The History of Magic : Including a Clear and Precise Exposition of its Procedure, its Rites and its Mysteries Paperback / softback
by Eliphas Levi
Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge series
Born Alphonse Louis Constant, French magician Eliphas Levi (1810-75) wrote prolifically on the occult sciences.
His Histoire de la magie was first published in 1860.
In it, Levi recounts the history of the occult in Western thought, encompassing its biblical, Zoroastrian and ancient Greek origins, various magical practices of the medieval and early modern periods - including hermeticism, alchemy and necromancy - and the role of magic in the French Revolution.
The last section of the book describes nineteenth-century magical practices and includes details of Levi's own occult experiences.
Prepared by Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942), this English translation was first published in 1913.
An editor and translator of numerous magical texts, Waite includes here a preface comprising an eloquent defense of Levi and intellectual magic.
The original French edition is also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 614 pages, 20 Plates, black and white
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 22/08/2013
- Category: History of religion
- ISBN: 9781108062039
- Paperback / softback from £22.19