18th Century. A Memphis, Chez Alibeck l'Egyptien
12mo (15cm). 1 leave, 100 pp, 1 bl.
Later full calf binding, flat spine decorated, original paper wrappers conserved. Printed on heavy laid paper, watermark with a crown and two Cs interlaced.
Frontispice of the "Wheel of the planets" in red and green, and 9 full page plates of magical signs.
Complete and in good condition.
Light waterstain throughout and slight browning as usual.
Extremely rare first french edition published during the 18th century. It differs from the most common edition reprinted in the 19th century under the title : "Les véritables clavicules de Salomon, trésor des sciences occultes". It is considered the earliest and most serious grimoire of ceremonial magic. Known manuscript copies date as early as the 15th century, supposedly with the original in greek or hebrew, and with translations in latin, french, english, german, etc. All the versions can differ considerably. This one contains various spells do call upon dark spirits and demons, as well as rituals and symbols to see the future with the mirror of Solomon, become invisible, or "make a girl dance naked".