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Aleister Crowley's Four Books of Magick

Edited by Dr Stephen Skinner





Often referred to as Liber Aba, this volume of 748 pages contains four of Crowley's most important works:

This is often seen as the masterpiece of occultist, magician and bon vivant, Aleister Crowley, introduced and edited for the first time by one of the world's leading experts on magic and Western esoteric traditions, Dr Stephen Skinner.

Let me assure you that 'edited by' does not mean 'cut,' but instead includes many helpful elucidations of what may at first sight appear to be impenetrable, as Crowley often loads his writing with numerous cross references to his other writings, and very seldom begins at the beginning. Written between 1904 and 1929, this book contained within this collection make up one of the most ground-breaking works on the practice of magick ever written. Their influence on alternative western thought and philosophy cannot be exaggerated.

Also known as Book Four, or Liber ABA, the four parts bring together many rituals, received texts, theorems and unequalled insights into the practice of magick, culminating in The Book of the Law, the central, sacred text dictated to Crowley by the preternatural entity Aiwass. Anyone interested in yoga, ceremonial magic, esoteric thought, invocation, divination and beyond, or those looking to delve into the fascinating, playful and illuminating writings of a unique man, will find this book an inspiration.

For the first time, one of the world's leading experts on Western esoteric traditions and magic, Dr. Stephen Skinner, introduces the text, sharing his insights into Crowley's take on yoga, ceremonial magick and Thelema. His long involvement with magic, both as an academic and as a practitioner, enabled Dr. Skinner to highlight the differences between the psychological and the spirit-orientated approaches to magic, and to show how that dilemma shaped Crowley's practice and his founding of Thelema, enlightening the reader to many previously unknown connections.



Publisher: Watkins Publishing

* Book ISBN : 978-1-78678519-0

* Ebook ISBN : 978-1-78678609-8

* Hardcover: 748 pages

* Dimensions: 18.8 x 6.27 x 26.64 cm. 1.4 kgs

* Published: 12 October 2021

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The Oracle of Geomancy

Stephen Skinner





This popular book on Western geomancy has look up tables for the answers to many typical questions. This is resolutely a practical book, with hundreds of answers to a range of practical questions.

It provides you with the resolution of every possible combination of the last three Figures, two Witnesses and one Judge, and how they should be interpreted.

A large section on the practice of Astro-geomancy links geomancy with astrology.



Publisher: Golden Hoard

* ISBN : 978-1912212-31-6

* Pages: 404

* Published: 1977, 1986, 2021

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Ars Notoria: the Method - Version B
This is the sequel to Ars Notoria: the Grimoire of Rapid Learning and it includes all of the practical material from the most complete manuscript available - MS Bibliothèque Nationale Lat. 9336

Edited and Introduced by Dr Stephen Skinner

"In its influence, dissemination, length, and complexity the Ars Notoria is
the most important surviving treatise of ritual magic." - Sophie Page.





The Ars Notoria is a mediaeval grimoire which was widely distributed and very popular in the 13th-16th century, but virtually unknown until recently. Version B (MS Bibliothèque Nationale Lat. 9336.) is a commentary on the Method which has never been published in English before. The present text is a reorganisation of that commentary into subject order without the loss of any practical detail. All the notae and the full invocations/orations are included, but most of the Latin prayers have been omitted as they do not contribute to the method's effectiveness.

The Ars Notoria is still very relevant in the 21st century because it contains detailed techniques to enable the practitioner to absorb whole subjects very rapidly, and to understand very complex subjects on first reading, as well as remembering whatever has been read.

Like many magic manuscripts this work was attributed to famous individuals including Solomon (who reputedly received the book directly from God via the angel Pamphilius), which was translated into Greek by the magician Apollonius of Tyana, along with input from Euclid of Thebes, the father of Honorius of Thebes the author of The Sworn Book of Honorius (Liber Juratus) and Mani, the prophet.

Solomonic grimoires are concerned with the evocation of spirits or demons, but the Ars Notoria stands alone as angel magic concerned only with memory and the ability to understand and absorb whole subjects rapidly, making it a veritable student's grimoire, a key to obtaining knowledge rapidly.

Despite its popularity and enduring history the Ars Notoria has never been printed in its complete form. After its early Latin appearance there was only one incomplete English translation by Robert Turner in 1657, and that omitted the most vital component for its operation, the notae, a set of complex pictorial illustrations, without which the system just does not work. It also abbreviated most of the orations/invocations. The present edition contains all the notae matched with all the complete invocations/orations, and instructions for their use.

Volume 12 in the SWCM series




* ISBN : 978-1-912212-28-6

* Pages: 433 pages, 8" x 10"
* 161 illustrations, most in full colour

* Published: 8th May 2021

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Ars Notoria: The Grimoire of Rapid Learning by Magic
with the Golden Flowers of Apollonius of Tyana

Translated by Robert Turner
Edited and Introduced by Dr Stephen Skinner & Daniel Clark

"In its influence, dissemination, length, and complexity the Ars Notoria
is the most important surviving treatise of ritual magic." - Sophie Page.





The Ars Notoria is a mediaeval grimoire, or magician's manual, which was widely distributed and very popular in the 13th-16th century, but virtually unknown today. It is however still very relevant in the 21st century because it contains detailed techniques to enable the practitioner to absorb whole subjects very rapidly, and to understand very complex subjects on first reading, as well as remembering whatever has been read.

Of all the grimoires attributed to the Solomonic tradition of magic, one of the oldest and most enigmatic is the Ars Notoria. Like the many magic manuscripts this work was pseudepigraphically attributed to several famous individuals ranging from Solomon (who reputedly received the book directly from God via the hand of the angel Pamphilius), through its supposed translation by the magician Apollonius of Tyana who called it Flores aurei, or the Golden flowers, to Euclid of Thebes.

