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Le Dragon Rouge de L'Art de Commander les Esprits Celestes, Aeriens et Infernaux.

Grimoires ] Anonymous.

Published by Garfardo Buffanelli [ Imprimerie de Blocquel ] ND [ 1850 ?], Milan [ Lille ], 1850
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Hardcover. Small Ocatvo. (iv) 108pp ( ii). Later speckled papered boards, printed paper spine label, fresh endpapers. Frontispiece and title page in black and red, 4 full page black and white woodcut plates and diagrams, various illustrations in-text. Although consecutively paginated the text is divided into two "books," with a second title page following page 54 headed: "Le Sanctum Regum ou la Véritable Manière de Faire les Pactes, Avec qulque Esprit que ce Soit, Sans qu'il vois puisse faire aucun torte." Text mostly in French, with some passages in Italian and Latin. An extremely unusual version of the `renowned grimoire "Le Dragon Rouge." This edition is immediately recognizable by the apparently spurious imprint "A Milan, chez Gaspardo Buffanelli" on the title page (the imprint in the colophon, "Lille - Imprimerie De Blocquel" suggesting that its true origins are in France rather than Italy) and by the truncated crocodile design also on the title page (the crocodile was equated with the Nile, which was equated with Egypt, legendary source of ancient magical wisdom). Curiously, with most sources identifying this edition as ca. 1850 it was certainly not the earliest published version of the work, yet it seems to contain the text in its most basic form. Unlike some earlier versions it does not include the text of the "Poulet Noire" or the "Table of Auspicious and Inauspicious Days," and also omits many of the folk magic spells and remedies, for purposes like winning the favour of a judge, curing pleurisy and gout, and mutilating one's enemies. Of course it does not contain the additions made to the later "Édition Augmentée" (such as the "Secrets de la Reine Cléopatre," and "Secrets D'Artéphius,") which in fact differs so markedly from these earlier editions that it could reasonably be regarded as a separate work. The contents, as listed at the rear, are: Prélude; Le Dragon Rouge, chapitre Premier; Chapitre II: Prière, Première offrande; Chapitre III, contenant la véritable composition de la baguette mystérieuse, ou verge foudroyante; Chapitre IV, contenant la véritable represéntation du grand cercle cabalistique, Première prière, Seconde prière, Offrande, Première à l'empereur Lucifer, Seconde appellation, Avertissement, Troisième appellation, Grande appellation tirée du grand Cabaliste, De l'apparition de l'Esprit, Demande à l'Esprit, Résponse de l'Esprit, Demande à l'Esprit, Résponse de l'Esprit, Demande à l'Esprit, Avertissement, Résponse et convention de l'Esprit, Résponse à l'Esprit, Centum regum, Chiamata di Lucifero, Promesse de l'Esprit, Modo di Licencaire, Ordre de l'Esprit, Conjuration et renvoi de l'Esprit, Actions de grace, Second livre, contenant le véritable Sanctum Regum de la Clavicule, ou la véritable manière de faire des pactes. Le Sanctum Regum, ou la véritable manière de faire les pactes, avec quelque esprit que ce soit sans qu'il vous puisse faire aucun tort, Signes et caractères des esprits, Avertissement, Triangle des pactes, Grande appellation de esprits avec lesquels l'on veut faire pacte, tirée de la grande Clavicule, Apparition de l'Esprit, Demande à l'Esprit, Résponse de l'Esprit, Seconde Apparition de l'Esprit, Résponse à l'Esprit, Résponse de l'Esprit, Conjuration et renvoi de l'Esprit avec lequel on a fait pacte, Prière au Tout-Puissant en forme d'actions de graces, Orasion pur se garantir des mauvais Esprits, Citasio Proeditorum Spirituum, Le secret magique ou le grand art de pouvoir parler aoux morts, Secrets divers, Pour charmer les armes à feu, Pour être insensible aux tortures; Composition de mort, oula pierre philosophale; Pour parler aux Esprits la veille de la St. - Jean Baptiste, Pour faire danser tout nu, Pour se faire aimer de telle fille ou femme qui vous voudrez, Pour se render invisible, Pour faire le jarretiére de sept lieues par heure. Fin. Light rubbing to boards and extremities, page edges a little darkened and thumbed, brown dark damp mark to extreme lower corner of first 75 p. Bookseller Inventory # 41151

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Title: Le Dragon Rouge de L'Art de Commander les ...

Publisher: Garfardo Buffanelli [ Imprimerie de Blocquel ] ND [ 1850 ?], Milan [ Lille ]

Publication Date: 1850

Binding: Hardcover

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