We’ve got a couple forthcoming releases of interest to Papers readers.
First, Ouroboros is releasing a fine edition of the Petit Albert, described as follows:
The ‘Little Albert’ is a grimoire and book of secrets first published in France in 1700s. The text ranks as one of the most infamous books in the grimoire corpus, though much of its infamy stems from the 18th century hucksters who populated Rural Europe with copies of their merchandise. Although the tome is criticized by the likes of Arthur Edward Waite and Eliphas Levi before him, they nonetheless mention it many times throughout their several books. As a book of ritual magic it relies heavily on other sources, namely Paracelsus and Albertus Magnus. Yet in addition to the grimoire material consisting of talismanic images, cabalistic magic and ritual perfumes, the book also features many wortcunning remedies, and alchemical recipes.
We saw a release of a translation of this book, entitled The Spellbook of Marie Laveau, a few years ago. Ouroboros will do an excellent job of bindng it, and I intend to compare the two translations when they come out. It does remind us that the book came to the New World and became part of the American tradition of magic, even if mainly confined to French-speaking areas.
Second, Fulgur will be dipping into grimoire publishing with the Compendium rarissimum totius artis magicae… kept at the Wellcome Institute. The work, edited by Hereward Tilton and Merlin Cox, is a visually stunning manuscript in German and Latin, which will be translated into English. I encourage readers to check the link above to see it in all its glory; it should be an amazing publication.