Compendium Of Demonology and Magic (ca. 1775)

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A selection of pages from an 18th-century demonology book comprised of more than 30 exquisite watercolours showing various demon figures, as well as magic and cabbalistic signs. The full Latin title of Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros, roughly translates to “A rare summary of the entire Magical Art by the most famous Masters of this Art”. With a title page adorned with skeletons and the warning of Noli me tangere (Do not touch me), one quickly gets a sense of the dark oddities lurking inside its pages. The bulk of the illustrations depict a varied bestiary of grotesque demonic creatures up to all sorts of appropriately demonic activities, such as chewing down on severed legs, spitting fire and snakes from genitalia, and parading around decapitated heads on sticks. In additon there seem also to be pictures relating to necromancy, the act of communicating with the dead in order to gain information about, and possibly control, the future. Written in German and Latin the book has been dated to around 1775, although it seems the unknown author tried to pass it off as an older relic, mentioning the year 1057 in the title page.

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L0076356 Figure of hand showing cabbalistic signs and sigils

L0076358 Three people engulfed in flames, MS. 1766

L0076359 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766.

L0076360 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766.

L0076361 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766.

L0076362 Illustration of Beelzebub, MS 1766

L0076363 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766.

L0076364 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766.

L0076365 Illustration of Asmodai (MS 1766)

L0076366 The Prince of Darkness, Dagol devouring human limbs

L0076367 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766.

L0076370 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766.

L0076371 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766.

L0076372 MS 1766, Illustration of a monster (Wamidal)

L0076373 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766.

L0076374 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766.

L0076375 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766.

L0076376 Illustration of a magic circle ritual.

L0076378 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766.

L0076381 Illustration of a three-headed creature.

L0076383 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766.

L0076384 Illustration of a hybrid monster.

L0076385 A compendium about demons and magic. MS 1766.




  • Ahroun Deltori

    I want a copy.

    • JAFischer

      Translated.