42 are hand gilt & bound in superior virgin calfskin,English marbled endpapers & presented in a custom made slipcase
Book is in new unread condition
The Dispositions required of a person wishing to partake of the Secrets
of the Cabalistic Science
The Places & Times proper and Suitable for the Operation of the Great Art
Of the Matters which Serve for the Operations &
The Instruments proper & necessary for the Operations of the Art
The Influences & Secret Virtues of the Moon
Of the manner of working the Figure, Talismans, Characters
& following the Rules of the Art
Of the hours of the Day & the Night in respect to the Planets which govern them
Of the proper Perfumes suitable to the Seven Planets
Of the Oraisons, Invocations & Conjurations for the days of the week
Of the Oraisons in form of Exorcisms, to Consecrate things which serve to the Operations of the Great Art
Contents following deals in turn with the characters, precious stones, trees, perfumes etc for each of the seven planetary days of the week.
This is a scarce and important handwritten grimoire possibly copied from an earlier 18th century source, the authors own notes to the contents as well as its style suggest it is a personal copy not for circulation or even private viewing partaking of both the Solomonic grimoire tradition as well as the English ‘Cunning Man’ type of manuscript.
The ‘Edward Hunter’ of the title page may have been a Bristol based merchant and one who later had links to the Mormon groups in the United States, thus connecting two worlds between which the erudite Professor Joseph Peterson had suggested a link.
The original manuscript has remained unseen and safe in a private collection since its creation in or around the early 1830s, only once having been shown to a specialist (the alchemical scholar Adam McLean in the 1980s) and which fact is mentioned by Professor Peterson in his edition of ‘The Clavis or Key to the Magic of Solomon’ a vastly erudite work on the transmission of Solomonic magical manuscripts from Ebenezer Sibley through Frederick Holland and Frederick Hockley through to MacGregor Mathers and his late 19th century edition of ‘The Key of Solomon the King’.