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Alchemy

AL6. Geber, J.I, The Works of Geber, 1678, new edition (1st thus), J.M Dent 1928, Cr8vo, dark blue cloth with gilt titles and symbol to spine, blind pentagram design to upper cover, 40 + 264pp, with a frontispiece and illustrations in text, translated by Richard Russell, and with a new introduction by E.J Holmyard.; the collected works of Jabir Ibn Hayyan, one of the most important of the medieval Arab alchemists.  Spine slightly darkened, a little light spotting to edges of boards, particularly the rear cover, light foxing to end papers; with the small ownership label of Cambridge academic, theologian, author, and student of early chemistry (professor) N.E. Emerton to the front end paper, together with some occasional pencil underlining and marginal notes by her, minor spots to the odd margin otherwise text clean and tight, a good + or very slightly better overall copy of the increasingly uncommon original printing of this edition £40

AL15. Valentius, B, The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony, 1893, 2nd edition thus, Vincent Stuart 1962, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine and small decoration to front board, 34 + 204pp including index, with 6 full page illustrations, this edition limited to 500 copies. Arguably the most accesible work of this 17th century alchemist, this translation is based on the Latin publication of 1685 with commentary by Theodore Kerckringius, edited, and with a biographical preface by A.E Waite. Spine very slightly darkened, a couple of trivial marks to cloth, trivial spots to a couple margins, text clean and tight, a very good copy of an uncommon book £35

Archaeology & Ancient History

AR1. Alexiou, S, Minoan Civilization, 4th edition, Kouvidis & Co. No date (c.1990s), French folded wraps, 6 + 136pp, with illustrations in the text + 29pp plates (on ordinary paper). A scholarly study of Minoan Crete, including material on sacred symbols and religion. A very good + clean copy £5

M3. Andrews, R & P Schellenberger, The Tomb of God, 1st edition, Little Brown 1996, large.8vo, cream cloth with gilt titles to spine, 12 + 513pp incl. index, illus. in text + 17 coloured plates. The sacred geometry around Rennes Le Chateau in France, which according to the authors, gives the location of the burial place of Jesus Christ. Thumb soil mark to front end paper otherwise near fine in very good (a few minor marks, some light edge creasing) d/w £2.50

AR001AB. Ashbee, P, The Earthen Long Barrow in Britain, 1st edition, J.M Dent 1970, large 8vo, brown cloth with gilt titles to spine and decoration to spine and front board, 16 + 208pp including index, with a frontispiece and many illustrations in the text. Ex lib, but with just labels to front end papers and small stamp to verso of title page, contents otherwise clean and tight. Overall, still a very good copy of the standard work on the subject in very good – (a few minor marks, small file number to foot of spine panel, edge of front inner flap a little worn) d/w £6

AR6B. Chapman, F.W, The Great Pyramid of Gizeh: Its Symbolism and Purport, 1st edition, Fenwick & Wade for the author 1923, 8vo, rebound in blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 156pp including full page diagram. An interesting, if highly speculative study that draws on both archaeological findings and the religious doctrines of the Theosophists. Ex lib, blind stamp to front board, file number to spine, book plate, stamps  and labels to front end papers, small stamp to title page and a few margins. Cloth a little rubbed in places, margins cropped (slightly affecting edges some page numbers in lower margins), faint spotting or soiling to a few leaves, text tight and still reasonably clean overall. A good, cheap copy of the uncommon original edition £6

AR010A. De Burgh, W.G, The Legacy of the Ancient World, 1923, 1st edition, 2nd imp. Macdonald & Evans 1926, 8vo, blue cloth, 14 + 462pp including index. A good introduction to ancient history, particularly the empires of the ancient East, Greece, and Rome. Spine and top of front board darkened, spine ends nicked, knock to top of front board, some light foxing to first part of text. Good £8

AR10AA. Doblhofer, E, Voices in Stone, 1961, BCA 1973, 8vo, red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, 327pp including index, with illustrations in the text. The origins of writing through ancient scripts, including Egyptian hieroglyphics, Mesopotamian cuneiform, Cretan Linear B, etc. Small fade mark to foot of spine, otherwise a near fine copy in very good – (some light edge-wear, spine panel darkened, a few minor marks) d/w £2

AR12A. Drury, V, The World of Legendary Greece, 1 st English edition, Minerva 1975, small 4to, blue cloth, 144pp, profusely illustrated, some in colour. A reconstructing of legendary Greece through looking at the ancient sites and archaeology. Near fine in like d/w £5

AR012. Dunn, M, Walking Ancient Trackways, 1st ed. David & Charles 1986, small 4to, green cloth, 232pp incl. index, illustrated in b/w and colour. A guide to the ancient trackways of Great britain and associated sites of interest. name at top of inner flap of d/w. Near fine in v.good + d/w £5

AR12AA. Edwards, I.E.S, The Pyramids of Egypt, 1947, Penguin small format pbk. 1977, 319pp including index, with illustrations in the text + 32pp plates; one of the standard works on the subject.; covers slightly soiled and marked in places, reading crease to spine, edges of text block soiled, small ink doodle to blank top corner of first leaf, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, good + overall £2

AR12D. Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain, Penguin pbk. 1966, 373pp including index. Includes accounts of Arthur, Cymbeline, Lear, and the prophecies of Merlin. Covers lightly marked and rubbed at edges, reading creases to spine, margins tanned, text clean and tight. Good + £1

AR14E. Harding, G.Lancaster, The Antiquities of Jordan, 1959, 1st ed. 3rd imp. 1960, 8vo, red cloth, 223pp incl. index, maps and plans in text + 31 plates. A record of Jordan's monuments from earliest times, including of course, Petra. Small stain to top of text block, not affecting text inside. 16 related news clippings loosely inserted. V.good in like d/w £10

AR17CJ. Jaffus, F, Carcassonne and the Treasures of the Temple of Jerusalem, 1867, Memory Map Publications, no date (c.1990s), 8vo, stapled printed paper wraps, 20pp. Reprint of a rare text relating to the potential hiding place of the lost treasure of Jerusalem. Faint crease to foot of front wrapper, contents clean and tight. Very good + £6

AR18H. Layard, A.H, Nineveh and its Remains, 3rd edition, John Murray 1849, complete in two volumes, 8vo, matching pictorial red cloth decorated and lettered in black, 32 + 400pp with a few illustrations in the text + a frontispiece, 12 plates (some folding) and folding map, & 12 + 496pp including index, with illustrations in the text + a frontispiece and 12 plates (some folding); an important record of the first archaeological excavations at Nineveh in Babylon, together “with an account of a visit to the Chaldean Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yezidis, or devil worshippers, and an enquiry into the manners and arts of the ancient Assyrians.” Covers lightly rubbed and a little soiled and marked in places, closed splitting to lower joints, spines neatly repaired with near matching plain cloth at ends, inner hinges strengthened, previous owner’s book plates and labels to front paste-downs, edges of text blocks soiled, most plates lacking their original  tissue guards, stain to blank lower corner of first few leaves in volume one, some occasional light foxing in both volumes, a little heavier to first and last few leaves including the frontispieces, but otherwise mainly to margins, overall still a good, tight and textually reasonably clean set of an uncommon early issue, most of the later printings being heavily abridged £40

AR19B. Mohen, J-P, The World of Megaliths, 1st English edition, Cassell 4to pbk. 1989, 318pp,with many photographs in the text, some in colour; a worldwide study of megalithic structures, their history and legends. A few minor marks to covers, edges lightly rubbed in places, faint creasing to lower corner of front cover, faint ‘damaged copy’ stamp to verso of title page with some transference to title page, otherwise internally clean and tight, overall still a near very good copy £6

 

 

 

 

AR21A. Neubert, O, Tutankhamun and the Valley of the Kings, 1954, Mayflower pbk. 1972, 235pp, with illustrations in the text. A first-hand account of the opening of the tomb and its treasures. Covers a little rubbed at edges, reading crease to spine. Ownership inscription to inside of front cover, margins lightly tanned, contents otherwise clean and tight. Good + £1

ARN21AA. Norvill, R, Giants: the Vanished Race of Mighty Men, 1st edition, Aquarian Press 1979, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 160pp including index, with 15 illustrations; a sound popular study of giant legends and remains, worldwide in scope. Faint soiling to edges of text block, a very good copy of this uncommon title in like (a few trivial marks, light rubbing to edges with tiny nick to top of rear inner fold) d/w £10

AR021A. Oakes, L & Gahlin, L, Ancient Egypt, 1st ed. Arness 2002, 8vo, printed boards, 512pp incl. index.numerous illus. in colour. Nice giude to all aspects of Ancient Egypt, including mythology, religion, and ancient sites, with glossary and details of museums and collections. Fine in like d/w £7.50

AR22AP. Parker, R, Men of Dunwich, 1st edition, Collins 1978, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 272pp, with map end papers and a few maps or other illustrations in the text. The story of Dunwich on the Suffolk coast, once a city, now reduced to a village by the encroaching sea; and widely acknowledged as an influence on H.P Lovecraft’s fictional Dunwich. Faint soiling to top edge of text block, internally clean and tight. Very good + in near very good (a couple of minor marks, some light edge wear, creased at top of rear panel with a short closed tear without loss) d/w £3.50

AR22A. Pauwels, L & J. Bergier, The Eternal Man, 1st English edition, Souvenir Press 1972, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 246pp + 12pp plates; the authors seek to find evidence of advanced civilizations before the accepted origin of Homo sapiens. Slight surface scratch mark to top of spine, light soiling to edges of text block, off-setting to end papers otherwise internally clean and tight, a near very good copy in like (a few minor marks, some light wear to edges in places, price clipped) d/w £6

AR22DD. Rawlinson, G, History of Ancient Egypt, 1st edition, Longmans, Green & Co. 1881, 2 volumes complete, rebound in tan buckram, 20 + 544pp & 14 + 567pp including index + publisher’s catalogue. With a coloured map frontispiece to volume one, many illustrations in the text and 9 plates. Covers from the early period through to the 26th dynasty. Includes material on religion, art, architecture, customs, literature, etc. Ex lib, file numbers to spines. Endpapers renewed, which bare book plates, etc. Ink stamps to title pages and some margins. A couple of small tears to margins in volume one, with slight creasing, but not affecting text. The odd smudge mark to margins, text very clean and still tight. A good solid set £12

AR027. Service, A, Lost Worlds, BCA 1981, 4to, black cloth, 201pp incl. index, many illus. in text, some in colour. A nice introduction to some of the worlds ancient cities and their peoples, includes Easter island, Angkor, Malta, and Atlantis. V.good + in like d/w £3.50

AR27.  Smyth, P, The Great Pyramid: Its Secrets and Mysteries Revealed,  1865, Gramercy1978, 8vo, grey cloth, gilt titles to spine, 18 + 675pp including index, illustrations in text + 25 plates (and 16 plates new to this edition). A facsimile reprint of the fourth (and best) edition of 1880 of this monumental study of the architecture and sacred geometry of the Great pyramid at Giza, with additional illustrations. Margins lightly tanned, trivial spots to a very few margins, text clean and tight. Very good in like d/w £6

AR027A. Sprague de Camp, L, Lost Continents, 1954, Dover 8vo pbk. 1970, 8 + 348pp including index, with maps and other illustrations in the text. A study of the Atlantis theme in history, science and literature. Spine very slightly darkened, light browning to edges of rear cover and edges of text block, internally clean and tight. A near very good copy £5

AR27B. Trench, B Le Poer, Secret of the Ages: Ufo's From Inside the Earth, 1st ed. Souvenir Press 1974, 192pp incl. index + 9 plates. Divided into 3 parts: The Case for Atlantis, the Hollow Earth, and The Inner Earth People. Probably this author's most sought after title. Very slight browning to endpapers, otherwise near fine in like d/w £12

AR27BBV. Van Der Veer, M.H.J. Th., & P. Moerman, Hidden Worlds, 1st English edition, Souvenir Press 1974, 8vo, black cloth with yellow titles to spine, 221pp including index, with illustrations in the text + 8pp plates.  A fresh look at archaeological enigmas, from Prehistory through to the pre Columbian discovery of America and much in between.  Light spotting to top edge of text block, contents clean and tight. Very good in like price clipped d/w £3.50

AR27v. Von Hagen, V, Search for the Maya, 1973, BCA 1974, lge. 8vo, red cloth, 14 + 365pp incl. index, 78 illiustrations, some in colour. The story of Stephens and Catherwood's discovery of the Mayan civalisation. Includes reproductions of many of Catherwood's original lithographs. V.good in like d/w £3.50

AR29. Worth, R.H, Worth’s Dartmoor, 1953, new edition, David & Charles 1967, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 18 + 523pp including index, with map end papers, illustrations in the text + a coloured frontispiece , portrait of the author and 94 b/w plates, with a new introduction by G.M. Spooner. A monumental and comprehensive guide to the flora, geography, geology, and wealth of ancient sites on Dartmoor, compiled by G.M. Spooner and F.S. Russell from the published articles of the late R. Hansford Worth. Ex lib, label removal mark to foot of spine and near edges of boards, label removal marks to blank verso of front end paper and half title, file numbers to verso of title page, a few minor marks to cloth,, spine a little darkened and rubbed at ends, edges of text block browned, but apart from the library marks, internally clean and tight, a good + overall copy £3.50

Art - Religious & Magical

AT3A. (Durer, A), Thausing, M, Albert Durer: His Life and Work, 1st English edition, John Murray 1882, complete in 2 volumes, rebound in matching quarter charcoal roan over blue cloth boards, 16 + 376pp, with illustrations in the text + a frontispiece and 6 plates, 8 + 347pp including index, with illustrations in the text + a frontispiece and 13 plates (one folding), title pages decorated in red, translated from the German and edited by F.A. Eaton. Arguably one of the best and most comprehensive biographical studies of Durer’s life and work, with a splendid set of illustrations from engraved initial letters to the familiar esoteric and religious themed scenes. Ex lib, minimal trace, gilt file numbers to spines, book plates to front paste-downs, and small stamps to verso of title pages, a few minor marks to covers, minor spotting to prelims otherwise internally clean and tight. Margin to one plate in volume one rather ragged and soiled with a few small tears, one of which slightly affects the image but without loss, smallish chip to margin of one leaf in volume two with loss of a couple of letters either side, a shame as these are otherwise a near very good, but consequently cheap set of the scarce first English issue £25

AT5A. Lothrop, S.K, Treasures of Ancient America, 1 st edition, Skira 1964, Square folio, red cloth, 14 + 230pp including index, with 144 illustrations (of 145), 84 (of 85) in full colour, a few as line drawings in text, but most as large tipped in plates, with a full page map. The arts of the pre-Columbian civilizations of America from Mexico to Peru. Covers Aztecs, Maya, Chavin, Nazca, Toltec, etc, with a particular focus on religious and magical art. With the ownership signature of Austin Osman Spare aficionado Gavin W Semple to the front paste down. Minor stain to top of front end papers. Sadly lacking one tipped in coloured plate, otherwise a very good, clean and tight copy in good - (edge worn, marked, two sizable chips to top of front panel, though not affecting text or image, worn at ends of folds, a couple of closed, repaired tears to front panel) d/w £8

AT7. Romilly Allen, F, Celtic Art in Pagan and Christian Times, 1st edition, Methuen 1904, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine and gilt series title (The Antiquary’s Books) to front board, 18 + 315pp including index + 4pp advertisements and 40pp publisher’s catalogue,  with many illustrations in the text + 46 plates. A comprehensive study from the origins of the pagan Celts through to early Christianity, via the Bronze and Iron Ages. A few minor marks to cloth, spine slightly faded with upper portion slightly rubbed, ownership inscriptions to front end paper, minor spots to end papers and a few margins, text clean and tight, a good + overall copy £12

AT9AD. (Spare, A.O.), Wallace, W, Austin Osman Spare: The Artist’s Books 1905 – 1927, 1995, new edition, I.H.O. Books Cr4to pbk. 2005, 14 + 473pp, with diagrams, tables, and other illustrations in the text, with a foreword by Prof. R. Cardinal and edited by A.R. Naylor; Wallace conducts a detailed analysis of Spare’s five main books (Earth Inferno, A Book of Satyrs, The Book of Pleasure, The Focus of Life, and The Anathema of Zos), showing his influences from William Blake to Theosophy, ancient Egypt to Aleister Crowley, and all in-between, together with introductory chapters, glossary, and a detailed source bibliography. A couple of trivial marks to covers,  lower corners slightly rubbed, a couple of faint marks to edges of text block, faint trace of erased pencil inscription to front end paper otherwise internally clean and tight, overall a very good + copy of the second and last edition of this long out of print and increasingly scarce title £75

 

Celtic Mythology & Arthurian inc Druidry

C2B. Ashe, G, (editor), The Quest for Arthur's Britain, 1968, BCA 1971, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 12 + 238pp including index, with illustrations in the text + 64pp plates. Still an excellent introduction to the subject. Margins lightly tanned, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good in near very good (Edges lightly rubbed in places, a few minor marks) d/w £1.50

C2C. Ashe, G, Avalonian Quest, 1982, Fontana 8vo pbk. 1984, 287pp including index, with a full page plan + 4pp plates. King Arthur and Glastonbury. Faint reading creases to spine, text lightly tanned, a little heavier to outer margins, text otherwise clean and tight. Near very good £1.50

