The Ars Nova, Lemegeton Book V
There is some question whether the Ars Nova qualifies as a separate book of the Lemegeton. In my copy of the manuscript (Sloane 2731) it consists of a single sheet of paper. It is only distinguished from the preceding Ars Almadel by the word “Finis” at the end of that book; there is no new title for the text that follows. It is my belief that the lack of a title – and an error at whatever time the pages were numbered – has caused previous publishers and commentators on the Ars Nova to put its two pages in the reverse of the sequence in which they should be shown. Using the opposite of the accepted order puts the presentation in a logical sequence, and clears up the mystery surrounding the “Mighty Oration”, which has puzzled previous commentators.