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Joseph Peterson has translated many esoteric and religious sourceworks. He has amassed a large collection of copies of rare and occult tracts for comparative research from the British Library and other institutions, which he shares at his awardwinning websites www.esotericarchives.com and www.avesta.org.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (July 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157863220X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578632206
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Stone VINE VOICE on August 23, 2007
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For many years the occult community had to make due with the smattering of titles and partial titles brought out of obscurity by Mathers and Crowley. Today we are literally witnessing a Hermetic Renaissance as more complete titles come forth to replace their partial or unedited folio predecessors.

Here we have not just the Goetia, but the entire Lemegeton, put together in a uniquely scholarly fashion. Compiled from original manuscripts and fragments from the British Museum Library, this is the most complete and accurate Lemegeton ever offered to the public.

Peterson has done a wonderful job at compiling and editing this work. His continued commentary on derivative works, and analytical comparisons of the variations in the historical manuscripts, is an unprecedented boon to the student. Nearly every page is 20% footnotes and editorial comment, making it particularly valuable for anyone exploring the Solomon cycle.

The copious footnotes go to heroic lengths to contrast different readings or additional materials from other editions. Unlike previous editions of the Lesser Key, you really feel like you have the benefit of the British Museum Library at your fingertips.
If the footnotes weren't curriculum enough for the aspiring Goetic Magician, then the 55 pages of appendices should fill the bill.
Appendix I is a list of addenda from Sloane 2731 and Sloane 3648.
Appendix II - Pseudomonarchia Daemonum - Translated to English.
Appendix III Comparison of Goetia spirits with Weyer's list.
Appendix IV is made up of alternate drawings from other editions of the Lemegeton.

There is only one section that I am not fond of.
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Recently (since 1995) we've had a surge of interest in Solomonic magick and several versions of the Goetia, and even the complete Lemegeton, have become available. Finally we have a definitive edition carefully compiled, annotated and commented upon in a scholarly fashion. It is also handsomely published in hard covers and (at the present reduced price) quite a bargain. Unlike most backyard Goetias and Lemegetons, Peterson does not rely solely on Sloane MS. 2731 but chooses the more complete Harley MS. 6483 as his base text with comparative notes referencing other MSS. He also traces the origins of all the five books in his concise but highly detailed introduction. Several points that Peterson's augmentations from other manuscripts bring forth are of considerable interest--especially to those of us working Solomonic systems. I was happy to see the circle in the center of the Triangle of Art "blacked in" in two other versions of the Goetia besides Sloane 2731, lending more confirmation to our dark mirror theory. I was also happily surprised to discover that Harley MS. 6438 used the Shemehamphorash invocations on the back of their Brass Vessel sigils just as we decided to do (before we were aware of the precedent) in our practice (see *The Book of Solomon's Magick*).
Peterson also cites and presents the Almadel type drawing from *Sepher Schelomoh* (that we also displayed) and a similar sketch from a newly acquired (at the Brit. Lib.) Hebrew version of the Almadel. All considered Peterson's *The Lesser Key of Solomon* is probably the best reference Lemegeton we will see for many years to come. But in order to work the system you still need to consult the practical manuals by Steve Savedow, Lon Milo DuQuette and Poke Runyon.
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Joseph Peterson did an excellent job with The Lesser Key of Solomon. The illustrations in the book are very well drawn. This is without question the most accurate version of the Lemegeton. The manuscripts Peterson used are far more reliable than others that have been used previously. Another bonus about this book is whereas Mitch Hensons Lemegeton left out the 5th book Ars Notoria, Peterson includes it in his version. One thing i should clarify that some people misunderstand is the difference between the Mathers/Crowley "Lesser Key" and Joseph Petersons "Lesser Key" is this, The Mathers/Crowley version is only the first book "Goetia" with this you are getting that plus 4 other books as well Ars Theurgia, Ars Paulina, Ars Armadel, Ars Notoria respectively.

The Bottom line is this, if you want the most accurate and complete Lemegeton available packed with beautiful illustrations and material that will keep you pouring over the pages again and again, then go with Petersons version. This will be a book that you will treasure for a lifetime.
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Hands down the best translation, complete with footnotes this is most treasured and favorite text and practitioners dream. although I don't deal too much with the various dukes and earls, it does contain some of my favorite demons to work with, its also list the hr of the day and night to summon each, also on page 142 great info on djinns and the various hrs to work with the elemental energies governing those elements. I appreciate this book now more or should I say, have more respect than I did in my 20's when I was quite reckless with my magik and was taught some powerful lessons by these demons on being respectful, now 20 years later as I once again revisit its always one of my favorite magikal text and I love the hardcover. the most complete work on the Lesser Keys of Solomon, if your going to pick up any edition this should be your first choice.
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