The History of Magic by Éliphas Lévi


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The History of Magic Including a Clear and Precise Exposition of Its Procedure, Its Rites and Its Mysteries by Éliphas Lévi. Translated with a Preface and Notes by Arthur E. Waite.

A broad history of magic from ancient times to the occult revival of the 19th century. Covering the Kabbalah, Alchemy, Mysticism, The Magi, Hermeticism, Initiation, Gnosticism, Freemasonry, The Devil, The Divine Comedy and more.

Translator A. E. Waite described it as 'the most arresting, entertaining and brilliant of all studies on the subject with which I am acquainted'.

London: William Rider & Son, 1922. Second Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. 536pp. 19 b&w plates plus in-text illustrations. Original gilt decorated royal-blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and front boarder, and top edge gilt. Frontis piece portrait, Appendix. Boards worn to the extremities, corners lightly rubbed, gilt edge marked. A near-fine example of a beautiful book.