“Books of Magic, Spells, Charms, and Incantations”

An article by Owen Davies, featuring page images from Art of the Grimoire: An Illustrated History of Magic Books and Spells [Amazon, Bookshop, Publisher, Local Library]:

Books of Magic, Spells, Charms, and Incantations“—”The contents of magic texts represent much more than magic itself. Their little-studied artistic qualities reveal unique traditions of illustration, design, and imagination. Text and image were often literally entwined on the page, the potency of both inextricably linked. Here I have chosen seven texts from across time and across the globe that show the enduring creative power of magical art.” “Book of the Dead of Reri (Egypt, 305–30 BCE) … Avalokiteśvara dhāranīs (China, 10th century CE) … Ahmad ibn al-Būnī’s Shams al-ma‘ārif (The Sun of Knowledge) (Arabic, thirteenth century) … Key of Solomon (Europe, 15th century) … Ethiopian incantation scroll (19th century) … The Great Pustaha (Sumatra, nineteenth century) … The Cyprianus book (Central and South America, 20th century)”

Hermetic Library Omnium Books of Magic Spells Charms and Incantations 19nov2023