The author, a French Catholic who devoted himself largely to scholarly studies of the occult, lived from 1874 to 1929. A few weeks before his sudden death he published the book Musée des Sorcières, Mages, et Alchemistes, now translated for the first time. Containing almost 400 illustrations, with descriptions and commentary woven into a smoothly reading text, this work studies the iconography of mysticism and the occult.
The title enumerates the three major areas of discussion, but the terms are perhaps not too apt. The first section deals largely with the depiction of witches and demons, as well as sorcerers. The second section illustrates and describes certain doctrines which relate the microcosm and macrocosm.
In this area astrology and the minor forms of divination form the principal topics. The Cabbala also receives some attention but without any systematic exposition. The final portion of the book discusses briefly the iconography of