On the Shelf – The Consecrated Little Book of Black Venus, Part 1

I’ve mentioned the Tuba Veneris, or the Horn of Venus, a couple times on this blog.  Now we have the first published edition of it from Waning Moon Publications, which is issuing a special edition of this work.

The Tuba Veneris is a book attributed to the ubiquitous Elizabethan magus John Dee, who is certainly not best known for being alluded to in a Blue Öyster Cult song.  According to Meier’s Das Büchlein der Venus, the work was most likely written in Dee’s lifetime by a magician on the European continent who likely knew Dee by reputation.  Some have speculated as to whether Dee actually wrote it, but it’s hard to imagine Dee getting mixed up in something like this.

It bears mentioning that this work, including both the text itself and the commentaries thereon, appeared almost entirely online (save for some color plates and other elements I haven’t closely examined) through the Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition.  The upside for potential purchasers is that they can view most of the contents before making the purchase.

In its favor, however, the picture on Waning Moon’s site doesn’t do the work justice.  The very dark green leather makes a lovely contrast against the sheen of the copper.  The text is clear and not in some pseudo-archaic difficult-to-read font as some other publishers have done with their books, and the illustrations are bright and clear.

Based on the above, you probably know whether you’re going to buy it already.

In future installments, I’ll be looking at the contents of the book.

Published in: on July 1, 2008 at 8:31 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. […] the Shelf – The Consecrated Little Book of Black Venus, Part 2 Last time, we discussed the appearance of this newly-translated grimoire.  But what of its contents?  […]

  2. […] connected to the spirit Venus who can grant treasure.  For further details, you can check out my review of John Coughlin’s edition of the book or the version of Joe Peterson’s […]

  3. Very good information. Lucky me I came across your blog by accident (stumbleupon).
    I’ve bookmarked it for later!

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