First Edition Thus. Sewn, printed on library-quality paper. English language texts [64pp. Edition limited to numbered copies. The book centers on a Hebrew manuscript entitled 'Sepher Maphteah Shelomoh,' that dates from around The original manuscript was discovered in the library of a London Rabbi, Samuel Marcus Gollancz , by his son, Hermann, not long after his father's death.
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First Edition Thus. Sewn, printed on library-quality paper. English language texts [64pp. Edition limited to numbered copies. The book centers on a Hebrew manuscript entitled 'Sepher Maphteah Shelomoh,' that dates from around The original manuscript was discovered in the library of a London Rabbi, Samuel Marcus Gollancz , by his son, Hermann, not long after his father's death. Hermann Gollancz, himself an eminent Hebrew scholar, was fascinated by the manuscript, and felt that its study might give important insight into the history and origins of the "Solomonic" grimoires or books of magic, that are a mainstay of the Western occult tradition.
In Gollancz published his preliminary thoughts and translations in a booklet entitled 'Clavicula Salomonis, A Hebrew Manuscript,' and in he published a facsimile of the manuscript, along with a twenty-page English-language Introduction discussing the text and quoting from it, under the title Sepher Maphteah Shelomo in an edition of only copies.
Both works are extremely rare, and have never before been reprinted. This new Teitan Press edition includes the full text of both of Gollancz's commentaries, and a facsimile of the original Hebrew manuscript, coupled with a new Foreword by well-known scholar of the occult, Stephen Skinner, in which he explores the history of the grimoire in the light of modern scholarship. The first section comprises the English-language Foreword and Introductions, and is 64 pages: printed on quality uncoated paper for easy readability.
The remaining pages the facsimile of the original Hebrew manuscript are printed on special coated paper, that gives a photograph-like quality to the reproduction of the manuscript, with its numerous drawings of seals, talismans etc.
In keeping with tradition, it has been printed so that the English commentaries, which are of course read left to right, are back-to-back with the Hebrew facsimile, which is read from right to left.
Please note the English materials are commentaries - not a full translation. A lovely unused copy in Fine condition. Item ISBN: Ask a Question. Check all categories that are of interest to you.
All rights reserved. You will need a Hebrew font installed to read this. King Solomon who, according to tradition, was king of the whole world and who, according to the statement in Ecclesiastes, could render all the joys and delights of life subservient to his will, stood forth as the pattern and prototype for all who hankered after the things which they regarded as the pleasurable and desirable objects of existence. The legend runs that it was by means of magical conjurations that King Solomon the Wise was enabled to procure for himself all the delights and pleasures which he sought. To quote his words: 'It is said that, in addition to the works composed by Solomon as contained in Holy Writ, he wrote books on the nature of trees and plants, on wild beasts, animals, and fowl: he was further the author of writings and conjurations against Evil Agents in a work called The Key of Solomon. In comparatively modern times what are supposed to be translations or adaptations of the original Hebrew Key appeared in various Romance languages, not to speak of German or English versions.
I was wondering whether I should post the next segment in my grimoire wish list, or some answers to some of your fascinating comments, when an email showed up in my box advertising the latest release from Weiser Antiquarian, a new edition of the Hebrew Key of Solomon. From their site:. Both books are extremely rare, and have never before been reprinted. Stephen Skinner might say something different, for all I know. On the other hand, a small number of signed copies are available now on a first-come first-served basis, so those who are purchasing the book should do so sooner rather than later.