Doktor Fausts Dreifacher Höllenzwang

 …schwarzer Magie und Kunst und Wunderbuch

by Doctor Johann Faust, mid-18th century German Manuscript

Ms Cod. Bodmer 66

Paper · 24 pp. · 16.2 x 9.7 cm

At the beginning of the 17th century, a book of black magic was published, attributed to the mythical Faust and known by the title Höllenzwang. The library in Weimar owned a manuscript of this text, which Goethe was aware of. In 1949 Martin Bodmer was able to purchase a similar manuscript, as seen here. This document which is difficult to date, is written in cabalistic signs and, according to a German gloss, contains a series of magic spells for exorcists, which can be used in particular to call up the seven evil spirits. Its tile in english is, Doctor Faust’s Threefold Coercion of Hell.

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Johann Georg Faust

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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