Occult Spells is a sort of esoteric commonplace book in which Hockley recorded material on different spells, talismans, charms and such-like that he came across in rare books and manuscripts in the course of his researches. Hockley started compiling the book at about the age of twenty, and added to it throughout his life he still had it in his possession when he died at the age of seventy-six.
This is an interesting contrast to the Complete Book of Magic Science, which seems to have been created by Hockley for the bookseller John Denley as a work for hire. I hope this work provides us with a deeper insight into Hockley’s magical interests and actual practice.
A review will shortly follow its arrival, of course.