- Capa comum: 479 páginas
- Editora: Weiser Books (1 de janeiro de 2003)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 1578631785
- ISBN-13: 978-1578631780
- Dimensões do produto: 17,8 x 2,8 x 25,4 cm
- Peso de envio: 1,1 Kg
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John Dee's Five Books of Mystery: Original Sourcebook of Enochian Magic (Inglês) Capa Comum – 31 dez 2002
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Long story short, the content is great, but the printers and storage facility didn't do Mr. Peterson any favors with such poor craftsmanship at a premium price for a paperback.
The editor did a great job of making the texts readable and clear in the layout. The footnotes (including explanatory, reference, and translation of the Latin parts) are extremely useful to the understanding of the text and related texts that Dee had access to.
The introductory information written by the editor is short and straightforward, and also fairly objective.
The book contains the 5 Books of Mystery that were found after Dee's death. These books provide a clear insight into the goings on around the Skrying done by Dee and Kelly; they are a journal or set of lab notes on what went on at each session detailing what was seen in the crystal as well as how the "angels" taught them to render the Sigilum Dei, the tables, and a few other things.
Whether you believe Dee actually talked with angels or not, this is a great insight into an Elizabethan Mage's project. A must have for anyone interested in such subject matter for whatever reasons.
This also provides a great deal of context to other Enochian works as well as a useful read to anyone interested in speculating on the psychodynamics of these sorts of things.
At the same time, this is not by itself a practical book. Here you don't find descriptions of exactly what was said or done, just records of results. It is mostly interesting to my mind as to how it lets us look inside the thoughts of Dee.
A word about the transliterations, etc. Peterson does not normalize the spellings in this work and the tradeoff is that of readability for atmosphere and accuracy. While I agree with this tradeoff, the book cannot be read quite quickly and it can be difficult to get used to immediately. The book is written in extremely early modern English, and seems to be to my mind just barely on this side of the great vowel shift that separates Middle from Modern English (actually the great vowel shift was ongoing at the time but I think we can safely put Dee on the Modern English side of it). It makes for interesting reading though.