LIBER JURATUS HONORII. The Sworn Book of Honorius. With Text, Translation and Commentary By Professor Joseph Peterson. Deluxe Issue, One of 11 Copies Bound in Full Vellum.
Price: $550.00 USD
Place Published: Lake Worth, Florida
Publisher: Ibis Press.
Date Published: 2016
Edition: First Printing of this Edition, Deluxe Issue.
Condition: Fine in Slipcase
Book Id: 310750
First Printing of this Edition. Octavo, 334 pp, Illustrated, Index. Special Edition issued by Hell Fire Club Books. Unnumbered, but this edition was limited to only 11 copies. Slipcased and hand bound in full English vellum, copper stamped titles and copper stamped front seal taken from an original manuscript, green and gold marbled endpapers. A copper-embossed card reproducing the cover design is loosly laid in, it is signed by Joseph Peterson. Book, card and slipcase are all in Fine Condition.
¶ A complete system of magic: including how to attain the divine vision, communicate with holy angels, and control aerial, earthly, and infernal spirits for practical gain. Liber Juratus Honorii was a key text used by John Dee, who owned two of the most important manuscripts, influencing his Enochian magic and its modern derivatives. The text was largely ignored by historians until recently, this text is an important witness to the transmission of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism to Christian magicians. This edition includes the complete Latin text, carefully checked against known manuscripts, and related texts in Latin, German, and English, and brings new light to obscure elements found in other texts such as the Heptameron of Pietro d'Abano. As the title testifies, students were sworn to secrecy before being given access to this magic text, and only a few manuscripts survive. Nevertheless, it is considered one of the most influential of occult texts. Parts of its teachings are alluded to in other texts, like the use of the magic whistle for summoning spirits. Another key element of its ritual, the elaborate SIGILLUM DEI AEMETH or "Seal of God," has been found in texts and amulets throughout Europe. Interest in the Sworn Book of Honorius has grown in recent years, being discussed at length in several recent books, yet no modern translations have been attempted. A critical edition of the Latin text by Gösta Hedegård (2002), has already become somewhat dated by new research. Purporting to preserve the magic of Solomon in the face of intense persecution by religious authorities, this text includes one of the oldest, most detailed, and complete magic rituals. It is aggressively pro-magic, countering that the persecution and anti-magic hysteria were themselves inspired by demons seeking to suppress the divine art. Joseph H. Peterson has translated many esoteric and religious sourceworks. He has amassed a large collection of copies of rare and occult tracts for comparative research from the British Library and other institutions.