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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

M143MC. Massey, G, Ancient Egypt: The Light of the World, 1st edition, T. Fisher Unwin 1907, 4to, brick red cloth with black rules and gilt titles to spine, volume one only (of two) 4 + 544pp, with a few illustrations in the text. Edition limited to 500 copies. Posthumously published, this was the final part of Massey’s trilogy of works on comparitive myth and religion, citing Egypt as the birth place of the mysteries, and the work that he regarded as his best. Covers lightly marked and spotted, corners lightly bumped, tiny chip to lower joint, a couple of small chips to top edge of rear board, edges of text block lightly spotted, minor spotting to the odd margin, one tiny spot to text, which is otherwise clean and tight. A good, approaching good + overall copy of the first volume of the very scarce original edtion £30

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

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

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

M150C. Muller, W.H, Polaria: The Gift of the White Stone, 1st edition, 1st printing, Brotherhood of Life 8vo pbk. 1996, 210pp including index, with a couple of illustrations in the text and a foreword by Lon Milo Duquette. A curious and interesting comparitive work centring on the correspondences between the occult tradition, ancient Mesopotamian religion, and the fictional mythology of H.P Lovecraft, largely through the study of alchemy, polar symbolism, religion and magic, and whereas the study is, unusually, not inspired by the work of Kenneth Grant, it does feature much material related to the Typhonian tradition. Minor soiling to top edge of text block, internally clean and tight, a near fine copy of an increasingly scarce title £65

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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