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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

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

D7. Crowley, A, The Book of Thoth (Egyptian Tarot), 1944, Weiser 1969, small 4to, pink cloth with gilt titles to spine, 12 + 287pp, diagrams in text, with a coloured frontispiece, 6 further coloured plates, and 20 b/w plates included in the pagination, the definitive magickal guide to the Crowley-Harris deck and Crowley's Thelemic symbolism of the tarot. The first Weiser edition is increasingly uncommon, and usually found in blue cloth boards, this, the true first printing is now a rare book. The coloured frontispiece was omitted from some later editions, and the coloured plates, printed here on lightly textured matt paper are less garish than later printings. Upper corner of front board lightly bumped, a couple of minor marks to boards, edges of text block lightly soiled, a little very faint spotting to margins of coloured plates, otherwise internally clean and tight, a near very good copy in good + (some light edge-wear with a few tiny chips, spine panel slightly soiled, darkened, chipped at top, slightly affecting author’s name and very rubbed at folds in places) d/w £125

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

D9E. Gurney Benham, W, Playing Cards: History of the Pack and Explanations of its Many Secrets, 1931, 2nd edition, Spring Books, no date (1957) 4to, 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 study of early playing cards, including a chapter on the Tarot. Ex lib, book plate to front paste down, stamps to verso of title and a couple of margins. Spine and adjacent inner edge of front board slightly faded, apart from the library marks, internally clean and tight, good + overall £8

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

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

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