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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 Twenty three striking essays by a pioneering occultist and radical thinker designed to challenge our often outdated perceptions of magic and culture.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

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. Agrippa, C, The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy, 1st facsimile edition, Askin Publishers 1978, 8vo, quarter green leather with small raised bands over green cloth boards with gilt red morocco title label to spine and gilt illustration to front board, grey marbled end papers, 16 + 16 + 217pp, with an introduction by Stephen Skinner. Edition limited to 500 copies, this one unnumbered. A reprint of the first English translation by Robert Turner, and comprising of the Fourth Book and Of Geomancy attributed to Agrippa, together with Peter de Abano’s Heptameron, Villinganus’ Isagoge, Ceremonensis’ Of Astronomical Geomancy, and Of the Magick of the Ancients by Arbatel. Unusually, Skinner agues a case for the Fourth Book being composed by Agrippa himself rather than some unknown hand as often suggested by most other scholars. Top and bottom edges of boards a little rubbed, minor wear to tips of joints near head of spine, minor spotting to edges of text block in places, internally clean and tight. A very good copy of this increasingly uncommon, first, and arguably most handsome of the modern facsimile editions £40

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

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

M4. Arguelles, J & M, Mandala, 1st edition, Shambala 4to pbk. 1972, 136pp, with a frontispiece, many illustrations in the text + 16 coloured plates, foreword by Chogyam Trungpa. A comprehensive study of the Mandala in art and ritual. Covers a little marked and rubbed at edges, light reading creases to spine. Ownership signature to inside of front cover, small ‘withdrawn’ stamp to half title but doesn’t appear to be an ex library copy, and with no other marks, contents otherwise clean and tight. Good + £5

M5. Aristotle, The Works of Aristotle, revised edition, J. Smith, no date (1857), small 8vo, full blind decorated red morocco with gilt titles to spine, marbled edges, 320pp, with illustrations in the text + a coloured frontispiece, additional coloured engraved title and 6 coloured plates. Contains Aristotle’s Famous Philosopher and Family Physician, his Experienced Midwife, Book of Problems, and Remarks on Physiognomy. Dark stain to lower part of rear cover and foot of spine, a few minor marks to covers, small split to foot of upper joint, engraved title dusty, some occasional minor foxing. Overall, still a good tight copy of an attractive edition £12

M11B. Baigent, M & Leigh, R, The Temple and the Lodge, Guild 1989, Lge. 8vo, black cloth, 14 + 306pp incl. index + 36 plates. V.good + v.good (complete but with some slight creasing) d/w £6.50

 

 

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