THE BOOK OF BLACK MAGIC AND OF PACTS. Including the Rites and Mysteries of Goetic Theurgy, Sorcery, and Infernal Necromancy. Prepared for Publication Under the Editorship of Dr. L.W. de Laurence. Text and Illustrations of the London Edition of 1898 Faithfully Reproduced.
Price: $750.00 USD
Place Published: Chicago
Publisher: Privately Printed; The deLaurence Company.
Date Published: 1937.
Edition: First Edition Thus
Binding: Hardcover, Sewn Binding, Black Cloth
Condition: Near Fine
Book Id: 310966
Reprint of the 1898 London edition. Hardcover. Octavo, original black cloth with gilt titles on spine and front panel, black endpapers, top edges gilt. Frontispiece, xv + 296pp. Illustrated throughout with full page plates, plus magical seals, circles, and sigils. Waite's classic work was originally published in London by George Redway in 1898 in an edition of 500 copies, and reissued in 1911 under the title 'The Book of Ceremonial Magic.' The First American Edition was issued by "The Occult Publishing House" in Chicago, an imprint used by L.W. deLaurence in his early days. The most common edition of this work is the so-called '1940' deLaurence edition, a book which was reprinted endlessly (with no notice of reprinting, and retaining the 1940 date) right up into the 1980's. This strangely unknown 1937 edition with a "Privately Printed" notation actually dates from 1937, and is the First Edition issued under the deLaurence imprint. The frontispiece illustration "EDWD. KELLEY - A Magician - In the act of Invoking the Spirit of a Deceased Person" is present here, unlike in most (but not all!) of the so-called 1940 editions. This edition is also printed on much thicker paper and in a slightly smaller format than all the later deLaurence reprints. A rare book, this being the only copy we have encountered in over 40 years of collecting and dealing in such things. A near fine, bright copy.
¶ Contents: The Literature of Ceremonial Magic; The Antiquity Of Magical Rituals; The Rituals Of Transcendental Magic; Composite Rituals; The Rituals Of Black Magic; The Preparation Of The Operator; The Initial Rites And Ceremonies; Concerning The Descending Hierarchy; The Mysteries Of Goetic Theurgy According To The Lesser Key Of Solomon The King; Concerning The Mystery Of The Sanctum Regnum, Or The Government Of Evil Spirits; Being The Rite Of Conjuration According To The Grimorium Verum; The Mysteries Of Infernal Evocation According To The Grand Grimoire; The Method Of Honorius; Miscellaneous And Minor Processes; Concerning Infernal Necromancy; Conclusion.