Reading List


Betz, Hans Dieter: The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Including the Demonic Spells: Texts v. 1

Bhayro/Rider: Demons and Illness from Antiquity to the Early-Modern Period

Bohak/Harari/Shaked:Continuity and Innovation in the Magical Tradition

Bonmariage/Moureau: Le Cercle des lettres de l’alphabet Dā’irat al-aḥruf al-abjadiyya

Bran, Noel L.:Trithemius and Magical Theology : A Chapter in the Controversy over Occult Studies in Early Modern Europe

Butler, Elizabeth M.: Ritual Magic

Butler, Elizabeth M.: The Fortunes of Faust

Ciraolo/Seidel:Magic and Divination in the Ancient World

Colisson, Marcus: Michael Psellus on the Operation of Daemons

Coumont, Jean Pierre: Demonology and Witchcraft

Culianu (Couliano), I.P.:Eros and Magic in the Renaissance

Davies, Owen: Grimoires : A History of Magic Books

Dee/Casaubon/Skinner: Dr John Dee's Spiritual Diaries (1583-1608) 

Dehn/Guth: Book of Abramelin : A New Translation

Fanger, Claire: Conjuring Spirits : Texts and Traditions of Medieval Ritual Magic

Fanger, Claire: Invoking Angels : Theurgic Ideas and Practices, Thirteenth to Sixteenth Centuries

Fanger, Claire: Rewriting Magic : An Exegesis of the Visionary Autobiography of a Fourteenth-Century French Monk

Gager, John G.: Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World

Kieckhefer, Richard: Forbidden Rites : A Necromancer's Manual of the Fifteenth Century

Kieckhefer, Richard: Magic in the Middle Ages

Klaassen, Frank: The Transformations of Magic : Illicit Learned Magic in the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance

Lang, Benedek: Unlocked Books : Manuscripts of Learned Magic in the Medieval Libraries of Central Europe

Page, Sophie: Magic in Medieval Manuscripts

Page, Sophie: The Routledge History of Medieval Magic

Paracelsus/Skinner:The Archidoxes of Magic

Peterson, Joseph H.: Arbatel : Concerning the Magic of the Ancients

Peterson, Joseph H.: Grimorium Verum 

Peterson/Harms/Clark: The Book of Oberon : A Sourcebook of Elizabethan Magic

Peterson, Joseph H.: The Lesser Key of Solomon: Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis

Peterson, Joseph H.: The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses

Peterson, Joseph H.: The Sworn Book of Honorius : Liber Iuratus Honorii

Rankine, David:The Book of Treasure Spirits 

Rankine/David: The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet

Rankine/Barron: The Book of Gold - Le Livre D'or 

Rankine/Barron:The Complete Grimoire of Pope Honorius 

Ryan, W.F.:The Bathhouse at Midnight : An Historical Survey of Magic and Divination in Russia

Saar, Ortal Paz: Jewish Love Magic

Schäfer/Kippenberg:Envisioning Magic

Schwartz, Dov:Studies on Astral Magic in Medieval Jewish Thought

Shaked, Shaul:Officina Magica

Skemer, Don C.: Binding Words : Textual Amulets in the Middle Ages

Skinner, Stephen: Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic

Skinner, Stephen: Techniques of Solomonic Magic

Skinner, Stephen: The Goetia of Dr Rudd : The Angels and Demons of Liber Malorum Spirituum Seu Goetia

Skinner, Stephen: The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy : Attributed to Henry Cornelius Agrippa

Skinner, Stephen: The Veritable Key of Solomon

Skinner/Rankine: Grimoire of St Cyprian Clavis Inferni

Skinner/Rankine: Practical Angel Magic of Dr. John Dee's Enochian Tables

Skinner/Rankine: The Keys to the Gateway of Magic 

Skinner/Rankine/Barron: A Collection of Magical Secrets 

Veenstra, J.R.:Magic and Divination at the Courts of Burgundy and France

Verheyden, Joseph: The Figure of Solomon in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Tradition

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  1. But why isn't MY book here? Just kidding.

    It's an excellent list. I'd suggest a few more. A list this long might also lead to endless questions about where to start - so I'd say put asterisks by a few (e.g. Butler,
    Davies, maybe the first Lecouteux) and be done with it.

    The following are books that aren't on the list but might possibly be included. They might not fit with the philosophy of the list - e.g. I'm not sure if you're including many non-English publications, or those about the 19th century, or books that fall more into the charms category rather than ritual magic procedures (if we can make a meaningful distinction there).

    Books that (IMO) Should Be Added

    Agrippa, Of Occult Philosophy (just pick one)
    Choat, Malcolm., Iain. Gardner, and Australie) Ancient history documentary research centre (Sydney. A Coptic Handbook of Ritual Power (P. Macq. I 1). Turnhout; NSW Australia; Ancient Cultures Research Centre: Brepols ; Macquarie University, 2013.
    Johnson, Thomas K. “Tidebast Och Vändelrot: Magical Representations in the Swedish Black Art Book Tradition,” 2010.
    Peterson, Joseph H. True Black Magic = La Veritable Magie Noire. Kasson, MN: Twilit Grotto, 2017.
    Scot, Reginald, Discoverie of Witchcraft (pick an edition)
    Sibley, Ebenezer, Frederick Hockley, and Joseph H. Peterson. The Clavis or Key to the Magic of Solomon. Lake Worth, FL; Newburyport, MA: Ibis Press ; Distributed by Red Wheel/Weiser, 2009.

