Liber Spirituum potentissimorum, seu Compendium Magiæ innaturalis nigræ Continens. J. G. Herpentilis:

…Der dre¨yfache heimliche und unerforschliche und approbirte Doct. Johann Fausts Höllen Zwang genannt nebst Cabula Nigra sam[m]t Schwartzer Mohren Stein oder Pentaculum Nigrum

German Manuscript by J.G. Herpentilis (ca. 1700)

Ms F8476

A very interesting Eighteenth-Century German Grimoire, digitized at the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek in Weimar; attributed to the Jesuit  Josef Anton Herpentil . The text is very similar to the works of Augustinian Johannes Kornreuther and contains parallels with Magia Ordinis & Libellus Veneri Nigro Sacer. Works attributed to these authoritative-sounding figures began circulating in early 18th century Germany along side the most notorious name in German grimoires, Dr. Johannes Faust.

Below are the primary texts attributed to Herpentil and Kornreuther:

  • The Book of the Mightiest Spirits
  • Herpentil’s The Embodiment of the Unnatural Magic
  • Herpentil’s Five Books of Black Magic
  • The Herpentills Salomonis
  • The Legitimate Kornreutter
  • Kornreuther’s Magia Ordinis
  • Michael Scot’s Compendium of Unnatural Black Magic
  • St. Gertrude of Nivelles’ Libellus St. Gertrudis

Available under a single cover available from Enodia Press, A Compendium of Unnatural Magic:

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