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The Magitians Discovered, Vol 3: Supplementary Texts. Excluded Chapters The Discoverie of Witchcraft (New)
by Madziarczyk, John (ed)
Publisher: Topaz House Publications
Book ID: TOPAZMD3, TOPAZMD3
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The Magitians Discovered, Volume 3 consists of supplementary texts from outside of the Discoverie that shed light on the anonymous material. These include excerpts from the Heptameron, Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy, Agrippa's Fourth Book, Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, John Dee's A True & Faithful Relation, and Olaus Magnus' Description of the Northern Peoples.
The texts in Volume Three are a combination of excerpts from authors and texts actually referenced by the anonymous material, such as the Heptameron, Agrippa, Olaus Magnus, and John Dee, as well as authors and texts referenced by volume one. These include "Anatomy of Melancholy" by Robert Burton, "The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, and Fairies" by Robert Kirk, and the "Danish History" of Saxo Grammaticus
The selection of John Dee's spiritual diaries from "A True & Faithful Relation" consists of the full account of the reception of the geographical correspondences of the aires, the full sections from which the demon and angel names of the anonymous material were drawn, as well as theoretical sections about the nature of the wisdom of Enoch and the aerial spirits given by the angels. The selection from the Heptameron and pseudo-Agrippa's fourth book reproduce in full sections which the anonymous authors only included in fragmentary form.
Volume Three also includes the balance of the main text translated by one of the authors of the anonymous material. This deals with the practice of mumial or corpse medicine, particularly that of constructing a "magnet" from human fluids that can absorb illness. This practice is labeled "magical medicine" by the translator, and includes quite a lot of information on sympathetic magic.
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