Edinburgh, 1982 This Edition limited to 500 numbered copies. This copy has been numbered and signed by Adam McLean on the limitation page and dated 5th April, 1982 This being number #234 very good plus condition Hand-bound in tan faux-leather, in an edition of 500 copies, this rare book has gilt titling to the spine, speckled brown endpapers, and has been numbered, dated & signed by Adam McLean. This is one of the most desirable grimoires from the Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks series!
Steganographia Occult Grimoire Angel Magic Enochian Signed Adam McLean Ltd Ed 1/500 RARE The Steganographia of Johannes Trithemius Number 12 of the Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks Series Edited with an Introduction by Adam McLean Published by Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks ,
The Steganographia of Trithemius (the great occult teacher of both Agrippa and Paracelsus) was written at the end of the fifteenth century, and became one of the most influential and notorious of occult texts throughout the sixteenth and seventeen th centuries. It works on two levels – as a grimoire or book of conjuration of spirits, and simultaneously as a code book – and contains lists of spiritual messengers associated with the divisions of space and time, a Cabalistic Angel magic. The Steganographia which circulated secretly in manuscript during the 16th century was highly valued. John Dee, whose Enochian system of angelic magic was influenced by the Steganographia, noted that ‘One Thousand Crowns’ had been offered for a copy of this work. On one level it reveals ways of encoding secret information in outwardly innocent texts, and thus the publication of this item will have a considerable impact upon our view of the ways in which the esoteric orders of the 16th and 17th centuries may have conveyed information and preserved their secrets.
This volume includes Books I and III of the Steganographia, together with an extract from Gustavus Selenus’ Cryptomenytices et Cryptographiae, providing an analysis of the method of encoding in the Steganographia.