C4B. Bryce, D, Symbolism of the Celtic Cross, 1989, 2nd edition, revised, Llanerch 8vo pbk. 1994, 128pp, with many illustrations in the text; a comprehensive study of the Celtic cross and related monuments, both Christian and pre-Christian, near fine £5

C9. Gardner, L, Bloodline of the Holy Grail, The Hidden lineage of Jesus Revealed, 1st ed. Element 1996, lge. 8vo, black cloth, 22 +490pp incl. index + 16 plates. Near fine in v.good + d/w £8

C12BB. (Heywood, T), The Life of Merlin, Surnamed Ambrosius; his Prophecies and Predictions Interpreted, and Their Truth Made Good by Our English Annals. 1641, 2nd edition, 2nd issue, Lackington, Allen & Co. 1813, 8vo, recently rebound in half dark brown morocco over brown marbled papered boards, raised bands to spine in compartments with gilt rules, filets and title, new end papers, fore and lower edges uncut, title page rubricated, 4 + 324pp including index, with an engraved frontispiece. A curious work detailing a chronological history of the kings of Britain, from Brute forwards centred on the life and strange prophecies of Merlin Ambrosius, showing their meaning and continued relevance. Trivial rub mark to lower corner of front board, edges of text block browning, some occasional minor spotting, mostly to margins. With the ownership signature of surgeon William Sloggett to top of title page, along with his blind impressed stamp to blank top of frontispiece, which itself has caused some off-setting to the title page, but otherwise a near very good tight, textually bright and overall very clean copy of the increasingly scarce first reprint, issued at Carnarvon in 1812 and in London the following year £295

C12G. Lacy, N.J, The New Arthurian Encyclopedia, 1st edition, St. James Press 1991, 4to, quarter grey cloth over orange cloth boards, gilt titles to spine, gilt titles and illustration to front board, 38 + 577pp including index, with illustrations in the text and a full page map. An excellent and comprehensive reference work on all things Arthurian. Fine (no d/w issued) £12

C13B. Loomis, R Sherman, The Grail: From Celtic Myth to Christian Symbol, 1963, Princeton University Press 8vo pbk. 1991, 14 + 287pp including index + 3 plates. An excellent study of the origins and development of the symbolism of the Grail  within Arthurian myth. A couple of minor marks to covers, crease to upper corners of a couple of leaves. Overall, a near very good textually clean and tight copy £2.50

C13C. Machen, A, The Secret of the Sangraal, 1st edition, Tartarus Press 1995, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 4 + 287pp, with a foreword by R.B. Russell, number 82 of a hand numbered limited edition of 250 copies; a collection of Machen’s essays on Celtic magic and mythology heavily featuring Arthurian themes, drawn from various sources, and centred around his excellent and often unjustly overlooked study,  The Secret of the Sangraal, which was first published as part of The Shining Pyramid in 1923.  A little trivial soiling to edges of text block in places, otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, a near fine copy of the scarce first issue in near very good (light rubbing to top edge, light to medium spotting over the exterior panels with a couple of more noticeable marks to front panel) d/w £70

C13F. Macleod, F (William Sharp), The Winged Destiny: Studies in the Spiritual History of the Gael, 1st edition, Chapman & Hall 1904, 8vo, maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine and winged device in blind to front board, rubricated engraved title, fore and lower edges uncut, 12 + 366pp + advertisement leaf. Allegorical and historical essays on themes of Celtic spirituality told through folklore narratives. Spine very slightly faded, a few relatively minor marks to cloth, edges of text block, prelims and last few leaves foxed, some occasional light foxing of text, a good + overall copy of the uncommon first issue £15

C18. Michell, J, New Light on the Ancient Mystery of Glastonbury, 1st edition, Gothic Image 1990, 8vo, printed laminated hard covers, 10 + 4 + 180pp including index, with double page map end papers and many illustrations in the text, number 130 of a limited edition of 999 copies, each signed by the author, a sound study of the mythology and legends surrounding the Glastonbury landscape, explained and placed in their relevant historical context. Minor bumping to spine ends and lower corner of rear board, minor soiling to edges of text block, internally clean and tight, a very good copy of the increasingly uncommon true first issue £25

C019A. Nichols, R, The Book of Druidry, 1st edition, Aquarian Press 1990,  large 8vo, black cloth with silver lettering to spine, 319pp including index, with diagrams in text + 8pp plates, and a foreword by Philip Carr-Gomme; a comprehensive guide to modern Druidry, its origins, history, associated sites, rites, and mysteries. Edges of text block browning otherwise a near fine copy in like d/w £8

C21DD. Ravenscroft, T, The Cup of Destiny, 1st edition, Rider 8vo pbk. 1981, 194pp. The quest for the Holy Grail, with particular reference to Von Eschenbach’s Parzifal.  A few trivial marks to covers, rear cover lightly tanned, contents clean and tight. Very good £3

C22B. Rhys, J, Celtic Folklore: Welsh and Manx, 1st edition, Oxford at the Clarendon Press 1901, complete in two volumes, 8vo, matching green cloth with gilt titles to spines, top edges gilt, title pages rubricated, continuous pagination, 48 + 718pp including index; an excellent, seminal study of Celtic folk tradition with an emphasis on fairy lore and nature spirits that is still of great value today. Rhys also includes an extensive bibliography and geographical references. Light wear to corners, upper joints lightly rubbed, spines slightly darkened and with very faint trace of label removal? (but not ex library), minor spots to boards, end papers lightly browned and with previous owner’s signature, trivial spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a near very good set of the increasingly scarce original edition £100

C27. Sykes, H, Celtic Britain, 1997, Cassell Lge. 8vo pbk (landscape format) 2001, 159pp incl. index, well illustrated in colour throughout. Celtic monuments and sites of Britain from Neolithic times forward. Near mint £3

 

 

Divination inc Tarot

D6B. Craze, R, Chinese Astrology, Colour Library Direct 1999, 4to, laminated pictorial hard covers, internally spiral bound, 128pp, printed in colour throughout and profusely illustrated. A popular introduction to Chinese astrology and its use featuring ‘split pages’ to readily compare related signs and symbols. A few minor marks to covers, internally clean and tight, very good £2

D6BB. Ellis, K, Prediction and Prophecy, 1st edition, Wayland 1973, large 8vo, charcoal cloth with gilt titles to spine, 192pp including index + 8pp plates; a look at the personalities and methods of prophecy and divination throughout history, near fine in near very good (a few faint shelf rubbing marks, top edge very slightly worn in places) d/w £3.50

D9EE. Hawthorne, D, Laurie’s Complete Fortune Teller, 1936, 2nd edition, W.G Foyle 1946, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 256pp including index. A guide to fortune telling through astrology, cards, charms, dice, dreams, palmistry, etc. Cloth a little soiled in places, faint crease marks to cloth on rear board, spine titles dulled and very faded, end papers browned, minor spots to s few margins, text clean and tight, a good solid copy £6

D10. Hewitt, V J and Lorie, P, Nostadamus- The End of the Millennium Prophecies: 1972-2001, 1st ed, Bloomsbury, 1991, sq. 8vo, maroon cloth, 207pp, illustrated. A bit late now, but still good for a laugh! Scuff to front paste down otherwise fine in like d/w £4

D012AD. Martine, L & S.A Glassman, The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot, 1992, full set of 79 cards, but lacking box and instruction book. Cards a little edge soiled, but images clean. Very good £4

D12D. Morningstar, S, Astrology & Fortune Telling, 2000, Southwater Books 2015, small 4to, French folded card wraps, 256pp, illustrated in colour throughout; an introductory guide to the tarot, I Ching, palmistry, dream interpretation, etc, fine £2

D14. Parker, D & J, The New Compleat Astrologer, 1984, Guild 1985, Lge. 4to, blue cloth, 288pp incl. index, colour illustrations. The history and practice of astrology, with examples and charts. V.good + in like (minor creasing/ wear to edges) d/w £6

D14C. Richards, S, Luck, Chance & Coincidence, 1 st edition, Aquarian Press 8vo pbk. 1985, 160pp including index. A popular study, with instructions designed to improve one’s luck. Covers a little soiled, marked, and lightly edge worn. Text clean and tight. V.good - £2.50

D14C. Ritsema, R & S. Karcher (translators), I Ching, 1994, 1st soft cover edition, Element large 8vo pbk. 1995, 816pp, printed in red and black throughout. The first complete translation of this classic of Chinese divination to be issued with a concordance. A few minor marks to covers, edges lightly rubbed in places, contents clean and tight. Very good £3.50

D14DD. St. Hill, K, Grammar of Palmistry, 1st edition, 18th thousand, Sampson  Low 1893, small Cr8vo, grey cloth with red titles to spine, and red titles and black illustration to front board, 124pp, with a frontispiece and plates included in the pagination; a practical guide to palmistry. Covers very soiled, and with some bubbling and crease marks, spine ends and corners a little worn, some occasional foxing or soiling of text, previous owner’s pencil notes to rear end papers and blank verso of some of the plates, a fair complete reading copy £6

D17. Walters, D & H. Jones, The Chinese Astrology Kit, 1st edition, Connections small 4to pbk. 2001, 96pp, with illustrations in the text. Also includes 16pp chart and set of 44 zodiac card pieces. A great easy to use introduction to Chinese astrology. All components near mint in very good (slightly edge worn) publisher’s box £8

D18A. West, J.A, The Case for Astrology, 1970, revised and expanded edition, 1st thus, Viking 1991, large 8vo, red cloth, 12 + 527pp including indices, with illustrations in the text. The best and most rational of the arguments for the validity of astrology, together with a comprehensive account of its origins, history, and development. A hint of soiling to edge of text block, contents clean and tight. A near fine copy of the best edition in very good (some trivial edge wear, top edge lightly creased with one short, closed tear) d/w £15

 

 

Earth Mysteries and U.F.Os, also includes Psychic Questing

E01A. Berlitz, C, The Bermuda Triangle, Grafton pbk. 1975, reprinted, 206pp + 16pp plates. Best selling popular account of the strange phenomena and associated disappearances within this area of the West Atlantic. Minor spotting to a few early leaves, text clean and tight. Very good £1

E1G. Devereux, P, with D. Clark, A. Roberts, & P. McCartney, Earth Lights Revelation, 1st edition, Blandford Press 1989, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 239pp including index, a few illustrations in text  + 16pp coloured plates. A classic study of earth energies, terrestrial light phenomena and their connection to u.f.o sightings. Margins lightly tanned, contents clean and tight. Very good + in very good (a few minor marks, edges lightly rubbed, price clipped) d/w £2.50

E2D. Hitching, F, Earth Magic, 1976, Picador 8vo pbk. 1978, 12 + 196pp including index, with illustrations in the text. The ancient sites of Britain and Europe, their spiritual relevance, alignments and symbolism. Covers lightly edge rubbed and marked in places, text lightly but evenly tanned, otherwise clean and tight. Good + £1.50

E3CCA. Knight, P, West Kennet Long Barrow, 1st edition, Stone Seeker Publishing large 8vo pbk. 2011, 233pp including index, with photographs and other illustrations in the text, signed by author on the title page; a study of the shamanic landscape centred on the West Kennet long barrow, fine £10

E3CCB. Knight, P, The Cerne Giant, 1st edition, Stone Seeker Publishing large 8vo pbk. 2013, 192pp including index, with photographs and other illustrations in the text, signed by the author on the title page with dedication to previous owner; the Cerne Abbes giant and its connection to the sacred landscape and the cosmos, fine £10

E6F. Michell, J, Dimensions of Paradise, 1st edition, Thames & Hudson 1988, maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine and publisher’s device to front board, 216pp including index, with diagrams and other illustrations in the text. Essentially a revised version of The City of Revelation that further examines the proportions and symbolic numbers of ancient cosmology.  Fine in near fine d/w £12

E007. Phillips, G. Ragland, Brigantia, 1st edition, Routledge, Kegan  & Paul 1976, 8vo, brown cloth with gilt titles to spine, 8 + 224pp, illustrated by the author. The story of the Belinus line, a sacred ley laying across northern England, together with its mythological and spiritual associations, in particular, the goddess Bride and the associated area of Brigantia. Browning to edges of text block and some margins otherwise a clean tight copy, very good in like (a couple of minor marks and a couple of closed tears without loss to top of rear panel) d/w £8

E0007A. Poynder, M, Pi in the Sky, 1st edition, Rider 1992, large 4to, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 14 + 191pp, numerous illustrations, mostly in colour, with a foreword by Sir George Trevelyan. A study of earth energies, sacred geometry, and our solar system, as understood by ancient peoples and perpetuated within their monuments. Light rubbing to spine ends and lower corners, internally clean and tight. A very good copy of the uncommon original edition in like (a few faint surface scratch marks to rear panel with previous seller’s label at foot) d/w £25

E7B. Skinner, S, Feng Shui, 1st ed. Parragon 1997, 4to, French folded wraps, 96pp including index, colour illustrations. Good basic guide to Feng Shui and its use. Signed by author on title page with short dedication to previous owner. V.good + £5

E10A. Watkins, A, The Old Straight Track: Its Mounds, Beacons, Moats, Sites and Mark Stones, 1925, 2nd  edition, Methuen 1933, 8vo, dark tan cloth with gilt titles to spine, 20 + 234pp including index, with illustrations in text + 45 plates and folding map, the original and seminal work on the ley line phenomenon by its modern discoverer. A couple of minor spots to cloth, ownership inscription to front paste-down, edges of text block spotted, some very occasional light foxing, mainly to margins; a very good and unusually nice tight copy of a now uncommon early issue £40

 

Folklore, Myth & Legend

F1AA. Baker, R.L, Hoosier Folk Legends, 1st edition, Indiana University Press 8vo pbk. 1989, 22 + 264pp. A comprehensive collection of Indiana folklore, including sections on witches, monsters, special powers, hauntings, etc, through to modern legends such as UFOs. Near fine £6

F5AD. Campbell, M, Curious Tales of Old West Yorkshire, 1st edition, Sigma 8vo pbk. 1999, 6 + 229pp including index, with double page map, photographs and other illustrations in the text, foreword by Mollie Sugden. An interesting study, featuring material on ghosts, legends, punishments, and a host of other curiosities, and including a brief section on the Rosicrucian Fathers of Keighley. A few minor marks to covers, edges lightly rubbed, contents clean and tight. Very good £2.50

F008A. Fort, C, The Book of the Damned, 1919, Abacus 8vo pbk. 1973, 317pp, introduction by Tiffany Thayer, preface by Donald Wollheim. One of the author’s four books detailing strange and unexplainable phenomena. Some light edge wear, reading crease near spine, tiny nick to top edge of front cover, rear cover a little soiled. Merest hint of tanning to margins, text clean and tight. Good +  £2

F8BB. Gomme, G.L, Primitive Folk-Moots; or Open-Air Assemblies in Britain, 1st edition, Sampson Low 1880, Cr8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 12 + 316pp including index + 32pp publisher’s catalogue, with the attractive book plate of former Prebendary of London William J. Oldfield D.D to the front paste-down and small ownership stamp of author and High Court judge W.H Rattigan to upper margins of title and dedication leaves. The origin and development of folk moots in England, together with accounts of their historical survival. Corners and spine ends slightly worn, a few minor marks to cloth, inner hinges a little strained, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, good + overall £25

F8CC. Gould, C, Mythical Monsters, 1886, Senate 8vo pbk. 1995, 4 + 407pp, with illustrations in the text. A sound study, based on origins in pre-history. Edges of covers lightly rubbed, small bump to upper fold near spine, spine marked, contents clean and tight. A near very good copy £1.50

F13D. Hollis, A.C, The Masai: Their Language and Folklore, 1st edition, Oxford at the Clarendon Press 1905, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 18 + 360pp including index + a frontispiece, 26 further plates, and folding coloured map; a sound study of Massai language and customs including material on the gods, the ‘devil’, stars, omens, medicine men, curses, etc. Cloth rather marked, spine ends and corners worn, chip to blank upper corner of one leaf, creasing to a few upper corners, one plate ragged at edges, small tear to inner edge of map without loss, ownership inscription to rear end paper, some occasional foxing throughout, mainly to margins, stitching very slightly strained in a couple of places, overall still a good solid copy of the uncommon original issue £20

F13CDD. (Homer), The Odyssey of Homer, 1st edition thus, 3rd printing, O.U.P 1932, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and illustration to front board, 6 + 327pp, vignette to title page, fore-edge uncut. A new prose translation of Homer’s ancient Greek mythological epic by T.E Shaw. Very slight fading to spine, old book plate to front paste-down, end papers and edges of text block slightly darkened, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good £6

F15. Inwards, R, Weather Lore, 1893, 4th edition, Rider 1950, 8vo, green cloth, spine and front board lettered in black, 251pp including index + a frontispiece and 9 plates (one folding). A new edition of this classic study of folklore relating to the weather, revised for the Royal Meteorological Society by E.L Hawke. Tiny dent to front board, the merest hint of fading to top edge of front board, internally clean and tight, very good in near very good (a few minor marks, light wear to edges, lower spine fold rubbed, price clipped) d/w £10

