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Ms. Codex 1674 - [Sefer Raziel HaMalach... etc.]
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Title:
[Sefer Raziel HaMalach... etc.] [manuscript].
Origin:
[Italy?, 17--]
Physical description:
61 leaves : paper ; 210 x 150 mm. bound to 217 x 154 mm.
Summary:
Collection of cabalistic works with an emphasis on angels. The primary text is an Italian and Latin translation of excerpts from the Sefer Raziel HaMalach in which Solomon recounts how the angel Raziel delivered a book of divine secrets to Adam and Eve after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Raziel was the angel stationed beside God's throne and thus recorded the secret knowledge that was discussed. The text includes instructions for practical magic such as how to attain one's desires (p. 4), cure illness (p. 10), defeat enemies (p. 33), and gain someone's love (p. 53). Also includes sections on divine names, numerological tables, and invocations.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Pagination: Paper, 61; [iv], 1-43, [xi], 1-8, [xlvi], 1-6, [iv]; contemporary pagination in ink, upper outer corners; [iv], 1-118; modern pagination in pencil, lower right corners. All references in this record are to the modern pagination.
Script: Written in various cursive and semi-cursive scripts by many different hands.
Decoration: Drawing of sigil (p. 42).
Binding: Contemporary pasteboards.
Origin: Written in Italy[?] in the 18th century.
See also UPenn Ms. Codex 1685 for a copy of this manuscript with a partial English translation in the hand of Charles Rainsford.
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1674.
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Ms. Codex 1674
 
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