The Warlock’s Book – Peter Haining [1976] | 1st Edition


  • Author: Peter Haining
  • Publisher: University Boos, NY, ca. 1976
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Fine
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: First Edition, Dust Jacket, Illustrated

First edition, first printing. Binding tight, internally fine, unmarked. Fine in Fine DJ.

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The Warlock’s Book contains a variety of Black Magic rituals of the Middle Age purporting to provide a better life in general and sensual pleasures in particular — overpowering women for seduction, drug-taking, the furtherance of one’s ambitions, and all the elements of well-being.

Author Peter Haining is a descendant of Janet Haining, condemned as a witch and burned at the stake in 1654. She was charged with owning a “black boke of devil’s lore” containing the secrets of Black Magic.

“Using the British Museum’s DEVIL WORSHIPERS PRAYER BOOK as a starting point,” says the author, “I have endeavored to recreate here that Elizabethan warlock’s Black Book which my distant relative sought to conceal with her life.”

The Warlock’s Book includes materials from original sources — handwritten manuscripts and volumes of the Elizabethan period now treasured in museums and private collections throughout Europe. A great many of its details have never been in print before. They throw new light on the practice of Black Magic — as distinct from witchcraft — in one of the most widely discussed periods of occult history.

  • This richly illustrated volume includes chapters on:
  • The Black Sabbat
  • The Black Magic Rituals
  • Sex Magic
  • The Ointments and Drugs of Black Magic
  • The Ancient Secrets

The reader is warned of the danger inherent in many of the rituals and spells, prayer chants and potions included here, notes Peter Haining in his Introduction. This is a work of intense interest to all students.


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