One of only 250 numbered hardcover copies. Book is in fine condition.
Originally published in 1905, this work, after a manner, is an outline for Lynn Thorndike’s later monumental magnum opus, the eight volume set of the History of Magic and Experimental Science.
I offer this work largely on the value of Lynn Thorndike’s gargantuan stature amongst scholars of Magick and original thinking. I’ve contributed the new typesetting and a fine leather binding of a limited ARS OBSCURA Press edition.
This work is first and foremost a historical primer. From the Classical to the Medieval eras, the history of Magick is explored through the works and the personages of these periods. Primary source material is laid clear that comprises the primary signposts of this lineage. These being the likes of Pliny and his Natural History, to Pythagoras, Aristotle, Cato, Boswell, Galen, Seneca and Cicero’s Dream of Scipio, to name a few. Mr. Thorndike provides a thorough groundwork. The eclipse of Magick by science and yet the ageless persistence of Magickal inclinations brings the gravity to the issues of the scientific questions of Magick’s evolution. In keeping with the scholar tradition there are copious Latin and Greek footnotes throughout.