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D5. Cicero, C &S.T, Basics of Magic: the Best of the Golden Dawn Journal, book one: Divination, 1st edition, H.O.G.D Books 8vo pbk. 2007, 14 + 210pp, with diagrams in the text, with a signed presentation inscription from Chic Cicero to previous owner to the half title. Sixteen essays on various forms of divination within the western esoteric tradition, including contributions from the editors, Gareth Knight, Dolores Ashcroft-Norwicki, and Donald Michael Kraig. Near fine £25

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

D9D. Gurney Benham, W, Playing Cards: History of the Pack and Explanations of its Many Secrets, 1st edition, Ward, Lock & Co. 1931, large 8vo, red cloth with black illustration to front board and titles to spine, 8 + 195pp including index, with illustrations in the text, many of which are coloured. An entertaining and nicely illustrated study of early playing cards, including a chapter on the Tarot. Minor spotting to edges of text block and end papers, text clean and tight. A very good copy in good (edges a little worn, spine panel heavily chipped at ends, slightly affecting spine title and with loss of publisher’s imprint at foot, closed tears to folds in places, the whole neatly re-laid on green card) d/w £25

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

D10AC, Jaquin, N, Man’s Revealing Hand , 1st edition, George Routledge and Sons 1934, Cr8vo, green cloth with black titles to spine, 8 + 8 (4pp plates of examples with facing text) + 150pp, with a few diagrams in the text. A practical guide to fortune telling by palmistry. A couple of trivial marks to cloth, minor foxing to prelims and one other leaf, contents otherwise clean and tight. A very good copy of the uncommon original edition £15

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

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

D15DD. Skinner, S, Terrestrial Astrology: Divination by Geomancy, 1st edition, R.K.P 1980, 8vo, blue cloth with silver titles to spine, 14 + 293pp including index, with a map, diagrams and other illustrations in the text + 4pp plates. A comprehensive account of the origins, history and practice of Chinese geomancy, together with a comparitive study of similar systems from elsewhere including Ifa.  Faint paper flaw to a couple of leaves otherwise fine in near fine (a couple of faint crease marks to laminate layer) d/w £20

D17A. (Walker, W), Walker’s Fortune Reader, William Walker & Sons, no date (c.1930s), Cr8vo stapled printed coloured paper wraps, 16pp, with a diagram in the text. A concise popular guide to fortune telling through chiromancy and physiognomy. A few faint crease marks to covers, text lightly but evenly tanned, otherwise clean and tight. Very good overall, and an unusually nice and externally fresh copy of this uncommon little publication and quite scarce in condition such as this £15

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