Book Of Magic

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A rich anthology of extracts celebrating the western magical tradition, from the Bible to ‘Doctor Faustus’ and ‘Paradise Lost’. Brian Copenhaver explores the tradition’s deep intellectual roots, its debt to other cultures, and its importance to the origins of the scientific revolution.

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‘. . . as when iron is drawn to a magnet, camphor is sucked into hot air, crystal lights up in the Sun, sulfur and a volatile liquid are kindled by flame, an empty eggshell filled with dew is raised towards the Sun . . .’

This rich, fascinating anthology of the western magical tradition stretches from its roots in the wizardry of the Old Testament and the rituals of the ancient world, through writers such as Thomas Aquinas, John Milton, John Dee and Matthew Hopkins, and up to the tangled, arcane beginnings of the scientific revolution. Arranged historically, with commentary, this book includes incantations, charms, curses, Golems, demons and witches, as well as astrology, divination and alchemy, with some ancient and medieval works which were once viewed as too dangerous even to open.

Selected and translated with an introduction and notes by Brian Copenhaver

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Weight 0.479 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 3 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

xxi, 679

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

133.4309 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K