[Sefer Raziel HaMalach... etc.] [manuscript].

[Italy?, 17--]
61 leaves : paper ; 210 x 150 mm. bound to 217 x 154 mm.
Angels -- Early works to 1800.
Cabala -- Early works to 1800.
Magic -- Early works to 1800.
Numerology -- Early works to 1800.
Occultism -- Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Italian -- 18th century.
Manuscripts, European.
Italian, with some passages in Latin, notes in English, and Hebrew characters.
Collection of cabalistic works with an emphasis on angels. The primary text is an Italian and Latin translation of excerpts from the Sefer Raziel HaMalach in which Solomon recounts how the angel Raziel delivered a book of divine secrets to Adam and Eve after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Raziel was the angel stationed beside God's throne and thus recorded the secret knowledge that was discussed. The text includes instructions for practical magic such as how to attain one's desires (p. 4), cure illness (p. 10), defeat enemies (p. 33), and gain someone's love (p. 53). Also includes sections on divine names, numerological tables, and invocations.
1. p.1-43: Compendio del libro dello Cephar Raziel id est Angelus Magni Secreti. 2. p.53-62: Compendium totius s[anctissima] cabala. 3. p.65-106: Regole di M. Gio. Adamo Wetter. 4. p.109-114: Vero modo d'acquistare la kabola angelica.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Pagination: Paper, 61; [iv], 1-43, [xi], 1-8, [xlvi], 1-6, [iv]; contemporary pagination in ink, upper outer corners; [iv], 1-118; modern pagination in pencil, lower right corners. All references in this record are to the modern pagination.
Script: Written in various cursive and semi-cursive scripts by many different hands.
Decoration: Drawing of sigil (p. 42).
Binding: Contemporary pasteboards.
Origin: Written in Italy[?] in the 18th century.
See also UPenn Ms. Codex 1685 for a copy of this manuscript with a partial English translation in the hand of Charles Rainsford.
Local notes:
Purchased with support from the B. H. Breslauer Foundation.
Penn Provenance:
Formerly owned by the Jesuit College in Naples (note, p. iii).
Formerly owned by Charles Rainsford (British army officer, fellow of the Royal Society, and alchemist); bequeathed by Rainsford to Hugh Percy, Second Duke of Northumberland.
Owned by the 2nd through 12th Dukes of Northumberland, ms. 585, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, 1809-2014 (bookplate, inside upper cover; stamps throughout).
Sold at auction at Sotheby's (London), 15 July 2014, as part of Lot 411.
Cited as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 1674.
Rainsford, Charles, 1728-1809, former owner.
Northumberland, Hugh Percy, Duke of, 1742-1817, former owner.
Charles Rainsford Collection of Alchemical and Occult Manuscripts (University of Pennsylvania)
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