Saturday, November 19, 2016
A Treatise on Magical Incantations: Now Available!
This work is another Edmund Goldsmid release, supposedly translated from a work by "Christianus Pazig." That there appears to be no information on this figure indicates that either Goldsmid himself wrote this work or he translated it from a now-extinct piece of (possibly hand written) literature he collected at some point. It is part of the "Bibliotheca Curiosa" that also contains Goldsmid's translation of De Vegetabilis Magicis.
This work mostly rationalizes incantations, and suggests that they are powerless, outside of the realm of god-sanctioned incantations which are mere shows of faith with the power itself coming from the christian deity. It does, however, touch upon Homeric myth, then-modern parlor tricks, and other related topics.