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‘A Book of Spirits…’

Reference code
‘A Book of Spirits…’
18th-19th century
Level of description
Extent and format
ff. iii + 62.
Small quarto.
Half leather binding, black, with marbled boards. Circular bookstamp of Arthur Ashpitel, fol. iii verso.
Scope and content
'A Book of Spirits Containing the Names Nature offices appearance and Seals of Fifty Good and Evil Spirits, with The Conjuration and Invocation for Constraining them to Visible Apparition Transcribed from the Goetia of Solomon' (goety or magic) (fol. iii).

Begins, 'These spirits are stated by Cabbalistic writers of the Talmud to have been bound by Solomon in a Brazen Vessel and Cast by him into a Lake near Babylon'. Consists of a list of spirits, descriptions of their powers and drawings of their seals (on coloured wash backgrounds), fols. 1-53. On fol. ii verso a coloured diagram of Spiritus, Magister, etc. Conjurations at fols. 54-61, ending with a prayer. Contents list, fol. 62.
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