Giambattista della Porta - Natural Magick
Revised and Edited by Paul Summers Young
Cover design by Andrei Bouzikov
Illustrations revised by Lea Pieper
Our edition of Della Porta's Natural Magick is based on the 1658 London edition, which in turn was a translation of the expanded Latin edition of 1589 in twenty books. It includes the suppressed chapter Lamiarum Unguenta / The Witches' Ointment in both English and the original Latin.
Paul Summers Young has newly transcribed and edited the 1658 text, whose eccentricities make for a notoriously laborious read. Spelling and punctuation have been modernised while retaining the Early Modern character of the original; its flavour as a mid-seventeenth century text has been preserved. Rational paragraphing makes it much easier to follow the author's line of thought, making difficult passages a much more enjoyable experience. This is greatly assisted by a new layout and typesetting.
This edition includes the original twenty-page table of contents, A Table containing the General Heads of Natural Magick, and an introduction by Paul Summers Young on the significance of the text, and what a close examination might reveal about its origins.
Hardcover bound in moss-green Geltex
Artwork printed in dark green hot foil on the cover and spine
Printed on wood free and age resistant 90 g cream paper
Sewn book block
Green ribbon marker and headbands
Approx 600 Pages
Measures 176 x 246 mm