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First edition of Francis Barrett’s Magus

Over at Ouroboros Press’ Rare Books page, they’ve recently posted about a re-bound 1801 first edition of Francis Barrett’s Magus.


Quarto rebound in full speckled leather with gilt and blind-stamped ornaments. Raised spine bands and black leather and gilt title label. Ample complementary endsheets and binders mark to inside rear cover. Evidence of prior rebinding shown in edge trimming [not affecting the text or illustrations], edges colored in parchment tones.

Collation: xv, 175, 198, 2[publishers ads] pages. with Portrait frontispiece and 22 plates, 1 folding and 5 in watercolors including the Fallen Angels. There is some water-staining to the plates, themselves hand-colored with watercolors otherwise the pages are remarkably clean aside from the occasional foxing. Old repair to folding plate with no loss using contemporary paper. Numerous tables and diagrams in the text. This copy retains all the engravings and folding plates called for, many of which have become iconic in the history of western esotericism due to the book’s considerable influence. The presence this book projects is commensurate with its reputation.