Hamill’s The Rosicrucian Seer Now on Sale

Teitan Press has just re-released The Rosicrucian Seer:  Magical Writings of Frederick Hockley With a Chapter on Hockley’s Manuscripts, and a Note on Hockley as an Astrologer by R.A. Gilbert.  That’s not entirely accurate, as I know the 1986 Aquarian Press release didn’t include the Hockley-as-astrologer section.

For those who are asking “Who’s Hockley?”, here’s the blurb from the Weiser Antiquarian site:

Frederick Hockley (1809-1885), was a major – if often overlooked – figure in nineteenth-century occultism. He was an active “seer” who engaged in scrying, and took an interest in ritual magic, alchemy and spiritualism. He was also a Freemason, who in later in life was associated with the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia and other esoteric fraternities. In addition to his own writings, Hockley sought out and copied Grimoires and other magical, alchemical and kabbalistic texts that had lain hidden in private collections around England. Many of Hockley’s early manuscripts were commissioned by the bookseller John Denley (who had acquired Ebenezer Sibly’s stunning library, the source of many of the texts that Francis Barrett used in compiling The Magus), whilst others were for his own use.

What’s new in this book?  Aside from the astrology article, it’s not entirely clear:

This new edition – the first in hardcover – has been extensively revised and corrected, and contains much new material both by and about Hockley.

Still, right now, you can buy this hardcover re-release for less than the original paperback, and that’s definitely worth something.  Plus, they’ve got one of those release week signed-copy offers that I’m not sure I was supposed to tell you about.

At any rate, I’ll review this, after it arrives and I finish up The True Grimoire and Davies’ Grimoires.  Yes, that means it might be a little while.

Published in: on April 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. I was very glad to see this new expanded edition. The old one was in need of a number of corrections in light of new research and new Hockley materials emerging. I was surprised to see that there was still some confusion between the Rabbi Solomon texts (namely, Sibley’s Clavis), and the King Solomon texts (i.e. Clavicula); cf. p. 39n141, especially since Hockley is careful to distinguish them (cf p. 42).

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