Foundations of Theory Creo, Intellego, Muto, Perdo, Rego 7 14 Summa Claudius of Bonisagus 860 Foundations of Theory is one of the seminal books on magic; most magi have flipped through the pages of this book at one time or another, as it teaches the basics of all five techniques. The style is somewhat dry, and despite the overwhelming content of the book and its cohesive order, this is a boring read.
Perdo Summa 1 Perdo 9 12 Summa
The Flaws of the Flesh Corpus 8 12 Summa Melpomene Ex Miscellanea undated This is a dreadfully creepy book in which the author dwells upon the most morbid aspects of Corpus. The text is illustrated with graphic examples of bodies as they decompose over time, among other pictures of flesh and gore. The language can unnerve even the most stolid of magi reading from it.
On the Essence of Spectral Figures Imaginem, Mentem 10 14 Summa Assumption of Criamon undated On the Essence of Spectral Figures reads far more like a novel than an Hermetic text. Assumption tells the tale of a young magus whose true love was lost; subsequently, she experiences a series of visions which she interprets as her lover. The plot follows a number of convoluted twists and turns, both magical and mundane, as the heroine attempts to make sense of her life. While the text seems vaguely auto-biographical, the plot seems absurd and lacks sequential order. Nevertheless, this is an excellent book on Imaginem and Mentem, and the conversations the heroine has with noted authorities on these subjects are relatively lucid for a Criamon.
Foundations of the Earth Terram 6 11 Summa Ericius of Bjornaer undated Despite the authors' obvious understanding of the art, Aurelia and Ericius lost a fair amount of understanding in this co-authored text. While the comparison of two separate views of Terram is illuminating, the constant digressions into odes of love and beauty make the text a difficult read. Though a young magus may find the content titillating, it can also prove distracting.
Goblin's Gold Terram 5 Tractatus
Tunneling and the Art of Terram Terram 7 Tractatus Ericius of Bjornaer 1065 In this text, Ericius provides examples and arguments illustrating the hedgehog's viewpoint towards Terram. Well-written and amusing, Ericius provides a useful introduction to this art.
Incorruption Terram 7 Tractatus Rufus filius Peregrinus of Criamon 1002 Save for his penury, little is known about the author of this odd text, an extended meditation on the unchangeability of gold.
Terram Tractatus 2 Terram 8 Tractatus
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Ars Magica Vim 4 10 Summa Bonisagus the Founder undated This text is a copy of Bonisagus' first written explanation of his theories, authored during the political maneuvering prior to the First Tribunal. Bonisagus' elegant, economical style has endured well over the years, and it is a rare mage who has not at some time studied the contents of this work.
The Game Vim 18 14 Summa Lazarus filius Tytalus of Tytalus 985 The magnum opus of Lazarus filius Tytalus, this text is an extensive discourse on the study of Vim. This text is incredibly straightforward and provides a solid and lucid explanation of advanced theory of Vim.
Appendix to The Game Vim 14 Tractatus Lazarus filius Tytalus of Tytalus 987 In Appendix to The Game, Lazarus responds to a number of criticisms made by other magi on Lazarus’ understanding of Vim. This style of argument greatly augments Lazarus’ already solid writing style. In his closing argument, Lazarus writes, Perhaps my greatest enjoyment in responding to criticism is the knowledge that none of my would-be critics understood the underlying truth of my text. Should any magus ever take the true grain of wisdom from this text, I will bow in respect to that individual.
Primer on the Natural World Animal, Herbam 8 12 Summa
Intellego Tractatus 1 Intellego 7 Tractatus
Intellego Tractatus 2 Intellego 8 Tractatus
Acheron, Cocytus, and Phlegethon Aquam 10 Tractatus Charis filia Eleutherious of Bonisagus 1055 This noteworthy text examines the mythic and alchemic significance of three of the rivers of Hades with an eye towards incorporating these insights into Bonisagus' theories. Of the underworld's remaining two rivers, the author notes, "Of Forgetfulness and Hate we dare not speak."
Advanced Theory on the Art of Divination Intellego 20 8 Summa Augustus IV filius Augustus III of Bonisagus 1087 Advanced Theory on the Art of Divination marks a high point in the career of Augustus IV of Bonisagus. The book is copied and bound by the scribes at Durenmar, suggesting that it was recognized by House Bonisagus. Advanced Theory covers far more than mere fortune-telling; instead, it focuses on specific use of Intellego in discerning Truth. This particular copy has a dedication from one Alexander I filius Philip of Bonisagus from Durenmar; it is apparently the first of several copies made of Augustus’ work.
On the Main Divisions of Intellego Intellego 8 Tractatus Augustus IV filius Augustus III of Bonisagus 1080 On the Main Divisions of Intellego is a paper that predates Advanced Theory on the Art of Divination. In this text, Augustus IV outlines many of the themes that he would elaborate in his later work. By losing some amount of detail on specific aspects of Intellego, this text is far more accessible to magi less studied in that art. Like all books of its kind, however, the work is redundant to those magi with an accomplished grasp of the technique.