F17B. Knappert, J, Pacific Mythology, 1992, Diamond Books 8vo pbk. 1995, 336pp, with a double page map and a few illustrations in the text. A comprehensive Encyclopedic study. Edges of text block lightly browned otherwise near fine £1.50

F20. Larousee (ed.), The New Larousse Encyclopaedia of Mythology, 1959, Hamlyn 1970, 4to, card covers, 12 + 500pp, numerous b/w illustrations + 34 colour plates. Still a very valuable reference work on world mythology. V. good £6

F020. Larousee (editor), The New Larousse Encyclopaedia of Mythology, 1959, Hamlyn 1973, 4to, card covers, 12 + 500pp, with numerous b/w illustrations in the text + 34 colour plates. Still a valuable reference work and a great introduction to world mythology. Faint reading creases to spine, ownership signature to top of front end paper, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good - £3

F020. Legman, G, The Horn Book: Studies in Erotic Folklore and Bibliography, 1964, 1st  British edition, Jonathan Cape 1970, 8vo, textured black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 567pp including index; bibliographical details of prohibited erotic books, together with studies relating to erotic folk songs. A couple of faint marks to covers, ownership inscription to front end paper, faint soil mark to contents leaf otherwise internally clean and tight, very good in near very good (some light edge-wear with a couple of short closed tears) d/w £8

F20BBD. Mackenzie, D.A, The Worlds Heritage, 1st edition, Gresham Publishing 1918-19, 2 volumes (complete), 8vo, matching blue cloth with spine titles and decoration in green, 16 + 452pp + a tissue guarded coloured frontispiece and 8 b/w plates & 18 + 444pp including index + a tissue guarded coloured frontispiece and 8 b/w plates. A collection of heroic mythical stories from around the world, including those of ancient Greece and India, together with several Arthurian related romances. Spines faded, edges of text blocks spotted, some light foxing to first and last few leaves, contents otherwise clean and tight. A good + set of this uncommon title £20

F20BB. Maple, E, Superstition and the Superstitious, 1st edition, W.H Allen 1971, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 192pp. A concise popular study the origin and development of popular superstitions through to their manifestation in modern witchcraft. Minor spotting to top edge of text block, internally clean and tight. Very good + in very good (a couple of minor marks, edges lightly rubbed) d/w £5

F20CD. McNally, R.T & R. Florescu, In Search of Dracula, 1972, B.C.A 1979, large 8vo, black cloth, 223pp, with a frontispiece and illustrations in the text. The historical basis for Stoker’s classic tale, together with related accounts in folklore, a bibliography and filmography. A few faint marks to cloth, minor marks to end papers, edge of text block lightly tanned, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good in like (lightly rubbed, some very slight edge-wear) d/w £3.50

F21FFF. Napier, J, Folk Lore; or, Superstitious Beliefs in the West of Scotland Within This Century, 1st edition, Alex Gardner 1879, 8vo, brown cloth with new laid paper title label to spine, 8 + 190pp including index; includes chapters on witchcraft and the Black Art, charms and counter charms, divination, plant and animal superstitions, etc, together with an appendix on the four great Celtic fire festivals. Corners and spine ends rubbed, boards a little soiled and with some patchy fading, spine darkened, some occasional minor spotting, mainly to margins, text tight and still very clean overall, a good + copy of the uncommon first issue £45

F21G. Nivedita, S & A.K Coomarasway, Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists, 1913, Senate 8vo pbk. 1995, 12 + 426pp including index + 32 plates (on ordinary paper). Very good  £1.50

F022A. Opie, I & P, The Lore and Language of School Children, 1st edition, O.U.P 1959, large 8vo, blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, 20 + 417pp including index, with 11 maps in the text. The standard work of its kind, covering customs, initiation rites, superstitions, rhymes, etc. Ex lib, tape marks to boards, book plates to front down and rear end paper, perforated stamp to title with file numbers to the verso. Edges of text block slightly soiled, text clean and tight, good + in like (spine panel slightly faded and with small library label, a few minor marks in places, edges lightly rubbed in places) d/w £6

FR23ABB. Rudkin, E.H, Lincolnshire Folklore, 1st edition, Gainsborough 1936, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 102pp including index, with one text illustration  + a frontispiece and 3 plates, with an introduction by Margaret A. Murray.  A short but valuable contemporary collection of oral folklore, including material on witches, the devil, customs, beliefs and practices, etc. A few trivial marks to cloth, light foxing to prelims, edges of text block and a few margins, text tight and very clean overall. A near very good copy of an uncommon book, the whole edition is believed to have only consisted of 400 copies, of which most were issued in papered boards (the issue normally found) this being one of around only 100 issued in cloth and very scarce as such. £28

FR23SS. Simpson, J, The Folklore of Sussex, 1 st edition, Batsford 1973, 8vo, 8vo, black cloth, 187pp including index, double page map and illustrations in text by G.J Galsworthy. A concise, sound study, one of Batsford’s excellent Folklore of the British Isles series. A couple of minor spots to end papers. V.good in like ( very slight edge creasing, a couple of minor marks) d/w £8

F23F. Spence, L, Myths and Legends of Egypt, 1915, Studio Editions 1990, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 12 + 370pp including index + a frontispiece and 46 plates (on ordinary paper). Edges of text block yellowed, contents clean and tight. Very good + overall in like d/w £2.50

F23H. Spence, L, The Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt, 1915, 2nd issue, Harrap 1917, 8vo, full brown pictorial cloth gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, 10 + 370pp including index + 16 coloured and 32 b/w plates by Evelyn Paul, title page rubricated; a sound popular introductory study to the myths and religious traditions of ancient Egypt, including chapters on magic, priesthoods, the gods, etc. Light soiling to covers in places, spine ends and corners rubbed, spine very slightly darkened, upper corner of front board bumped, margins tanned, some occasional light foxing, mainly to margins, text tight and still very clean overall, a good + copy in the nicest of the binding variants  and increasingly  uncommon as such £30

F23I. Spence, L, British Fairy Origins, 1st edition, Watts 1946, 8vo, red cloth with black lettering to spine, 10 + 206pp including index; an excellent analysis of British fairy origins and their totemic forms, showing them as derived from the cult of the dead, which ultimately of course, they are. Spine slightly faded, a couple of minor marks to cloth, edges of text block a little darkened, small label removal mark to front end paper, minor spots to end papers and the odd margin, text clean and tight, a near very good copy of this increasingly uncommon title £25

F24C. Thompson, C.J, S, The Hand of Destiny, 1st edition, Rider 1932, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 303pp including index, with illustrations in the text + a frontispiece and 6 plates; a popular study of the folklore of everyday life, including chapters on amulets and talismans, skulls and bones, curses and spells, the evil eye, witchcraft, animals and plants, etc. A few minor marks to cloth, edges of text block spotted, slightly affecting a few margins, text clean and tight, a near very good copy of the uncommon original issue £28

Herbalism

 

Kabbalah & Jewish Mysticism

K4A. Feldman, R.H, Fundamentals of Jewish Mysticism, 1st edition, Crossing Press 8vo pbk. 1999, 142pp + advertisement leaf, with a diagram and 4 tables in the text; a solid introduction to the Kabbalah and related Jewish mystical teachings; minor spotting to fore-edge of text block, very slightly affecting margins of first couple of leaves otherwise a clean tight copy, very good £2.50

K05A. Frater Albertus (Albert Reidel), The Seven Rays of the QBL, 1968, new and revised edition, Weiser 1985, 8vo, red-brown cloth with gilt titles to spine and gilt illustration to front board, 22 + 169pp, with diagrams in the text and 24 coloured plates (2 folding, one included in the pagination, the other mounted on the front paste-down as issued); a posthumously published expanded study of the Qabalah and the natural cycles of mankind by the founder of the Paracelsus Research Society. Spine very slightly faded, corners lightly rubbed, a few minor marks to cloth, minor soiling to edges of text block, internally clean and tight. Vertical wrinkling (paper flawed?) to largely blank leaf preceding colour plate section, and a small closed tear to inner part of front fold-out, neatly repaired with clear tape, without loss, all still readable, and otherwise a very good copy of the increasingly uncommon and most complete edition which has not been subsequently reprinted £55

K05. Gonzales-Wippler, M, Kabbalah of the Modern World, 1974, 3rd edition, revised and expanded, 2nd printing, Llewellyn 8vo pbk. 2006, 18 + 270pp, with illustrations and tables in the text; a modern introduction to the Kabbalah for self discovery and personal development. Faint trace of pencil marking to top corner of title page otherwise near fine £3.50

K5BB. Kaplan, A, Jewish Meditation, 1st edition, Schocken 8vo pbk. 1985, reprinted, 11 + 165pp; the first clear practical guide to meditation and visualisation within the Jewish mystical tradition; light rubbing to edges of covers, tiny spot to one margin otherwise internally clean and tight, very good £6

K5C. Klein, E, (translator), Kabbalah of Creation, 2000, North Atlantic Books 8vo pbk. 2005, 48 + 302pp including index. A sound study of Lurianic Kabbalah including translations of original material. Trivial rubbing to edges of covers in places, minor soiling to edges of text block, internally clean and tight, very good £6

 

 

Magic, Occultism, Religion & Mysticism

M1. Abrahamsson, C, Resonances, 1st edition, Scarlet Imprint 2014, small 4to, mandarin cloth with silver spine titles and gilt and silver unicorn head design to front board, 6 + 164pp, with 7 portraits, including one of the author, number 89 of a hand numbered limited edition of 530 copies. Twenty three striking essays by a pioneering occultist and radical thinker designed to challenge our often outdated perceptions of magic and culture. Fine £30

M01. Agrippa, C, Occult Philosophy or Magic, 1897, 3rd printing, Aquarian Press 1975, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 288pp, with a frontispiece portrait, 5 illustrations in the text + 7 plates.  The first book of Agrippa’s Occult Philosophy, with additional material by Henry Morely and others, together with related biographical material.  With the esoteric book plate of Robert Monro Black to the front paste-down, a near fine copy in near very good (a little minor wear to edges, a few minor marks, short closed tear to top of front inner fold, spine panel slightly darkened) d/w £30

M001. Adler, Dr H. NLP: the Art and Science of Getting What You Want, 1994, Piatkus 8vo pbk. 1995, 2 + 249pp including index. Neuro- linguistic programming for self advancement. A couple of minor marks to covers, faint vertical crease to front cover, margins very slightly tanned, contents clean and tight. Very good - £2

M01A. Akins, W.R, The Secret Power of the Pyramids, 1st edition, Franklin Watts 1980, tall 8vo, black cloth with copper foil titles to spine and front board, 6 + 85pp, with a frontispiece and full page photographs included in the pagination. A concise study, based on the records of ancient Egypt, and including instructions for building your own pyramid and ‘harnessing its power’. Covers dust soiled, contents clean and tight. Overall, a near very good copy in like (a few minor marks, small unobtrusive stain to top of spine panel) d/w £5

M1A. Albertus Magnus, Book of Minerals, 1st and only edition, Clarendon Press 1967, royal 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 42 + 309pp including index + 2 plates, translated, and with an introduction to the life and work of Albertus Magnus by Dorothy Wyckoff. Written in the 13th century, Albertus Magnus’ work on minerals is an important contribution to both magic and alchemy as an early science; consequently the translator also includes appendices on related figures, astrology and magic, and alchemy.  Small mark to front board otherwise a near fine copy of this rare book in near very good (99% complete with no chips but some edge-wear and associated light creasing, small scuff to blank portion at foot of rear panel) d/w £120

M2B. Ames, R.T & D.L Hall (translators), Dao de Jing, 1st edition, 1st printing, Ballantine Books 2003, 8vo, quarter black cloth over orange papered boards, orange titles to spine, 24 + 242pp. A new philosophical translation with commentary, and featuring the recently discovered bamboo texts. Near mint £6

M03. Anonymous, Strange Talents, Parallel 4to pbk. 1995, 122pp, with photographs in the text (many in colour). Popular accounts of a variety of “strange talents”, from miracle surgeons to electric people, thought photography to telepathy, and much more. Part of the publisher’s Marvels and Mysteries series. A few minor marks to covers, contents clean and tight. Very good + £1.50

M3AB. Anonymous, Guide & Index to Gurdjieff’s All and Everything, 1971, 1st edition, 3rd printing, Traditional Studies Press 1979, small Cr8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 680pp. An excellent and indispensible companion to Gurdjieff’s three volume masterpiece Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson. A very good + clean copy of this increasingly uncommon title in near very good (red spine lettering a little faded, small paper label to blank portion of spine panel) d/w £30

M3AC. Anonymous, Ways of Improving Your Memory, no date (C.1960s) Encyclopaedia Britannica (offprint?), 8vo, printed stapled wraps, 13pp. Wrappers a little rubbed in places and slightly edge-worn, crease to upper corner of lower wrapper, staples rusted, outer margins browned, text clean and tight. Good + £3.50

M3B. (Apollonius of Tyana), Philostratus, In Honour of Apollonius of Tyana, 1st edition, first issue, Oxford at the Clarendon Press 1912, translated by J.S Phillimore, complete in two volumes, Cr8vo, matching original green slub weave cloth with gilt rules and titles to spines, 128 + 141pp & 296pp including index. The first complete English translation of the primary source for our knowledge of Apollonius, and despite the speculation that Philostratus heavily embellished his account of Apollonius' life and work, it remains an essential text for any student of this follower of both Plato and Pythagoras. Dependent on your standpoint, it is the accounts of his miracle working or magic, that continue to intrigue theologians and occultists respectively. Spines a little darkened and rubbed at ends, faint rubbing to cloth in places, a couple of small dents to edges of boards, end papers browning, trivial spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a near very good set of the scarce first issue of an oft reprinted title £35

M15AA. Bardon, F, The Practice of Magical Evocation, 1956, 1st English edition, Rudolph Pravica 1967, small Post 4to, yellow cloth with red lettering to spine and front board, 280pp including one coloured plate + 156pp of sigils, many of which are coloured, and advertisement leaf, with front panel cut from original dust wrapper loosely inserted; an excellent and sought after practical work on the invocation of spirits, the second of the author’s three works on various aspects of Hermetic magic. A little trivial soiling to cloth in places, small red mark to foot of front board, a couple of faint soil marks to blank verso of last leaf otherwise internally clean and tight; a very good + copy of the increasingly scarce first English issue £45

M15F. Bell, Sir C, The Religion of Tibet, 1931, O.U.P. 1970, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and gilt decoration to front board, 16 + 235pp, with 2 maps in the text + a frontispiece, 68 plates and folding map at end; one of the best standard works on the origins, history and development of Tibetan Buddhism. Faint spotting to edges of text block, trivial spots to the odd margin otherwise internally clean and tight, a very good + copy in very good (lightly soiled in places, minor wear to edges, price clipped) d/w £18

M17A. Benyacott, D, The Magickal Business, 1st edition, 2nd orienting, Pentacle Press 4to pbk. 1989, 97pp, with diagrams in the text. A step by step guide for succeeding in business through the use of magick. Edges of covers rubbed, covers rather marked , lower corners bumped with some creasing, internally clean and tight. Good + £3.50

M19. Bhalla, P.S, Personal Problems: Causes and Solutions, 1st edition, Body/Mind Centre1996, 8vo, black cloth, 304pp. An unusual self-help book based on traditional Indian mysticism and philosophy. Trivial soil mark to outer margin of one leaf. Very good + in like (a few trivial marks, light creasing to top edge) d/w £6

M19B. Black, J, Spirits Walk With Me: An Enochian Odyssey, 1st edition, Rosden 8vo pbk. 2010, 182pp. An account of the author’s personal experiences of practical magic in an attempt to establish and demonstrate their reality. Also includes a short occult story. Near mint £6

M20. Blaine, D, Mysterious Stranger: A Book of Magic, 1 st edition, Channel 4 Books 2002, small 4to, black cloth, 10 + 214pp, illustrations in text, some in colour. The career of David Blaine, TV conjurer and sleight of hand artist who has also performed many feats of mind over matter. Near fine in like d/w £3.50

M23. Bowen, P.G, The Sayings of the Ancient One, 1st edition, Rider, no date (1935),  Cr8vo, salmon pink cloth with black lettering to spine and front board, 160pp; apparently an ancient text translated by Bowen from Insinzu, an archaic Bantu dialect, together with his introductory notes and commentary. The text contains great spiritual insight, which the author connected to the mysterious builders of Southern Africa’s great ancient cities, about whom little is known. He also predictably showed parallels with Madame Blavatsky’s Theosophical teachings. Spine and near edges of boards faded, upper corners rubbed, end papers browned, some occasional minor foxing to margins, text clean and tight. Later printings were heavily abridged, the full text not reprinted until 1985 and then only in soft cover. That issue is long out of print, as currently are all editions. This first edition is now very scarce, overall a good + copy £50

M21AB. Bottomley, M, The Mystical Power of the Psalms, 1st edition, Finbarr 8vo pbk. 1983, 84pp; the usual Finbarr fare in terms of getting what you want, together with ‘real’ examples of satisfactory results; a few brown spots to covers, crease to lower corner of front cover, a couple of upper page corners creased, brown spotting to fore-edge, slightly affecting a couple of margins, ink underlining and marginal notes to a couple of pages, text otherwise clean and tight, a good + copy of an uncommon book £15

