First published in London in 1801, Francis Barrett's The Magus is a compilation grimoire; Barrett issued t out of his occult training school in London's Marylebone district which was running at the turn of the nineteenth century. It consistis of selections from
- Cornelius Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy
- The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy attributed to Agrippa
- the Heptameron of Peter of Abano
Its contents range from natural magic, occult correspondences, alchemy, talismans and planetary magic, ceremonial magic and Kabbalah, as well as potted biographies of famous historical adepts such as Agrippa, Raymond Lully and Roger Bacon. When it was reprinted in 1875, The Magus was an instant hit with occultists and so played a key role late Victorian occult revival. This large-format facsimile edition is a photographic reproduction of the first edition, with five colour plates reproduced from the original. This is a classic work of the Western esoteric tradition.
York Beach: Red Wheel / Weiser, 2000. Paperback, 432 pages. New.