Mysteries of Magic

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Cosimo, Inc., 2005 M08 1 - 364 pages
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It is probable that the professional magician was originally one who, in the course of the evolution of society by birth, study and practice, acquired a powerful influence over his fellows. -C.J.S. Thompson, Chapter 1: The Genesis of Magic In this tremendously informative and entertaining sourcebook, first published in 1927, an historian of the occult introduces us to the magic traditions of the ancients, including the Babylonians, Egyptians, Celts, Arabs, Hindu, and Chinese, and then explores the many practices and powers attributed to the magician. Packed with tidbits on demonology and divination, crystal gazing, pentacles and perfumes, magical numbers, grimoires and magical manuscripts, and much more, this is a treat for fans of fantasy and students of the mysterious alike. British writer CHARLES JOHN SAMUEL THOMPSON (1862-1943) was the curator of the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and author of a number of histories of the strange and the supernatural, including The Lure and Romance of Alchemy, The Mystery and Lore of Monsters, Poisons and Poisoners, The Quacks of Old London, and The Hand of Destiny.
 

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Contents

PAOl
1
CHAPTER II
9
CHAPTER III
24
CHAPTER IV
33
CHAPTER V
46
CHAPTER VI
61
GREEK AND EOMAN MAGIC
74
CHAPTER IX
93
CHAPTER XVII
167
CHAPTER XIX
181
CHAPTER XXI
196
RECORDS OF MAGIC FROM THE FOURTH TO
215
CHAPTER XXIV
229
CHAPTER XXV
241
CHAPTER XXVI
256
CHAPTER XXVII
262

CHAPTER X
108
CHAPTER XI
118
CHAPTER XII
133
DIVINATION
142
THE MAGIC CRYSTALCRYSTAL GAZING
151
CHAPTER XXVIII
273
magic in Shakespeares plays
287
CHAPTER XXXI
304
INDEX
317
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