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The Book of Oberon: A Sourcebook of Elizabethan Magic

Harms, Daniel, Peterson, Joseph H., Clark, James R.

Published by Llewellyn Publications
ISBN 10: 0738743348 / ISBN 13: 9780738743349
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Title: The Book of Oberon: A Sourcebook of ...

Publisher: Llewellyn Publications

Binding: Hardcover

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An Elizabethan magical text, translated and annotated by a team of experienced esoteric researchers Num Pages: 480 pages, Illustrations. BIC Classification: VXW. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 263 x 189 x 48. Weight in Grams: 1442. . 2015. annotated edition. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780738743349

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Sitting a block away from the U.S. Capitol, the Folger Shakespeare Library holds one of the most unusual manuscripts of magic ever discovered. The book was written around the year 1580, a decade before Shakespeare began writing in earnest. This is a manual of magicians in search of results, who scribbled down whatever secrets they could find.

One of the most unusual collections of magical lore ever assembled, The Book of Oberonincludes:

  • Rituals for summoning several different spirits, including Oberon (one of the main characters of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream), Satan, Mosacus, Birto, and others
  • A ceremony to call Baron, a spirit associated with the notorious Gilles de Rais
  • Several intriguing drawings of spirits and other curious beings
  • A list of spirits similar to, but predating, that found in the magical manual the Goetia
  • Lore and rituals for the summoning of fairies
  • Pages of talismans for various purposes
  • One of the oldest known copies of the magical manual The Enchiridion, said to have been given to Charlemagne by Pope Leo III
  • Charms for toothache, bleeding, and the capture of thieves
  • Headings and words written in cipher, most of which we have managed to decipher
  • An account of a mystical brotherhood of magicians that seems to have ties to the conspiracy against the author and playwright Christopher Marlowe

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A fascinating addition to the magical literature of the Elizabethan era, this lavishly illustrated grimoire is a must-have for magic practitioners, collectors, and historians. The Book of Oberon is the meticulous transcription and translation of a sixteenth-century manuscript acquired by the esteemed Folger Shakespeare Library. Unlike the more theoretical magic books of the era, this collection of spells, secrets, and summonings was compiled gradually by unknown authors for working practical magic.

Now published in a premium hardcover edition retaining the original?s red lettering of significant words and holy names, The Book of Oberon includes rituals for summoning a long list of spirits and faeries (including Oberion, Fairy King and close relation to Shakespeare?s Oberon); original drawings; common prescriptions used by cunning folk; instructions for dealing with Goetic demons that were censored in other texts; one of the oldest known copies of the magical manual The Enchiridion; and much more. This is a significant contribution to the annals of magical history, bringing to light the kind of grimoire that was commonplace in its era but is rarely published today.


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