Including A Clear And Precise Exposition Of King
Solomon’s Secret Procedure,
Its Mysteries And Magic Rites,
Original Plates, Seals, Charms And Talismans.
Translated From Ancient Manuscripts
In The British Museum, London.
By S. Liddell MacGregor Mathers
Emperor Norton Books
The text of this electronic edition of The Greater Key of Solomon was taken from
the American edition of 1916 published by L.W. deLaurence. It substantially duplicates
that edition with the following exceptions:
Several long, irrelevant interjections by deLaurence have been removed, as have
his self-promoting frontispiece and splash pages.
The footnotes have been eliminated as contributing nothing of significance to the
meaning of the text. They consisted largely of pompous “admonishments” by
deLaurence, advertisements for his products, and opaque source notes.
• Where possible, illustrations have been moved close to the place where they are
referenced in the text.
The formatting has been changed to conform to modern conventions.
The scanned illustrations have been optimized for printing at 300 dpi; with some
combinations of computer monitor and driver software, the onscreen images may
appear blocky or crude.
For the best reading experience, I recommend printing this document on non-
glossy paper tinted a light ecru or tan color.
March 23, 1999
Preface To Book One.
The Key Of Solomon, save for a curtailed and incomplete copy published in France in
the seventeenth century, has never yet been printed, but has for centuries remained in
manuscript form inaccessible to all but the few fortunate scholars to whom the
inmost recesses of the great libraries were open.
The fountain-head and storehouse of Qabalistical Magic, and the origin of much
of the Ceremonial Magic of Mediaeval times, the Key has been ever valued by Occult
writers as a work of the highest authority; and notably in our own day Eliphaz Levi
has taken it for the model on wh