The Ars Notoria stands alone in its own category of angel grimoires, for while most other Solomonic grimoires are concerned with the evocation of spirits or demons, the Ars Notoria instead was concerned only with memory and the ability to understand and absorb whole subjects rapidly. It offered to grant almost instant proficiency in any of the seven Liberal Arts, making it a veritable student's grimoire, a key to obtaining knowledge rapidly.

Yet despite its popularity and enduring history the Ars Notoria has never been printed in its complete form. From its early published Latin appearance in Agrippa's Opera Omnia to the first and only English translation by Robert Turner in 1657, all published versions of this work have omitted the most vital component of its operation, the notae, a set of complex pictorial illustrations that are the heart of its system. That is however until now. The present edition contains all the notae which have always been left out of other printed editions, without which the system just does not work.

For the first time ever the Ars Notoria is presented in its complete form. In this edition we present not just one but five complete sets of notae taken from various manuscripts, alongside a corrected edition of Turner's English translation. We also present a complete facsimile of Yale University's Beinecke MS Mellon 1 in full colour, the earliest known manuscript of this work, with a complete copy of the 1620s printed Latin text. Detailed commentary is provided on its origins, content, possible authors, owners, methods of use, and practical considerations as well as comprehensive tables of the almost 100 notae variants. The progress of the Ars Notoria is traced from its Greek origins, via its flourishing 13th century monastic life to its supposed inclusion in the Lemegeton.

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* ISBN : 978-1-912212-03-3

* Pages: 433 pages, 8" x 10"
* 161 illustrations, most in full colour

* Published: 31st August 2019

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* ISBN : 978-1-912212-04-0

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* 161 illustrations, most in full colour
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Clavis or Key to the Mysteries of Magic

by Rabbi Solomon translated by Ebenezer Sibley

Introduction by Dr Stephen Skinner & Daniel Clark
[ with additional material by Frederick Hockley, etc ]





This manuscript grimoire contains magical formulae and procedures dating back to 1520, which were brought together in 1789 by Dr. Ebenezer Sibley. After his death in 1799 copyists like Frederick Hockley continued to add chapters and even whole 'books' to the manuscript. Finally in the 19th century this particular copy was made by a master calligrapher. Although there are a number of other manuscript copies of the Clavis or Key to Unlock the Mysteries of Magic located in libraries spread around the world (14 at last count), this one is totally unique. It is 45% longer and more complete than any other copy, and illustrated with a large number of pentacles from the Key of Solomon, featuring 8-12 for every one of the 7 planets.

There are a range of detailed methods for evoking spirits and binding them, with an explanatory commentary by the editors which is not directed towards just theory and history, but to practical usage. Specific spirits, such as Birto, Agares, Vassago and Bealpharos and the methods for invoking them are explained, with illustrations of the form the spirits usually appear in. As you might expect, there is a whole section on skrying in the crystal, and the use of the magic bell, which explains the differences between evoking the spirit outside the circle in a triangle and seeing its image in a crystal.

Methods involving the use of the Demon Kings to compel the lesser spirits, which have never appeared in any other published grimoires, are explained in detail. As well as the pentacles there are many talismans for very practical purposes, such as compelling a thief to return your stolen goods, causing destruction to your enemies, creating love between two people, or just for casual 'amorous intrigues,' curing some diseases, and for defending your home against both burglars and malicious spirits. This extraordinary grimoire marks the high point in Victorian illustrated grimoires.




* ISBN : 978-1-91221208-8

* Pages : 524 pages, 8" x 10"
* Hundreds of illustrations
* Full colour printed on art paper

* Published: 8th January 2019

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The Techniques of Solomonic Magic

by Dr. Stephen Skinner



Solomonic magic is a major part of the grimoire tradition. This volume is about the methods of Solomonic magic used in Alexandria and how they have been passed via Byzantium (the Hygromanteia), to the manuscripts of the Latin Clavicula Salomonis and its English incarnation as the Key of Solomon. Jewish techniques like the use of pentacles, oil and water skrying were added along the way, but Solomonic magic (despite its name) remained basically a classical Greek form of magic. Amazingly, this transmission has involved very few changes and the 'technology' of magic has remained firmly intact. The emphasis in this book is upon specific magical techniques such as the invocation of the gods, the binding of demons, the use of the four demon Kings, and the construction of the circle and lamen. The requirements of purity, sexual abstinence, and fasting have changed little in the last 2000 years, and the real reasons for that are explained. The use of amulets, talismans and phylacteries or lamens is outlined along with their methods of construction. The structure of a Solomonic evocation puts into perspective the reasons for each step, the use of thwarting angels, achieving invisibility, sacrifice, love magic, treasure finding, and the binding, imprisoning and licensing of spirits.

The facing directions and timing of evocations have always been crucial, and these too have remained consistent. Practical considerations such as choice of incense, the timing of the cutting of the wand, utilisation of rings and statues, use of the Table of Evocation, or the acquisition of a familiar spirit are also explained. Techniques of Solomonic Magic is thus a follow on book from Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic. This volume is based on the magicians' own handbooks rather than the opinions of theologians, historians, anthropologists, sociologists or legislators. The emphasis is on what magicians actually did and why. Tools used by magicians in 7th century Alexandria, 15th century Constantinople and 19th century London are very much the same. More than 70 illustrations (many in colour) of magical equipment like the wand, the sword, wax images and magical gems, drawn from a wide range of manuscripts are reproduced and examined. This is the most detailed analysis of Solomonic magic, from the inside, ever penned.


