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THE GAME OF SATURN by Peter Mark Adams (DELUXE Limited Edition Hardcover Bound in Black Python and Shantung with Custom Traycase) Import

Limited to 71 copies; bound in quarter black python and shantung with custom marbled endpapers, all edges red under gold, presented in a solander box

Dimensions  280 × 222 mm
Extent  320 pp
Illustrations  Full colour throughout
Bindings:  Fine deluxe edition.

Book is in new unread condition.

 

From the Publisher:

The Game of Saturn is the first full length, scholarly study of the enigmatic Renaissance masterwork known as the Sola-Busca tarot. It reveals the existence of a pagan liturgical and ritual tradition active amongst members of the Renaissance elite and encoded within the deck. Beneath its beautifully decorated surface, its imagery ranges from the obscure to the grotesque; we encounter scenes of homoeroticism, wounding, immolation and decapitation redolent of hidden meanings, violent transformations and obscure rites.
    For the first time in over five hundred years, the clues embedded within the cards reveal a dark Gnostic grimoire replete with pagan theurgical and astral magical rites. Careful analysis demonstrates that the presiding deity of this ‘cult object’ is none other than the Gnostic demiurge in its most archaic and violent form: the Afro-Levantine serpent-dragon, Ba’al Hammon, also known as Kronos and Saturn, though more notoriously as the biblical Moloch, the devourer of children.
    Conveyed from Constantinople to Italy in the dying years of the Byzantine Empire, the pagan Platonist George Gemistos Plethon sought to ensure the survival of the living essence of Neoplatonic theurgy by transplanting it to the elite families of the Italian Renaissance. Within that violent and sorcerous milieu, Plethon’s vision of a theurgically enlightened elite mutated into its dark shadow – a Saturnian brotherhood, operating within a cosmology of predation, which sought to channel the draconian current to preserve elite wealth, power and control. This development marks the birth of an ‘illumined elite’ over three centuries before Adam Weishaupt’s ‘Illuminati.’ The deck captures the essence of this magical tradition and constitutes a Western terma whose talismanic properties may serve to establish an initiatory link with the current.
    This work fully explores the historical context for the deck’s creation against the background of tense Ferrarese-Venetian diplomatic intrigue and espionage. The recovery of the deck’s encoded narratives constitutes a significant contribution to Renaissance scholarship, art history, tarot studies and the history of Western esotericism.

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THE SACRED MAGIC OF ABRAMELIN THE MAGE (Signed Deluxe Bound in English Vellum Limited Edition in Custom Slipcase)

THE SACRED MAGIC OF ABRAMELIN THE MAGE (Signed Deluxe Bound in English Vellum Limited Edition in Custom Slipcase)

Limited to only 36 hand-numbered copies. Signed and sigillized by Georg Dehn and bound in English Vellum, hand gilt and laced with purple ribbon, handmade marbled endpapers, black and gold headbands, presented in a purple moire silk slipcase and includes exclusive Abramelin oil, incense and papyrus seal.

Book is in new unread condition

Complete text of all four original parts translated and edited by Georg Dehn

Translated from the German by Steven Guth and introduced by Lon Milo DuQuette

This is the newly revised and expanded second edition of this modern magical classic.

Being a complete and modern translation from various extant manuscripts, including a previously unpublished fourth part.

An expanded and revised edition including new historical research and some thirty new magical recipes.

The book has also been redesigned with almost 200 explanatory footnotes and a complete index

This is the only modern translation of this crucial magical sourcework!

Includes the previously undiscovered and unpublished Part 4 being a list of spells and rituals.

Provides instruction on the practical application of magic, including the first recorded example of a technique for self-development and initiation.

It is the first modern translation of this critical magical work since S.L. Macgregor Mathers’s original translation over 100 years ago. Not only is the language updated, but Georg Dehn, the compiler and editor, has sourced his work from all extant manuscripts, whereas Mathers used just one. The result is a stunning new translation which proves the existence of the historical figure of Abramelin.

It includes a vast amount of important material left out of Mathers’ work, including an entirely new section filled with magical recipes, important distinctions in the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel ritual, and complete word grids that had