The History of Magic

Éliphas Lévi

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The History of Magic, Including a Clear and Precise Exposition of its Procedure, its Rites and its Mysteries is a book by French esotericist Éliphas Lévi, first published in 1860. In this book, Lévi explores the history of magic, mysticism, and the occult from ancient times to his contemporary era. He discusses various aspects of magical practices, symbolism, and the development of occult traditions. Subjects include historical magic in religion, hermetic magic, the practise of magic in India and ancient Greece, the Qabalah, secret societies and their initiations, the Illuminati, the French revolution, and much more. There are also sections on famous magicians and alchemists, and chapters on those accused of using magic. The History of Magic provides insights into the evolution of magical thought and practices, making it an important work in the field of Western esotericism.

This book has 174,355 words, 269 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1860. This translation by A. E. Waite was first published in 1922.

Production notes: This ebook of The History of Magic was published by Global Grey on the 9th October 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Silence' by Henry Fuseli.

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