Partial List of Contents


The Relationship between Magic and Religion
Sources of the Solomonic Magical Tradition
The Input of Jewish Magic to the Clavicula Salomonis
Byzantine Solomonic Magical Texts
Manuscripts of the Hygromanteia
Stephanos of Alexandria
Analysis of the Contents of the Hygromanteia
The Transmission of Byzantine Greek texts to the Latin West
The Clavicula Salomonis
Transmission of Techniques from the Hygromanteia to the Clavicula Salomonis
Similarity of Method in the Hygromanteia and the Clavicula Salomonis
The Hierarchy of Spiritual Creatures
The Hierarchies of Spirits, Angels and Daimones
The Gods
Preliminary Procedures and Preparations
Locations for the Operation
Orientation and the Four Demon Kings
Purity and Sexual Abstinence
Fasting and Food Prohibitions
Protection for the Magician
The Circle
Triangle of Art and Brass Vessel
Phylactery, Lamen or Breastplate
Talismans and Pentacles
Conjuration of Angels
Evocation of Demons and Spirits
Nomina Magica



Historiola and Commemoration
License to Depart
Transmission of Equipment from Hygromanteia to Clavicula Salomonis
Table of Evocation
Black-handled Knife
Virgin Papyrus or Parchment
Pen, Quill, or Reed
The Symbola of the Gods
Magical Statues or Stoicheia
Magical Rings and Gemstones
Wax and Clay Images
Incenses and Herbs
Major Magical Techniques
Love Spells
Treasure Finding
Imprisonment of Spirits in a Bottle
The 'manteiai' or Evocationary Skrying Methods
Lekanomanteia - Evocationary Bowl Skrying
Hygromanteia - Evocationary Water Skrying
A Short Outline of Astral Magic
Manuscripts of the Hygromanteia
Manuscripts of the Clavicula Salomonis
Text-Groups of the Clavicula Salomonis
The Classic Solomonic Method



* ISBN : 978-981-094310-3

* 378 pages, 30 Tables, 68 Illustrations (many in colour), hardback with dust wrapper

* Published : May 2015


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The Complete Magician's Tables

** 5th Expanded Edition - 64 pages more than the 1st edition **
Dr. Stephen Skinner


These more than 840 magical tables are the most complete set of tabular correspondences covering magic, astrology, divination, Tarot, I Ching, Kabbalah, gematria, angels, demons, Graeco-Egyptian magic, pagan pantheons, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Taoist and mystical correspondences ever printed. It is more than five times larger and more wide ranging than Crowley's Liber 777.

New columns include the spirits from Faust's Höllenzwang and Trithemius' Steganographia. Types of magic and their Greek identification headwords; the meanings of a wide range of nomina magica; planetary incenses; and the secret names for ingredients, all from the Greek magical papyri. Also the names of the gods of the hours and the months which must be used for successful evocation.

The source of the data in these tables ranges over 2000 years, from the Graeco-Egyptian papyri, Byzantine Solomonike, unpublished manuscript mediaeval grimoires and Kabbalistic works, Peter de Abano, Abbott Trithemius, Albertus Magnus, Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Dr John Dee, Dr Thomas Rudd, Tycho Brahe, MacGregor Mathers (and the editors of Mathers' work, Aleister Crowley and Israel Regardie), to the mage of classical geometric shapes, modern theories of prime numbers and atomic weights. The sources include many key grimoires such the Sworn Book, Liber Juratus, the Lemegeton (Goetia, Theurgia-Goetia, Almadel, Pauline Art), Abramelin, and in the 20th century the grimoire of Franz Bardon.

All this material has been grouped and presented in a consistent and logical way covering the whole Western Mystery tradition and some relevant parts of the Eastern tradition. This is the final update of this volume.


Partial List of Contents


Alchemy and Alchemists
Angels: Biblical and Gnostic
Astrology: Zodiac, Planets, Decans, Mansions
Fixed Stars and Constellations
Buddhist Meditation
Colour Scales
Dr John Dee's Angels
Feng Shui and Taoist Magic
Gnostic Magicians
Gods of the Hours and Months
Graeco-Egyptian Magic



Letters, many Alphabets & Numbers
Magic and Sorcery
Natural Magic: Plants, Stones
Nomina Magica
Orders, Grades and Officers
Pagan Pantheons
Perfumes & Incenses
Planetary & Olympic Spirits
Questing and Chivalry
Sacred Geometry
Secret names of magical ingredients
Timelines for: Magicians, Kabbalists, Alchemists, Astrologers, Knights Templar, Gnostics
Vedic and Hindu Meditation
Wheel of the Year: Hours, Months, Seasons, Festivals
Yi Jing / I Ching



* ISBN : 978-0-9547639-7-8

* Pages : 496 pages, 16 illustrations, hardback with dust wrapper

* Published : May 2015


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Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic

by Stephen Skinner





This book uses academic tools to uncover the techniques which were actually used by Graeco-Egyptian magicians. This book will really strengthen your understanding of magic and its roots. After reading it magic will no longer be something to theorise about, but a real practice, a real interaction with divinities, daimones, spirits and even the dead, using evocation, invocation, skrying, dream techniques, talismans, amulets, defixiones, sacrifice and spirit offerings, ensouling magical statues and consecrating rings. It also explains the necessary protection for the magician, the circle and phylacteries.

Magical objectives include love (by attraction, compulsion, insomnia and 'love's leash'), health, invisibility, foreknowledge and memory. There are detailed sections on bowl and lamp skrying, the sending of dreams, encountering a god, and the Mystery rites for fellowship with the gods. First steps include the invocation of the paredros, the daimon assistant and the correct purity and fasting procedures. Encounter Thesallos of Tralles who persuaded an Egyptian priest to manifest a god for him, and the techniques that his Egyptian priest used to do this.

Egypt was at the heart of magic, and the Graeco-Egyptian papyri are the clearest and most extensive documentation of some of its earliest methods. These papyri were the handbooks of practicing magicians who lived during the first five centuries of this era. But attempting to read the Graeco-Egyptian magical papyri in Hans Dieter Betz's English translation The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation is a daunting task, as they seem to be in no particular order (except for papyrus number). Furthermore the papyri are a mixture of many different techniques, with minor snippets mixed in with serious and long invocations, many without the basic instructions needed to perform these rites.

