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A journey through magic across three millennia

Brian Copenhaver’s learned discourse may prove impenetrable to those not already versed in the arcane mysteries

12 December 2015

9:00 AM

12 December 2015

9:00 AM

The Book of Magic: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment Brian Copenhaver

Penguin, pp.643, £30, ISBN: 9780241198568

With the briefest of introductions to each chapter, it is up to the reader to decide how they want to tackle nearly 600 pages of extracts from religious discourses, scientific tracts, demonologies, and literary works, expertly chosen and translated by Brian Copenhaver, an eminent scholar of intellectual magic and professor of philosophy and history at the University of California.

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