M00023C. Brand, D, Magickal Cashbook, 1st edition? 8vo pbk. Published by the author 2014, 49pp, with a few diagrams and other illustrations in the text; ‘attracts money fast with ancient secrets and modern wealth magic’. Light rubbing to edges of covers, very good + £6

M00023D. Brand, D, Magickal Seduction, 1st edition/? 8vo pbk. Published by the author 2015, 49pp, with a few illustrations in the text; ‘attract love, sex and passion with ancient secrets and words of power’. Minor bump to upper corner, very good + £6

M23BB. Brooksmith, P (editor), Cult and Occult, 1985, Guild Publishing 1988, large 4to, black cloth, 240pp including index, illustrated throughout (many in colour), introduction by Francis King. A beginner’s overview to the occult, part of the Unexplained File series. Light edge rubbing to cloth. Minor spots to end papers and edge of text block, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good in very good – (rubbed with a few minor marks, some light edge-wear) d/w £2

M25C. Budge, E.A Wallis, The Mummy, 1893, Collier 8vo pbk. 1977, 18 + 404pp including index, with many illustrations in the text. The standard study of ancient Egyptian funerary archaeology and practices. Very faint reading crease to spine, a couple of minor spots to covers, internally clean and tight. A near very good copy £3

M26AA. Bussell, F.W, Religious Thought and Heresy in the Middle Ages, 1st edition, Robert Scott 1918, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 14 + 878pp including index, fore and lower edges uncut; a monumental and wide-ranging study, principally focussed on the religious sects of Asia, Europe, and the Near East. Cloth a little rubbed and marked, spine darkened and marked with small split at head, some occasional light foxing, mainly to margins, text tight and still largely clean overall, a good + copy of the uncommon first issue £25

M035AC. Charpentier, L, The Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral, 1972, 1st English edition, 3rd printing, R.I.L.K.O 8vo pbk. 1980, 192pp, diagrams in text + 16pp plates. An interesting study of the esoteric symbolism, cosmic proportion, and sacred geometry present in Chatres cathedral. Covers a little marked and edge worn with a couple of light creases to front cover. A couple of page corners previously turned. V.good - £8

M35DDE. Clydesdale, R, Secret Wisdom, 1st edition thus, Arcturus 2009, 4to, pictorial French folded wraps, 208pp including index, with a frontispiece and many illustrations in the text. A popular account of occult societies and arcane knowledge through the ages, spanning from the ancient mystery schools to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Near mint £2.50

M35E. Collins, D.J (editor), The Cambridge History of Magic and Witchcraft in the West, 1st edition, Cambridge University Press 2015, 8vo, blue cloth with silver titles to spine and front board, 12 + 798pp including index, with photographs and other illustrations in the text. A monumental study of magical tradition from antiquity through to the present, featuring twenty scholarly essays, and with subjects ranging from magic in the ancient Classical World through to 19th century High Magic, modern Neo pagan traditions, and much in between. Contributors include Owen Davies, Daniel Schwemer, Alicia Walker, and the editor. Fine in near fine d/w £60

M38F. Crowley, A, The Soul of the Desert, 1st edition thus, Thelema Publishing 1974, small square 8vo, brown cloth with gilt title to spine and front board, 36pp printed on dark cream stock with text on one side of the leaf only; Crowley’s musings on the ‘secret sanctuary of the soul’ inspired by his wanderings in the Sahara and written at Tozeur in 1914. Originally published in the Occult Review (volume 20, number 1, 1914), this is the first stand alone edition. A little minor soiling to cloth, one smallish a few really tiny insignificant red spots to front board, spine titles very slightly dulled, ownership inscription to front paste-down and trivial spots to the odd margin otherwise internally clean and tight, overall a near very good copy of an attractive and uncommon little book £40

M39Z. (Crowley, A), Cole, R.T, Liber L. + vel Bogus (The Real Confession of Aleister Crowley) Sub Figura LXXX, 1st edition, first issue, privately published & distributed 2014, 8vo, printed laminated boards, 246pp + advertisement leaf, with facsimile documents and other illustrations within the text, edited by Sadie Sparkes, number 74 of a hand numbered limited edition of 100 copies only, with bookmark, and postcard signed by the author stating the limitation loosely inserted as issued. Cole’s ‘long awaited expose’ of Crowley predictably paints him as a raging psychopath who consciously invented the Book of the Law and the religion of Thelema. Whereas he raises some interesting points through the examination of original documents, has been rightly criticised for very selective use of the evidence he presents, and consequently is unlikely to have ardent Thelemites deserting in their droves following his revelations. Long out of print in this, the only hard cover issue, a near mint copy in like d/w of an already very scarce item £100

M40E. Crowley, A, Gems from the Equinox, 1st edition, 1st printing, Llewellyn 1974, 8vo, red faux leather boards with silver titles and image to spine and front, 34 + 1134pp + 24 plates (on ordinary paper); edited and with a preface by Israel Regardie; a pretty comprehensive selection of Crowley’s own instructions for his magical Order drawn from his published works on Yoga, ritual magick and sex magick. Spine panel a little dulled, a couple of minor bumps of boards, edges of text block a little browned and spotted in places, trivial spot to title page, otherwise internally clean and tight, a very good copy of the increasingly uncommon first printing (no d/w issued) £95

M40R. Crowley, A, The Works of Aleister Crowley volume one: Liber Agape, De Arte Magica, 1st and only edition thus, Kadath Press, no date (1986), 8vo, stapled printed card wraps, 52pp, with an integral frontispiece portrait, together with an introduction and explanatory notes by Ray Sherwin. Two rituals of sexual magick, Liber Agape having been compared with the manuscript version in the Warburg institute with variations specifically noted by the compiler. It makes this edition a pretty comprehensive one for practical study, nicely augmented by the insightful commentary. Spine portion browned, rear cover a little stained, edges of text block soiled, slightly affecting the odd margin, light staining to a couple of pages otherwise textually clean and tight. Overall, still a just about good + copy of an increasingly scarce item £35

M40X. Crowley, Amado, The Wrath of Aleister Crowley, 1st edition, Diamond 8vo pbk. 1994, 4 + 4 + 168pp.  The last in a trilogy of books detailing personal reminiscences of the teachings of the author’s alleged famous father, Aleister Crowley. A few minor marks to covers, corners lightly bumped, internally clean and tight. Near very good £3.50

M40YZ. Crowley, V, The Natural Magician: Practical Techniques for Empowerment, 1st  and only edition, 1st printing, Michael Joseph 2003, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles and pentagram decoration to spine, 8 + 294pp including index, with a few illustrations in the text, signed by the author to previous owner on a paper slip pasted to the title page. A practical guide to magic within the western tradition, based on a number of techniques drawn from Alexandrian Wicca to the Kabbalah, and psychology to crystal magic; small dent to lower part of outside edge of rear cover, minor browning to edges of text block, slightly affecting tips of margins, otherwise internally and externally clean and tight. A very good copy of an increasingly uncommon book in like (a few trivial edge creases, small bruise to outer fold of rear panel) d/w, and signed copies are very scarce £75

M43B. Davidson, G, A Dictionary of Angels, Including the Fallen Angels, 1967, Free Press small 4to pbk. 1971, 28 + 386pp, with illustrations in text; arguably the single most comprehensive reference source on the subject, a complete A to Z of angels in literature, myth, magic, and religion. Covers slightly marked in places, edges rubbed, slight creasing to corners of front cover, edges of text block soiled and browned, slight staining to title page margins otherwise internally clean and tight, good + £8

M0045. Degraaff, R.M, The Book of the Toad, 1st edition, Park Street Press 4to pbk. 1991, 16 + 208pp including index, with illustrations in the text, some in colour; an interesting guide to the natural and magical history of toad-human relations. Closed tear to upper part of back-strip without loss, slight bumping to corners, minor spots to half title otherwise internally clean and tight, good + overall £2.50

M45. De Givry, E.G, Witchcraft, Magic and Alchemy, 1929, 1st English edition, George Harrap & Co. 1931, 4to, black cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 395pp, with 366 illustrations in the text + 10 coloured plates, top edge gilt, translated from the French by J. Courtenay Locke; a splendid pictorial history of witchcraft, magic, alchemy, and other occult sciences, arguably the best work of its kind, and unusual in combining a reliable, if somewhat Francophile text with its wonderful set of illustrations. Light rubbing to corners and spine ends, a little damp spotting around the edges of the boards, end papers and half title foxed, some very occasional light marginal spotting, very slightly affecting text on one page, which is otherwise clean and tight. A good + or arguably very slightly better overall copy of the increasingly scarce first English issue, with later reprints failing to do justice to the quality of the French original, which is particularly evident in the reproduction of the coloured plates £120

M47A. Drummond, W, Oedipus Judaicus, 1811, Bracken 8vo pbk. 1996, 72 + 381pp + 16 plates (on ordinary paper).  A series of dissertations on Genesis and the books of Judges and Joshua that attempt to show them as astronomical allegories, together with a preliminary notice on ancient astronomy.  Edges of covers lightly rubbed, crease to lower corner of rear cover, slightly affecting corners of last few leaves, text lightly tanned, otherwise clean and tight. Good + £2.50

M50C. Durdin-Roberton, L, The Goddesses of India, Tibet, China and Japan, 1st edition, Cesara Cr8vo pbk. 1976,  4 + 332pp including index + 9 full page illustrations by Anna Durdin-Robertson, signed by author on the title page; a useful and comprehensive guide, giving etymology, genealogy, associated places, titles, and religious lore. Corners rubbed, a couple of faint crease marks to spine, trivial soiling to edges of text block, internally clean and tight, a very good copy, and uncommon signed £18

M52. Eisenman, R, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the First Christians, 1st U.k ed. Element 1996, Lge. 8vo, black cloth, 30 + 449pp incl. index. Translations of three of the key documents with related notes and essays. V.good in v.good + d/w £6.50

M52B. Eliade, M, Occultism, Witchcraft, and Cultural Fashions, University of Chicago Press 8vo pbk. 1966, 6 + 148pp. Six essays on comparitive aspects of magic, witchcraft and religion. Edges of covers rather rubbed, covers lightly marked in places, edges of text block soiled, ownership signature to half title, marginal scoring to a couple of pages, text clean and tight. Good + overall £6

M52F. Ellis, N, Dreams of Isis, 1st edition, Theosophical Publishing House 1995, reprinted, tall 8vo, quarter brown cloth over papered boards, gilt titles to spine, 8 + 417pp; the author’s personal odyssey in search of the myths and traditions of the Egyptian Isis. Trivial spots to lower part of fore-edge of text block otherwise fine in near fine d/w £3.50

M52G. Ellwood, T (editor), Magick on the Edge: an Anthology of Experimental Occultism, 1st edition, Megalithica 8vo pbk. 2007, 317pp; a series of articles on practical magic by both established and up and coming occultists, with contributors including ‘Agent 139’, Nick Farrell, and the editor, minor bump to top of spine otherwise fine £8

M62A. Farren, D, The Return of Magic, 1st edition, Harper & Row 1972, 8vo, quarter black cloth and red cloth boards, silver titles to spine, 10 + 118pp. An investigation into the psychological and religious roots of magic and witchcraft. Some occasional light pencil marking to margins throughout, otherwise very good + in near very good (lightly soiled in places, spine panel faded, clear laminate layer neatly applied by previous owner) d/w £8

M63C. Ferdowsi, The Epic of Kings, Arkana 8vo pbk. 1990, 28 + 423pp + advertisements, translated by Reuben Levy. An English translation of the Shah-Nama, a Persian epic detailing the mythic history of the Iranian Empire. Spine very slightly faded, edges of spine and lower cover rubbed, faint tanning to edges of text block, contents clean and tight. Slight damage to middle of rear cover and outer margins of last few leaves, otherwise a near very good copy £2

M65A. Fitz Simon, Rev. J.A & V.A, The Gods of Old and the Story That They Tell, 1st edition, T. Fisher & Unwin 1899, 8vo, maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board,  fore and lower edges uncut, 24 + 456pp. An interesting study of the symbolic philosophy behind the religion and mythology of the ancient Greeks based upon Hesiod’s Theogony. Light rubbing to spine ends and corners, Ownership signature to front paste-down, very slight foxing to title pages and a few margins, text clean and tight. A near very good copy of the uncommon first issue £25

M65A. (Fleetwood, W), The Life and Miracles of St.Wenefrede, together with her Litanies; with some Historical Observations made thereon, 1st edition, printed for Sam Buckley, at the Dolphin in Little Britain 1713, Cr8vo, rebound in 19th century dark blue cloth with gilt rules and title to spine and renewed end papers, 128pp, with an engraved head-piece; Fleetwoods edition of St.Wenefrede’s Life was inspired by an anonymous (probably by John Falconer) translation of Robert, prior of Shrewsbury’s 1138 Latin original, that first appeared in 1635. Its reissue in 1712 prompted Fleetwood, whom was unhappy with the translation, to issue his own. Around half the text is made up of Fleetwood’s notes and observations, which although necessarily, for the time, anti-Papist in tone, are still of immense value for the history of her shrine at Holywell, of the pilgrimages there, and details of the well’s alleged miraculous cures. Spine a little darkened and lightly worn at ends, a few minor marks to cloth which is starting to bubble in a few places, edges of text block browned, small chip to top of one leaf not affecting text, some occasional minor foxing, mainly to margins, text tight and still very clean overall, a good + copy of the very scarce first issue of this translation £150

M67A. Fox, R L, The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible, 1st ed. Viking 1991, lge. 8vo, black cloth, 478pp incl. index. Respected and balanced study of the history of the Bible. Some ink scoring and annotation in a couple of chapters, otherwise v.good + in like d/w £7.50

M67B. Francis, P.G, Dynamic Yoga is for You, 1st edition, A Thomas & Co. 1967, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 142pp. Western yoga for dynamism, thought power and personal success. A few minor marks to cloth, minor spots to edges of text block and end papers, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good in good + (edges rather worn and rubbed, some minor soiling) d/w £5

M70A. (Frazer, Sir J.G) Angus Downie, R, James George Frazer: the Portrait of a Scholar, 1st edition, Watts & Co. 1940, 8vo, green cloth with white lettering to spine, 10 + 141pp including index, with a frontispiece portrait; a sound biographical study of this important anthropologist. A few trivial marks to cloth, minor spotting to edges of text block, end papers browned otherwise internally clean and tight, a very good copy £8

M075A. Gaskell, G.A, Dictionary of All Scriptures and Myths, 1st edition, 1st printing, Julian Press 1960, large 8vo, white (at top) and green (at bottom) cloth with black lettering to spine and gilt symbols to spine and front board, 843pp; a monumental study of the origins, nature and meaning of sacred language within the myths and scriptures of the various world religions. Trivial soiling to edges of text block, minor mark to title page otherwise internally clean and tight, slight brown spotting to white cloth portion of boards otherwise a very good copy of the uncommon first printing in near very good (some light wear to edges, a little soiled in places with a few marks, spine panel slightly darkened) d/w £25

M78B. Geryl, P & G. Ratinckx, The Orion Prophecy, 1st edition, 1st printing, Adventures Unlimited Press 8vo pbk. 2001, 264pp + publisher’s advertisements, with illustrations in the text. Predictions for 2012 derived from ancient Egyptian and Mayan sources. A bit late now, but interesting reading never the less! Near mint £2.50

M83. Goldman, J & A, Chakra Frequencies: Tantra of Sound, 2005, Destiny Books 8vo pbk. 2011, 12 + 194pp including index + advertisement leaf, with a few diagrams in the text and c.d fixed to inside of rear cover as issued. Comprehensive guide to sound frequencies within Tantra from a western perspective. Tiny nick to outer edge of front cover without loss, otherwise fine £6

M86CC. Gray, W.G, Inner Traditions of Magic, 1st edition, Aquarian Press 1970, 8vo, mottled grey cloth with red foil titles to spine, top edge stained dark green, 287pp including index, with a foreword by Israel Regardie; a practical guide to magic with the western tradition. Edges of boards rubbed, small closed split to foot of upper joint, edges of text block soiled, where previously damp colour at top edge of text block slightly bleeding into top margins, inner hinges neatly reinforced, creases to a couple of page corners, minor spotting to end papers and a couple of margins, lack title page but textually complete and tight, a sound reading copy of the uncommon first issue £12

MH91W. Haining, P, The Warlock’s Book: Secrets of Black Magic from the Ancient Grimoires, 1972, University Books, no date (early 1970s), 8vo, red cloth with spine lettered in black, 110pp, with diagrams and other illustrations in the text (some full page). The book purports to be a reconstruction of a now lost Elizabethan grimoire.  It is in essence, a work of practical magic focussing on the more controversial aspects of occultism, such as sexual magic, drugs, the Black Sabbath, etc, drawn from a variety of extant texts, some of which are extremely rare. The short appendix consists of modern witchcraft initiation rites that the author also includes under the banner of ‘black magic’.  Faint stain to lower corner of front board near spine, small stain to lower outer corner of text block, very slightly affecting the tips of a couple of margins, otherwise internally clean and tight, a very good copy of this increasingly uncommon title in like (a few minor marks, light wear to edges with a couple of tiny chips) d/w £45