Stephen Skinner discovered that in the original Greek, then they have a perfectly logical structure, as the scribes have in most cases used a headword to indicate what kind of rite was involved. This headword has however mostly been lost in translation. What Stephen Skinner has done here is to separate and tabulate each of the 40+ techniques used by Graeco-Egyptian magicians, throwing an enormous amount of light on these very practical texts. In many cases the translator has taken the easy way out and just used words like 'spell' or 'charm' to translate dozens of different technical words which are necessary for understanding exactly what is going on. Skinner has rectified this by extracting each of these specialist Greek terms for different magical procedures and, showing what they really mean, and has divided up the papyri into its constituent methods, so that the reader is directed to the specific passages relevant to his interest. The result is more than a guide to the papyri, it is a complete survey and explanation of the functioning of the types of Graeco-Egyptian magic, often noting where such techniques appear again in the later grimoires. If you want to understand Graeco-Egyptian magic, this is where you should start.

Chapters include:

* Amulets
* Calendrical Considerations
* Composite Rites
* Daimonic Possession and Exorcism
* Defixiones
* Ensouling Magical Statues
* Evocationary Bowl Skrying
* Evocationary Lamp Skrying
* Face-to-Face Encounters with a god
* Foreknowledge and Memory rites
* Health
* Homeric magic and divination
* Hymns, pagan
* Incenses, Herbs and Plants used in magic
* Invisibility
* Invocation of the gods and the god's arrival
* Love
* Magical Rings and Gemstones
* Mysteries and Initiation Rites
* Necromancy
* Paredros or Assistant Daimon, securing a
* Phylacteries
* Procedures for Visions and Dream Revelation
* Talismans




* ISBN : 978-0-9568285-6-9

* Pages : 388, HB with d/w
* 42 Illustrations
* 61 Tables

* Published: September 2014

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Dr John Dee's Spiritual Diaries (1583-1608)

Being a reset and corrected 2nd edition
True & Faithful Relation of what Passed for many Yeers between Dr John Dee...and Some Spirits...

With a complete translations of all Latin passages

Preface by Meric Casaubon
Edited by Stephen Skinner





This is a completely revamped and reader-friendly edition of A True & Faithful Relation of what passed for many Years between Dr. John Dee... and some Spirits, which has the great advantage of having all Latin passages translated, so you no longer have to look elsewhere for the meaning.

Translation and editing by Stephen Skinner, with a detailed introduction, appendices, extensive footnotes, supplementary texts, additional illustrations, and a Dee timeline.

This book contains John Dee's Spiritual Diaries for 25 years (1583-1608), now made available in an organized and readable form.

For any scholar or practitioner of magic, easy access to Dee's skrying and conversation with angels (the Enochian system) is one of the most important parts of the Western Esoteric tradition. This book also covers Dee's invocation of the angels, his experiments in alchemy, and experiences in the courts of the crowned heads of Europe.

This book incorporates almost 5000 corrections from the original notes of Meric Casaubon, Elias Ashmole and William Shippen, checked against the original manuscripts written by Dee (not against blurry microfilms with missing marginal gaps). Sections which were originally missing from Casaubon's edition have been added. Angels, spirits, people, places, dates and times have been fully footnoted, and Casaubon's errors corrected. The reader will find this a much more accessible entrance to the world of Dr Dee's conferences with angels and spirits, and a welcome improvement on every edition so far published.

Stephen Skinner was responsible for initially stimulating the renewed interest in John Dee and Enochian magic by first re-publishing Meric Casaubon's True and Faithful Relation... in 1973. He has now published the definitive edition, 46 years later.




* UK ISBN : 978-1-912212-13-2

* US ISBN : 978-0-738765-30-3

* Pages : 844 H/B with d/w
* Illustrations: 26 B/W plus 6 in full colour

* Published: September 2019

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A Cunning Man's Grimoire

Dr Stephen Skinner & David Rankine





This manuscript is a grimoire, a manual of practical magic, a sorcerer's handbook. It is a composite grimoire drawn from a number of different sources. It is not the sort of grimoire which has a complete method of calling up a set register of spirits, like the Goetia, nor does it have a wide range of pentacles or talismans like the Key of Solomon. It is however quite special as it was also was a practising Cunning man's grimoire, a very interesting blend of learned and local village magic. It also contains a lot of critical astrological information (including its own set of astrological tables) which are an important part of magic, but which don't feature to a large extent in other grimoires. It goes way beyond Planetary days and hours, to detailed aspects of timing and also contains magical operations connected with the 28 Mansions of the Moon and image magic, which were usually absent from Solomonic grimoires. The 28 Mansions of the Moon belong to a different magical tradition which owes its origins to Arabic and Indian roots, rather than the Greek roots of Solomonic magic. This manuscript literally stands at the crossroads of several different magical streams.

Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series - Volume IX




* ISBN : 978-1-91221210-1

* Pages : 176 pages, 176 x 250mm, 28 illustrations, 24 tables

* Published: 6th July 2018. Now available.

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The Voynich Manuscript
The World's Most Mysterious and Esoteric Codex

Foreword: Dr. Stephen Skinner
Introductions: Dr. Rafal Prinke & Dr. Rene Zandbergen





This is a stunning reproduction of the beautifully illustrated and profoundly mysterious Voynich Manuscript. The three authors offer an enlightening interpretation of this unique text that draws on their deep knowledge of late medieval manuscripts, astrology, alchemy, cryptography and herbal and magical practitioners' handbooks.

The Voynich Manuscript is not strictly an occult book, except in the sense that its contents are hidden. But it is an amazing and intriguing book that was probably the detailed notebook of a Jewish physician residing in northern Italy in the 1420s. This complete edition of the Voynich Manuscript includes a fascinating and authoritative foreword and introduction by Dr Stephen Skinner, Dr Rafal Prinke and Dr René Zandbergen, who together detail all that is currently known about this mysterious medieval manuscript, the only book in existence that has been written in this particular alphabet that nobody can read. Drawing on their extensive knowledge of the period, of other esoteric and alchemical works and of the curious history of the Voynich, they explore its relation to magic and alchemy, and what may be guessed about the meaning of its beautiful illustrations.