    Books that Could Be Added

    "Albertus Magnus." Egyptische Geheimnisse, Petit Albert (just pick one of each).
    Braekman, Willy Louis. Magische Experimenten En Toverpraktijken Uit Een Middelnederlands Handschrift : With an English Summary. Gent (Belgie): Seminarie voor Volkskunde, 1966.
    Chave-Mahir, Florence, and Julien Véronèse. Rituel d’exorcisme ou manuel de magie?: Le manuscrit Clm 10085 de la Bayerische Staatsbibliothek de Munich (début du XVe siècle). Micrologus library 73. Firenze: Sismel edizioni del Galluzzo, 2015.
    Cyprian. The Book of Saint Cyprian. Edited by Humberto Maggi. n. p.: Nephilim Press, 2016.
    Donmoyer, Patrick. “Der Freund in Der Noth: The Friend in Need: An Annotated Translation of an Early Heritage Center Artifact.” Heritage Center News. 2011.
    Emilía Sigmarsdóttir, Rannver H. Hannesson, and Ögmundur Helgason. Galdrakver : ráð til varnar gegn illum öflum þessa og annars heims. Reykjavík: Landsbókasafn Íslands, Háskólabókasafn, 2004.
    Eytzinger, Fredrik, ed. Salomonic Magical Arts, Being Two Swedish Books of the Black Art, Comprising The Red Book and The Black Book, Translated from the Original Swedish and with a New Introduction. Richmond Vista, CA: Three Hands Press, 2013.
    Faust, Johannes. Doctor Johannes Faust’s Magia Naturalis et Innaturalis: Threefold Coercion of Hell, Last Testament, and the Sigils of the Art. Translated by Nicolás Álvarez Ortiz. n. p.: Enodia, 2017.
    Flowers, Stephen E. The Galdrabók: An Icelandic Book of Magic. Smithville, Texas: Rûna-Raven Press, 2005.
    Hockley, Frederick, John Hamill, and R. A. Gilbert. The Rosicrucian Seer: Magical Writings of Frederick Hockley. York Beach, ME: The Teitan Press, 2009.
    Hohman, Johann Georg, and Daniel Harms. The Long-Lost Friend: A 19th Century American Grimoire. Woodbury, Minn: Llewellyn Publications, 2012.
    Rafnsson, Magnús. Rún: Lbs 4375 8vo.: A Facsimile of a Grimoire. Hólmavík: Strandagaldur, 2014.
    Rafnsson, Magnús. Tvær Galdraskræður : Lbs 2413 8vo : Leyniletursskræðan Lbs 764 8vo = Two Icelandic Books of Magic. Hólmavík: Strandagaldur, 2008.
    Rustad, Mary S. The Black Books of Elverum. Lakeville, Minn.: Galde Press, 1999.
    Tilton, Hereward, and Merlin Cox, eds. Touch Me Not: A More Rare Compendium of the Whole Magical Art. Lopen: Fulgur, 2017.
    Véronèse, Julien. L’Almandal et l’Almadel latins au Moyen Âge : introduction et édition critique. Firenze: SISMEL, Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2012.
    Véronèse, Julien. L’Ars Notoria Au Moyen Age: Introduction et Édition Critique. Firenze: SISMEL edizioni del Galluzzo, 2007.

  2. MX, thank you for your input. I will put of of them in, if you can provide working links to sitesthat have them.
    Enodia is a good catch. Nephilim is not for the academically oriented, but my Cyprian book is in the mail, I ll decide after I get it.

    Agrippa by Tyson is not recommendable. The Perroni Compagni edition is the best, but I cannot provide a link to a site the sells it. Just pick an edition is not very correct way. These books have great editions, acceptable editions and bad editions.
    Also, you can find Agrippa online. See the First mention: whatever you don t find online on the first two sites, you can buy in the links.

    I m also working on a page of links to digital editions. But it will take some time. I m getting paid way to much to do this and the money s gotten to my head: I ve spent all 0 $ from this website on 0 bottles of booze and 0 prostitutes. :))

    So... 1. If they re not in the links , they re on the two websites 2. If they re on neither, they will be in the future online link page. 3. I ve quoted 6 free online editions of De Occulta Philosophia. You just need to read the article :)

    Hockley, Rosicrucianism, Golden Dawn etc are not part of the curriculum.

    Please give me some links for your titles and I ll gladly put them up. Thank you kindly for the interest!

  3. Just pointing out a typo. The following title: "Betz, Hans Dieter: The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Including the Demonic Spells: Texts v. 1" The last part should read "Demotic Spells," not Demonic.

    1. thank you! will correct a soon as i start updating the list

  4. How about "Calendier NatureñMaguique et Perpetuel" compile par Johann Baptist Grobschedl Aichaet attribue a Johann Trithemius et Henri Corneill Agrippa"....

    1. thank you. the list needs updating with a couple of dozen titles