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A quick question.

To: alt.magick
From: (Robert Scott Martin)
Subject: Re: A quick question.
Date: 2 Dec 2001 22:36:33 -0500

In article <>,
Tsettock  wrote:

>In Robert Tyson's version of Agrippa's "Three Books of Occult Philosophy", he
>says that Frances Barrett's "The Magus" is just a plagerism  of the third
>book of the former and part of the fourth book of Occult Philosphy, credited to
>Agrippa.  Can anyone verify or discredit this, I was going to get a copy of
>"The Magus" but if that is true then I won't waste my time or money.

Hello, Tsettock --

There's almost nothing original or unique in the Barrett book -- Joscelyn
Godwin calls it "nothing but a plagiarism in disguise" -- but it does
include a bit more than Agrippa.

Godwin sums up the book's table of contents nicely in THE THEOSOPHICAL

"Three quarters of THE MAGUS consists of selected chapters ... from Henry 
Cornelius Agrippa's THREE BOOKS ON NATURAL MAGIC ... and of the spurious  
FOURTH BOOK of Agripa ... which included Peter of Abano's HEPTAMERON.... 
The section on Magnetism comes from the English edition of J.B. van 
Helmont's works ... that on Natural Magic, from Agrippa and from 
Giambattista Porta (MAGIA NATURALIS)"

The van Helmont and Porta are fairly hard to come by and, each in their 
way, fairly influential in their era. I suppose someone trying to collect 
them piecemeal might get some value out of Barrett's excerpts, as a 
stopgap if nothing else.

The book's crown jewel is probably its ten engravings of important demons 
by Henry Fuseli (, 
although if you're really interested in that you'll probably be better 
served combing the various books about Fuseli for them.

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