This information, together with the images themselves, invites readers to form their own interpretations of this most famous of enduring mysteries. The elegant design of this Watkins edition is a fitting showcase for the manuscript's strangely beautiful cryptographic script and otherworldly illustrations, which include astrological, astronomy, herbal medicine and enigmatic drawings of naked women bathing.

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* ISBN : 978-1-786780775

* Pages : 288 pages, 7.3" x 10.5"
* Hundreds of full colour illustrations
* Full colour printed on art paper

* Published: 2017 by Watkins

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The Magical Treatise of Solomon or Hygromanteia

Translated and edited by Ioannis Marathakis
Foreword by Stephen Skinner





This is the true ancestor of the Key of Solomon. Containing the full translation of the Hygromanteia, a book that has hidden behind the mistaken idea that it is a work on water divination, a scholarly mistake that has hidden the true value of this book for centuries. Throughout history thousands of people have been fascinated by the grimoire the Key of Solomon. This is the original Greek book of magic that was the source of the Key of Solomon, and in turn the ancestor of most of the grimoire-based ceremonial magic practiced in Europe and the US today.

This is a ground-breaking work. For the first time (outside of a handful of pages in academic works) the full Greek original of the Key of Solomon appears in English.

Contrary to popular opinion the Key of Solomon was not translated from a Hebrew original. During the gradual decline and fall of the Byzantine Empire, this precious text, along with many others, was taken to Italy. This may even have happened when Constantinople was sacked in 1453. It is quite likely that it was taken to Venice, where parts of it were translated into Latin and Italian.

Abridged Latin copies entitled the Clavicula Salomonis circulated in Europe, going through many changes, languages and versions to become the Key of Solomon as we know it (some of those manuscripts are published as Volume IV of the present series). Now for the first time you can read the whole text (large portions of which were left out of the Latin translations) translated from the 17 original manuscripts.




* ISBN : 978-0-9568285-0-7

* Pages : 376, HB with d/w
* 57 Illustrations, many in colour
* 23 Tables

* Published: September 2011
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Liber Lunae - Book of the Moon

& Sepher ha-Levanah

Edited by Don Karr
Translation by Calanit Nachshon
Foreword by Stephen Skinner





Liber Lunæ is a composite text containing three major sections:

  • The Mansions of the Moon, describing the operations of the 28 constellations of the lunar zodiac, their magical virtues and their names.
  • The Hours of the Day and Night, describing the operations of the 12 hours of the day and the 12 hours of the night, their names, virtues, talismanic images, and angels to invoke.
  • The Figures of the Planets, describing each planet's magic square, virtue, suffumigation, magical directions, and inscription.
Liber Lunæ is fully transcribed from a sixteenth-century English manuscript, annotated, edited, and supplemented by modernized English versions of 'The Hours of the Day and Night', 'The Figures of the Planets', and 'The Mansions of the Moon', combining both Liber Lunæ and Sepher ha-Levanah.

Transcriptions of related material on talismanic images and on the virtues of different hours and their names from other sections of Sloane MS 3826 are also included. The full introduction places the material contained in Liber Lunæ into the general scheme of magical literature.

This volume also features a facsimile of A. W. Greenup's 1912 edition of Sepher ha-Levanah, a Hebrew version of Liber Lunæ material. A full English translation of Sepher ha-Levanah prepared by Calanit Nachshon is included.




* ISBN : 978-0-9568285-2-1

* Pages : 200, HB with d/w
* Illustrations & tables: 13

* Published: 28th September 2011
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Geomancy in Theory & Practice

Stephen Skinner




Geomancy - divination by earth - ranks alongside the tarot, astrology and the I Ching as a major form of divination. Since the Renaissance it has largely fallen out of favour. This is the first and most comprehensive book in English to cover the full historical background and practice of divinatory geomancy, and will therefore be invaluable to all those interested in divination, magic and astrology. It is the only complete history in any language, covering geomancy's various manifestations in different cultures, as well as being a practical manual showing how to cast and interpret geomantic figures.


Drawing on material from Latin, French, German and Arabic manuscript and book sources, Stephen Skinner explores the roots of geomancy in the Islamic raml divination of northern Africa, which lead to Fa, Ifa and voodoo divinatory practices on the West Coast and sikidy in Madagascar. He examines the impact Islamic geomancy had on medieval Europe, where it rose to prominence and became, after astrology, the prime method of divination. It even resulted in the creation of an amazingly complex brass 12th century geomancy calculator. The part it played in Renaissance thinking and in the great astrological revival of the nineteenth century is followed by an examination of its use in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and its declining influence in the twentieth century only to be revived again in the last decade. This western geomancy is not, and has nothing to do with, feng shui.


The second section of the book is concerned with the practice, manipulation and generation of geomantic figures as standardized in Europe, and gives practical examples as a guide to the interpretation and practice of the art. It also covers astro-geomany which relates astrology and geomancy as shown in the cover picture which depicts muslim astronomers using astrolables whilst geomancers observe the patterns in the sand.



* Publisher : Golden Hoard Press

* ISBN : 978-1912212-27-9

* Pages : 329 pages
* Illustrations 52 + 17 Plates + 34 tables

* Published: 2020

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Sepher Raziel - Liber Salomonis

Don Karr & Stephen Skinner





Sepher Raziel - also called Liber Salomonis — is a full grimoire in the Solomonic tradition from a rare sixteenth century English manuscript. It is completely different from the Sepher Raziel ha-Melakh published by Steve Savedow, and is the oldest grimoire so far published in the Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic series, and shows clear signs of it Hebrew and Greek roots, quoting both Solomon and Hermes.

It contains seven treatises:

  • Clavis, concerned with astrology and its use in magic, with precise interactions between planets, Signs, and Houses;
  • Ala, outlining the magical virtues of stones, herbs, and animals;
  • Tractatus Thymiamatus, which deals with incense, and perfumes used in the Art;
  • Treatise of Times detailing the correct hours of the day for each operation;
  • Treatise on Preparations on ritual purity, and abstinence;
  • Samaimv, on the different heavens and their angels; and finally,
  • Semiforas or a Book of Names and their virtues and properties, being seven 'semiforas' or magical names attributed to Adam and seven semiforas attributed to Moses.
The Sepher Raziel text is given in two forms: a literal exact transcription with no changes in spelling or wording, and a full modern readable annotated English version.

