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Suspected - Gospel Book; Unknown; Ethiopia; about 1480 - 1520; Tempera on parchment bound between wood boards; Closed: 36.5 x 27 x 11.4 cm (14 3/8 x 10 5/8 x 4 1/2 in.); Ms. 105

Cracking Codices: 10 of the Most Mysterious Ancient Manuscripts

Handbook of Ritual Power

The Book of Kells, ca. 800

Coptic Egyptian Art - Textiles, Bone and Terracotta Antiquities For Sale - Edgar L. Owen Galleries

Kitab suwar al-kawakib al-thabita (Book of the Images of the Fixed Stars) of al-Sufi Date: late 15th century Geography: Iran Medium: Ink and gold on paper; leather binding Dimensions: 10 3/16 x 7 1/8in. (25.8 x 18.1cm) Metropolitan Museum of Art 13.160.10

Decorated headpiece of the the Phillipps Lectionary (Additional MS 82957) an 11th century Byzantine book (in Greek) from the British Library.

Tumblr hedendom: Galdrakver (‘Little Book Of Magic’) The ‘Little Book Of Magic’ is a seventeenth-century Icelandic manuscript, written on animal skin and containing magical staves, sigils, prayers, charms and related texts. It is known to have once been owned by Icelandic Bishop Hannes Finnson who was alive from 1739 until 1796 and known for having a vast library containing many volumes of magic related texts and manuscripts.

Ancient 'Handbook of Ritual Power' deciphered. Written in Coptic around 1,300 years ago, it tells readers how to cast love spells, exorcise evil spirits and treat "black jaundice," a bacterial infection that is still around today and can be fatal. The ancient book starts with a lengthy series of invocations that culminate with drawings and words of power.