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Translated from the Original Hebrew into the French, and now rendered from the latter language into English. From a unique and valuable MS. in the "Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal" at Paris.


Author of
"The Kabbalah Unveiled,"
"The Key of Solomon,"
"The Tarot," etc.

Immensely influential Authentic Grimoire of the Western Ritual Magic and Esoteric Tradition.

Sample Chapter




OWING perhaps to the circumstance that the indispensable "Bædecker" accords only a three or four line notice to the "Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal"; but few English or American visitors to Paris are acquainted with its name, situation, or contents, though nearly all know at least by sight the "Bibliothèque Nationale" and the "Bibliothèque Mazarin".

This "Library of the Arsenal," as it is now called, was founded as a private collection by Antoine René Voyer D’Argenson, Marquis de Paulny; and was first opened to the public on the 9th Floréal, in the fifth year of the French Republic (that is to say, on 28th April, 1797), or just a century ago. This Marquis de Paulny was born in the year 1722, died in 1787, and was successively Minister of War, and Ambassador to Switzerland, to Poland, and to the Venetian Republic. His later years were devoted to the formation of this Library, said to be one of the richest private collections known. It was acquired in 1785 by the Comte D’Artois, and to-day belongs to the State. It is situated on the right bank of the Seine, in the Rue de Sully, near the river, and not far from the Place de la Bastille, and is known as the "Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal". In round numbers it now possesses 700,000 printed books, and about 8000 manuscripts, many of them being of considerable value.

Among the latter is this Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin, as delivered by Abraham the Jew unto his son Lamech; which I now give to the public in printed form for the first time.

Many years ago I heard of the existence of this manuscript from a celebrated occultist, since dead; and more recently my attention was again called to it by my personal friend, the well-known French author, lecturer and poet, Jules Bois, whose attention has been for some time turned to occult subjects. My first-mentioned informant told me that it was known both to Bulwer Lytton and Éliphas Lévi, that the former had based part of his description of the Sage Rosicrucian Mejnour on that of Abra-Melin, while the account of the so-called Observatory of Sir Philip Derval in the "Strange Story" was to an extent copied from and suggested by that of the Magical Oratory and Terrace, given in the Eleventh Chapter of the Second Book of this present work. Certainly also the manner of instruction applied by Mejnour in "Zanoni" to the Neophyte Glyndon, together with the test of leaving him alone in his abode to go on a short journey and then returning unexpectedly, is closely similar to that employed by Abra-Melin to Abraham, with this difference, that the latter successfully passed through that test, while Glyndon failed. It would also be especially such experiments as those described at length in the Third Book, which the author of the "Strange Story" had in view when he makes Sir Philip Derval in the MS. history of his life speak of certain hooks describing occult experiments, some of which he had tried and to his surprise found succeed.

This rare and unique manuscript of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin, from which the present work is translated, is a French translation from the original Hebrew of Abraham the Jew. It is in the style of script usual at about the end of the seventeenth and beginning of the eighteenth centuries, and is apparently by the same hand as another MS. of the Magic of Picatrix 1 also in the "Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal". I know of no other existing copy or replica of this Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin, not even in the British Museum, whose enormous collection of Occult Manuscripts I have very thoroughly studied.

Neither have I ever heard by traditional report of the existence of any other copy.  In giving it now to the Public, I feel, therefore, that I am conferring a real benefit upon English and American students of Occultism, by placing within their reach for the first time a Magical work of such importance from the Occult standpoint.

The Manuscript is divided into three Books, each with its separate Title Page, surrounded by an ornamental border of simple design, in red and black ink, and which is evidently not intended to be symbolical in the slightest degree, but is simply the work of a conscientious caligraphist wishing to give an appearance of cleanness and completeness to the Title Page. The wording of each is the same: "Livre Premier (Second or Troisième, as the case may be) de la Sacrée Magie que Dieu donna à Moyse, Aaron, David, Salomon et à d’autres Saints Patriarches et Prophetes qui enseigne la vraye sapience Divine laissée par Abraham à Lamech son Fils traduite de l’hébreu 1458". I give the translated title at the commencement of each of the Three Books.

On the fly-leaf of the original MS. is the following note in the handwriting of the end of the eighteenth century:–

"This Volume contains 3 Books, of which here is the first.–The Abraham and the Lamech, of whom there is here made question, were Jews of the fifteenth century, and it is well known that the Jews of that period possessing the Cabala of Solomon passed for being the best Sorcerers and Astrologers." Then follows in another and recent hand:–

"Volume composed of three parts–

1st part 102 pages.

2nd part 194 pages

3rd part 117 pages

June, 1883.”



