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on November 3, 2001
This volume is a facsimile of Robert Turner's English translation (1654); the original volume first appeared (in Latin) in Marburg around 1554. The original volume included a large number of short texts of varying interest, but Turner (for unclear reasons) decided only to translate a few of them. This edition includes 6 short texts: Of Geomancy (H.C. Agrippa); Of Occult Philosophy the Fourth Book (pseudo-Agrippa); Heptameron or Magical Elements (pseudo-Peter de Abano); Isagoge: An Introductory Discourse on the Nature of ... Spirits... (Georg Pictorius Villinganus); Of Astronomical Geomancy (Gerard of Cremona); and the anonymous Arbatel of Magic. Only the Geomancy is actually by Agrippa, and it doesn't fit well with the other texts. The Fourth Book is, as another reviewer noted, certainly spurious; it purports to be Agrippa's "secret key" to the Occult Philosophy, of which he spoke in a letter to a friend. The Heptameron and the Arbatel are grimoires of some interest for those interested in black magic, as indeed is the Fourth Book itself; the Isagoge is a rather dull dialogue about spirits; and the Astronomical Geomancy is more or less impenetrable but perhaps interesting in a peculiar way. There have been a number of reprints of this volume, some now surprisingly valuable despite their modernity; all, however, have trimmed out one or more of the already few texts. As such, this is probably the best edition available. It is, like all Kessinger products, a cheaply-bound xerox facsimile of the original 17th-century text, but it's readable and includes everything. If you collect grimoires or magical texts, this is a very famous one, and you ought to have it; copies of the various Latin printings turn up with some regularity, and those with access to Latin would do better with those, although they are of course quite expensive. If you're looking for works by Agrippa, the Geomancy is all you'll find here, but it's interesting in a number of respects. If you want to know about Agrippa's ceremonial magic, however, you need to read book 3 of the Occult Philosophy, available in a nice Llewellyn edition.
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on May 30, 2000
This edition of this Classic Work is faithfull to the original. The printing is on the old style, like if it was printed in fototype. The geomancy chapter, the first one is quite complex, and the way it is written can be difficult to the no experimented reader, this because of the compact original way the book is presented. The Heptameron of Pietro de Abano is an excelent work on sommoning subject. Any way to perfectly understand this book it is advisable to acquire the other "Three Books of Occult Philosophy", available here on Amazon.com The version reedited by D. Tyson can be more usefull than the original one. This is a must book for the Student of the Occult Sciences.
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on October 14, 2001
The Fourth Book of Occult Philosphy purports to be the work of Henry Agrippa, the 16th century author of "Three Books of Occult Philosophy". But the 4th Book was obviously not written by Agrippa and bears no resemblance to his style of writing. Although it can be traced back to the 16th century as it is mentioned by Agrippa's student, Johann Weyer in his "De Praestigiis Daemonum", the work remains of uncertain provencance.
In part a partial summary of some of Agrippa's writings, this facsimile of the English translation by the 17th century Cambridge scholar Robert Turner, comprises spurious essays on Geomancy and Magick under the name of Agrippa, The Heptameron of Peter of Abano, and books on Astrology and Demonolgy, concluding with the Arbatel, a largely Judeo-Christian outlook on the dangers of magic.
It is a very quick and easy read, despite the portions dealing with Geomancy and Astrology that even those serious about such subjects would find largely frustrating and incomprehensible.
The work largely remains of pure historical interest with not much of serious substance to an undertanding of Magic and Occult Philiosphy.
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on July 7, 2015
part of the series of wonderful books on magic.
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on March 16, 2013
This is a must for the serious student of Western Occultism. Especially like the selections "Arbatel of Magic" and "An Introduction on the nature of spirits".
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on December 6, 2008
The Heptameron contains the same information about the spirits and their offices. It is a must have book for those who are serious about their Work.
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on December 19, 2009
A good, essential, and important title for anyone who is serious about magic; though simply a book that is in its umpteenth incarnation. However, Stephen Skinner does add a good dose of his skill and experience as both a writer and more importantly a magician to the mix, which makes for a better issue, in terms of practicality and functionality, than it would be if someone else were in his place. Recommended.
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on September 4, 2005
Eye-opening and fiercely compulsive reading if you are a student of the occult. Heavy on the astrological geomancy but overall it expanded my current parameters of what I thought I already knew about occult philosophy.
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on December 2, 2014
Bad copy.
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