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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

M00169. Reade, V, Never Want for Money Again, 1st edition, Finbarr stapled 8vo pbk. 1983, 36pp, further comment on the content of this book would appear superfluous! Faint spotting to edges of text block, small stain to lower part of last couple of leaves and foot of rear cover, otherwise clean and tight, good + £8

M170. Reichenbach,  K. Von, The Odic Force, 1926, Book Tree 8vo pbk. 2000, 72 + 119pp + publisher’s advertisements. A series of letters on Od (the cosmic force referred to by the author) and magnetism, which in turn are related to various other psychic phenomena. Trivial mark to fore edge of text block, corners very lightly bumped, otherwise a clean tight copy, very good £3.50

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

M175AA. Ropp, R.S de, The Master Game, 1969, Picador Cr8vo pbk. 1974, 251pp + advertisement leaf, with a photograph of the author. The search for a ‘spiritual peak’ through the use of ‘creative psychology’ rather than psychedelics. Faint reading crease to spine, edges of text block darkened, margins slightly tanned and with very occasional pencil marks, text clean and tight, good + £3

M177A. Rustad, M.S (editor & translator), The Black Books of Elverum, 1999, 1st soft cover edition, Galde Press 9vo pbk. 2006, 40 + 135pp including index, with a foreword by Kathleen Stokker; translations of two Norwegian ‘black books’ of magic, together with facsimiles of the original texts. Corners lightly rubbed, crease to rear cover, otherwise a very good clean and tight copy £8

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

M183BB. Sheridan, R, & A. Ross, Grotesques and Gargoyles, 1st edition, David & Charles 1975, 4to, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 127pp including index, with a frontispiece and many photographs in the text, some full page; an entertaining study of green men, foliate heads, serpents, mermaids, and a host of other pagan motifs in religious architecture. Small dent to lower edge of front board, top edge of text block spotted, internally clean and tight, a very good copy in near very good (edges lightly creased and rubbed in places, a couple of surface scratch marks to lower part of front panel) d/w £6

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