Appendix A: Hebrew and Chaldee Alphabet
Appendix B. Employment of a Child-Clairvoyant by Cagliostro
Appendix C. Examples of Other Methods of Angelic Evocation

The First Book

The First Chapter
The Second Chapter
The Third Chapter
The Fourth Chapter
The Fifth Chapter
The Sixth Chapter
The Seventh Chapter
The Eighth Chapter
The Ninth Chapter
The Tenth Chapter
The Eleventh Chapter
The Twelfth Chapter

The Second Book

The First Chapter: What and How Many be the Forms of Veritable Magic
The Second Chapter. What We Should Consider Before Undertaking This Operation
The Third Chapter. Of the Age and Quality of the Person Who Wisheth to Undertake This Operation
The Fourth Chapter. That the Greater Number of Magical Books are False and Vain
The Fifth Chapter. That in This Operation it is not Necessary to Regard the Time, Nor the Day, Nor the Hours
The Sixth Chapter. Concerning the Planetary Hours and Other Errors of the Astrologers
The Seventh Chapter. Regarding What it is Necessary to Accomplish During the First Two Moons…
The Eighth Chapter. Concerning the Two Second Moons
The Ninth Chapter. Concerning the Two Last Moons Which Must Be Thus Commenced
The Tenth Chapter. Concerning What Things a Man May Learn and Study During These Two Moons
The Eleventh Chapter. Concerning the Selection of the Place
The Twelfth Chapter. How One Should Keep Oneself in Order to Carry Out This Operation Well
The Thirteenth Chapter. Concerning the Convocation of the Good Spirits
The Fourteenth Chapter. Concerning the Convocation of the Spirits
The Fifteenth Chapter. Concerning What You Should Demand of the Spirits…
The Sixteenth Chapter. Concerning the Sending Them Away
The Seventeenth Chapter. What We Should Answer Unto the Interrogations of the Spirits, and How We Should Resist Their Demands
The Eighteenth Chapter. How He Who Operateth Should Behave as Regardeth the Spirits
The Nineteenth Chapter. A Descriptive List of the Names of the Spirits…
Notes to the Foregoing Lists of Names of Spirits
The Twentieth Chapter. How the Operations Should be Performed
By Whom the Symbols of the Chapters of the Third Book be Manifested
Unto What Prince the Operations of Each Chapter are Submitted
Instructions and Explanations…

The Third Book

The Prologue
The First Chapter: To Know All Manner of Things Past and Future
Notes to the Chapters of Magical Symbols: Introduction
Notes to Chapter I
The Second Chapter. To Obtain Information Concerning, and to be Enlightened Upon All Sorts of Propositions and All Doubtful Sciences
Notes to Chapter II
The Third Chapter. To cause any Spirit to appear, and take any form, such as of Man, Animal, Bird, etc.
Notes to Chapter III
The Fourth Chapter. For Divers Visions
Notes to Chapter IV
The Fifth Chapter. How we may retain the Familiar Spirits bond or free in whatsoever form
Notes to Chapter V
The Sixth Chapter. To cause Mines to be pointed out, and to help forward all kinds of work connected therewith
Notes to Chapter VI
The Seventh Chapter. To cause the Spirits to perform with facility and promptitude all necessary Chemical labours and Operations, as regardeth Metals especially
Notes to Chapter VII
Th Eighth Chapter. To Excite Tempests
Notes to Chapter VIII
The Ninth Chapter. To transform Animals into Men, and Men into Animals; etc.
Notes to Chapter IX
The Tenth Chapter. To hinder any Necromantic or Magical Operations from taking effect…
Notes to Chapter X
The Eleventh Chapter. To Cause All Kinds Of Books to be Brought to One, and Whether Lost or Stolen
Notes to Chapter XI
The Twelfth Chapter. To Know the Secrets of Any Person
Notes to Chapter XII
The Thirteenth Chapter. To Cause a Dead Body to Revive…
Notes to Chapter XIII
The Fourteenth Chapter. … To Render Oneself Invisible Unto Every Person
Notes to Chapter XIV
The Fifteenth Chapter. For the Spirits to bring us anything we may wish to eat or to drink…
Notes to Chapter XV
The Sixteenth Chapter. To Find and Take Possession of All Kinds of Treasures…
Notes to Chapter XVI
The Seventeenth Chapter. To Fly in the Air and Travel Any Whither
Notes to Chapter XVII
The Eighteenth Chapter. To Heal Divers Maladies
Notes to Chapter XVIII
The Nineteenth Chapter. For Every Description of Affection and Love.
Notes to Chapter XIX
The Twentieth Chapter. To Excite … Hatred and Enmity, Discords, Quarrels, etc.
Notes to Chapter XX
The Twenty-First Chapter. To Transform Oneself, and Take Different Faces and Forms
Notes to Chapter XXI.
The Twenty-Second Chapter. [How to] … Cast Spells, and Work Every Kind of Evil
Notes to Chapter XXII
The Twenty-Third Chapter. To Demolish Buildings and Strongholds
Notes to Chapter XXIII
The Twenty-Fourth Chapter. To Discover Any Thefts That Hath Occurred
Notes to Chapter XXIV
The Twenty-Fifth Chapter. To walk upon, and operate under, Water.
Notes to Chapter XXV
The Twenty-Sixth Chapter. To Open Every Kind Of Lock…
Notes to Chapter XXVI
The Twenty-Seventh Chapter. To Cause Visions to Appear
Notes to Chapter XXVII
The Twenty-Eighth Chapter. To Have as Much Gold and Silver as One May Wish…
Notes to Chapter XXVIII
The Twenty-Ninth Chapter. To Cause Armed Men to Appear
Notes to Chapter XXIX
The Thirtieth Chapter. To Cause … Music and Dances to Appear
Notes to Chapter XXX
Essential Remarks Upon the Foregoing Symbols

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