By Daniel Bellingradt,Bernd-Christian Otto
This ebook provides the tale of a different choice of a hundred and forty manuscripts of ‘learned magic’ that used to be bought for a whimsical sum in the clandestine channels of the German e-book exchange within the early eighteenth century. The publication will interpret this assortment from angles – as an artefact of the early glossy publication industry in addition to the longue-durée culture of Western realized magic –, therefore taking a brand new stance in the direction of scribal texts which are frequently considered as eccentric, peripheral, or marginal. The research is established via the obvious exceptionality, shortage, and illegality of the gathering, and offers chapters on clandestine actions in eu publication markets, questions of censorship regimes and potency, using manuscripts in an age of print, and the historical past of realized magic in early smooth Europe. because the assortment has survived until eventually today in Leipzig collage Library, the ebook presents a serious version of the 1710 promoting catalogue, which incorporates a short content material research of all extant manuscripts. The learn can be of curiosity to students and scholars from quite a few fields, comparable to early glossy ebook heritage, the background of magic, cultural historical past, the sociology of faith, or the examine of Western esotericism.