THE BOOK OF THE SACRED MAGIC OF ABRA=MELIN THE MAGE - L.W. de LAURENCE, 1948
Title: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
Author: Translated by S.L. MacGregor-Mathers
Publisher: The De Laurence Company City: Chicago Year: 1948 Binding Style: Hardcover Pagination: 268 pages Illustrated: Yes
Book Details + Condition: Quarto, original smooth-grained light brownish-red cloth titled in gold on spine panel, with magic square design on front panel. A fine, bright copy with solid boards and binding showing minimal wear. Pages are crisp and clean save for cross out of a bookstore stamp on the title page, and small Helios Book Service label on the bottom of the first blank page. 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.