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The Place of Magic in the Intellectual History of Europe


The Place of Magic in the Intellectual History of Europe
by Lynn Thorndike,
Edited by Joel Radcliffe.

Originally published in 1905, this work, after a manner, is an outline for Lynn Thorndike’s later monumental magnum opus, the eight volume set of the History of Magic and Experimental Science.

This work is first and foremost a historical primer. From the Classical to the Medieval eras, the history of Magick is explored through the works and the personages of these periods. Primary source material is laid clear that comprises the primary signposts of this lineage. These being the likes of Pliny and his Natural History, to Pythagoras, Aristotle, Cato, Boswell, Galen, Seneca and Cicero’s Dream of Scipio, to name a few. Mr. Thorndike provides a thorough groundwork. The eclipse of Magick by science and yet the ageless persistence of Magickal inclinations brings gravity to the issues of the scientific questions of Magick’s evolution. In keeping with the scholar tradition, there are copious Latin and Greek footnotes throughout.

107 pages. One of only 250 copies. Hand-bound in full cloth with printed dust jacket.

$45.00 + shipping.