Clavicola di Salamones, [c.1850].

Scope and Content

Italian text of the suppositious work Clavicola di Salamones, ascribed to Solomon, King of Israel.

This is a substantially variant text from that printed by S L M Mathers in The Key of Solomon the King (1909). Includes diagrams and illustrations.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Key of Solomon is a handbook of magic, also known as a grimoire. Various manuscripts exist, dating back to the 15th century. It is regarded as the most important handbook of the occult, containing a comprehensive store of Qabalistic magic, used in ceremonial magic, and using prayers, pentacles and perfumes to conjure spirits. It has been traditionally ascribed to the Old Testament king Solomon.


Single item

Access Information

By appointment with the Keeper of Manuscripts. Access to records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased at the sale of Dr John Lee's library on 6 April 1861 with another volume for 2s.6d.Formerly in the Muniments Room, University of St Andrews.


Call number used to be ms4009

Other Finding Aids

Individual Manuscripts and Small Collections database available as part of Manuscripts Database.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding: Paper.Paper: 19x24cm

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper of Manuscripts. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Custodial History

Formerly in the possession of Dr John Lee.




S L M Mathers, The Key of Solomon the King, (1909).