JOHN DEE, OF SPIRITS AND APPARITIONS - 500 Copies Leather ENOCHIAN ANGEL MAGICK
A True & Faithful Relation of what passed for many years between Dr. John Dee (a mathematician of great fame in Queen Elizabeth & King James their reignes) & some spirits: Tending (had it succeeded) to a general alteration of most states & kingdoms in the world. His private conferences with Rodolphe Emperor of Germany, Stephen K. of Poland, & divers other Princes about it. The particulars of his caufe, as it was agitated in the Emperors Court; By the Popes intervention: His banishment, & restoration in part. As also the letters of sundry great men & Princes (some whereof were present at some of the conferences & apparitions of spirits) to the said Dr. Dee.
Book Details + Condition: Signed Limited Edition of 500 Copies. Publisher: The Antonine Publishing Co. Ltd. & The Golden Dragon Press (Glasgow and Portmeiron, North Wales), 1974. Facsimile (later known known as the Golden Dragon Leather edition), limited to 500 individually numbered copies bound in special full calf-leather binding, of which this is number 273. Signed by each of the two publishers, on a special limitation plate, pasted at the bottom of the back pastedown endpaper. This is the ultimate edition of this mammoth tome (about 500 pages), and arguably one of the most handsome of the facsimile editions, printed on specially manufactured paper and with specially tinted inks designed to recreate the appearance and feel of the original. John Dee's "Of Spirits and Apparitions" is a landmark work in the Western Magical / Hermetic Tradition, and one of the most remarkable magical records ever written. The work was assembled from Dee's diaries and writings 50 years after his death by Meric Casaubon, and records the conversations which Dee and his assistant, Edward Kelly, held with various angels, the methods they used to summon them, and an exploration of the angelic language termed Enochian (on account of "The Book of Enoch"). It is the foundation work of "Enochian Magic," which was integral to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley. Full leather boards are in near-new condition, as the work doesn't seem to have been read. The scarce decorated slipcase is in very good condition, with only minor shelf wear, mainly at edges and corners.