live again among us all. With the charm of a munificent mage, Joseph Peterson has breathed life into yet another age-old manuscript, allowing another arcane grimoire to speak in new ways. This time Mr. Peterson has delivered to us a facsimile of one of the finest editions of Ebenezer Sibley's "Clavis" with seven other independent treatises all hand colored and hand written.

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.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb250c0) out of 5 stars An Important Contribution to the Solomonic Grimoire Tradition 8 Dec. 2009
By Thaumagnost - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a quality, clothbound edition of magical texts graced with the scholarly commentary and textual analysis of Mr. Peterson. Seven exemplars (extant copies) of Ebenezer Sibley's Clavis were used for comparisons, the one owned by antiquarian/publisher Donald Weiser considered to be the most accurate and complete. It is this edition that is reproduced by facsimile here, inclusive of seven other independent texts as follows: The Mysterious Ring, which provides instructions for preparing magic rings; the Experiments of the Spirits Birto, Vassago, Agares, and Bealpharos, which instruct one how to call upon angels and spirits (Vassago and Agares are listed as goetic spirits in The Lesser Key of Solomon); The Wheel of Wisdom, which provides instruction for using celestial harmonies (and is supplemented with a color fold-out of the wheel with another version from manuscript Sloane 1307 provided in Appendix 2); and the Complete Book of Magic Science, which draws on a variety of sources and is more complete than the related text of The Secret Grimoire of Turiel and more accurate than the Teitan Press edition.

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.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb25024) out of 5 stars Great Book 12 July 2010
By James - Published on Amazon.com
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The Book deals with the seven planetary spirits which were mentioned in the greek copy of the key of Solomon.For those already in possesion of the mathers edition this is an excellent addition to the book since it completes the mathers edition by giving you the names of the angels to work with .A must for all followers of King Solomon;s Works .
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9eb250e4) out of 5 stars excellent book 30 April 2014
By susan - Published on Amazon.com
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just love this book.I think it quite valuable. Very useful.I treasure it.A collecter's book of magick. I would recommend it .
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e7370b4) out of 5 stars Pretty complete. mostly 28 Dec. 2013
By jer - Published on Amazon.com
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More info in this book that I've been looking for. It's hard to find a book with such detailed notes.
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