Limited Edition Hardcover. Folio. ( 13.5″ x 9″ ). 680pp. Half black leather with red leather boards, gilt titling and raised bands to spine. Appendices, footnotes, supplementary texts, 26 b&w illustrations. Marbled endpapers. The edition is long OUT OF PRINT leather bound edition limited to 200 hand-numbered copies. Click on image tab for more pictures of this title.
NOTE: This edition has some toning to about 20 or so pages. See photos for an idea of the issues with this title. I would not consider this to be in collectable condition however this is a great library copy for the occultist needing it for research and it still looks beautiful on the shelf. However, I’m a very tough grader.
This copy signed by Stephen Skinner on the limitation page, copy number 174. This new edition 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, transcribed and prefaced by Meric Casaubon in 1659. Now edited 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 for the first time in an organized and readable form. For any scholar or practitioner of magic, easy access to Dee’s Enochian system is one of the most important parts of the Western Esoteric tradition. This book covers Dee’s invocation of the angels, the reception of their Enochian system of magic, his experiments in alchemy, and experiences in the courts of the crowned heads of Europe. This book has been totally re-set, re-formatted and updated, incorporating corrections from the original notes of Meric Casaubon, Elias Ashmole and William Shippen, with reference to the original manuscript written by Dee. Sections which were originally missing from Casaubon’s edition have been added. Angels, spirits, people, places, dates and times have been fully footnoted, and many of 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. 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. Very light shelfwear else fine.