The Book of St. Cyprian: advance review

We have been hard at work on the final corrections of José Leitão’s extensively commented translation of The Book of St. Cyprian: The Sorcerer’s Treasure. There is much to be said about this book, but for now we are happy to share with you this advance review by Jake Stratton-Kent.

Release date: 29 May.

The Book of St. Cyprian: The Sorcerer's Treasure

Saint Cyprian has well and truly returned to his rightful place in the affections of ‘Western’ magicians. Among other resources there are the excellent pamphlets available from this publisher, the Clavis Inferni grimoire from Skinner & Rankine, and of course my own efforts with Scarlet Imprint. So what if anything does this book have to offer that is so different? Well for one thing it is a magnificent compendium of Iberian folk magic containing a wealth of authentic ‘Cyprianic’ lore from this important and under-appreciated part of the ‘Western tradition’. This covers a great many otherwise unavailable source works; ably translated into English, mostly for the first time.

The commentary follows these source texts, and is utterly invaluable. The material is put in context, and in many cases enlarged upon in a way most useful to magicians and interested readers alike.

I spent some years researching my own work on the Saint, overlapping in part with the material published here. Nevertheless, I am extremely keen to add this to my collection of Cyprian materials, and strongly advise the interested reader to do likewise. The author and editor of this book, with the advantage of his mother tongue as well as phenomenal immersion in the tradition, has assembled a huge amount of material and made it accessible. This has been achieved without disguising those parts that some may find controversial. The folk traditions of Spain and Portugal have of course made a major impact on New World traditions, and this is one reason among many that this is an important book for modern magicians, particularly in the ‘new’ climate where such traditions are recognised as important revitalising influences on ‘Western’ magic.

In this respect as in others the appearance of this work is extremely timely. Opening doors to Anglophone magicians as never before, The Book of St. Cyprian: The Sorcerer’s Treasure accesses the European traditions that contributed — for example — to Kimbanda in Brazil, with a depth not hitherto available.

There are many aspects to this book, exploring areas of interest to many. The list includes cartomancy, treasure hunting, spells, exorcisms and other practical magics. There are even traditional icons of the figures invoked. The discussion of the devil of Iberian folklore is masterly, and also important. Traditional witches, practical magicians, folklorists, card readers and those interested in the diffusion of magic in the early modern period will all find something to interest them here.

With this work Hadean have once more shown they are an occult publisher to be reckoned with, while José Leitão has done modern Occulture a great service. Show your support and appreciation, order this book now. — Jake Stratton-Kent

(Please note that this title will not be available to order until 29 May, 2014. It will be released as a trade hardback and paperback — no need to place a reservation.)