Prescriptions and Descriptions

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Prescriptions and Descriptions was written by Francis Sutton-Grove in 1749. In it, Sutton-Grove endeavours to "lay down rules for practical magic". Gilbert Norrell, who greatly admired Sutton-Grove's other book - De Generibus Artium Magicarum Anglorum - nonetheless considered Prescriptions and Descriptions to be "abominably bad"; Jonathan Strange sufficiently despised the book that he tore up and fed his copy to a donkey [5] (N.B. This would not have constituted book-murder, since Prescriptions and Descriptions is a book about magic rather than a book of magic).

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Though doubtlessly interesting to some, the use of endives in magic hardly makes Prescriptions and Descriptions a rollercoaster of a read! The chapter "What herbs is for to render a man fruitfull that hath lost his moistur (sic)" will keep grown men puzzled for years to come!