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Superb key text and expanded translation !
on 14 November 2009
A superb new translation of a key text that has been so influential in western occultism. The author goes back to a different original manuscript - the German ones. The Mathers version was working from a French version copied from the German ones this author uses. This book also includes and extra book of mixed qaballa spells which the Mathers version omits. These spells are based mainly on excerpts from the Torah. In addition many of the magical squares have been corrected/updated. The great suspicion about this book is that owning it can wreak havoc as the magical squares get loose from the book. Very cleverly the author presents the names for each squares in such a way that the book only contains a few squares, which I thought was a nice touch.
The appendices are superb as well, the author documents his trip to Egypt to try and track down the Hermitage of Abramelin and finds some good evidence for the existance of the site. He also demonstrates how the list of spirts in Bardons Practice of Magical Evocation were derived from the list of Abramelin demons.
I highly recommend this text to anyone interested in Western Occultism and the Abramelin operation.