This volume also includes a foreword which offers an overview of Raziel manuscripts, which represent a number of independent traditions, an essay on the literature of Solomonic magic in English, an introduction to the Sepher Raziel manuscript itself, an appendix on incense names, botanical names and identification, a list of printed notices and manuscript sources of Sepher Raziel, and a full bibliography of printed works on Solomonic magic and items of related interest.




* ISBN : 978-0-9557387-3-9

* Pages : 264 pages, 176 x 250mm, 5 illustrations, 2 tables

* Published September 2010

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The Grimoire of St. Cyprian - Clavis Inferni

Stephen Skinner & David Rankine





The Grimoire of St. Cyprian - There have been many grimoires attributed to St. Cyprian of Antioch due to his reputation as a consummate magician before his conversion to Christianity, but perhaps none so intriguing as the present manuscript.


This unique manuscript (unlike the more rustic examples attributed to St Cyprian or the Black Books of Wittenburg as found in Scandinavia, or the texts disseminated under his name in Spain and Portugal) is directly in line with the Solomonic tradition, and therefore relevant to our present series of Sourceworks of the Ceremonial Magic.


It is unique in that instead of being weighed down with many prayers and conjurations it addresses the summoning and use of both the four Archangels, Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and Uriel as well as their opposite numbers, the four Demon Kings, Paymon, Maimon, Egyn and Oriens. The later are shown in their animal and human forms along with their sigils, a painting unique amongst grimoires.


The text is in a mixture of three magical scripts, Greek, Hebrew, cipher, Latin, (and reversed Latin) with many contractions and shortforms, but is expanded and made plain by the editors. The title of the manuscript, Clavis Inferni sive magia alba et nigra approbata Metratona, literally means ‘The Key of Hell with white and black magic as proven by Metatron’.


* Publisher : Golden Hoard Press

* ISBN : 978-0-9557387-1-5

* Pages : 96 pages, 176mm x 250mm, 11 full colour illustrations, 1 table

* Published November 2009

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Byzantine Magic: Michael Psellus On the Operation of Dæmons

Marcus Collisson. Introduced by Stephen Skinner





It was the fall of Constantinople in 1453 that released a tide of Greek reading scholars into Western Europe, particularly Venice. With them came much of the magical and Hermetic knowledge which the Greeks in their turn had inherited from the Egyptians. The Key of Solomon was one such text. It is therefore essential to the understanding of such magical texts that one understands exactly how the Byzantines understood the nature of daemons. Psellus forms the bridge between the ancient world, Byzantine Greek, and the grimoire conception of the nature of daemons.

Michael Constantine Psellus (1018 – 1178 C.E) was one of the most notable writers and philosophers of the Byzantine era. The Byzantine domain was effectively the eastern Greek speaking part of the Roman Empire centred on Byzantium (Constantinople, modern Istanbul) which split off from the Latin West in 364 C.E. Its intellectual legacies helped lay the foundations for the Italian Renaissance.


Hailing from Constantinople, Psellus’ career was an illustrious and practical one, serving as a political advisor to a succession of emperors, playing a decisive role in the transition of power between various monarchs. He became the leading professor at the newly founded University of Constantinople, bearing the honourary title, ‘Consul of the Philosophers’. He was the driving force behind the university curriculum reform designed to emphasize the Greek classics, especially Homeric literature. Psellus is credited with the shift from Aristotelian thought to the Platonist tradition, and was adept in politics, astronomy, medicine, music, theology, jurisprudence, physics, grammar and history.


* Publisher : Golden Hoard Press

* ISBN : 978-0-9557387-2-2

* Pages : 100 pages, 176mm x 250mm

* Publication : September 2009

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The Veritable Key of Solomon

Stephen Skinner & David Rankine





The Key of Solomon is the most important and influential of all European grimoires. This is the most beautiful and detailed version of this grimoire ever published. With a comprehensive introduction by Stephen Skinner and David Rankine. This is a book that every practicing magician or scholar of the occult must have. The source is two French manuscripts scribed for a French aristocrat in 1796. This is not the earliest, but it is the most detailed version of the Key of Solomon. The book contains three separate versions of the Keys, in order to cover as much of the material as possible. It is much more complete than the Mathers' edition. It includes a full commentary on all the 144 extant manuscripts of this grimoire, including illustrations from the earlier Greek manuscript precursor of the Key of Solomon, which is also published by Golden Hoard (see The Magical Treatise or Hygromanteia elsewhere on this site).

Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic Series Volume IV

* 448 pages
* 160 B/W illustrations
* talismans and tables
* ISBN: 978-0-9557387-6-0

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The Goetia of Dr Rudd

Stephen Skinner & David Rankine




The Goetia is the most famous grimoire after the Key of Solomon. This volume contains a transcription of a hitherto unpublished manuscript of the Lemegeton which includes four whole complete grimoires:


Liber Malorum Spituum seu Goetia


Ars Paulina (Books 1 & 2)

Ars Almadel


This manuscript was owned by Dr Thomas Rudd, a practicing scholar-magician of the early seventeenth century. There are many editions of the Goetia, of which the most definitive is that of Joseph Peterson, but here we are interested in how the Goetia  was actually used by practising magicians in the 16th and 17th century, before the knowledge of practical magic faded into obscurity.


Many practical techniques used in the past have since been forgotten. The authors restore these using Dr. Rudd's manuscript. For example, to evoke the 72 demons listed here without the ability to bind them would be foolhardy indeed. It was well known in times past that invocatio and ligatio,  or binding, was a key part of evocation, but in the modern editions of the Goetia this key technique is expressed in just one word  ‘Shemhamphorash’, and its use is not explained.


