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M138. Macmunn, Sir G, The Religions and Hidden Cults of India, 1st edition, Sampson Low, no date (1931), 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 12 + 244pp including index + 24pp  plates and full page map. A general introductory study given in a rather sensationalist, but never the less entertaining narrative style. A few trivial spots to boards, spine faded but gilt still bright, upper corner of front board creased, minor soiling to edges of text block, contents clean and tight. A near very good copy overall £18

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

M143MCD. Massingham, H.J, The Heritage of Man, 1st edition, Jonathan Cape 1929, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 319pp including index. A collection of essays which form an anthropological study of mankind’s relationship with the natural world. Top edge of boards and upper joint faded, end papers and edges of text block spotted, minor spots to a couple of margins, text clean and tight. Very good – in like (complete, but rather darkened, a little soiled in places, closed tear to fold at upper joint) d/w £12

M143B. Mathers, S.L.M (translator), The Sacred magic of Abra Melin the Mage, 1897, Lost Library 8vo pbk. No date (c.2010), 48 + 268pp, with diagrams in the text. A cheap facsimile reprint of this classic grimoire. Near fine £3

M143H. Maxwell-Stuart, P.G, Wizards: A History, 2004, Tempus 8vo pbk. 2007, 223pp including index + advertisements + 8pp plates (on ordinary paper). A popular but well researched scholarly study of magical practitioners through the ages. Unfortunate crease to upper part of front cover, otherwise fine £2.50

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

M150AB. Morfill, W.R (trans.) & R.H Charles (editor), The Book of the Secrets of Enoch, 1896, Health Research 1964, 8vo, printed card covers, spiral bound, black spine clip labelled by previous owner, 48 + 100pp including index + publisher’s advertisements. The first English translation of the Slavonic Enoch, a pseudopigraphal text is less well known than the Ethiopic Enoch and similarly details Enoch’s journey through the heavens. It originally dates from the beginning of the Christian era, around the 1st century, although certain parts indicate pre-Christian origins. This translation benefits greatly from Charles’s scholarly introduction and notes.  A couple of trivial spots to covers, edges of text block lightly tanned, contents clean and tight. Very good £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

M150AA. Moule, G.H, The Spirit of Japan, 1st edition, S.P.G 1913, Cr8vo, brown cloth, 12 + 312pp + 16pp including index + a frontispiece, 30 plates and full page map. A general study, but mainly devoted to customs and religion, including chapters on Shinto, Buddhism and Christianity. Cloth marked and heavily soiled, spine lettering faded.  Minor spotting to end papers and a few margins, text clean and still fairly tight. Overall, good approaching good + and a cheap copy of the uncommon original edition £4.50

M50D. Murgatroyd, D.H, The Knight and the Raven, being a Biography of John Hunyadi, 1st and only edition, privately and posthumously published 8vo pbk. No date (c.1991), 6 + 256pp + 56pp, with illustrations in the text. Despite the need for some light editing, arguably something the author would have done if time had permitted; this work remains an excellent and well researched study of neglected 15th century Hungarian nobleman Hunyadi, his connection to Vlad Teppes and a well argued case for Hunyadi being the real basis for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The author is now better known in occult circles for his association with author Fred Gettings and The Shadow of the Golden Fire, a grimoire that was the subject of his only other (also posthumously) published work, the original grimoire having been sold some years ago by Caduceus Books. Edges of covers lightly rubbed in places, a couple of small marks to lower wrapper, trivial soiling to edges of text block, contents clean and tight. A very good copy of a rare and seldom seen book £50

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. Nicoll, M, Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjiff & Ouspensky, 5 volumes complete, all tall 8vo in near matching blue cloth with gilt titles to spines and comprising of: Volume one, 1952, 1st edition, 6th printing, Watkins 1973, volume two, 1952, 1st edition, 2nd printing, Watkins 1953, ; volume three, 1952, Watkins 1st edition, 2nd printing 1953; volume four, 1st edition, 1st printing, Watkins 1955; volume five, 1956, Watkins, 1st edition, 5th printing 1975; prelims + a total of 1766pp, with many diagrams in the text. A monumental and extremely important work outlining the teachings of the Fourth Way. Endpapers to volume two soiled, minor spots edges of text blocks and the odd margin, text all clean and tight. Some light edge-wear to dust wrappers, wrappers to volumes one and three price clipped, wrapper to volume three rather soiled in places to rear panel. All volumes near very good to very good +, all dust wrappers very good – to very good. Overall, a near very good and reasonably well matched set of the original public issue (volumes one to three originally having been privately issued in a limited edition of 200 copies) and quite scarce as such £90

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


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