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The Magus
     

The Magus

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by Francis Barrett
 

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IN this Work, which we have written chiefly for the information of those who are curious and indefatigable in their enquiries into occult knowledge, we have, at a vast labour and expence, both of time and charges, collected whatsoever can be deemed curious and rare, in regard to the subject of our speculations in Natural Magic--the Cabala--Celestial and Cere-monial

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IN this Work, which we have written chiefly for the information of those who are curious and indefatigable in their enquiries into occult knowledge, we have, at a vast labour and expence, both of time and charges, collected whatsoever can be deemed curious and rare, in regard to the subject of our speculations in Natural Magic--the Cabala--Celestial and Cere-monial Magic--Alchymy--and Magnetism; and have divided it into two Books, sub-divided into Parts: to which we have added a third Book, containing a biographical account of the lives of those great men who were famous and renowned for their knowledge; shewing upon whose authority this Science of Magic is founded, and upon what principles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441472342
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/09/2009
Pages:
286
Sales rank:
607,318
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Francis Barrett was an English occultist.
Barrett, claimed himself to be a student of chemistry, metaphysics, and natural occult philosophy. He was known to be an extreme eccentric who gave lessons in the magical arts in his apartment and fastidiously translated Kabbalistic and other ancient texts into English.
He was very enthusiastic about reviving interest in the occult arts, and published a magical textbook called The Magus. Apart from possibly influencing the English occult novelist Bulwer-Lytton, the book gained little notice until it influenced Eliphas Levi.
The Magus dealt with the natural magic of herbs and stones, magnetism, talismanic magic, alchemy, numerology, the elements, and biographies of famous adepts from history.
The Magus also served as an advertising tool. In it Barrett sought interested people wanting to help form his magic circle. An advertisement in The Magus (Vol. 2, p. 140) refers to an otherwise unknown school founded by Barrett.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are better editions out there. Their OCR was bad, and so question marks appear wherever there should be Hebrew characters in the text. The tables do this, too. Also, the layout and formatting is bad. Text is crammed under plates, while half a page goes unused and it's not a chapter break. Sometimes paragraphs and even sentences break in the middle of the page, leaving half the page empty, and there's only a couple of lines of text on the next page. This makes it difficult to read at times. The images are okay. They're a bit grainy, and they look like they were scanned in and then blown up. They're legible, though, and that's what matters. Someone was asleep at the press when this was published. Save your pennies and get a better copy. I sold my copy of this and am holding out for a better one.
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