Semiphoras und Schemhamphoras Salomonis Regis

Andreas Luppius, 1686

Semiphoras und Schemhamphoras Salomonis Regis is unique work apparently inspired by the Latin translation of Sepher Ha-Razim, Sepher Raziel, in latinum translatus. This makes the material as old as the 3rd century. Trithemius mentions it as one of his sources for his Steganographia and his student, Agrippa apparently used it in his De Occulta Philosophia Libri Tres.

Andreas Luppius was the first to print it in 1686. Later, Georg Conrad Horst included it in his, Zauberbibliothek (Mainz, 1821-6, vol 3. and 4 of 6 vols.) and not long after him, Johann Scheible published it in his Das Kloster, (Stuttgart and Leipzig, 1846. Vol. 3 of 12 vols.). In 1851, Scheible expanded his Das sechste und siebente Buch Mosis (The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses) to include this text where he carried over his elaborate Faustian-like illustrations originally printed in his Das Kloster. Although the Luppius edition is significantly more rare, the illustrations makes Scheible’s edition much more attractive.

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