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D6. Cooter, R, Phrenology in the British Isles: An Annotated, Historical Bibliography and Index, 1st ed. Scarecrow press 1989, 8vo, blue cloth, 18 +431pp incl. index. I never knew there were so many items written on the subject! Fine £18

D8C. Gardner, R, Evolution through the Tarot, 1st edition, Rigel Press 1970, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 112pp, with illustrations in the text. The symbolism of the tarot for personal evolution and its effects on the subconscious.  Boards rather spotted, minor soiling to edges of text block, contents clean and tight. Overall, a near very good copy in like (Edges lightly rubbed, a little soiled and marked in places d/w £5

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

D13A. Page, R.I, Reading the Past: Runes, 1st edition, British Museum large 8vo pbk. 1987, 64pp including index, with a frontispiece, photographs and other illustrations in the text. A scholarly overview. Covers slightly marked in places, small pencil rune marks to top of first leaf, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good - £1.50

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

D15D. Ptolemaus, C, Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos, or Quadripartite, translated by J.M Ashmand, 1st edition, Davis & Dickson 1822, 8vo, original brown boards re-backed in modern brown cloth with paper spine label, new end papers, 2 + 28 +240pp, with a diagram and various tables within the text, as with virtually all copies when found, lacking the frontispiece plate, but loosely inserted in modern facsimile. The best translation of one of the most historically important and influential works on astrology, translated from the Greek of Proclus, quickly and effectively superseding Wilson’s 1820 translation. Ashmand also includes copious explanatory notes, an appendix containing extracts from the Algemest of Ptolemy, the whole of his Centiloquy, and a short notice of Ranger’s Zodiacal Planisphere. Boards a little rubbed and marked, corners worn, pages a little wrinkled, some light foxing to prelims and occasionally to text, old water stain to some margins, old ownership signature to top of advertisement leaf, text tight and still very clean overall. A good sound copy of the very scarce first issue of this edition £60

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

D16 Van Renssalaer, Mrs J,K, The Devil’s Picture Books: A History of Playing Cards, 1890, 1st U.K edition, T.Fisher Unwin 1892, large 8vo, rebound in dark green buckram with gilt titles to spine, 207pp, with illustrations in the text + 24 plates, many of which are in colour. An entertaining and attractive study of various playing cards worldwide, their origins, types, methods of production, and including a chapter on the tarot. Ex lib, file number to spine, book plate to front paste-down, file numbers and small stamp to verso of title, small stamps to verso of plates. Spine and upper and fore edges of front board darkened, minor marks to title page and the odd margin, text clean and tight. A good + overall copy of the only impression of the scarce first U.K issue, and arguably a nicer quality production than the various printings of the original American edition £65

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