Hockley’s A Complete Book of Magic Science

Not fifteen minutes ago I received an advertisement from Weiser Antiquarian for a reprint of a manuscript from Frederick Hockley. Hockley had considerable influence on the nineteenth-century conjunction of spiritualism, Masonry, and magic that led to the explosion of occult interest a few decades later. You can read more about that in Ellic Howe’s essay on Fringe Masonry.

According to the blurb, material is included which links the book to the material in the Secret Grimoire of Turiel. Most acknowledge the Secret Grimoire of Turiel to be a derivative of the 1575 work Arbatel, so it’ll be interesting to see whether it’s closer to one or the other. Nonetheless, this is one of those important works that will likely not make it into libraries for many years. I’ll have a review, of course.

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  1. Interesting. I’ve not looked at Turiel very closely, but two interesting possibilities come to my mind after a quick look at your links:

    That Turiel is actually from the early 16C and could possibly have informed Scot’s work (the dagger, the lamen etc).

    or – a hunch of mine – that the Grimoire of Turiel never existed in Latin (despite Malchus’ comment) but was an English construction variously from some ‘Key of Solomon’ variant, Scot and a source that listed the Olympic Spirits (not necessarily Arbatel itself).

    Compare, for example, this conjuration from Turiel:
    Helie, Helion, Esseju, Deus Eternis, Eloy, Clemens Deus, Sanctus Sabaoth, Deus Exercillum, Adonay, Deus Mirabilis, Jao, Verax, Ampheneton, Saday, Dominator, On, Fortissimus Deus, invest with Thy blessed help this Work begun of Thee, that it may be consummated by Thy mighty power. Amen.

    And this slightly longer one from Scot’s experiment of Bealphares:
    + Helie + helyon + esseiere + Deus æternus + eloy + clemens + heloye + Deus sanctus + sabaoth + Deus exercituum + adonay + Deus mirabilis + iao + verax + anepheneton + Deus ineffabilis + sodoy + dominator dominus + ôn fortissimus + Deus + qui, the which wouldest be praied unto of sinners: receive (we beseech thee) these sacrifices of praise, and our meeke praiers, which we unworthie doo offer unto thy divine majestie. Deliver us, and have mercie upon us, and prevent with thy holie spirit this worke, and with thy blessed helpe to followe after; that this our worke begunne of thee, may be ended by thy mightie power, Amen.

    I’d be very interested to see if Dietrich Bergman tackles the Scot relationship… sounds like a great book regardless – thanks for flagging it up!

  2. Phil,

    Great catch – I don’t think anyone’s made that link before. Based on the incantations, the dates of appearance, and what little I know about the works, it’s likely that Turiel derives from Scot. For a long time, Scot was one of the few works used in England as a grimoire – the French, Italian, German, etc. traditions never really took off there, and no one’s certain why.

  3. Yeah, the influence of Scot on later English magic – especially folk magic – is a real interest of mine so I’ll definitely be picking up this book and seeing what connections I can make. Scot’s sources are still very vague to me – I can only hope that one day the manuscripts of T.R. and John Cokar are rediscovered. I think that much of Scot reflects a vibrant magical tradition in England that has been all but forgotten – for example, Bealphares was certainly being conjured by English magicians decades prior to Scot as details of a 1510 trial at York show (I’ve briefly blogged about this one here: http://ricercares.livejournal.com/5961.html)

    I’ve always assumed that Scot was simply the most accessible source to most English people – and its main advantage was that it was in their native language. I suspect that many manuscript copies were made – at least of small portions of Scot’s text – that found their way into the toolkits of local cunning men. I’ve shown examples of two such charms in the latter section of this blogging: http://ricercares.livejournal.com/4443.html

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