1948 BOOK OF SACRED MAGIC OF ABRA=MELIN THE MAGE - De Laurence MAGICK GRIMOIRE
THE BOOK OF THE SACRED MAGIC OF ABRA=MELIN, THE MAGE AS DELIVERED BY ABRAHAM THE JEW UNTO HIS SON LAMECH – A GRIMOIRE OF THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY
Book Details + Condition: The De Laurence Company (Chicago). Third Edition, 1948. Translated by S.L. MacGregor-Mathers. Hardcover. 268 pages. Quarto, original smooth-grained brown cloth, titled in gold on spine panel, with magic square design on front panel. The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage is considered by many to be the most important and powerful grimoire of Western magical tradition. Translated by MacGregor Mathers, one of the founding members of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, it was used regularly by members of the Order and was a great influence on a young Aleister Crowley, who purchased his famous Boleskine House in Scotland specifically to work the rituals presented in this volume, which required a minimum of six months (six moons) of isolated preparation. Crowley chose to abandon this plan in order to assist Mathers during the Golden Dawn schism of 1901. Crowley would later incorporate the ritual into his own mystical system and felt it to be a required operation for any serious student of magic. Firm binding; Wehman Bros label pasted over original publisher info; toning to page edges, with the occasional discoloration; old water stain to upper edge of rear endpaper (which does not bleed to interior); interior is clean and free of markings save owner name on front free endpaper.