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Cantus Circaeus: The Incantations of Circe. First English Translation. There can be no doubt as to the importance Giordano Bruno’s life and writings had on the. Cantus Circaeus by Giordano Bruno. Giordano Bruno ( – ). Ouroboros Press pages, woodcut illustrations. Duodecimo. Cantus Circaeus has 13 ratings and 2 reviews. Cantus Circaeus: The Incantations Of Circe Together With The Judiciary Being The Art Of Giordano Bruno.

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Giordano Bruno, who lived between andoriginally published Cantus Circaeus in Paris in Now, more than years later, the first English translation of this work has been published by William Kiesel of Ouroboros Press.

This new edition is a beautifully bound small octavo volume with full black cloth over boards and gilded title and device. It comes in a printed dust jacket, which is similar in style to the front page of the edition. Although the text is citcaeus offset, it has the quality one would normally expect to find in letter press printing. Interspersing the text are beautiful woodblock illustrations and attractive ornaments.


Giordano Bruno is nowadays recognised as a man who was heavily influenced by Neoplatonism and Circasus Hermeticism. His understanding of Renaissance magic is partially based on Agrippa von Nettesheim and Marsilio Ficino. And so the incantations in the first part of Cantus Circaeus show stunning similarities to those of Ficino, found in his De vita coelitus comparanda.

The incantations include many of the important correspondences which were at the root of Renaissance magic. Bruno forged all these parts into one incredible magical system. Therefore the second part of cantjs Incantations of Circe is called The Judiciarya short but very practical explanation of the Art of Memory.

After all these years without a translation of Cantus CircaeusKiesel and Klein have provided us with a gem of a book, both in appearance and context.

I would like to point out that the book was printed offset. The typography Giordanp employed was Golden a typeface utilized by William Morris in many of his works and thus it would appear to have the quality of letterpress. I have amended icrcaeus text according to your information.

What a beautifully written review. Your description of the physical book encourages me to buy it, but your confirmation of its accuracy wins me over. From time to time I will publish additional reviews of books ccircaeus other interesting material in this section of my web log.


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Giordano Bruno’s Cantus Circaeus

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