All rights reserved. Last updated May 14, For a new, reformatted edition of Mathers' edition, with new artwork, see:. The Key of Solomon is the most famous and important of all Grimoires, or handbooks of Magic. Waite has stated BCM , pg.
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Other :. Information about this record Author: Colorni, Abraham, approximately Jewish Italian engineer, mathematician, inventor, and archaeologist born in Mantua who served as engineer at the courts of noblemen such as Alfonso D'Este, Duke of Ferrara and authored works on mathematics, ciphers, and translated the Key of Solomon from Hebrew into Italian. The text is divided into two books and contains a complete list of contents for each book f. Owned by the 2nd through 12th Dukes of Northumberland, ms.
Foliation: Paper, ; [iv], , , [ii], , [i], ; contemporary foliation in ink, upper right recto. Catchwords lower right corners. Folio 6 has been torn out resulting in a loss of text. Decoration: Decorated title pages at the beginning of each book with yellow ink wash and an engraved frontispiece from an unidentified printed work pasted in f.
Codex This site has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment to the Humanities. Colorni, Abraham, approximately Latin, with transliterated Hebrew words. Sold at auction at Sotheby's London , 15 July , as part of Lot Rainsford, Charles, , former owner. Northumberland, Hugh Percy, Duke of, , former owner. Magic - Early works to Occultism - Early works to Manuscripts, Latin - 18th century. Manuscripts, European. Title from title page f.
Script: Written in a cursive script by at least two hands. Binding: Contemporary quarter leather with the remains of silk ties. Origin: Written in the second half of the 18th century. Find Related Items:. Related names: Northumberland, Hugh Percy, Duke of, , former owner.
The Key of Knowledge (Clavicula Salomonis)
Baconis ars experimentalis. Twilit Grotto -- Esoteric Archives. It is also full of Christian references which are absent in Mathers' edition and other manuscripts of the Clavicula. Regarding the third early English translation, Sloane MS , although it has many parallels with the two English manuscripts represented in the present text, it does not seem to be directly related. Rather, it appears to be an independent translation, probably from the Italian or Latin. It is not included in the present edition. I have taken the liberty of moving the table of contents for book 2 to the beginning of this transcript for convenience.
Penn in Hand: Selected Manuscripts
It probably dates back to the 14th or 15th century Italian Renaissance. It presents a typical example of Renaissance magic. It is possible that the Key of Solomon inspired later works, particularly the 17th-century grimoire also known as Clavicula Salomonis Regis , Lesser Key of Solomon or Lemegeton , although there are many differences between the books. Many such grimoires attributed to King Solomon were written during the Renaissance, ultimately being influenced by earlier works of Jewish kabbalists and Arab alchemists. These, in turn, incorporated aspects of the Greco-Roman magic of Late Antiquity. Several versions of the Key of Solomon exist, in various translations, with minor to significant differences. The original type of text was probably a Latin or Italian text dating to the 14th or 15th century.