Book of Oberon: A Sourcebook of Elizabethan Magic Being Published

The Book of Oberon: A Sourcebook of Elizabethan Magic is being published in hardcover – April 8, 2015 by Llewellyn. It was edited by by Daniel Harms, Joseph H. Peterson , James R. Clark.

According to the Amazon description: “A fascinating addition to the magical literature of the Elizabethan era, this lavishly illustrated grimoire is a must-have for magic practitioners, collectors, and historians. The Book of Oberon is the meticulous transcription and translation of a sixteenth-century manuscript acquired by the esteemed Folger Shakespeare Library. Unlike the more theoretical magic books of the era, this collection of spells, secrets, and summonings was compiled gradually by unknown authors for working practical magic.

“Now published in a premium hardcover edition retaining the original’s red lettering of significant words and holy names, The Book of Oberon includes rituals for summoning a long list of spirits and faeries (including Oberion, Fairy King and close relation to Shakespeare’s Oberon); original drawings; common prescriptions used by cunning folk; instructions for dealing with Goetic demons that were censored in other texts; one of the oldest known copies of the magical manual The Enchiridion; and much more. This is a significant contribution to the annals of magical history, bringing to light the kind of grimoire that was commonplace in its era but is rarely published today.”

Daniel Harms posted some interesting comments about his and his co-editors work on the book:

According to noted author/translator Stephen Skinner’s FB feed: “Speculatively, it may have been owned, or even written, by John Weston the first husband of Edward Kelley’s wife.”

You can pre-order it here – and no doubt from other sources (Walmart’s advertising it!)



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