Book Details + Condition: Helios Book Service (Gloucester, England). First Edition thus, 1966. Hardcover. Original beige cloth with patterned papered boards, gilt lettering to spine. Limited and hand-numbered edition; this being #200 of 200 copies. 94 pages. Very scarce 11th volume of the Rare Text Library of Philosophical Research, comprising the magical components of Francis Barrett's "The Magus." The Rare Text Library series includes topics on Natural Magic, Talismanic Magic, The Cabala, and more. Contents in this volume include: Zoroaster the Son of Urasmus; Appollonius of Tyana; Aristotle; The Babylonians; Henry Cornelius Agrippa; Albertus Magnus; Roger (Alias Friar) Bacon; Raymond Lully; Doctor Dee; and much more. A clean and firm copy of a very scarce edition, with tight binding; lightly rubbed corners and edges; slight warp to front board (publishing issue); interior is clean and free of markings.
Full title: BIOGRAPHIA ANTIGUA: OR, AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIVES AND WRITINGS OF THE ANCIENT AND MODERN MAGI, CABALISTS, AND PHILOSOPHERS, DISCOVERING THE PRINCIPLES AND TENETS OF THE FIRST FOUNDERS OF THE MAGICAL AND OCCULT SCIENCES: WHEREIN THE MYSTERIES OF THE PYTHAGORIANS, GYMNOSOPHISTS, EGYPTIANS, BRAGMANNI, BABYLONIANS, PERSIANS, ETHIOPIANS, CHALDEANS, &C ARE DISCOVERED: INCLUDING A PARTICULAR AND INTERESTING ACCOUNT OF ZOROASTER, THE SON OF OROMASIUS, THE FIRST INSTITUTOR OF PHILOSOPHY BY FIRE, AND MAGIC; LIKEWISE OF HERMES TRISMEGISTUS, THE EGYPTIAN, AND OTHER PHILOSOPHERS, FAMOUS FOR THEIR LEARNING, PIETY, AND WISDOM. TO WHICH IS ADDED, A SHORT ESSAY, PROVING THAT THE FIRST CHRISTIANS WERE MAGICIANS, WHO FORETOLD, ACKNOWLEDGES, AND WORSHIPPED THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD, AND FIRST FOUNDER OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION.