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M167C. Ralston Skinner, J, Key to the Egyptian Mystery in the Source of Measures Originating the British Inch and the Ancient Cubit, By Which Was Built the Great Pyramid of Egypt and the Temple of Solomon; and Through the Possession and Use of Which, Man, Assuming to Realise the Creative Law of the Deity, Set it Forth in a Mystery, Among the Hebrews Called Kabbalah, 1875-6, David McKay, no date, (c.1931), 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 2 parts in one, 16 + 324 + 63pp, with diagrams in the text and a folding plan, with two ownership inscriptions to the front end paper, one of which is in the distinctive hand and green ink of occult author Leo Vinci, although (presumably) under his real name. A complex esoteric study of ancient sacred number and proportion, Ralston Skinner’s work is an excellent adjunct to Stirling’s Canon which did not appear until 1897. Corners and spine ends and little worn, rear hinge slightly strained, edges of text block rather soiled, trivial spots to end papers, otherwise internally clean and tight. An 1894 second edition of the book did appear, but very few copies survived due to destruction by a warehouse fire, this first exact reprint of the original two parts in one volume issued by David McKay is believed to have only consisted of 500 copies and is now a very scarce book. A good + overall copy £150

M168AB. Ranger, T.O, & I. Kimambo (editors), The Historical Study of African Religion, 1st edition, Heinemann 1972, tall 8vo, tan cloth with gilt titles to spine, 10 + 307pp including indices. A series of essays on African religious cults and traditions, with particular reference to central and east Africa. Ex lib, Tape trace to edges of boards, trace of label removal and tape traces to end papers, file numbers to verso of title page, perforated stamp to title page and a few margins; otherwise a nice clean tight copy, still good + overall in very good d/w £8

M169. Rawson, P, Sacred Tibet, 1st edition, Thames & Hudson  4to pbk. 1991, 96pp, with 136 illustrations, 18 in colour. A comprehensive introduction to Tibetan spiritual practices within both Buddhism and the shamanic traditions that preceded it. A couple of minor marks to edges of covers, internally clean and tight. Very good £2.50

M0169. Rawson, P (introduced by), Tantra, 1st edition, 2nd printing Arts Council of Britain 1971, 4to, printed card wraps, 130pp, with 384 illustrations, many in colour, some full page, and one folding affixed to inside of rear cover. A wonderful collection of Tantric paintings, statues and other objects exhibited at the Hayward gallery in 1971. A few minor marks to covers, small mark to blank portion of first leaf of text, otherwise internally clean and tight. Small knock to top of spine with slight damage to surface layer, otherwise a very good copy £6

M172B. Ritson, J, The Romance of Primitive Methodism, 1st edition, Edwin Dalton 1909, Cr8vo, maroon cloth, 8 + 312pp including index. A comprehensive study. Front board slightly spotted, spine very slightly faded. Gift inscription to front end paper. Minor spotting to first and last couple of pages, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good - £3.50

M172C. Rivers, W.H.R, Medicine, Magic and Religion, 1st edition, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. 1924, 8vo, dark green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 8 + 147pp including index + advertisements, with a preface by G. Elliot Smith. A study of primitive medicine and its connection to magic and religion. Light soiling to top edges of boards, edges of text b lock and outer margins lightly tanned, minor foxing to a couple of margins, text clean and tight. A near very good copy £25

M179. Sayyid Gilani, Dr A.C, Ghalib, His Life and Persian Poetry, Azam book corp. n.d. c. 1956, lge. 8vo, blue cloth backed boards, 10 +294 + 15pp incl. index, frontis portrait . Ex lib, minimal trace, just bookplates to pastedowns, file number to spine and slight tape trace to boards. Covers patchily faded, contents clean and tight. Good £20

M182AA. Sepharial (W.G Old), A Manual of Occultism, 1910, Rider 8vo pbk. 1972, 14 + 356pp, with diagrams in the text. Classic practical overview of the occult sciences, including astrology, tarot, geomancy, divination, Kabalah, palmistry, spirits, dreams, talismans, alchemy, etc. Some trivial soiling to covers, minor spotting to top edge of text block, contents clean and tight. Very good £6

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