Faust's Magia Naturalis Et Innaturalis 1612

Praxis cabulae nigrae doctoris Johannis Fausti magi celeberrimi

D. Iohannis Faustii Magia Naturalis Et Innaturalis; oder unerforschlicher Höllen-Zwang/ das ist Miracul-Kunst u. Wunderbuch wodurch ich die Höllischen Geister habe bezwungen/ daß sie in allen meinen Willen vollbringen haben müßten.

The original manuscript for Johann Scheible’s Faust’s Magia Naturalis Et Innaturalis (1849) in 4 vols. written in Passau, 1612.

HAAB Q 455 [b]

Dr. Johannes Faust’s Threefold Coercion of Hell is a German grimoire dedicated to art of coercing, binding and making obedient numerous spirits and demons. It is one of many textual variations of Faust’s Höllenzwang, a designation given to brand of black magic grimoires spuriously attributed to Johann Georg Faust, that although claiming to be from the middle ages, were created in the 17th, 18th or 19th centuries. The text is renowned for its numerous color illustrations, 146 in total. The rest consists of written prayers, conjurations and warnings, followed by descriptions of the spirits and ritual procedures.

It was first printed by Johann Scheible in Stuttgart, 1849 although the text is much earlier. Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek in Weimar, Germany possesses a manuscript written in Passau ca. 1612 that Scheible apparently used to create his edition. It is even mentioned in the letters of Goethe (see below). The manuscript consists of 4 volumes with a primary and secondary title page. The first reads, Praxis cabulae nigrae doctoris Johannis Fausti magi celeberrimi and the second – by which Scheible named his edition, D. Iohannis Faustii Magia Naturalis Et Innaturalis; oder unerforschlicher Höllen-Zwang/ das ist Miracul-Kunst u. Wunderbuch wodurch ich die Höllischen Geister habe bezwungen/ daß sie in allen meinen Willen vollbringen haben müßten.


From the Handschriften der HAAB Weimar Collection at Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek Weimar: https://haab-digital.klassik-stiftung.de/viewer/toc/1592618707/


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Johann Georg Faust (480 or 1466 – c. 1541) was a German itinerant alchemist, astrologer and magician of the German Renaissance. In 1587 a chapbook “Historia von D. Iohan Fausten” was published about the sins of Faust which establish his wider fame. There are many grimoires attributed to Faust, most importantly, Doktor Fausts Dreifacher Höllenzwang.

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