Intellego Tractatus 3 Intellego 6 Tractatus
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Intellego Tractatus 6 Intellego 8 Tractatus
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Aquam Tractatus 2 Aquam 6 Tractatus
Aquam Tractatus 3 Aquam 9 Tractatus
Vim Tractatus 1 Vim 7 Tractatus
Vim Tractatus 2 Vim 9 Tractatus
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Being as the Unity of Will and Form Creo 8 Tractatus Simon filius Alexander II of Bonisagus 1180 On the surface, this tractatus dutifully expounds on certain technical aspects of the standard Hermetic account of Creo as the instantiation of universal Forms. An astute reader, however, may realize that several apparently off-hand remarks scattered throughout the text hint at a hidden teaching which attaches great significance to the creative role of the will and intellect. While these remarks may imply the existence of a more advanced system, the author seems, at present, unwilling to work out the further ramifications of his theory.
On Healing the Effects of Fire and Violence Creo 8 Tractatus
Revisions and Commentaries on the Art of Divination Intellego 8 12 Summa Augustus VI filius Augustus IV of Bonisagus undated Revisions and Commentaries on the Art of Intellego is a very dry and technical commentary on Augustus IV's book. Augustus VI wrote this book, "so that all magi may glimpse upon the greater understandings of my parens, Augustus IV." Despite Augustus VI's pedagogical intentions, his constant references to Advanced Theory make this book very difficult to read; indeed, the most notable thing about the book is the constant complimentary language the author uses to describe his parens.
On Fire and Violence Ignem 8 Tractatus
Process of Decomposition Corpus 16 10 Summa Asclepius of Bonisagus 1152 This book is bound in dark leather and is inscribed by the author, Asclepius of Bonisagus, as follows: Thesaurus Terrae. One copy of The Process of Decomposition . One copy of Treatise on Longevity. Exchanged in return for vis. Amount undisclosed. 1152. Asclepius of Bonisagus resides in Durocortorum, underneath Reims. He is one of a small group of magi focused on longevity and the revitalization of the dead. This particularly morbid tome focuses on the decomposition of human bodies, marking particulars about internal organs, bone, soft matter, and strength of animated tissue.
Treatise on Longevity Corpus 8 Tractatus Asclepius of Bonisagus 1152 Far less gruesome than The Process of Decomposition, A Treatise on Longevity shows the meticulous care and attention of an author obsessed with his work. While fairly cryptic, Asclepius shows great strength of understanding in describing his preferred field of study. In this introductory book, Asclepius hints at various advanced approaches to constructing longevity potions, without giving away too many trade secrets.
War in Castille Ignem 9 15 Summa
Towards Motion Perpetual Rego 15 12 Summa Victus Diligens filius Verditius of Verditius 854 This ancient and celebrated text is a record of the many attempts by one of Verditius' last filii to instill perpetual motion into an intricate iron wheel. Despite the author's failure to accomplish his goal, his analysis of his own theoretical and technical shortcomings is both thorough and perceptive; matched with the author's encyclopedic understanding of Rego, these reflections offer much to a patient reader. The front page of this copy bears the following note: Septimus, I myself have seen the Wheel of Victus Diligens at Verdi – after careful observation, I believe that it will cease to rotate some one-hundred and forty-seven centuries hence. Quite good, really.
On Air Auram 10 14 Summa Hazeca filia Heike ex Miscellanea 1173 This text attempts to be a definitive guide to all aspects of Auram. While generally competent, Hazeca truly excels in her discussion of thunder and lightning.
Cycles and Seasons Muto 6 Tractatus Sarimarcus filius Eleusinus of Merinita 1103 Written in verse, this text explores the Art of Muto via reference to the yearly cycles of nature. In the same manner that seasons continually change yet perpetually recur, the author attempts to argue that constant flux is nonetheless predicated on an unchanging basis of order.
Of Flux Muto 7 Tractatus Heraclitus filius Thales of Mercere 903 While devotees of this magus make much of this book of epigrams on Muto, the sayings contained within are obscure, unsystematic, and occasionally misleading. Nonetheless, Heraclitus' fame as a master of the art insures that this work remains in wide circulation.
Herbam Tractatus 1 Herbam 7 Tractatus
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Origins of Waterways Creo, Aquam 9 12 Summa Augustus V filius Augustus IV of Bonisagus undated Augustus V of Bonisagus wrote this book about the headwaters of the Neste d'Aure. It is clear from the writing that Augustus was most interested in the creative aspects of the font, and while the description of Aquam is very sound, the writing on Creo is more illustrative.
On the Varieties of Elemental Experience Auram 7 Tractatus Gene filius Martin of Merenita undated This series of tractatus traces the interconnections between the various elemental forms. While lacking sophistication, Gene's thesis is nonetheless suprising: The elements are fundamentally united in their destructive capacity. Only two volumes of the four planned were completed prior to Gene's death in 1201.