Sworn Book of Honorius
LIBER JURATUS HONORII
Originally available in two formats limited to 11 and 50 copies long sold out
This vellum copy is unique as it is the prototype binding of the edition limited to 11 copies
Only 1 copy available
Slipcased and hand bound in vellum, with black endpapers, copper stamped titles and copper stamped front seal
taken from an original manuscript.
240 pages illustrated
One of the oldest and most influential texts on medieval magic (dating to the fourteenth-century)
here translated for the first time since a partial translation was done in the sixteenth-century
A complete system of magic: including how to attain the divine vision, communicate
with holy angels, and control aerial, earthly, and infernal spirits for practical gain
Liber Juratus Honorii was a key text used by John Dee, who owned two of the most important manuscripts, influencing his Enochian magic and its modern derivatives.
The text was largely ignored by historians until recently, this text is an important witness to the transmission of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism to Christian magicians.
This edition includes the complete Latin text, carefully checked against known manuscripts, and related texts in Latin, German, and English, and brings new light to obscure elements found in other texts such as the Heptameron of Pietro d’Abano.
As the title testifies, students were sworn to secrecy before being given access to this magic text, and only a few manuscripts survive. Nevertheless, it is considered one of the most influential of occult texts. Parts of its teachings are alluded to in other texts, like the use of the magic whistle for summoning spirits. Another key element of its ritual, the elaborate
SIGILLUM DEI AEMETH or “Seal of God,” has been found
in texts and amulets throughout Europe.
Interest in the Sworn Book of Honorius has grown in recent years, being discussed at length in several recent books, yet no modern translations have been attempted. A critical edition of the Latin text by Gösta Hedegård (2002), has already become somewhat dated by new research.
Purporting to preserve the magic of Solomon in the face of intense persecution by religious authorities, this text includes one of the oldest, most detailed, and complete magic rituals. It is aggressively pro-magic, countering that the persecution and anti-magic hysteria were themselves inspired by demons seeking to suppress the divine art.
Joseph H. Peterson has translated many esoteric and religious sourceworks.
He has amassed a large collection of copies of rare and occult tracts for comparative research from the British Library and other institutions, which he shares at his award-winning websites: esotericarchives.com and avesta.org
Peterson’s published works include:
The Book of Oberon: A Sourcebook of Elizabethan Magic
The Clavis or Key to the Magic of Solomon
The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses
GrimoriumVerum, John Dee’s Five Books of Mystery
The Lesser Key of Solomon
The Afrinagan Service