The Key of Solomon – Again!

That’s right.  I’m not even finished with my review of the Golden Hoard edition and another one is out, this one from Caduceus Books and the Society of Esoteric Endeavour, who have previously presented the Grimoire of Honorius and the Grimoire to Conjure the Spirit of a Place.  To take a page off of the Caduceus description:

Sibly wrote the original manuscript c.1800, translating its core from French but also writing many additions including a preface and the talisman designs. The text is entirely different from the Key of Solomon as translated and publishjed by McGregor Mathers. The occult bookseller John Denely (Mr. D. in Bulwer Lytton’s Introduction to Zanoni) sold Sibley’s manuscript for an extraordinary sum to the Duke of Wentworth but whilst in his possession he arranged for Frederick Hockley to make a copy. This copy was then sold to F. G. Irwin…. Whilst the scribe signs himself “R.C.” the handwriting can be confidently identified as Hockley’s. The books offered here are facsimile reproductions of Irwin’s copy, also reproducing his bookplate and the catalogue entry.

Each grimoire also features a talisman drawn from the description in the Clavis.  I was late to the game, but I managed to obtain the second possibility on my list – “To defend oneself against ambushes and traitors” volume.  I’ll give a review when it arrives.

Published in: on December 19, 2008 at 3:13 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. […] the Shelf – The Veritable Key of Solomon, Part 3 Seeing as a new edition of the Key of Solomon has come out, it’s best that I finish my review on the previous one, […]

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