|Format||Hardcover (223 x 144mm)||Edition||2nd|
|Publisher||Merkur Publishing, Inc||Printing|
|Series||No of pages||174|
Frabato was the stage name which Franz Bardon used during his career as a performing magician. It was derived from Franz Bardon [from] Troppau-Oppava, where the last two are the German and Czech names, respectively, of his hometown.
Bardon's student and friend Otti Votavova claims that this "occult novel" was based on true events as outlined by Bardon. According to the original publisher, Dieter Rüggeberg, it was in fact his secretary Votavova to whom Bardon left the "completion and embellishment" of this novel.
Set in Dresden, Germany, in the early 1930s, the story chronicles Frabato's magical battles with the members of a powerful and dangerous black lodge, his escape from Germany during the final desperate days of the Weimar Republic, and the beginning of the spiritual mission which was to culminate in Bardon's books on Hermetic magic.
This volume also contains fragments of Bardon's fourth book on magic that he was never able to complete, entitled The Golden Book of Wisdom. (The tract entitled 'High Magic', which the publisher included in the first English edition of this book (1982), was later found not to have been written by Bardon and was therefore left out in this edition.)
There are three different German editions, the first of which was published in 1958 (see cover below).
|Original publication year||1958|
|Original publisher||Hermann Bauer Verlag|