Chicago: The De Laurence Company, Inc., . Hardcover. Third printing (stated). Quarto, original smooth-grained light brownish-red cloth titled in gold on spine panel, magic square design on front panel. 268 pp. Although dated 1948, this volume was likely published somewhat later than that (De Laurence never updated copyright or date info in subsequent printings and copies of this book were issued well into the 1980s). That said, this is an early issue, as most of the more recent copies of this volume were bound in a red or brown leatherette titled and decorated in yellow (not proper cloth titled and decorated in gold leaf, as here) A fine, bright copy without dust wrapper, as issued. Fine. Item #310981
¶ The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage is considered by many to be the most important and powerful grimoire of the western magical tradition. Translated by MacGregor Mathers, one of the founding members of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, it was used regularly by members of the order and was a great influence on a young Aleister Crowley, who purchased his famous Boleskine House in Scotland specifically to work the rituals presented in this volume, which required a minimum of six months (six moons) of isolated preparation. Crowley chose to abandon this plan in order to assist Mathers during the Golden Dawn schism of 1901. Crowley would later incorporate the ritual into his own mystical system and felt it to be a required operation for any serious student of magic.