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417. MACGREGOR MATHERS, S. Liddell: The Key of Solomon the King (Clavicula Salomonis). Now First Translated and Edited From Ancient MSS. in the British Museum by S. Liddell MacGregor Mathers Author of “The Kabbalah Unveiled”, “The Tarot”, &c. With Plates. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co. Ltd., 1909. SECOND EDITION. Quarto (26 x 20 cm), pp. viii, 126. Publisher's red buckram cloth spine over bevelled, burgundy cloth boards with gilt titles to spine. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed and plain endpapers. Illustrated with 15 plates, of which 7 are on blue paper, showing many talismans, magical equipment and sigils or magical alphabets. A little fading to spine and typical browning to endpapers, otherwise a fine copy. The Key of Solomon the King is the greatest of the medieval grimoires, its influence being seen in other works such as the Grimorium Verum or the Lemegeton (Goetia). Mathers used no less than seven different manuscripts in the collection of the British Museum, to create this first comprehensive translation into English (first published by Redway in 1889, 500 copies). He was assisted (and sponsored financially) by Dr. W. Wynn Westcott, a co-founder of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, which was created during the year (1888) of his researches into the Key. It is likely he was influenced by this famous work of Ceremonial Magic in writing the rituals for the new Magical Order he was creating. In 1904, Aleister Crowley published the Goetia or Lesser Key of Solomon, based largely on the notes he 'obtained' from Mathers. This 1909 second editon is well produced and finely printed on good quality paper.

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