This volume explains how the 72 angels of the Shemhamphorash are used to bind the spirits, and the correct procedure for safely invoking them using dual seals incorporating the necessary controlling Shem angel, whose name is also engraved on the breastplate and Brass Vessel.


* Publisher : Golden Hoard Press

448 pages

hardback with dust wrapper

19 illustrations, 12 tables


* ISBN : 978-0-9547639-2-3

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The Practical Angel Magic of Dr. John Dees's Enochian Tables

Tabula Bonorum Angelorum Invocationes

Stephen Skinner & David Rankine



                                                Prediction Magazine awarded this book 'Book of the Month'


From two previously unpublished 17th century manuscripts on Angel Magic, with instructions for their use as used by Wynn Westcott, Alan Bennett, Rev. Ayton, F L Gardiner and other early members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.


The authors have discovered what happened to John Dee's most important manuscript, his book of personal angelic invocations which he kept in Latin, and how it was preserved and developed by 17th century magicians into a full working magical system. How only a small part of this material reached the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in the 1880's. Even this was then suppressed by the chiefs of the Order, and it did not appear in Israel Regardie's monumental work on the Order rituals.


They have also traced how the classical techniques of invocation and evocation drawn from late mediaeval grimoires, were passed through John Dee's magic, via Elias Ashmole, to the aristocratic angel magicians of the 17th century, including some of the most powerful and influential figures in England.


In the 20th century many fanciful constructions were added to GD Enochian by writers such as Aleister Crowley, who were however all unaware of the completely developed system that already existed, and which is here published in full for the first time.


Full transcription of 4 key magical manuscripts in the British Library, and in the Bodleian Library.


* Publisher : Golden Hoard Press

* ISBN : 978-0-9547639-0-9

* Pages : 292 pages, hardback with dust wrapper, 5 illustrations

* Published : 2004

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The Keys to the Gateway of Magic:

Summoning the Solomonic Archangels and Demon Princes

Stephen Skinner & David Rankine



This work includes the complete unabridged version with variants of The Nine Great Keys, a vital early 17th century manuscript detailing the evocation of the Archangels and the Nine Orders of Angels. The practical techniques of summoning the Archangels, details of the hierarchies of spiritual beings, and how the Enochian system fits in with the Angelic and Demonic hierarchies are all covered, as well as the theology and philosophy associated with Angelic magic, giving the context that the pioneers of Angel magic were working within.


Additionally the evocation of the four Demon Princes and their role within the system of magic which can now be seen to cover all spiritual creatures from Archangels to Demons to Olympic Spirits and Elementals is also presented in detail with rare manuscript material being made available for the first time. Amongst the rare material is a previously unknown and beautifully illustrated text dealing excusively with the Demon Princes.


* Publisher : Golden Hoard Press

* ISBN : 978-0-9547639-1-6

* Pages : 255 pages, hardback with dust wrapper, 20 illustrations

* Published : 2005

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* Hand-bound limited leather bound edition
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* Pages : 256 pages, 20 illustrations

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Sacred Geometry: Deciphering the Code

Stephen Skinner



A book that ties together many of the strands of Sacred Geometry and disperses many New Age myths that have grown up round this subject, getting back to the actual geometry in each case.    







Temples, places of worship and gateways to other worlds



Magic numbers and sacred spaces.

Night sky, time, seasons.

Music, vibration and number.

Prime numbers, fractions and decimals

Measuring the Earth.

Arithmetic of growth



Why geometry is sacred.

Squaring the circle.

Curves and logarithmic spirals.

The five Platonic solids.

The thirteen Archimedean solids.

Mandelbrot, fractals and chaotic repetition.

Time cycles: geometry for prediction.





Geometry of Earth's magnetic field.

Crystal structure.

Fibonacci series in nature.

Living spirals: nautilus and ammonite.

Living water, snow flakes.

Meandering rivers/flow and turbulence.

Geometry of genetics.



Key sky markers.

Orbits of planets and Platonic solids.

Mapping the world.



The Sacred Four Quarters.

Natural energy in landscape.


Real feng shui at work.

Crop circles.





Engineering sacred space .

Astronomical orientation.




Pagan images in Renaissance paintings.

Composition and perspective in sacred paintings.

Pousson's coded symbolism.

Da Vinci's use of geometry.

* Publisher : Gaia / Hamlyn (UK)/ Sterling (US)
* ISBN : 978-1402765827 or 978-1402741296 or 978-1856752626
* Pages : 160 pages
* Illustrations : Profusely illustrated with many intriguing illustrations. Full colour throughout.
* Published : 2006

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Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy

Edited and Introduced by Stephen Skinner (the only complete edition in English)



Modern Text Edition 2005           First Facsimile Edition 1978*


Henry Cornelius Agrippa's  Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy actually contains 6 complete and separate books including two of the most important texts on the practice of evocation:


Of Magical Ceremonies – Henry Cornelius Agrippa [contains several of the real keys to practical evocation]

Heptameron : or, Magical Elements – Peter de Abano [a classic and very effective grimoire]

Of the Nature of such Spirits – Georg Villinganus

Arbatel of Magick: Of the Magick of the Ancients

Of Geomancy – Henry Cornelius Agrippa

Of Astronomical Geomancy – Gerard Cremonensis


* Publisher : Askin / Nicolas Hayes / Ibis Press

* ISBN : 978-0892541003

* Pages : 224 pages

* Published : First complete edition reset in modern type with Commentary and Notes by Stephen Skinner in 2005


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[*Stephen originally published the first facsimile edition through Askin Publishers in 1978]



The Archidoxes of Magic - Paracelsus

Introduction by Stephen Skinner



* Publisher : Nicolas Hayes

* ISBN : 978-0892540976

* Pages : 192 pages

* Published : 2005


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Magical Diaries of Aleister Crowley - The Tunis period

Edited by Stephen Skinner




* Publisher : Neville Spearman / Red Wheel Weiser

* ISBN : 978-0877288565

* Pages : 272 pages

* Published : 1996


The Tunis Diaries of Aleister Crowley, edited by Stephen Skinner. These provide a detailed insight to Crowley's day to day life in North Africa after he left the Abbey of Thelema in Cefalu.


