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Barrett, Francis
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Barrett, Francis, * 18 Jan 1774 (Marylebone, London), † probably ca. 1830 (London)

Barrett described himself, on the title-page of The Magus, the book on which his reputation rests, as a ‘Professor of Chemistry, natural and occult Philosophy, the Cabala, &c., &c.’ This was a somewhat grandiose claim for a man whose profession was that of apothecary and it brought derision from his contemporaries: the poet Robert Southey described him as a rascal who ‘professes to teach the occult sciences’ while being ‘a greater rogue than Solomon’.

This jaundiced view was due in part to the notor…

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Gilbert, Robert A., “Barrett, Francis”, in: Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism. Consulted online on 22 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1873-8338_dgwe_DGWE_037>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004141872, 20061031

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