Mh91. Haining, P, The Man Who Was Frankenstein, 1st edition Muller 1979, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 6 + 166pp, illustrated. Looks at the life and work of Andrew Crosse, nick-named "the wizard of the Quantocks" and accused of being in league with the devil due to his experiments to create life. The author argues that Crosse plays an overlooked role in the creation of Mary Shelly's novel. Very good in like d/w £3.50

MH91AC. Hancox, J, The Byrom Collection, 1st edition, Jonathan Cape 1992, small 4to, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 320pp including index, with a frontispiece and many illustrations in the text (some coloured). An excellent study of the Byrom collection, a series of drawings once belonging to an eighteenth century secret society,  featuring ground-plans relating to the Globe theatre and other famous London buildings, revealing their sacred geometry and relationship to Renaissance mystical thought. A couple of minor spots to front end paper otherwise near fine in very good ( edges lightly rubbed, a couple of trivial soil marks, faint crease to top of rear panel, becoming uncommon in hard cover £12

MH91AA. Hannay, J.B, The Rise, Decline and Fall of the Roman Religion, 1st edition, privately published for the Religious Evolution Research Society 1925, 8vo, maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine, 14 + 257pp, with illustrations in the text + a frontispiece portrait and 19 plates. A rather misleading title for those unfamiliar with the author’s work, in which he seeks to show the origins of Christianity amongst ancient pagan religions, with an emphasis on phallic worship and sexuality. The ‘Roman Religion’ referred to is that of the Bible, which the author sees as written by the Romans, and derived in part from Roman paganism. Spine darkened and slightly worn at head, corners rubbed, minor closed splitting to joints, end papers browned,  blacked out inscription to front end paper, small spot to blank margin of frontispiece and title page, otherwise internally clean and tight, overall a good + copy of the uncommon first issue £15

M92. Hartland, E.S, Primitive Paternity, 1st edition, David Nutt 1909, 2 volumes complete, 8vo, dark blue cloth with gilt titles to spines, 8 + 325pp & 2 + 328pp including index. A monumental study of the myth of supernatural birth in relation to the history of family; including chapters on magical practices to obtain children, the mother and father right, etc. Ex lib, file numbers to spines and verso of title pages, book plates to front end papers, stamps to end papers, title pages and some margins. Spines slightly snagged at head, minor spots to a few margins, text clean and tight. Overall, a good + set in the original cloth £20

M92A.Hartmann, F,  The Life and Doctrines of Jacob Boehme, the God-Taught Philosopher, an Introduction to the Study of His Works, 1st edition, Occult Publishing Co. 1891, 8vo, polished brown cloth with gilt titles to spine, 12 + 338pp including index, a popular, sound, and very readable introduction to the work of this 16th century German Christian mystic and occult philosopher. Spine slightly chipped at tail, short closed split to foot of lower joint, inner hinges slightly strained, edges of text block browned, a couple of small tears to margin of title page, not affecting text and without loss, stitching a little strained in places, pencil marks to some margins otherwise internally clean and sill fairly tight, overall a good + copy of the scarce true first issue £55

M95C. Heckthorne, C.W, Secret Societies of All Ages and Countries, 1st edition, Richard Bentley & Son 1875,  2 volumes (complete), Cr8vo, green cloth with blind patterned borders and gilt titles to spines and front boards, 18 + 392 & 12 + 328pp. A fairly comprehensive study, from the ancient mystery schools through to modern political movements, and although some entries are brief, includes many obscure sects and societies on which it is difficult to find information elsewhere. Covers a little rubbed, marked and soiled, lacking half titles, with volume one also lacking the front end paper. Hinges pulled, stitching strained in places, some ink page reference numbering to analytical table of contents in each volume, edges of text block a little soiled, ownership signature to title pages, a few tape marks to inner margins in volume one, rear inner hinge of volume two reinforced with tape, outer margins of lower end paper and final leaf a little worn, a few other minor internal marks, text reasonably sound and still pretty clean overall in both volumes. Overall, a fair and textually complete reading set of the increasingly scarce first issue £60

M99A. (Hermes Trismegistus), The Divine Pymander of Hermes Trismegistus, by the editors of The Shrine of Wisdom, 1923, 4th edition 1978, 8vo, gilt stamped blue cloth, 54pp. As the subtitle says: An Endeavour to Systemise and Elucidate the Corpus Hermeticum. Fine in near fine d/w £6

M0101. Hitching, F, The World Atlas of Mysteries, 1978, BCA 1979, large 4to, brown cloth, 256pp including index, with photographs and other illustrations in the text throughout. Looks at various mysteries, both ancient and modern, including mysteries of the Universe, earth patterns, unknown energies, ancient civilizations, unknown animals, etc. Very good + in very good – (a little marked and edge-worn) d/w £2

M105AAA. Howard, M, The Occult Conspiracy, 1st edition, Rider 1989, 8vo, red cloth, 12 + 196pp including index, with illustrations in the text + 8pp plates. A popular study of secret societies and political conspiracy. Includes material on Templars, Rosicrucians, Nazis, etc. Faint stain to top edge of boards and text block, slightly affecting end papers. A couple of page corners previously turned, slight tanning to margins, minor spots to a couple of margins, text clean and tight. Very good – in like (a few minor marks, some light edge creasing in places) d/w £6

AR18. Jeffery, G, A Brief Description of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem and other Christian Churches of the Holy City, 1st edition, Cambridge University Press 1919, 8vo, taupe cloth with dark brown titles to spine and design to spine and front board,  edges untrimmed, 12 + 233pp including index, with photographs and other illustrations in the text + a tissue guarded frontispiece; a fairly comprehensive study of both the major and minor religious buildings of Jerusalem, together with some account of Medieval copies of the Holy Sepulchre surviving in Europe. A little faint soiling to cloth, spine panel very slightly darkened, crease to lower corner of rear cover, thumb soil marks to a couple of early margins, minor spots to a few others, text clean and tight, a near very good copy of the scarce original edition £30

M114B. Karandikar, S.V, Hindu Exogamy, 1st edition, D.B Taraporevala Sons & Co. 1929, 8vo, maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine, 16 + 308pp including index. An important study of marriage and relationship customs in Hinduism. The author explains their taboos and history; together with their cultural, religious and esoteric significance. He admits in this book that “The work is far from being an exhaustive one”, but it remains the most comprehensive study of the subject available in English. Light wear to spine ends, very slight foxing to end papers and a couple of margins, text clean and tight. Press opinions, probably cut from inner flaps of original dust wrapper loosely inserted. A very good copy of an increasingly scarce work £25

M119C. King, F, Satan and Swastika: the Occult and the Nazi Party, 1st and only edition, Mayflower pbk. 1976, 288pp including index; King’s study is one of the better popular overviews of Adolph Hitler’s obsession with the occult and its place in Nazi ideology. Covers a little edge rubbed, and with faint reading crease to spine, light spotting to first and last couple of leaves,  tanning to edges of margins, text clean and tight, a near very good copy of this uncommon title £20

M124. Kozma, A, Esoteric Warriors, 1st edition, Paul Crompton ltd. 4to pbk. 1999,  132pp, with a frontispiece and photographs in the text. An account of the hidden side of martial arts techniques revealed through the masters of its various systems. A few minor marks to covers, corners bumped, internally clean and tight. A near very good copy £5

MK124. Krickenberg, W; Trimborn, H; Muller, W & Zerries, O, Pre-Columbian American Religions, 1st English ed. Weidenfeld & Nicholson 1968, lge. 8vo, red cloth, 4 + 365pp incl. index + 8pp plates. The early religions of South, Central, North and Mesoamerica, together with the West Indies. Ex lib, traces of label removal to f.f.e.p, stamps to verso of title, spine ends worn, blind impressed stamp to front of d/w. Good + in like d/w £12

M25DD. Lempriere, J, A Classical Dictionary, 1788, George Routledge no date (probably c.1920s), 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 36 + 667pp. A useful reference work of names, terms, measures, etc from the Classical World, and including a chronological table. Spine slightly darkened, upper joint slightly worn, lower corners softened and damp faded, edges of text block spotted, ownership signature to front end paper, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a good sound copy £3.50

M125D. Le Plongeon, A, Sacred Mysteries Among the Mayas and the Quiches, 1886, Wizards Bookshelf 1973, 8vo, brown cloth with gilt illustration to front board, 163pp including index, with illustrations in the text + 10pp plates. An examination of the mysteries and their relationship to those of the ancient East, all from a Freemasonic standpoint. A facsimile of the original edition with an added bibliography. A few minor dents to rear cover, minor rubbing to spine ends and corners. Edge of text block lightly tanned, text clean and tight. Very good £12

M125C. Lightfoot, J.P, Jachin and Boaz: The Pillars of the Porch of King Solomon’s Temple, 1st and only edition, Masonic Education Service 1948, 8vo, textured card wraps printed in black, 61pp, with a tissue guarded frontispiece, portrait photograph to title, diagrams and other illustrations in the text, and two coloured plates included in the pagination. A curious work by a past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas, detailing the esoteric symbolism and sacred geometry of Solomon’s temple, related to the Bible, the Great Pyramid of Gizeh, and astronomical allegory preserved within the teachings of Craft Masonry.  With a presentation inscription by a fellow Freemason S.G. Holden to the front end paper with publisher’s label tipped in, faint crease to lower corner of rear wrapper and last half of leaves, a couple of trivial marks to covers, minor spots to a couple of margins, text clean and tight. Overall a near very good copy of an extremely rare work, Worldcat only locates four copies, all housed within the United States £95

M129A. Lindsey, H, with C.C. Carlson, Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth, 1972, 1st British edition, Oliphants 1973, Cr8vo, maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine, 255pp. An examination of pagan and occult practices, from a Christian viewpoint, and indicating (apparently) an overall satanic presence. Edges of text block browned and soiled, affecting tips of margins and end papers, text clean and tight. Good + in like (a few minor marks, light creasing to edges, staining to foot of inner flaps) d/w £2.50

M133. Lowie, R.H, Primitive Religion, 1925, Routledge 1997, 8vo, dark green buckram, 20 + 341pp. A comprehensive overview, including material on animism, magic, psychology, and religious art. Volume 9 of Routledge’s Early Sociology of Religion series, comprising of quality facsimile reprints of various classic texts on the early ideas of religion. Each volume is complete in itself, although printed without the original index. A few trivial spots to rear cover, small dust mark to top of fore-edge of text block, otherwise fine £6

M136B. Machen, A & A.E. Waite, The House of the Hidden Light. Manifested and Set Forth in Certain Letters Communicated from a Lodge of the Adepts, by the High Fratres Filius Aquarium and Elias Artista, 1904, 1st public edition, Tartarus Press 2003, large 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles and design to spine and front board, 38 + 152pp, edited, and with an introduction and commentary by R.A. Gilbert, edition limited to 350 copies, complete with blue silk bookmark as issued. Only three copies of the original edition were privately printed under Waite’s auspices in 1904, one for each of the authors and one for publisher Phillip Wellby. Ever since, this, the most misunderstood work by either author has been the subject of much speculation, with some, including Ithell Colquhoun,  seeing it as a veiled sex-magick ritual. Gilbert discusses its creation and purpose in detail, and shows this genuinely ‘occult’ book to contain a coded record of the authors’ nocturnal adventures around London. A fine copy of the very scarce and only hard cover issue in very good + (a little occasional faint spotting in places to the exterior panels) d/w £150

M137BB. Mackenzie, N, (editor), Secret Societies, 1967, Crescent no date (c.1970). large 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 350pp including index, with many photographs in the text, some in colour. A popular study ranging from primitive secret societies through to the Ku Klux Klan. Minor soiling to edges of text block, internally clean and tight, very good in good + (edges rubbed and reinforced on the verso with tape in places, top edge creased, torn and chipped in places) d/w £5

M142. Marett, R.R, The Threshold of Religion, 1909, Routledge 1998, 8vo, dark green buckram, 20 + 169pp. A collection of five essays on primitive aspects of religion, comprising of: Pre-Animistic Religion, From Spell to Prayer, Is Taboo a Negative Magic? the Conception of Mana, and A Sociological View of Comparitive Religion. Volume 7 of Routledge’s Early Sociology of Religion series, comprising of quality facsimile reprints of various classic texts on the early ideas of religion. Each volume is complete in itself, although printed without the original index. Near mint £8

M146B. Mead, G.R.S, The Complete Echoes from the Gnosis, 1st edition thus, Cthonios Books 1987, 8vo, white laminated boards lettered in black, 2 + 259pp, edited and with additional material by Stephen Ronan; the complete series of Mead’s Echoes from the Gnosis, together with an appendix by the editor. The eleven volumes, originally published separately between 1906 and 1908,  comprise of: The Gnosis of the Mind, The Hymns of Hermes, The Vision of Aridaeus, The Mysteries of Mithra, A Mithraic Ritual, The Hymn of the Robe of Glory, The Hymn of Jesus, The Gnostic Crucifixion, The Chaldean Oracles (two volumes), and The Wedding Song of Wisdom. Covers slightly marked and with a few tiny dents, edges of text block soiled, staining to end papers, some occasional slight soiling to margins, slightly affecting text in a couple of instances, overall still a good + tight copy of this uncommon title £25

M147CC. Metford, J.C.J, Dictionary of Christian Lore and Legend, 1st edition, Thames & Hudson 8vo pbk. 1983, 272pp, with a frontispiece and many illustrations in the text.  A comprehensive A-Z. A few minor marks to covers, faint reading creases to spine, small neat ink ownership stamp to title page, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good £2.50

M148. Mitchell, S (trans.), Tao Te Ching: An Illustrated Journey, 1988, Frances Lincoln 1999, small 4to, grey cloth, 80pp, colour illustrations. Translation of the Lao Tzu text with charming illustrations. Fine in like d/w £6

M149B. Mooney, R.E, Gods of Air and Darkness, 1st edition, Souvenir Press 1975, 8vo, black cloth with silver lettering to spine, 203pp; a follow up to Colony: Earth, in which the author seeks to show evidence for  an ancient cosmic battle, and subsequent extra-terrestrial origin of mankind.  Near fine in very good + (a hint of shelf rubbing, minor creasing to top edge) d/w £8

M150. Moore, J.H (ed.), Make-Believe: A Meditation on Individual Philosophy, 1st ed. Turnstone 1973, small 4to, blue cloth, 3 + 150pp, full page diagrams. A large selection of sayings from various poets, philosophers, mystics and masters to form a text that the editor refers to as the individual philosophy, showing that all paths lead to one source. The result is a text for innner contemplation. Scarce in hard cover. Near fine in v.good (lightly edge worn and very slightly marked) d/w £15

M151A. Nestor, J, Get High Now Without Drugs, 1st edition, Chronicle Cr8vo pbk. 2009, 271pp. Highs through legal highs, mind techniques, etc. Near mint £6

M155B. Norbeck, E, Religion in Primitive Society, 1st edition, Harper & Row 1961, 8vo, green cloth, spine lettered in blue and gilt, 14 + 318pp including index. A comparitive, anthropological study. A couple of trivial marks to lower joint, faint spots to a couple of preliminary leaves, text otherwise clean and tight. Very good £5

M0156A. Norvill, R, The Treasure Seeker’s Treasury, 1st edition, Hutchinson 1978, 8vo, black cloth, 173pp, with illustrations in the text + 8pp plates. Accounts of lost treasures and their mysteries; including Rennes le Chateau, Jesuit hordes, lost tunnels of Peru, etc. Near fine in very good (tiny nick to foot of rear panel, inner flaps creased) d/w £3.50

M156AB. O’Connell, J, Design for Happiness, 1st edition, C.W Daniel 1955, 8vo, tan cloth, spine lettered in green, 159pp, with a foreword by Dr Alexander Cannon. A metaphysical guide to harmonious living. A few trivial marks to cloth, end papers lightly foxed, stain to top margin of one leaf, not affecting text, contents otherwise clean and tight. Overall, a near very good copy of an uncommon title £5

M158B. Ouspensky, P.D, In Search of the Miraculous, 1949, 1st English edition, first printing, Routledge, Kegan & Paul 1950, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 12 + 399pp including index, with a few diagrams in text;  “fragments of an unknown teaching” of esoteric psychology derived from the teachings of G. I. Gurdjieff. Slight fading to spine, small crease to back-strip, a couple of minor bumps to edges of boards, end papers foxed, trivial spots to a couple of margins, text clean and tight, a near very good copy of the uncommon first English issue £15

M158J. Ouspensky, P.D, Conscience: The Search for Truth, 1st English edition, R.K.P 8vbo pbk. 1979, 2 + 159pp. Essays on the work of G.I Gurdjieff. Spine panel very slightly faded, some occasional pencil annotation and underlining, intelligent in content and by a serious student of the Fourth Way, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good - £2.50

M0162AC. Pauwels, L & J. Bergier, Impossible Possibilities, 1968, Granada pbk. 1974, 253pp. Borderland scientific thought, the universe, and the possibility of extra-terrestrial life and contact. Previous seller’s label to rear cover. Text lightly tanned, a little heavier to margins, contents otherwise clean and tight. Near very good £2.50

