I have many friends who have this book but it is an example of what I would NOT recommend to a beginner.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Ritual-Magic-Manual-Practical/dp/0965840891/

The only reasons why neophytes run out and buy this book is because an adept will sometimes skip around in it for the few pages worthwhile for an expert to look at, there are some pages of correspondance that can save a bit of work – in a pinch.

At a thousand dollars it’s simply not worth it for a beginner should instead look at Israel Regardie’s GD book or Donald M Kraigs Modern Magick.