EXPERIMENTUM. Potens Magna in Occult Philosophy. Compiled and Scribed by Frederick Hockley. Bound with A Brief Essay Concerning Experimentum by Dan Harms. Transcript & Translation of the Text Prepared & Annotated by Dan Harms.
Price: $300.00 USD
Place Published: No Place [UK]
Publisher: The Society of Esoteric Endeavour.
Date Published: No Date .
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Condition: Fine in Slipcase
Book Id: 310707
Quarto, original publisher's half blue sheepskin leather over marbled paper boards, the spine panel titled and decorated in gilt. Housed in cloth slipcase edged with same marbled paper used for the boards with a row of gilt decoration on either side, felt lined. Issued in a limited edition of 100 hand-numbered copies, this being copy No. 39. 33pp of full colour plates reproducing Hockley's lavishly illustrated manuscript, plus 37pp of text by Dan Harms who gives a brief Introduction, a full transcript of the manuscript (Hockley's calligraphy looks beautiful, but can be hard to read), plus commentary and a bibliography. A fine copy in a fine slipcase. Accompanying the book is a small folder,  pp, self wrappers, sewn with red ribbon on spine, containing a higher quality reproduction of one of the talismans from the MS embellished with gold, silver and copper metallic dies, along with the transcribed text and comment on the talisman. Who knows if it was Hockley's intent but the metallic inks add another dimension to the image. The paths with wording appear to float above the background. Such subtle visual effects were frequently utilised in magical work. These folders were produced in a very small number and are much rarer then the book itself.
¶ A facsimile reproduction of an original Hockley manuscript housed in the Harry Price collection, Senate House Library, University of London. Collects a number of rituals, giving some a powerful visual form, akin to a Mandala. In the final ritual, a perilous invocation of Oberion, Hockley records the appearance of the spirit in a grotesque form - reminiscent of Edvard Munch's "The Scream". This shows Hockley to be an occult artist of a status hitherto unrealised in publications of his work. One wonders if the references to the ritual use of cannabis and opium in Experimentum signal tools that Hockley used. There are magical procedures for causing the destruction of enemies, routing out thievery, the magical protection of places and buildings, magical fascination, fulfilling sexual desire and a perilous invocation of the spirit Oberion. There is a strong folkish element hand in hand with complex ritual. Hockley gives some spells a striking visual forms. Throughout he employs calligraphic hands, rather than his usual handwriting, making this a visually impressive volume. The original manuscript had clearly, at some point, been stored in damp conditions. There is discolouration, show through and offsetting. This has all been reproduced in facsimile. As the pages are printed Giclée process, not as photos of a book, but so it appears that you actually hold an old bound manuscript. The Transcript and Commentary is given in a readably calligraphic hand sympathetic with Hockley's styles. A tinted paper is used, so the latter section does not visually jar with the appearance of age of the facsimile section. Dan Harms painstakingly searches out Hockley's sources and this throws light upon that early 19th Century British occult milieu, the Society of the Mecurii, concerning whom there is considerable interest.