M167C. Ralston Skinner, J, Key to the Egyptian Mystery in the Source of Measures Originating the British Inch and the Ancient Cubit, By Which Was Built the Great Pyramid of Egypt and the Temple of Solomon; and Through the Possession and Use of Which, Man, Assuming to Realise the Creative Law of the Deity, Set it Forth in a Mystery, Among the Hebrews Called Kabbalah, 1875-6, David McKay, no date, (c.1931), 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 2 parts in one, 16 + 324 + 63pp, with diagrams in the text and a folding plan, with two ownership inscriptions to the front end paper, one of which is in the distinctive hand and green ink of occult author Leo Vinci, although (presumably) under his real name. A complex esoteric study of ancient sacred number and proportion, Ralston Skinner’s work is an excellent adjunct to Stirling’s Canon which did not appear until 1897. Corners and spine ends and little worn, rear hinge slightly strained, edges of text block rather soiled, trivial spots to end papers, otherwise internally clean and tight. An 1894 second edition of the book did appear, but very few copies survived due to destruction by a warehouse fire, this first exact reprint of the original two parts in one volume issued by David McKay is believed to have only consisted of 500 copies and is now a very scarce book. A good + overall copy £150

M168AB. Ranger, T.O, & I. Kimambo (editors), The Historical Study of African Religion, 1st edition, Heinemann 1972, tall 8vo, tan cloth with gilt titles to spine, 10 + 307pp including indices. A series of essays on African religious cults and traditions, with particular reference to central and east Africa. Ex lib, Tape trace to edges of boards, trace of label removal and tape traces to end papers, file numbers to verso of title page, perforated stamp to title page and a few margins; otherwise a nice clean tight copy, still good + overall in very good d/w £8

M169. Rawson, P, Sacred Tibet, 1st edition, Thames & Hudson  4to pbk. 1991, 96pp, with 136 illustrations, 18 in colour. A comprehensive introduction to Tibetan spiritual practices within both Buddhism and the shamanic traditions that preceded it. A couple of minor marks to edges of covers, internally clean and tight. Very good £2.50

M0169. Rawson, P (introduced by), Tantra, 1st edition, 2nd printing Arts Council of Britain 1971, 4to, printed card wraps, 130pp, with 384 illustrations, many in colour, some full page, and one folding affixed to inside of rear cover. A wonderful collection of Tantric paintings, statues and other objects exhibited at the Hayward gallery in 1971. A few minor marks to covers, small mark to blank portion of first leaf of text, otherwise internally clean and tight. Small knock to top of spine with slight damage to surface layer, otherwise a very good copy £6

M00169. Reade, V, Never Want for Money Again, 1st edition, Finbarr stapled 8vo pbk. 1983, 36pp, further comment on the content of this book would appear superfluous! Faint spotting to edges of text block, small stain to lower part of last couple of leaves and foot of rear cover, otherwise clean and tight, good + £8

M170. Reichenbach,  K. Von, The Odic Force, 1926, Book Tree 8vo pbk. 2000, 72 + 119pp + publisher’s advertisements. A series of letters on Od (the cosmic force referred to by the author) and magnetism, which in turn are related to various other psychic phenomena. Trivial mark to fore edge of text block, corners very lightly bumped, otherwise a clean tight copy, very good £3.50

M172B. Ritson, J, The Romance of Primitive Methodism, 1st edition, Edwin Dalton 1909, Cr8vo, maroon cloth, 8 + 312pp including index. A comprehensive study. Front board slightly spotted, spine very slightly faded. Gift inscription to front end paper. Minor spotting to first and last couple of pages, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good - £3.50

M174C.  Roheim, G, Animism, Magic, and the Divine King, 1st edition,  Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner 1930, 8vo, turquoise cloth with spine lettered in black, 18 + 390pp including index; a broad history of the interconnected concepts of animism, magic, and divine kingship, with particular reference to phallicism, sexual symbolism, and related rites. Minor spot to front board, corners slightly bumped, edges of text block heavily spotted, some occasional foxing, mainly to margins, uncommon in the dust wrapper, a good + copy in an unusual binding variant (possibly a pre publication test copy?)  in near very good (spine panel a little darkened, light wear to edges, small spot to top of front panel and a few other minor marks) d/w £25

M175AA. Ropp, R.S de, The Master Game, 1969, Picador Cr8vo pbk. 1974, 251pp + advertisement leaf, with a photograph of the author. The search for a ‘spiritual peak’ through the use of ‘creative psychology’ rather than psychedelics. Faint reading crease to spine, edges of text block darkened, margins slightly tanned and with very occasional pencil marks, text clean and tight, good + £3

M179. Sayyid Gilani, Dr A.C, Ghalib, His Life and Persian Poetry, Azam book corp. n.d. c. 1956, lge. 8vo, blue cloth backed boards, 10 +294 + 15pp incl. index, frontis portrait . Ex lib, minimal trace, just bookplates to pastedowns, file number to spine and slight tape trace to boards. Covers patchily faded, contents clean and tight. Good £20

W22C. Seabrook, W, Witchcraft, 1942, Sphere pbk. 1970, 351pp, with a few illustrations in the text; chiefly concerned with witchcraft and magic investigated by the author in the 20th century, European, African, and American.  Reading crease to spine, edges of covers rubbed in places, edges of text block browned, some spotting to first and last leaf, text clean and tight, good + £6

M186WR. Smart, N, The World’s Religions, 1989, C.U.P small 4to pbk. 1992, 576pp including index, with maps and photographs in the text, many in colour. A comprehensive survey, covering both ancient and modern traditions. Covers lightly rubbed and soiled in places, spine very slightly faded. A hint of cockling to some margins, but contents clean and tight. Good + £2.50

M0186A. Snodgrass, A, The Symbolism of the Stupa, 1984, 1st Indian edition, Motilal Banarsidass 1992, large 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 10 + 469pp including index, with diagrams and other illustrations in the text;  the whole forming an in depth study of the esoteric meaning and hidden symbolism of the Stupa within Asian religious architecture. A few faint marks to cloth, minor spots to the odd margin; manufacturing fault resulting in lower corner clipped from half title, together with crease marks and incorrect trimming to lower corners of first 50 pages, but otherwise a very good clean tight copy of the uncommon hard cover issue in like (a couple of minor marks, slight creasing to top edge, tiny chip to top of lower spine fold) d/w £35

M194CS. Stirling, W, The Canon: An Exposition of the Pagan Mystery Perpetuated in the Cabala as the Rule of all the Arts,, 1897, Garnstone Press 1974, 8vo, brown pictorial cloth gilt, 16 + 404pp including index, with illustrations in the text. Silk bookmark present as issued. Preface by R.B Cunningham Graham, new foreword to this facsimile edition by John Michell. An excellent study of the relationship between gematria, cabbalistic thought and scared proportion. A book, that on its original publication was far ahead of its time, and now widely acknowledged as a classic, largely due to this, the first reprint. Edge of text block slightly spotted, ownership inscription to front end paper, contents otherwise clean and tight. A very good copy in near very good (a few minor marks, light wear to top edge in places with small closed tear to top of front fold near spine) d/w £45

M194J. Stoessel, F, Metaphysical Magnetism, 1st edition, Parker Publishing 1977, 8vo, light grey cloth with red foil titles to spine, 216pp; using personal magnetism to attract riches,  foot of spine bumped with some creasing otherwise a very good clean copy in good + (edge-worn in places, a couple of small chips and closed tears) d/w £6

M200. Tachibana, S, The Ethics of Buddhism, 1926, Curzon Press 1975, 8vo, green cloth, 16 +288pp incl. index. Near fine in spine sunned d/w £10

M0203. Terhart, F, The Afterlife, Parragon 2010, 4to, printed hard covers, 96pp including index, illustrated in colour throughout. A concise introduction to beliefs in the afterlife in various cultures and traditions, both ancient and modern. Upper corners bumped, otherwise fine £5

M205AB. Tierney, P, The Highest Altar: The Story of Human Sacrifice, 1st edition, Bloomsbury 1989, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 14 + 480pp including index, with 4 full page maps + 8pp coloured plates. The origin, practice and continuation of human sacrifice amongst the Andean tribes of South America. Tiny bump to top of front board, minor soiling to edges of text block, internally clean and tight. A very good copy in like (light creasing to edges) d/w £5

M205A. Tompkins, P, The Magic of Obelisks, 1st edition, Harper & Row 1981, reprinted, 4to, blue cloth, 4 + 470pp including index, with many illustrations in the text. Classic historical study of the role of obelisks in religion and esoteric thought. Includes chapters on Egyptian Freemasonry, The Golden Dawn, Rosicrucian thought, witchcraft, etc. Fine in very good (a few minor marks, some minimal edge-wear, vertical crease to front inner flap) d/w £12

M208B. Unexplained (The), Mysteries of Mind, Space and Time, Orbis 1980-3, 4to, 157 issues complete, issues 1- 24 contained in 2 blue publishers' binders, rest loose, stapled as issued. 3120pp + 31pp index, numerous illustrations, many in colour. Edited by Peter Brookesmith. Consultants include Colin Wilson and Brian Inglis. A couple of isues with slight creases to covers, all V.good - to v.good £40

M209. Van Buren, E, Refuge of the Apocalypse: Doorway into other Dimensions, 1st edition, C.W Daniel 1986, 8vo, grey cloth with silver titles to spine, 344pp, with illustrations in the text, some, including the frontispiece,  in colour, errata slip tipped to half title as issued; the text is primarily focussed on the mysteries of Rennes Le Chateau in France. Light staining to cloth, heavier at foot of boards, staining to end papers, and edges of text block, text clean and tight; overall, still a good, approaching good + copy of this uncommon title in like (some light wear to edges, stained in places, particularly on the blank verso) d/w £12

M210. Van Buren, E, Lord of the Flame, 1st edition, Neville Spearman  1981, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 285pp, with illustrations in the text;  the search for evidence of an ‘extra-terrestrial god’ through influence on ancient religion, mythology, and sacred geometry present in ancient monuments such as the Great Pyramid of Egypt. Light rubbing to spine ends, slight spotting to edges of text block, small spot to rear end paper otherwise internally clean and tight, a very good copy of an uncommon work in like ( a little minor soiling, slight creasing at head of spine panel) d/w £18

M0210. Van Buren, E, The Sign of the Dove, 1st edition, Neville Spearman 1983,  purple cloth with gilt titles to spine, 186pp, with a frontispiece, plates and other illustrations in the text. An interesting but speculative study of the concepts of good and evil, with particular reference to dualistic religious traditions and the mystery of Rennes le Chateau in France. Ex lib, lacks front end paper and half title, stamps and file numbers to title page, stamps to a couple of margins, contents otherwise clean and tight. A good reading copy of this uncommon title in good + (some light edge-wear, a little soiled and marked) d/w £10

M210AB. Various, A Glossary of Tantra, Mantra, and Yantra, 1995, Sri Satguru Publications 8vo pbk. 2013,  105pp. A useful glossary of Hindu tantric terminology. Fine £2.50

M211E. Various, Skoob Occult Review, Issue 3, 1990, A4 format, stapled wraps, 57pp, illustrated. A sought after issue, including an interview with Kenneth Grant, and A Short Critique and Comment Upon Magic by Andrew Chumbley. Also includes The History of the Coulevre Noire by Frater Joseph, The Search for the Guru by Frank Letchford, I was a child disciple of the beast (part 1) by Vivienne Browning, book reviews, and artwork by Robert Taylor. Signed by editor (Caroline Wise). v.good. £15

M211EEE. Various, Skoob Occult Review, Issue 4, 1991, A4 format, stapled wraps, 48pp, illustrated. Includes I Was a Child Disciple of the Beast (part2), Victor Neuberg's The Water Bearer by Caroline Robertson, Graded Grains make Finer Flour by Michael Staley, full colour artwork by Nema and Linda Falorio. Signed by editor (Caroline Wise). V.good £10

M216B. Ward, J.S.M, & W.G Stirling, The Hung Society or The Society of Heaven and Earth, 1st edition, Baskerville Press 1925-6, 3 volumes complete, large 8vo, red cloth with gilt symbols to front boards, text printed in red and black, 16 + 180pp, with illustrations in text + 26 plates & 8 + 196pp, with illustrations in text + 24 plates & 6 + 148pp, with illustrations in text + 16 plates, the frontispieces to each volume in full colour, and many of the other plates in various single colours. Note: Although called for, the plate of “An interesting dollar note” in volume 3 was not included by the publisher following a threat of legal action. Arguably one of the best studies of “Triad” societies, giving the history and rituals of the Hung Society, whose structure and beliefs are drawn from an amalgamation of the Buddhist and Taoist occult societies outlawed by the Emperor in 15th century China; the author’s also give comparitive studies of Freemasonry and the mysteries in other world religions. Upper front corners lightly bumped, spine titles very slightly dulled, a couple of  minor marks to spine of volume three, edges of text blocks spotted, minor spots to a few margins, text clean and tight. A near very good set although lacking the original slipcase, no dust wrappers issued £90

M217A. Wasson, G, Kramrisch, S, Ott, J & C.P Ruck, Persephone’s Quest, 1st soft cover edition, Yale University Press 8vo pbk. 1986, reprinted, 257pp, with a frontispiece, plates, and other illustrations in the text; a study of the role of psychoactive mushrooms in the early religious traditions of Greece, Eurasia, and Mesoamerica, a fine copy £10

M218. Watts, J, Scanlan: The Forbidden College, 1716-1799; 1st edtion, Tuckwell Press 8vo pbk. 1999, 12 + 276pp including index, maps and figures in text + 16 plates. Detailed account of a training community for Catholic priests in Scotland at a time when the Catholic religion was outlawed and punishable by deportation. Near fine £7

M222A. Wilbur, K, Up From Eden, 1st British edition, R,K.P 8vo pbk. 1987, 12 + 372pp including index, with a few illustrations in the text. A transpersonal view of human evolution in the light of anthropology, psychology, sociology, and religious history. A few minor marks to covers, fore edge of text block soiled, internally clean and tight, a near very good copy £6

M222B. Wigston, W.F.C, Hermes Stella, or Notes and Jottings on the Bacon Cipher, 1st edition, Redway 1890, 8vo, brown cloth with gilt titles and rose cross design to spine, 24 + 184pp + 56pp publisher’s catalogue. A re-examination of Donnelly’s claim of the discovery of a secret cipher in plays attributed to Shakespeare; as with the author’s other works, he links the Bacon-Shakespeare controversy to the Rosicrucians. Corners and joints slightly worn, spine chipped at head, covers a little marked, hinges and stitching slightly strained in places, some pencil annotation and underlining by a former owner, mainly to the introduction, and interesting in content, text otherwise clean. A good and still reasonably solid copy of the first issue which is becoming scarce £25

M223A. Wilcock, J, A Guide to Occult Britain, 1st edition, Sidgwick & Jackson 8vo pbk. 1976, 314pp including index + 3 maps and 12pp plates. A guide to the pagan sites of England, Scotland, and Wales. Covers lightly soiled and marked in places, faint reading crease to spine. Tiny biro mark to inside front cover, upper corner of one leaf creased, contents clean and tight. Very good - £2

 

Occult Fiction & Literary Criticism

O01HF. Ashley, M, Who’s Who in Horror & Fantasy Fiction, 1st edition, Elm Tree/ Hamish Hamilton 1977, 8vo, blue cloth, 240pp. A useful reference work. Book plate to front pastedown, otherwise near fine in like d/w £3.50

O001. Beckford, W, Vathek, 1787, Four Square pbk. 1966, 122pp + advertisements. Classic novel featuring an Arab Caliph in search of the secrets of the universe. This version also contains explanatory notes. Covers a little edge-worn, spine leaning slightly. First and last pages a little spotted, text lightly tanned, otherwise clean and tight. Good + £1.50

O2A. Clark, F.C, Sketches of New England Life: Susan’s Obituary, 1st and only edition , Moshassuck Press 1996, 4to, polished dark green buckram, 4 + 196pp, with a frontispiece and 4 full page illustrations by Robert H. Knox and 2pp photographs (on ordinary paper). Edited, and with appendices by Kenneth W. Faig Jr. The text of a previously unpublished novel of New England life taken from a manuscript copy in the Brown University archives. The author’s nephew was H.P Lovecraft. The substantiual appendices give bibliographical and biographical imformation detailing the author’s close connections with Lovecraft and its reflections in the latter’s own fiction. A near mint copy of a scarce item of Lovecraftian interest, of which only 100 copies are known to have been printed £48

O3. Daniels, L, Living in Fear: A History of Horror in the Mass Media, Scribner's 1975, 4to, decorated mauve cloth, 8 +248pp incl. index, many photo illustrations, some full page. An entertaining look at horror in film, story, magazines, poetry, plays and comics. Includes a chapter on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and 8 short stories, including Machen, Lovecraft and M.R James. V. good + in like d/w £18

O3AB. Derleth, A, The Mask of Cthulhu, 1974, Grafton pbk. 1988, 204pp. Six tales based on Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Edges of text block lightly tanned, minor rubbing to edges of covers, contents clean and tight.  Very good £2

