3BIBLIOGRAPHY #1: Editions of The Text
- Mar 19, 2001Not to worry folks, no need to buy or read them
all. In fact only a couple of these editions are even
available anymore. This is just to give an idea of some of
the editions the book has gone through over the
years.<br><br>1. Original German Edition:<br><br>DAS SECHSTE UND
SIEBENTE BUCH MOSIS<br>Abt. 6 in "Bibliotek der
Zauber-Geheimniss und Offenbarungs-Bucher", edited by J. Scheible
(Stuttgart, 1849)<br><br><br>2. First English
Edition:<br><br>THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH BOOKS OF MOSES,<br>that is:
Moses' magical spirit-art, together with the wonderful
arts of the old wise Hebrews, taken from the Mosaic
books of the Cabala and the Talmud, for the good of
mankind. Translated from the German, word for word,
according to old writings, with numerous engravings.
(Elizabethville, Pennsylvania: Victor Printing Company,
1880)<br><br><br>2. The deLaurence Edition:<br><br>THE SIXTH AND
SEVENTH BOOKS OF MOSES: The Mystery of All Mysteries.
(Chicago: L.W. deLaurence & Co., 1910. Reprinted many
times.)<br><br>This edition is my personal favorite. Nicely bound
hardcover with decent illustrations of the seals. Sadly, it
seems to have finally gone out of print within the last
decade.<br><br><br>3. The Egyptian Publishing Edition:<br><br>THE SIXTH
AND SEVENTH BOOKS OF MOSES,<br>or, Moses' Magical
Spirit-Art Chicago: Egyptian Publishing Company, 1900.
Reprinted 1972 by Health Research Press, Mokelumne Hill, CA
and 1997 by Kessinger Publishing, LLC, Kila,
MT)<br><br>This edition featured a 15-page appendix on
"Astrological Influence upon Man and Magical Cures of the Old
Hebrews" excerpted from a 19th century German work on the
subject, and not found in any of the other English
editions to my knowledge. Original Egyptian Publishing Co.
edition now long out of print and quite scarce. The
Health Research reprint is a poor quality spiral-bound
photocopy, but worth acquiring for the appendix, although it
too appears to have since gone out of print. I have
not personally seen the Kessinger reprint, but it is
currently available from both the publisher
(www.kessinger-publishing.com) and Amazon.com.<br><br><br>4. The Lady Dale
Edition:<br><br>THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH BOOKS OF MOSES, Complete
Edition by Lady Dale (Philadelphia: Lady Dale's Curio
Shop. No date given, probably
1980s?)<br><br>Inexpensive ($3.00), slightly enlarged (and therefore more
easily read), offset reproduction of deLaurence edition.
Probably out of print by now.<br><br><br>5. The
Gonzalez-Wippler Edition:<br><br>THE NEW REVISED SIXTH AND SEVENTH
BOOKS OF MOSES AND THE MAGICAL USES OF THE PSALMS,
edited by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler (Bronx, New York:
Original Publications, 1982)<br><br>A disappointment in
most respects. The editor added no information beyond
a brief 2-page preface and a few "editor's notes"
of limited value, and abridged the section on "The
Magic of The Israelites". On the positive side, she did
repaginate so the seals appear on the same page as they are
described. Images of the seals reproduced extremely poorly
in the 1982 edition, somewhat better in more recent
reprints. Widely available, but not recommended except as
an adjunct to more complete editions.<br><br><br>6.
The Paul Tice Edition:<br><br>THE 6TH AND 7TH BOOKS
OF MOSES, with an Introduction by Paul Tice.
(Escondido, CA: Book Tree, 1999)<br><br>I just found out
about this one from Amazon.com today. Probably the most
recent edition to date, but I have not seen it and
cannot vouch for its completeness ot the quality of
reproduction of the seals. Available direct from the publisher
(www.thebooktree.com), Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble online. If anyone
in the club should acquire this one, please post and
tell us about it!
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