A comprehensive, scholarly edition Swedish 'black art books,' hand-created books dating from the 17th century onwards, in which magical practitioners recorded their spells, rituals, and potions. Johnson provides complete translations of texts, making them available in English for the first time ever. Thus we are able to see directly this Scandinavian tradition's workings at almost first hand: spells, charms, talismans and plant mixtures for healing and esoteric purposes. Johnson also analyses Swedish understandings of magic and beliefs about the 'black art books'.
Seattle: Revelore Press, 2019. Paperback, 662 pages. New.