O4B. Haining, P (editor), Weird Tales volume one, 1976, Sphere pbk. 1978, 238pp. A selection of stories from horror fantasy classic Weird Tales. Contributors include Robert E Howard, August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smith, and Seabury Quinn. Reading crease to spine, some light edge wear to covers. Tiny dent to top of front cover causing slight indent at top of first few margins. Text lightly tanning. Good + £3

O4DE. Haynes, D.K, Thou Shalt not Suffer a Witch and Other Stories, 1st edition, Methuen & Co. 1949, 8vo, dark cream cloth with red titles to spine and red illustration to lower corner of front board, 8 + 200pp, with 8 charming full page illustrations by Mervyn Peake, and a signed presentation inscription from the author to the front end paper; the first collection of short supernatural horror tales by this comparatively little  known Scottish author, which were previously published separately in various popular periodicals, witchcraft being the central theme of the title story and others. A little patchy soiling to boards, spine darkened, upper corners bumped and creased, with light corresponding creases to upper page corners, edges of text block browned, light spotting to end papers and the odd margin, small faint and relatively unobtrusive ink mark to one page, text otherwise clean and tight; a still just about good + overall copy of the uncommon first printing of this collection, and signed copies of which are very scarce and seldom found £30

O4AC. Holdstock, R & M. Edwards, Magician: The Lost Journals of the Magus Geoffrey Carlyle, 1st edition, Paper Tiger 1982, large 4to, brown cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 127pp including index, with illustrations by Dan Woods (some in colour). Not billed as such, but probably fictional, and at first glance, a very believable and well constructed account of the practices of a 16th century alchemist and occultist, based upon real places and sound magical lore. Uncommon in hard cover. Faint mark to front end paper otherwise near fine in very good (minor creasing to edges, spine panel a little faded) d/w £8

O4AA. Howard, R.E, Tigers of the Sea, Zebra Books pbk. 1975, 188pp, with 4 full page illustrations by Tim Kirk. Edited and introduced by Richard L. Tierney, and with his signature to title page. Fantasy novel in the Conan mould, introducing and featuring Cormac Macart. The first soft cover issue of the special illustrated edition. A couple of small ink annotations to margins, inside of covers and margins of first and last leaves spotted, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good - £2.50

O4BB. (Hubbard, L Ron), Miller, R, Bare-Faced Messiah, 1987, Slivertail Books 2014, 8vo, black cloth with silver titles to spine, 6 + 394pp. A controversial true story of the man behind Scientology. Tiny chip/ hole to front fold of dust wrapper otherwise near fine in like d/w £6

O6F. Lovecraft, H.P, Criticism of Amateur Verse: A Selection from the Critical Department of the National Amateur, 1st edition thus, Moshassuck Press 1998, 4to, stapled cover sheets, 96pp ( 48pp of text printed on one side of the leaf only), introduction by Kenneth W. Faig. Selections penned by Lovecraft between 1931 and 1935, and including a number of facsimiles. A few tiny pin head sized shallow indents to front cover sheet near staples otherwise fine £6

O6S. Lovecraft, H.P. & Others, The Ideal Amateur Symposium, 1st edition thus, Moshassuck Press, no date, c.1990s, 4to, 24pp (12pp text printed on one side of the leaf only), introduction by Kenneth W. Faig. Essays by Lovecraft, R.W Babcock, E.A Edkins and R.M Macauley; originally printed in The National Amateur volume 62, number 3 1940. Near fine £3.50

O6T. Lovecraft, H.P & Others, New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, 1980, 1st U.K edition, Grafton pbk. 1988, 335pp, edited by Ramsey Campbell. Includes Lovecraft and M.S. Warnes collaboration The Black Tome of Alsophocus and other Mythos stories by the editor, Stephen King, Brian Lumley, and others. Light reading creases to spine, edges rubbed, blank insides of covers browned, text clean and tight. Very good - £6

O6U. Lovecraft, H.P, Boy in Summer, Centenary edition, Moshassuck Press 1996, 8vo, stapled printed paper wraps, 4pp. Edition limited to 100 copies, with a signed presentation inscription by publisher Ken W. Faig to the inside of the front wrapper. Lovecraft’s reminiscences of a boyhood visit to Rhode Island in 1896. Minor marks to covers. Very good £3

O7AA. Machen, A, Strange Roads/ With the Gods in Spring, 1923, 1st edition thus, Green Round Press 1990, small 8vo, maroon cloth with gilt titles to front board, marbled end papers, 55pp, with illustrations in the text and a new preface by Rita Tait, number 6 of a hand numbered limited edition of 350 copies; two articles from the 1920s on life in Gwent reflecting the landscape that influenced many of the author’s supernatural stories. Faint water stain around lower corner of front board otherwise a near fine copy of this uncommon item £15

O7AD. Machen, A, The Bowmen and Other Legends of War, 1st edition, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton & Kent 1915, small Cr8vo, pictorial green papered boards, 86pp, the fictional story that was origin of the legend of ‘The Angels of Mons.’ Covers lightly soiled, back-strip splitting and rather worn and chipped at ends, spine title rubbed with very slight loss, some very occasional minor foxing, stitching very strained in places, overall still a good and textually very clean copy £8

O7AF. Machen, A, The Secret Glory, 1922, 1st complete edition, Tartarus Press 1998, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 8 + 253pp, with a preface by Godfrey Brangham and an original frontispiece by David Johnson. A novel of mystical experience set against the background of the public school system, this new issue includes the final two chapters omitted from the original edition, and which were first published separately by Tartarus Press in 1991. Slight soiling to bottom edge of boards otherwise a near fine copy of this uncommon first complete issue of which only 500 copies were printed, in near very good (a little very faint spotting to the exterior panels, spine panel very slightly faded,  a couple of letters of spine title slightly rubbed) d/w £60

O7B. Michaud, J, The Quest of Ruru, 1st and only edition, U.M.A. Press 1948, 8vo, olive green cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 291pp; a mystical novel set in ancient India, centred on the great spiritual quest of its title character and the rituals he undergoes whilst upon it. The book’s comparatively little known author was an occultist who knew Aleister Crowley, had a life-long interest in Rosicrucian and other esoteric themes, and was the founder and head of the Order of the Hidden Masters; a secretive London based occult society. A few minor spots to rear board, light bumping to upper corners, faint soiling to edges of text block, minor spots to end papers and the odd margin, text clean and tight, a very good copy of a rare book in near very good (a few smallish chips to edges, a couple of small spots to rear pane, spine panel very slightly darkened) d/w £150

09AP. Poe, E.A, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1919, Chancellor Press 1985, 4to, black cloth, 383pp + 24 plates and vignettes by Harry Clarke. 29 classic tales, including Morella, Ligea, the Pit and the Pendulem, , the Tell tale Heart, etc. A facsimile of the original edition. very slight mark to foot of front cover, otherwise a v.good +, clean, tight copy in like d/w £5

O10. Price, R.M (editor), The Necronomicon, 1st edition, Chosium 8vo pbk. 1996, 18 + 334pp, illustrated. Selected stories and essays concerning H.P Lovecraft's Necronomicon. Minor reading crease to spine otherwise fine £6

O10D. Tyson, D, Necronomicon, 1st edition, 1st printing, Llewellyn large 8vo pbk. 2004, 18 + 269pp, with many illustrations in the text. Another version of Lovecraft’s Necronomicon based on the fictional wanderings of the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred. Top edge of text block slightly darkened, minor bumping to corners, internally clean and tight. Very good £5

O10E. Valentine, M (editor), Wormwood, number 11, 1st edition, Tartarus Press 8vo pbk. 2008, 4 + 92pp, with a few photographs in the text. The journal of classic fantasy fiction publisher Tartarus Press, featuring a series of essays and reviews within the genre, together with reprints of classic fantasy fiction; and including in this issue, Adam Daley’s essay on Austin Osman Spare. A very near fine copy £8

O11B. (Waite, A.E), Gilbert, R.A, A.E Waite: A Bibliography, 1st edition, Aquarian Press 1983, 8vo, black cloth, 192pp including index, with a frontispiece, foreword by Geoffrey Watkins, Signed by the author on the title page. An excellent and comprehensive work, the standard bibliography. Near fine in like d/w £10

 

Psychic Sciences, Channeled Teachings & Spiritualism

P2A. Anonymous, The Book of El-Daoud, 1923, new edition, H. Skinner & Co. 1931, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt decorated title to front board and gilt title to spine, 20 + 225pp + 40pp index, with one full page diagram; a series of psychic communications received between 1907 and 1920, containing messages of spiritual truths from God to mankind. The style is very reminiscent of H. Randall Stevens, and similarly contains many references to ancient Egypt, Atlantis, and Lemuria. Cloth rather marked, boards edge-worn in places, spine slightly darkened, edges of text block browned, end papers foxed, small label removal mark to blank portion of title page, some very occasional light minor foxing. A good, tight and textually still very clean copy of the uncommon second issue, enlarged with the addition of a lengthy index £12

P3A. Bligh Bond, F, The Gate of Remembrance, 1918, 4th edition, Blackwell 1921, 8vo, brown cloth with black titles to spine and illustration to front board, 16 + 196pp including index, with illustrations in the text + 5 plates and folding plan; an account of the excavations and subsequent archaeological discoveries at Glastonbury abbey by the author. Bond used the psychic impressions gained from the dead monks of the abbey through the mediumship of John Alleyne as a basis for his excavations, although when his controversial methods were revealed, Bond was relieved of his work by the authorities, despite impressive results. This edition contains additional material to earlier editions, namely that of the finding of the Loretto chapel in 1919. Trivial rubbing to spine ends and corners, a couple of minor marks to rear cover. End papers foxed, light foxing to a few leaves, text tight and largely clean. Near very good £18

P4BEB. Butler, W.E, How to Develop Clairvoyance, 1st edition, Aquarian Press Cr8vo pbk. 1968, 64pp, a concise but sound practical guide from the Paths to Inner Power series. An unusually nice copy, spine glue beginning to dry out, but still a very good clean copy with no loose pages £3

P6B. Downes, W, The Haunted Colchester Area, 1st edition, privately published 1992, 8vo, stapled card covers, 60pp, with illustrations in the text; a collection of true ghost stories and mysteries in the area around Colchester in Essex. Faint rubbing to edges of covers in places, internally clean and tight, very good + £5

P010. Haynes, R, The Hidden Springs, 1961, Hutchinson 8vo pbk. 1973, 264pp including index + a frontispiece and 8pp plates. A classic study of extra-sensory perception by a member of the S.P.R, includes material on telepathy, time displacement, telekinesis, dowsing, levitation, etc. Faint crease to rear cover, minor spots to half-title, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good £2.50

P14EE. MacHovec, F.J, ESP and other Psychic Phenomena, 1st edition, Peter pauper Press 1973, Cr8vo, printed boards, 61pp. A short study of clairvoyance, telepathy, precognition and psychokinesis. Light soiling to edges of text block and edges of boards, internally clean and tight. Very good £3.50

PM14. Maple, E, The Realm of Ghosts, 1964, Pan pbk. 1971, 220pp including index + 8pp plates. An examination of the realm of ghosts, including the cult of the dead, connections with paganism, etc. Crease to upper corner of rear cover, margins lightly browned, text clean and tight. Very good - £2

P14ABB. McMoneagle, J, Mind Trek, 1993, Hampton Roads 8vo pbk. 1997, reprinted, 259pp, with diagrams and other illustrations in the text + advertisements. An exploration of consciousness, time, and space through remote viewing, by a former member of the U.S army’s Stargate program. Fine £5

P018. Peach, E, Things That Go Bump in the Night, 1st edition, Aquarian 8vo pbk. 1991, 172pp. A study of ghosts and apparitions from occult, spiritualist, and parapsychological viewpoints. Ex lib, stamps to title page, lacks front end paper. Scuff mark to spine, covers crease marked. Text clean and tight. A good reading copy £1

P19A. Price, H, Search for Truth- My Life for Psychical Research, 1st edition, Collins 1942, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 320pp including chronology and index + a frontispiece and 14 plates. The second of the author’s autobiographical memoirs dealing with various investigations from his life-long study of hauntings, fakirs, mediums and spiritualists; and including material on his two most famous cases, that of Borely rectory and Gef the talking mongoose. Light soiling to cloth in places, spine very faded, corners bumped, light soiling to end papers, faint vertical crease to front end paper, tiny nick without loss to top of frontispiece, textually clean and tight, still a good + overall copy of this uncommon title £25

P19C. (Price, H), Tabori, P, Harry Price: Ghost Hunter, 1950, Sphere pbk. 1974, 303pp including index + 12pp plates; the first major biographical study of Price; covers very marked and rubbed at edges, margins browning, water-stain to top part of text block causing slight cockling throughout, text still tight and reasonably clean, a fair complete reading copy £1.50

P20DOD. Rhine, J.B, The Reach of the Mind, 1948, Penguin pbk. 1954, 198pp including index, with a few diagrams in the text + 8pp plates and publisher’s advertisements. A practical investigation into telepathy and E.S.P. Minor soiling and edge-rubbing to covers, text lightly tanned (a little heavier to outer margins), minor spots to a couple of margins, text otherwise clean and tight. Good + £1.50

P20DRD. Rhine, J.B, Extra-Sensory Perception, 1st English edition, Faber & Faber 1935, 8vo, rebound in red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 32 + 243pp including index + 4pp plates.  An important study, based on actual and well controlled experiments. Ex lib, file number to spine, book plate to front paste-down, some occasional minor foxing, mainly to margins. A good + tight copy £6

P20E. Roman, S & D. Packer, Opening to Channel, 1 st edition, Kramer 8vo pbk. 1987, reprinted, 8 + 221pp + advertisements. How to connect with your spirit guides. Some light edge wear and creasing to covers. V.good - £1

P20F. Sampson, C, Ghosts of the Broads, 1st edition, Yachtsman Publishing Co. 1931, 8vo, red cloth, spine lettered in white, 196pp, with illustrations in the text; the ghosts and supernatural lore of the Norfolk Broads. A hint of fading to spine, corners and head of spine lightly bumped, slight soiling to joints and top edge of text block, gift inscription to front end paper, trivial spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a near very good copy of this uncommon title £15

P21r. Sinclair, Sir J, The Mystical Ladder, n.d, Spiritualist Assocaiation of Great Britain Cr8vo pbk. c. 1950, 102pp, diagrams in text. Psychic development manual covering creative meditation, chakras, etc. Pine worn, covers stained and soiled. Text clean. Uncommon early edition.Good £4.50

P22. Spencer, J and A, The Poltergeist Phenomenon, 1st ed. Headline 1996, 8vo, black cloth, 4 + 311pp incl. index + 16 plates. A sound, but sympathetic study. Near fine in like d/w £6.50

P022A. Streeter, B.H, with A. Clutton-Brock, C.W Emmet, & J.A Hadfield, Immortality, 1st edition, Macmillan 1917, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and green title to front board, 14 + 380pp including index + publisher’s advertisements. An essay on the immortality of the human soul coordinating scientific, Biblical, and Psychical research. A few minor marks to cloth, end papers lightly soiled, small tear to top of front end paper without loss, faint mark to top margin of a few leaves, text clean and tight. A near very good copy £6

P22D. Wilson, C, Poltergeist! 1st edition, New English Library 1981, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 382pp including index, with illustrations in the text. A popular study of destructive hauntings, from the Loudon nuns to the black monk of Pontefract. Faint creasing to upper corners of a couple of leaves, otherwise near fine in like d/w £4.50

P22C. Wood, R, The Widow of Borley, 1st edition, Duckworth 1992, 8vo, 8 + 168pp including index, with a few illustrations in the text; another chapter in the saga of Borley rectory, ‘the most haunted house in England’ that was destroyed by fire in the 1940s. Rather than, as so many have done, re-evaluate the work of Harry Price, the author focuses on the supernatural phenomena witnessed by the Rev. Foyster and his wife during the early 1930s for the first time, very good + in like (a little minor creasing to edges) d/w £10

Rosicrucians

R14A. Pfeiffer, E.E, The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz: a Commentary, 1st edition, Mercury Press 1984, 4to, card covers with black plastic spine clip, 45pp reproduction typescript; notes of eight lectures given by the author in 1947, transcribed by Fred and Alice Heckel. Slight darkening to front cover with faint vertical crease near spine, small label removal mark to rear cover, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a near very good copy of an uncommon item £20

R14AA. (Spencer Lewis, H et al) A.M.O.R.C Initiatory Research Materials, no date, probably c. 2000 or slightly later, 8vo, blue plastic hard cover binding, gilt insignia to spine, with elastic fibre bands at spine in which to thread through each stapled card covered booklet (some of which are now bound thus, others loosely inserted), 21 booklets, an incomplete set of the first two degrees and comprising of: Liber 888, 19pp; Liber 777, 14pp; Master Monographs (postulant section)  3 issues; Master Monographs ( Neophyte Section), 16 issues, all 10 to 18pp each, some staples rusting slightly otherwise all components very good to fine £50

R15. Stok, H. Van Der, Contemplations on the Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, 1st edition, Camphill Press stapled 8vo pbk. 1981, 55pp, with a full page diagram; a commentary on the Chymical Wedding from an anthroposophical standpoint as outlined in the work of Rudolph Steiner. A few marks to lower wrapper, file label to spine, crease to upper corner of front wrapper, small spot to top corner of first few leaves otherwise internally clean and tight, a good + overall copy of an uncommon item £8

