Forthcoming – A Cunning Man’s Grimoire

I missed posting this one during my trip.

Golden Hoard is back with another publication of a book of magic – A Cunning Man’s Grimoire. Here are some details:

It is a composite grimoire drawn from a number of different sources. It is not the sort of grimoire which has a complete method of calling up a set register of spirits, like the Goetia, nor does it have a wide range of pentacles or talismans like the Key of Solomon.

It is however quite special as it was also was a practising Cunning man’s grimoire, a very interesting blend of learned and local village magic. It also contains a lot of critical astrological information (including its own set of astrological tables) which are an important part of magic, but which don’t feature to a large extent in other grimoires. It goes way beyond Planetary days and hours, to detailed aspects of timing and also contains magical operations connected with the 28 Mansions of the Moon and image magic, which were usually absent from Solomonic grimoires.

Having talked with David Rankine in Boscastle, I should add that it has at least some operations relating to ritual magic, and that it’s from the sixteenth century.  I’ve ordered a copy, and I’ll be reviewing it when it arrives.

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  1. Which manuscript is this, do you happen to know? Timothy Crowther’s book? Or one of the Wellcome or Warburg manuscripts? Or some other one?

    • Bodleian Rawlinson D.253, I believe, according to David.

      • Wonderful news! I’ve been curious about that manuscript for a very long time.

      • Now if someone would do Rawlinson D.252 as well …

  2. I studied this manuscript, which is in fairly poor shape, at the Bodleian some years ago. It’s a fairly typical seventeenth century compendium. It contains a transcript of an experiment to conjure three spirits ‘proved in Cambridge anno 1557’ and I guess David’s claim that it’s sixteenth century rests on that. Following a preface it describes a pentacle, directions for calling the guardian angel, an experiment of three holy angels, the consecration of and experiments with the crystal, an experiment of Birto, the call of Askariell to the glass or crystal, and an assortment of other items. It’s not without interest and several of the operations come complete with warnings, such as ‘I advise all men not to medle with any of these kind of experiments except with the holy Angels as I have in all such given warning, & to doe good & hate all evill.’


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