Natural Magick

Giambattista Della Porta



  • Black Letter Press
  • 2020
  • 612 pages
  • Hardcover bound in bottle-green geltex
  • 24.7 × 17.5 × 4.3 cm

Revised and Edited by Paul Summers Young
Cover design by Andrei Bouzikov
Illustrations revised by Lea Pieper

Second Edition

A beautiful new edition of Giambattista della Porta’s most famous work Natural Magick.

This Black Letter Press publication 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.

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