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Achtes und neuntes Buch Mosis oder der sympathisch-magische Hausschatz [Anonym]: (Eighth and Ninth Books of Moses or the sympathetic- magical household treasure [Anonymous]). "The secrets of secrets" or Black Art books.

Dresden, Germany: Verlag von Friss Casper & Co., [1900]. Reprint. Hardcover. "The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses is an 18th or 19th century magical text allegedly written by Moses, and passed down as hidden (or lost) books of the Five Books of Moses or Pentateuch. A grimoire, a text of magical incantations and seals, it purports to instruct the reader in the spells used to create the miracles portrayed in the Christian Bible. The work was printed with annexes or reputed Talmudic magic names, words and incantation, many taken from Christian biblical passages. Copies have been traced to 18th century German pamphlets, but an 1849 printing, aided by the appearance of the popular press in the 19th century, spread copies through Germany and Northern Europe, to German immigrants in the United States, to the African American South and Caribbean, and Anglophone West Africa. It influenced European Occult Spiritualism, as well as popular religious movements in the American South (Hoodoo), the Caribbean (Rastafarian), and West Africa..."--Web. This book is the continuation of the more popular Sixth and Seventh book. Reprinted in many iterations, this copy is scarce from the early 20th century, as later reprints were printed in abundance, however, accessible for curious readers and occultists alike. These copies were put together by the publishers from books they had at hand; they cancelled the title pages and gave them a new title page: "Achtes und Neuntes Buch Moses". The books were sealed so the buyer could not peep inside (and detect the fraud).--Dr. M. Siefener. These are usually publisher's interpretation of pseudo-Judeo Christian and paganism in antiquity, however appropriated, assumed and hybridized, undoubtedly motivated at least in part by a desire to enhance the authority and prestige of its contents. The texts are broken into chapters of secret "found" documents from St. Bernard's Abbey; talismans; sympathetic remedies, i.e. blindness, various plant remedies, perfume making; hypnotism, and even references to Hildegard de Bingen. There are also recommendations and price lists for other material, including the Sixth and Seventh Book of Moses. A critical element to the evolution of magic manuals and linguistic literary subgenre of appropriated occult texts. Super example of a black art book. Very Good+. Shaken, rear split, but intact, minimal shelfwear; little scuffing; small tears/hole to tp, but uncompromised, light toning; otherwise tight, bright, and umarred. 8vo. 205pp. illus (b/w, charts). Bound in later vinyl over paper boards. Item #12275

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