Theosophy

T2C. Besant, A, Eight Booklets and Pamphlets, Cr8vo, bound together in blue cloth (probably circa 1900), all published by the Theosophical Publishing Society, spine lettered in black, top edge gilt, original wrappers not bound in (except for front wrapper of number 4), and comprising of: 1. A Fragment of Autobiography, 1875-1891, 1st edition, no date (1891), 16pp; 2. A Rough Outline of Theosophy, 1st edition 1892, 24pp; 3. In Defence of Theosophy, 1st edition, no date; (c.1890s) 20pp; 4. Why You Should be a Theosophist, 1st edition, no date, (1892) 8pp; 5. Theosophy and its Practical Application, 1st edition, no date, (1893) 8pp; 6. The Masters as Facts and Ideals, 1st edition 1895, 35pp; 7. Theosophy in Questions and Answers, 1st edition 1893, 32pp; 8. Theosophy and its Evidences, 1st edition, no date, (c.1890s) 24pp. Covers a little soiled, spine dull, first and last leaves of text browned, some occasional minor spotting to margins, some minimal light pencil annotation, early ink ownership signature to title page of first part, text overall very clean and tight. Very good – overall. A nice selection of hard to find first editions, numbers 2, 4, and 8 are uncommon, 3, 5, 6, and 7 are scarce, with the Fragment of Autobiography now increasingly rare £125

T2H. Besterman, T, A Dictionary of Theosophy, 1st edition, Theosophical Publishing House 1927, small 4to, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 18 + 147pp; a useful an d fairly comprehensive dictionary of Theosophical terms including pronunciation guide. Cloth rather rubbed, faded and marked in places, spine dull, edges of text block spotted, vertical crease to rear end paper, light foxing to first and last few leaves, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a good, approaching good + overall copy of the uncommon original issue £12

T19A. Judge, W.Q, Practical Occultism, 1951, Theosophical University Press1980, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 307pp. A posthumously published selection of correspondences and private files relating to various aspects of practical occultism. Fine in very good (a few minor marks, edges rubbed) d/w £6

T24A. Purucker, G de, Studies in Occult Philosophy, 1945, 1st edition, 2nd printing, Theosophical Publishing Society 1949, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 16 + 745pp including index; a posthumous compilation of articles on various occult themes compiled by Helen Savage and W. Emmett Small. Ex lib, cloth covered in a clear laminate layer and with file label to spine, trace of label to front end paper, perforated stamp to title with file numbers tom the verso, one marginal stamp; top edge of text block lightly soiled, trivial spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, overall still a good + copy £8

T25C. Various, The Theosophical Review, volume XXIV, 1st edition, 1899, 8vo, bound up as later issued in flecked blue cloth with spine lettered in green, 576pp; a collection of essays, reviews and other material related to Theosophical themes, including various articles by Annie Besant on a number of subjects, I. Oakley Cooper on the Templars and Masonry, and several pieces by G.R.S. Mead on aspects of Gnosticism. Spine darkened with title faded, corners and spine ends rubbed, four smallish soil/fade marks to front board, (probably the result of something having stood on the book for a long period) a little other minor soiling to cloth in places, end papers foxed, some occasional light foxing throughout, mainly to margins, text tight and largely clean overall, a just about good + copy of the scarce original issue £35

Voodoo & Obeah

V1. Bach, M, Strange Altars, 1st edition, Bobbs- Merrill 1952, 8vo, green papered boards with gilt lettering and cross symbol to spine and front board, 254pp, with a frontispiece. A first-hand account of the author’s experiences of Voodoo in Haiti. Ex lib, file number to spine, faint trace of book plate removal to front paste-down, blind impressed stamp to title page, ink stamps to top and bottom edges of text block. Joints and edges of boards very rubbed, spine worn and chipped at ends, half a dozen pages slightly spotted, text otherwise clean and tight. A Good cheap reading copy £3.50

V01. (Bertiaux, M), Lucky Hoodoo-  a Short Course in Vodou Power Secrets, by Docteur Bacalou Baca, 1st and only edition, Absolute Science Institute 1977, 4to, stapled blue card covers with front cover printed in black, 2 + 47pp of corrected reproduction typescript, with diagrams in the text. A practical study of hoodoo as taught within the author’s Order- La Coulevre Noir, based upon material in the Monastery of the Seven Rays correspondence course, and an expansion of which would later be published as The Voudon Gnostic Workbook by Magickal Childe in 1988. Staples rusted, rear cover rather soiled and marked with some staining, minor soiling and small stain to front cover, corners bumped with some very faint creasing to page corners, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight. Overall, still a just about good + copy of a rare and seldom seen item £100

V6AJ. McClelland, E, The Cult of Ifa Among the Yoruba: Folk Practice and the Art, 1st and only edition, Ethnographica ltd 1982, small landscape 4to, printed gloss wraps, 125pp including index, with tables, diagrams, photographs and other illustrations in the text, Ethnographic Arts second series, volume one; an important and detailed study of the history and practice of the Ifa divination system and related duties of its priesthood among the Yoruba, together with a great set of illustrations.  A few relatively minor soil and faint crease marks to covers, which are a little rubbed at edges, and with minor bumping to the corners, edges of text block a little soiled, the odd minor spot or soil mark to a few margins, text clean and tight, overall still a near very good copy of a very scarce book £90

Witchcraft

W2. Baigent, M, & Leigh, R, The Inquisition, 1st ed.Viking 1999, lge. 8vo, blue cloth, 18 +318pp incl. index +16 plates. Author and book information sheets, along with press release from publisher laid in. Occasional, light pencil annotation, intelligent in content, otherwise would be a near mint copy in fine d/w £8

W12BB. Davies, O, America Bewitched, 2013, 1st soft cover printing, Oxford 8vo pbk. 2016, 10 + 289pp including index + 16pp plates. The history of witchcraft in America from the Salem witch trials through to the present day. Light bumping to corners, very faint reading crease to spine, laminate layer lifting slightly at top of front wrapper, internally clean and tight, a near very good copy £3.50

W12C. Durbin, H, Witchcraft at the Lamb Inn Bristol, 1800, Vance Harvey 1971, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board,  4 + 60pp, a facsimile of the original edition with a new introduction by R.A Gilbert, edition limited to 1000 copies. A controversial poltergeist case witnessed by the author, who attributed the phenomena to the presence of witchcraft. Spine ends and corners slightly worn, internally clean and tight. A very good copy £18

W014. Farrar, J & S, Spells and How They Work, 1990, B.C.A 1993, large 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 191pp, with a few illustrations in the text + 4pp plates, a practical guide within the framework of modern Wicca. Minor soil mark to lower part of rear board, faint soiling to edges of text block, internally clean and tight, very good in good + (some light edge creasing, lower part of rear panel lightly soiled, and marked with a couple of small closed splits) d/w £3.50

W14BC. Ginzburg, C, The Night Battles, 1963, 1st English edition, Routledge, Kegan & Paul 1983, 8vo, green cloth with silver titles to spine, 22 + 209pp including index, with a foreword by Eric Hobsbawm, translated by J & A. Tedeschi. A study of witchcraft and the Agrarian cults of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, principally the benandanti, an Italian fertility cult who regarded themselves as professional anti-witches. Minor spotting to very top of rear inner flap of dust jacket, otherwise a near fine copy in like d/w £20

W14G. Hardie, T, Hocus Pocus: Titania’s Book of Spells, 1996, Quadrille 2000, large landscape 8vo, velvet covered  pbk. , 120pp including index, with full page coloured illustrations. Simple spells for healing, love, success, etc. Covers slightly rubbed, rear cover lightly marked, contents clean and tight. Very good £1.50

W20D. Newall, V (editor), The Witch Figure, 1st edition, R.K.P 1973, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 14 + 259pp including index, with a few illustrations in the text. An excellent collection of 12 articles on witchcraft honouring the 75th Birthday of Katherine Briggs, and including Carmen Blacker on witchcraft in Japan, H.R Ellis Davidson on hostile magic in the Icelandic sagas, witchcraft at prehistoric sites by L.V Grinsell, Image magic by Christina Hole, and Cain’s Kin by Beatrice White; other contributors include Jacqueline Simpson, Anne Ross, and the editor. An unusually fine copy in very near fine d/w £25

W21AC. Pearson, O, & T.Harrill, The Mountain & the Stream: Rural Animism and Pagan Practices, 1st edition, Windgather Publishing 2017, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, number 21 of a limited edition of 100 copies, each signed by the authors on the limitation plate to the front end paper. Personal experience of two initiatory traditions of rural witchcraft, one from the Cheshire hills, the other from Tuscany, both of which give new insight into the history of traditional witchcraft through comparitive study. Out of print and already quite scarce in this limited hard cover issue, near mint in like d/w £30

W022AC. Russell, J.B, A History of Witchcraft, Sorcerers, Heretics and Pagans, 1st edition, Thames & Hudson 1980, large 8vo, purple cloth with gilt titles to spine and publisher’s device to front board, 192pp including index, with a frontispiece and many photographs or other illustrations in the text; a comprehensive history showing comparisons between ancient sorcery and the development of modern witchcraft. Minor spotting to edges of text block and end papers otherwise internally clean and tight, very good in good + ( slightly marked in places, edges lightly worn in places, a couple of chips to top part of lower outer fold) d/w £12

W022AAB. (St George, E.A), The Devil’s Prayer Book, by a Witch, 1st edition, Rigel Press 1974, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 71pp, with an introduction by Peter West. Published following the author’s disillusionment with Wicca, this work is historically important as the first public ‘expose’ of a Wiccan ‘Book of Shadows’ together with other related material, and although conforming in many ways to aspects of both Gardnerian and Alexandrian tradition, displays considerable variations, some of which can be traced within Romany lore. Upper corners bumped with some creasing, together with faint crease marks to upper page corners throughout, but otherwise a near fine clean and tight copy of the first and only hard cover edition, which is now increasingly scarce £45

W30. Williamson, H. R, The Arrow and the Sword, 1st edition, Faber 1947, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 18 + 182pp incl. Index; an enquiry into the nature of the deaths of William Rufus and Thomas Becket, with reflections on the nature of Medieval heresy, the author seeing the killings as being related to Margaret Murray's theories of divine kingship, and also includes material on Mithra, Cathars, and other related cults. A few minor marks to covers, rear board bowing slightly, spine a little faded, previous owners inscription and book plate to front end paper, minor spotting to edges of text block and the odd margin, text clean and tight, good + £8

 

Booklets, Typescripts and Ephemera, together with a few job lots of books and magazines

EPH3. Bennett, F.J, Kentish Megaliths and Alignments, Fenris Wolf 1979, landscape 8vo, stapled card covers, 13pp. reprint of the 1904 original. V.good £2

EPH17. Forest, B, & M.Behrend, The Coldrum Ley: Chance or Design? 1st edition, privately published, 1985, A4 format, stapled paper covers, 38+5pp, diagrams and maps in text. V.good £5

EPH23. Grinsell, L.V, The Stonehenge Barrow Groups, Salisbury and South Wilshire Museum, no date, c.1990, 8vo, stapled wraps, 47pp, illustrated. V.good £5

EPH24. Hammer, C, Robin Hood- The Man Behind the Myth, 1st edition thus, no date, c. 1980s, 4to, computer typescript (printed one side only) in plain stapled card wraps, 24 sheets, two illustrations tipped in. Scarce. V.good £8

EPH26. Jannaway, K, Abundant Living, 1991, 2nd enlarged edition, reprinted 1996, 8vo, stapled paper wraps, 40pp. New Age guide on the value of trees. Near fine £1

EPH28. Kimmis, J, Essex Church Dedications, 1st edition ELM Press 1981, 4to, stapled paper covers, 17pp. A useful guide, being an index of churches by dedication with map references, introduction and maps showing distribution. V.good £5

EPH30. Lawton, A, Mysteries of Ancient Man, xeroxed typescript, stapled at top corner, no date, c. 1980, 10pp. Primitive man and sacred geometry at ancient sites. V.good - £2

EPH30A. Ledbury, J, Introduction to Astrology, 1st edition, privately published by Marion Green 1981, large 8vo, stapled printed card covers, 36pp, with diagrams in the text. A concise practical introduction to astrology, published in conjunction with Marion Green’s Quest magazine. A few tiny brown spots to inner edges of covers and fore-edge of text block, contents clean and tight. Scarce. Very good + overall £12

EPH35. Nagel, C, New Age Rituals, 1st edition? no date, Starlight books c.2014, 8vo, colour printed stapled card wraps, 11pp including advertisement; rituals for love, luck, etc; WITH: Starlight Books Original Monograph 2014: The Gambler’s Handbook of Winning Mantras, one A4 sheet folded to make 4pp, slight creasing to monograph otherwise both items very good £5

EPH40. Newham, C.A, The Astronomical Significance of Stonehenge, 1st edition, Moon Publications 1972, 8vo, stapled card wraps, 32pp, illustrated. V.good £2

EPH042A. ‘Solraan’, Basic Runes, 1st edition thus, privately published, no date (probably c.1990s), 8vo, stapled printed card wraps, 28pp, with diagrams in the text. The author’s personal version of the use of the elder Futhark in divination and ritual chanting. Quite scarce. A few trivial marks to covers, very good + £3

EPH46. Various, Time For the Times to Come Together, privately published (by Paul Screeton), no date (early 1970s), 4to, stapled paer cover sheets, 21pp. An anthology of articles from the Ley Hunter culled from early issues (1969-70). Includes articles by Barbara Crump, Phillip Heselton and Tony Wedd. V.good £5

EPH47. Various, Ancient Landscapes, 1st edition 1982, 4to, stapled wraps, 16pp, illustrated. Exhibition catalogue with notes and illustrations by various artists reflecting their perception of the earth spirit. Includes work by John Michell, Janet Hoult, and Paul Devereux. V.good £2

EPH49. Villiers-Stuart, P, Project for the Year 2000: A Stone Circle in Hyde Park, privately published, xeroxed typescript, no date, 6 pages, 13" by 9 1/2", stapled at top corner, diagrams in text. An outline for the project, based upon the laws of sacred geometry, planetary attributions and associated days and metals. Scarce. V.good £4

EPH56. Wedd, J.A.D, Skyways and Landmarks, privately published (1972), small 4to, stapled paper wraps, 8pp including covers, with illustrations in the text and a postscript by Phillip Heselton. A study of UFO sightings and their relationship to ley lines within the British landscape that was originally written in 1961 for the Star Fellowship. Faint soiling to margins of covers, creasing to corners and tops of inner margins, contents clean and tight. A good + copy of a scarce item £3.50

Some Job Lots

Job1. Fortean Times: 3 magazines comprising: Number 48, Spring 1987, 80pp, includes articles on William Rufus, and Joseph Glanvil, as well as the usual mix of Fortean phenomena. Number 231, January 2008, 80pp, special Aleister Crowley anniversary issue, includes contributions by Gary Lachman and Dave Evans. Number 248, May 2009, 80pp, Includes articles on Dr John Dee, and Robert Rankine, as well as the usual mix of Fortean phenomena. All stapled wraps as issued, number 48 in smaller format, the other two A4. Crowley issue a little creased with mark to front cover. All good to very good £3.50

Job 4. Dennis Wheatley: 3 occult novels comprising: The Satanist, Arrow pbk. 1974, 512pp; Strange Conflict, Arrow pbk. 1975, 320pp; The Ka of Gifford Hillary, Arrow pbk. 1974, 400pp. Light reading creases to spines. First two very good, final one good +. WITH: Stranger Than Fiction, Arrow pbk. 1965, 414pp. Wheatley’s papers relating to the planning of the Second World War. Covers creased and marked, text lightly tanned, ink marks to list of Wheatley’s novels. Uncommon title. Good. The lot: £4.50

Job5. Earth Mysteries: Meyn Mamvro, 4 issues, numbers 30 to 33 inclusive (Spring 1996 to Spring 1997), all 24pp each, with illustrations in the text. Articles on ancient sites in Cornwall. WITH: Wisht Maen, issue 4, no date, 36pp, with a few illustrations in the text. Devon earth mysteries magazine. WITH:  Northern Earth, number 66, no date, 32pp, with illustrations in the text. All near fine to fine, A5 format, stapled as issued. The lot £2.50

Job6. The Unknown: 10 issues, a run from December 1986 to September 1987  inclusive, all 82pp, with illustrations in the text. Magazine largely concerned with Fortean phenomena, earth mysteries, U.F.O’s, etc. Highlighting to small amount of text in one issue, text in all lightly tanned. All good to very good, A5 format, stapled wraps. The lot £2.50

Job9. Straffon, C, Four Earth Mysteries Guides, comprising: Ancient Sites in West Penwith, 2nd printing, Meyn Mamvro 1993, 52pp; Mid Cornwall and the Lizard, 1st edition, Meyn Mamvro 1994, 48pp; Bodmin Moor and North Cornwall, 2nd printing, Meyn Mamvro 1995, 48pp; Ancient Sites on the Isles of Scilly, 2nd printing, Meyn Mamvro 1996, 36pp. All A5, stapled wraps, and with many illustrations in the text. All near fine. The lot £5