WORKS ON MAGIC
of Sacred Magic of Abra-melin the Mage as delivered by Abraham the
Jew unto his son Lamech
The Book of Sacred Magic of Abra-melin
the Mage is a sixteenth century text dealing with the magic adventures
in a picaresque, novel form. There is a S. L. MacGregor Mathers 1898
edition of the Book of Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Sage which reprints
the London, 1691 version in which Mathers claimed to have translated from
the original by Abraham Ben Simeon (much as Moses de Leon claimed that
the Zohar was a translation of the original by Simeon ben Yohai).
Mathers said he found the manuscript, published in 1458, in the Bibliothèque
A copy of this work exists in the Miskatonic
University On Line Library
THE BOOK OF SACRED MAGIC OF ABRA-MELIN
THE MAGE ...he obtained both his wife, and a treasure of 3,000,000 golden
florins, by means of some of the Magical Operations described in this Book...
AS DELIVERED BY ABRAHAM OF WURZBURG UNTO HIS SON LAMECH, A.D. 1458
Translated from the Original into the French,
and now rendered from the latter language into English. From a unique and
valuable MS. in the "Bibliothequede l'Arsenal"at Paris
A SHORTER VERSION IN SEVEN CHAPTERS
Translated by S.L. MacGregor-Mathers, Edited
by Adrian Axworthy
from the editor: This rare and unique manuscript
of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin, from which the present work is translated,
is a French translation from the original Hebrew of Abraham of Wurzburg.
From his own account, the
author of the present work appears to have been born in A.D. 1362, and
to have written this manuscript for his son, Lamech, in 1458, being then
in his ninety-sixth year.
As far as can be gathered
from the text, the chief place of residence of Abraham after his travels
was Wurzburg, or, as it was called in the Middle Ages, "Herbipolis." He
appears to have married his cousin, and by her to have had two sons, the
elder, named Joseph, whom he instructed in the Mysteries of the Holy Qabalah,
and Lamech, the younger, to whom he bequeaths this system of Sacred Magic
as a legacy. He speaks further of three daughters, to each of whom he gave
100,000 golden florins as a dowry. He expressly states that he obtained
both his wife, and a treasure of 3,000,000 golden florins, by means of
some of the Magical Operations described in this Book.
To the sincere and earnest
student of Occultism this work cannot fail to be of value, whether as an
encouragement to that most rare and necessary quality, unshaken faith;
as an aid to his discrimination between true and false systems of Magic;
or as presenting an assemblage of directions for the production of
Magical effects, which the author of the book affrms to have tried with
THE BOOK OF SACRED MAGIC OF ABRA-MELIN,THE
MAGE AS DELIVERED BY ABRAHAM THE JEW UNTO HIS SON LAMECH, from a grimore
of the 15th century, Translated by S.L. MacGregor Mathers from an old French
manuscript in the Bibliotheque de l' Arsenal at Paris. Printed by L.W.
De laurence Chicago. 268 pages, binding tight,red cloth coverd boards.
Numerous magic squares and spells and rituals. LARGE* 10 3/4 x 8"
The Book of Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage
translated by S.L. MacGregor Mathers
[Abramelin the Mage] New. Dover, paperback,
xlvii + 268pp.
Precise reproduction of the 1900 edition, with
introduction and extensive commentary by translator.
This is the original
source book detailing the system of western occultism that Aleister Crowley
chose as the vehicle for his magickal theories.
Translated by notorious
Golden Dawn occultist S.L. MacGregor Mathers.
From Back cover: This
system of Abramelin the Mage is known from a unique 15th century manuscript
preserved in the Bibliotheque de l'Arsenal in Paris. In it, Abraham
of Wurzburg, a cabalist and connoisseur of magic, describes a tour that
he made of the then civilized world, visiting sorcerers, magicians and
cabalists, estimating their powers and virtues.
The high point
of Abraham's travels was found in a small town on the banks of the Nile,
where he encountered the great magician Abramelin, whose complete
system Abraham thereupon sets out in detail. This amounts to a complete
course in ceremonial magic (both white and black), which the student can
pursue by himself.