Title: Picatrix: The Goal of the Wise.
Publisher: Ouroboros Press, Seattle
Publication Date: 2002
Edition: First edition.
8.5" x 5.5". 170pp., with the bibliography. Bound in full black leather, with gilt spine lettering, raised bands, and marbled endpapers. Fine condition. Translated by Hashem Atallah. Edited by William Kiesel. This copy signed with initials and inscribed by the editor on the half - title page. This first English language edition limited to 1000 numbered copies; a limited number of the 1000 were bound in leather. The Picatrix, or Ghayat al-Hakim as it is titled in Arabic, has long been regarded as primary source material in the Hermetic Tradition. The text of this Medieval work consists of four books covering the art and practice of Astrological, Talismanic and Astral Magic. The author has compiled information derived from 224 books by "ancient sages" (Hermes, Plato & Aristotle & others) with the intention of uniting all these diverse arts into a practical system. Volume one contains the first two books of Ghayat al-Hakim, here translated into English for the first time. Bookseller Inventory # 26188
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