Codex Latinus Monacensis
number 849, currently in the Bavarian State Library
, roughly 8 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches, a miscellany
written in the 15th century. It contains little to no coherent theory
, but its texts range from simple scrying
to necromantic divination
and alchemical formulas
, as well as astral magic
and lists of spirit
s and their particular uses. Several of the texts are accompanied by illustrations, usually magical circle
The text is not remarkable in any way, and can not hope to compare to influential works like the Picatrix. If anything, it is important because it is so very ordinary, representative of a great body of literature which arose in the 14th and 15th centuries.
The Latin is typical of the time, complete with orthographic variations and complex, hastily scribbled ligatures, making a definitive reading close to impossible.
It was published and edited in 1997 by Richard Kieckhefer, in the book, Forbidden Rites.