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Nostradamus - The Prophecies of Nostradamus

Stephen Skinner & Francis King




* Publisher : Carlton Books (and many other publishers)

* ISBN : 978-1590270493 or 978-1863091978

* Pages : 176 pages with more than 250 full colour photos

* Published : 1993


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Millennium Prophecies : Predictions for the Year 2000 and Beyond

Stephen Skinner



* Publisher : Carlton Books 

* ISBN : 978-1858680347 or 978-076070395

* Pages : 160 pages with more than 250 full colour photos

* Published : 1994


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Techniques of High Magic

Stephen Skinner & Francis King



* Publisher : Golden Hoard

* ISBN : 978-0993204234

* Pages : 256 pages with 50 illustrations, 17 tables, 5 plates

* Published : 1976, 1997, 2005, 2016


A Classic and influential text book of Golden Dawn style high magic.


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The Enochian Dictionary
First Edition

Dr. Donald Laycock
Introduction: Dr. Stephen Skinner





In 1581, Dr. John Dee, an advisor in the court of Queen Elizabeth I, began a series of skrying experiments which were intended to explore and to contact the angelic and spirit world. With Edward Kelley acting as the medium in these experiments, Dee was able to record these communications as they were transmitted in Enochian, the language of the angels.

Donald Laycock has thoroughly analysed the work of Dee and Kelley. In this volume, he recounts the history of their experiments. The rest of the work consists of a pronunciation guide for Enochian, with a significant untangling of both the meaning and the derivation of the messages handed down to Dee and Kelley. The result is an Enochian/English dictionary, the key to a fascinating linguistic and magical mystery story, necessary for any study of Enochian magic. Stephen Skinner's lucid preface sets the tone and historical context for today's readers.

This is the first edition of the first attempt by anyone to systematically record Dr John Dee's Enochian language in a dictionary format. It is the only such dictionary to be produced by a professional linguist, as Dr Laycock was in fact a senior and well known linguist from the Linguistics department of the University of Canberra. His other specialities included the many languages of the New Guinea highlands, the most linguistically diverse area on the planet. Later editions had introductions by Lon Milo Du Quette and other luminaries, but this hardback first edition remains the most authoritative.




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* Pages : : 256+
* B/W illustrations

* Published: Published: 1970s by Askin Publishers

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Divination by Geomancy : Terrestrial Astrology

Stephen Skinner



* Publisher : RKP

* ISBN : 978-0955738708

* Pages : 293 pages

* Published : 1980


The primary scholarly source for the study of the history and practice of Western divinatory  geomancy (not feng shui).


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Oracle of Geomancy

Stephen Skinner




* Publisher : Warner Destiny / Prism

* ISBN : 978-0446894739

* Pages : 400 pages

* Published : 1977, 1986


A popular book on Western geomancy with look up tables for typical questions.


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The Search for Abraxas

Stephen Skinner & Nevill Drury



* Publisher : Golden Hoard

* ISBN : 978-0993204241

* Published 1972, republished (3rd revised edition) 2016

* Pages : 152 pages + 21 illustrations

* One of the earliest books about A. O. Spare, Casteneda and the Qabalah


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In Pursuit of Gold

Lapidus (David Curwen) & Stephen Skinner



* Publisher : Neville Spearman

* Published : 1976, republished (with additions) 2011

* ISBN : 978-0980409949

* Pages : 211 pages + 52 pages of colour plates


A classic of physical antimony based alchemy written in collaboration with one of the greatest of England's last remaining laboratory oriented alchemists, who knew and corresponded with Aleister Crowley. Israel Regardie was also experimenting with antimony along the same lines.





Aleister Crowley’s Astrology

Stephen Skinner


* Publisher : Neville Spearman

* ISBN : 978-0877282471

* Pages : 244 pages

* Published : 1974


The first ever edition of Crowley's astrological writings edited by Stephen Skinner.


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The Splendor Solis
The World's Most Famous Alchemical Manuscript

by Stephen Skinner, Rafal T. Prinke, Georgiana D. Hedesan





A magnificent edition of Splendor Solis for all those interested in alchemy, magic and mysterious manuscripts. Popularly attributed to the legendary figure Salomon Trismosin, Splendor Solis (`Splendour of the Sun') is the most beautiful alchemical manuscript ever made, with 22 fabulous illustrations rich in allegorical and mystical symbolism.

The paintings are given a fitting showcase in this new Watkins edition, which accompanies them with Joscelyn Godwin's contemporary translation of the original 16th-century German text, as well as interpretation from alchemical experts Stephen Skinner, Rafal T. Prinke, an authority in central and Eastern European esoteric manuscripts and Georgiana Hedesan. Stephen Skinner explains the symbolism of both the text and the illustrations, confirming that together they describe the physical process of the alchemical transmutation of base metal into gold and not some Jungian archetypes.

Rafal T. Prinke explains the theories about the authorship of both text and illustrations, discussing Splendor Solis as the turning point in alchemical iconography passing from the medieval tradition to that of the Baroque, and the reasons for the misattribution of Splendor Solis to Poysel and Trismosin.

Georgiana Hedesan looks at the legendary figure of Salomon Trismosin and his creation by followers of Theophrastus Paracelsus as part of an attempt to integrate their master in a lineage of ancient alchemical philosophers.

The images are taken from the British Library manuscript Harley 3469, the finest example of the Splendor Solis to survive.




* ISBN : 9781786782052

* Pages : 176
* Hundreds of illustrations
* Full colour printed on art paper

* Publisher: Watkins Media
* Published: 21/03/2019

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Foreign Editions:

Stephen Skinner’s books have been published in English (separate editions appearing in UK, US, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Singapore, etc), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese, Finnish, Japanese, Polish, Dutch, Czechoslovakian, Bahasa Indonesian, Korean, Estonian, etc. A very small selection of these appear below :


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