York Beach, ME: Weiser Books, 2000. Softcover, ix+198 pages. New.
First published in London in 1801, Francis Barrett’s work, The Magus is a compilation consisting of selections from Cornelius Agrippa’s Three Books of Occult Philosophy, The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy attributed to Agrippa, and 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. Although The Magus was not reprinted until 1875, it nonetheless played a key role in the revival of interest in occult practice in the nineteenth century, providing ready access to rare, out-of-print material. There is also some evidence to suggest that Barrett formed an occult school – as an advertisement for students to come forwards appears in the book itself.
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.