Summa sacrae magicae

Summa Sacre Magice

by Berengario Ganell, 1346

4° Ms. astron. 3

Summa Sacre Magice was compiled and redacted in 1346 by the Catalan magician Berengario Ganell. Summa sacre magice or Compendium of sacred magic is a behemoth book of magic with over 200,000 words and one of the most thorough overviews of Latin medieval magic transmitted to our day. According to Jan R. Veenstra, the work contains five books, each book comprised of two or three tracts, and each tract containing anywhere from three to thirteen chapters (making a total of eighty-five). The volume account for magic as it was practiced in Spain and possibly Southern France during the 13th century. Examples of these chapters are as follows:

On the rings of Solomon(II.1.1, II.2.10)
On the Shemhamphoras (I.1.10, II.2.5, II.2.7, II.3.3, IV.2.1, IV.2.2)
On the Almadel(III.2.1)
On Thos Grecus (V.1.5)
On the Liber Rasiel (V.2.1.13)
De candariis Salomonis (II.2.12)
Liber trium animarum(IV.2.3)
Capitulum de sacratione Honorii (IV.1.5)
Capitulum de sigillo Dei (IV.1.16)
Capitulum de vocatione sanctorum angelorum in circulo (III.1.2)
Capitulum de novem modis invocationis spirituum(III.1.3)

Although Ganell copied sections directly from texts he consulted, Summa Sacre Magice reads cohesively unlike many magic manuscripts that are a compilation of magic texts.

There are only two extent manuscripts of Summa Sacre Magice. The original Latin text – as is presented here – is in Kassel, Universitätsbibliothek Kassel / Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek der Stadt Kassel, 4° Ms. astron. 3. The second copy of the text is a complete translation in German. This translation is in Berlin, Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz MS Germ. Fol. 903.

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