Chaldean Magic by François Lenormant


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Samuel Bagster & sons, 1877. First edition. 414 pages plus adverts.  Edited, and with a preface by William Rickets Cooper, a founder of Bagster and Secretary to the Society of Biblical Archaeology. Ex-library copy with minimal stamps and number marked to spine, two small stamps internally, corners scuffed and worn, white mark to top-right corner, slight wear to rear boards, some foxing internally, text clean and unmarked. A good example of a rare title. 

Chaldean Magic: Its Origin and Development. 

Originally published in French as Magie Chez les Chadeens, Francois Lenormant's Chaldean Magic is a scholarly exposition of the magical practices, religious systems, and mythology of the Chaldeans of ancient Assyria.

The text was apparently translated anonymously by an in-house individual working for the original British publisher; Lenormant extensively revised and added to the text for the English edition.
The work explores the translation of a large tablet from the library of the royal palace at Nineveh. This tablet, partially destroyed, contains a succession of 28 formulas of deprecatory incantations against evil spirits, the effects of sorcery, disease, and the principle misfortunes that may attack people in the course of daily life.

Tracing some of the most ancient sources of magic, this book is invaluable source of comparative mythology and ancient magical traditions.'

Some areas of study include;

- Chaldean Demonology and Sorcery
- A comparison of Egyptian and Chaldean magic
- The Chaldaio-Babylonian religion and its doctrines
- Finno- Tartarian magical mythology
- The Accadian people and their language
- The origin and influence of the Kushito-Semitic religion.
- The Magic of the Ritual of the Dead
- The origins of the Chaldaio- Babylonian Cosmogonies.

"The wicked god, the wicked demon,
the demon of the desert, the demon of the mountain,
the demon of the sea, the demon of the marsh,
the evil genius, the enormous uruku
the bad wind by itself, 
the wicked demon which seizes the body, which disturbs the body.
Spirit of the heavens, conjure it! Spirit of the earth, conjure it!"