Giambattista della Porta - Natural Magick

Giambattista della Porta - Natural Magick

Revised and Edited by Paul Summers Young

Cover design by Andrei Bouzikov

Illustrations revised by Lea Pieper

Second Edition 


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. 

  • Details

    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


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