Singapore, Golden Hoard Press, 2018. Hardback with Dustjacket, 178 pages. New.
A Cunning Man’s Grimoire, subtitled The Secret of Secrets is the first publication of a sixteenth century English grimoire. A composite text which is a blend of both learned and local village magic, it features a great deal of astrological lore (including its own astrological tables) and extensive instructions on timing, and magical operations connected with the 28 Mansions of the Moon and image magic – features which are usually absent from Solomonic Grimoires. This text is a unique manual of magic and sorcery, and is known to have belonged to at least three Cunning Men. The editors provide extensive notes on the history and lineage of the grimoire, and its relationship to the wider magical currents which inform the text. This is a unique and fascinating work which will be of great interest to scholars of occult history and contemporary practitioners alike.