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M163AAB. Peters, E, The Magician, the Witch and the Law, 1st edition, Harvester Press 1978, 8vo, brown cloth with gilt titles to spine, 18 + 216pp, a scholarly study of the theories of witchcraft and magic in relation to the law from medieval times through to the 17th century; very near fine in near very good (some light edge-wear, a little rubbed, particularly to outer folds, old price label to foot of front inner flap) d/w £8

M163AAB. Peterson, J (editor), The Lesser Key of Solomon, 1st edition, Weiser 2001, reprinted, large 8vo, nice amateur rebind in quarter brown Napa leather over black vinyl boards with additional thick end papers, 20 + 284pp, with diagrams in the text. The most complete and comprehensive version of the grimoire so far published; including all five books of the Lesser Key together with an introduction, critical notes and related appendices. Faint shelf rubbing to covers, internally and externally clean and tight, overall, a near fine and internally better copy £25

M164. Picknett, L, The Secret History of Lucifer, 2005, Robinson 8vo pbk. 2006, 16 + 304pp including index + 8pp plates (some coloured), an in depth historical study; very slight lean to spine, upper corner of front cover worn, internally clean and tight, a near very good copy £1.50

M164AA. Pike, J, The Holy Squares of Divine Magic, 1st edition, Finbarr stapled 8vo pbk. 1992, 36pp; the talismanic use of magic squares for results magic, based upon those given in the Book of Abra-Melin the Mage. A few soil marks to covers, spine fold and edges slightly darkened, internally clean and tight, near very good overall £15

M164C. Pinchbeck, D, Breaking open the Head, 2002, uncorrected proof copy of the first English edition published by Flamingo in 2003, 8vo pbk. 8 + 323pp including index; the author’s personal journey of working with traditional shamanic hallucinogens; slight wear to laminate layer at foot of covers, covers lightly rubbed at edges, minor soiling to top edge of text block, internally clean and tight, very good £5

M166AA. Powell, A.E, The Astral Body, 1st edition, Theosophical Publishing House 1930, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and blind titles to front board, 14 + 273pp including index; a study of the astral body with relation to Theosophy, including chapters on the chakras, Kundalini, and astral entities. Spine slightly faded and marked, light wear to spine ends and corners, tiny nick to head of spine, edges of text block slightly darkened and spotted, some occasional light to medium foxing throughout, mainly to margins, text tight and relatively clean overall, a good + copy of the uncommon first issue £30

M166C. Powell, A.E, The Etheric Double and Allied Phenomena, 1925, 1st edition, 2nd printing, Theosophical Publishing House 1930, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and blind titles to front board, 12 + 140pp including index, with diagrams in the text; a study of the etheric body, the science of breath and the chakra system, including a chapter on the human aura work of Dr. Walter J. Kilner. A few minor marks to front board, light rubbing to spine ends and corners, ownership inscription to front paste-down, light spotting to edges of text block and the odd margin, text clean and tight. Front end paper neatly removed otherwise a near very good copy £15

M168A. (Ramsay, A.M), The Travels of Cyrus. To which is added  A Discourse upon the Theology and Mythology of the Ancients, 1727, 3rd edition, T. Woodward at the Half Moon 1728, complete in two volumes, contemporary full dark tan polished calf with dark brown central panels to boards, raised bands to spines and  later black title labels lettered in gilt, edges of text block speckled red, 8 + 312pp & 196 + 1 + 144pp, with an engraved frontispiece  to each volume small engravings to chapter headings; Styling himself the ‘Chevalier Ramsay,’ this work is the most well known  by this Scottish born philosopher who was heavily influenced by early Freemasonry. The Travels are written as a fictional narrative exploring ancient philosophy and religion through the eyes of Cyrus, which is augmented and further illuminated by the Discourse. Light wear to spine ends and corners, some light soiling to boards in places, one inch closed split to top of front joint on  both volumes, Joints slightly worn in places to volume two with medium sized chips to the head and tail of spine, previous owners armorial book plates to front paste-downs, front paste-down to volume one rather stained, inner hinges lightly cracking but firm, slightly more serious cracking to the front hinge of  volume two resulting in some very slight play, minor soiling to end papers, the odd minor marginal spot and slight rippling of text, which is tight and very clean. A good, solid and textually much better set of an uncommon early issue (the second English printing) and the last edition in two volumes to feature the original engravings £110

M168C. (Ravignat, Rev, M, compiler), A Manual for the Gnostic, 2017, Gnostic Church of America 8vo pbk 2021, 158pp, with a couple of diagrams in the text; a guide to the doctrines, prayers and practices of the modern Gnostic Church, that was first inaugurated in Paris during 1890. Trivial rubbing to edges of covers in places, very near fine £6

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

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 Buddhism and the shamanic traditions that preceded it;  a few faint marks to covers, minor scuff mark to edges of rear cover, internally clean and tight, very good overall £2.50

M0169. Redfern, N, Final Events, Anomalist Books 8vo pbk 2010, 2 + 258pp including index, with photographs in the text; a study of the secret U.S government group on demonic u.f.o’s and the afterlife. Minor rubbing to corners of covers, trivial faint mark to lower fore-edge of text block, very good + £8

M169B. Regardie, I, How to Make and Use Talismans, 1972, ‘Limited Edition’ reprint, no date or publisher, (probably c.1980s), 57pp (paginated 6-63) with rear cover included in the pagination, and diagrams in the text; this reprint, of which as few as 100 copies were probably issued, was allegedly produced by W.G Gray for the use of his students, omitting Regardie’s biographical note at the beginning. The text remains an excellent and concise guide to the creation and use of talismans within the Golden Dawn System of Magic, although other than extreme scarcity, this reprint has nothing to recommend it above the Aquarian Press edition. A couple of faint marks to covers, slight crease marks to upper corners of covers, slightly affecting corners of first few leaves, internally clean and tight, overall a near very good copy £8

M170D. Regardie, I, The Art of True Healing, 1937, 2nd edition, 2nd printing, Helios 1966, Cr8vo, blue cloth with silver titles to spine and front board, 42pp; a revised and slightly enlarged edition of the author’s classic study of healing through prayer and visualisation, utilising the operation of the law of attraction in nature. Cloth rather soiled and damp spotted, spine worn in places and chipped at head, corners worn, edges of text block browned, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, overall a good and internally much better copy of the uncommon hard cover issue £6

M171D. Richardson, A & G. Hughes, Ancient Magicks for a New Age, 1st edition, 2nd printing, Llewellyn 8vo pbk 1989, 16 + 299Pp + publisher’s advertisements, with illustrations in the text; a record of, and practical guide to, the Arthurian based rituals of both Christina Hartley and Geoff Hughes, both students of the western mystery tradition under Dion Fortune. Rubbing, light wear and some creasing to edges of covers with a few other small marks, spine with reading creases and very slightly darkened, one inch split to foot of front fold, ownership signature and labels to inside of front cover, which is also slightly marked, otherwise internally clean and tight with the odd page corner creased, overall still a good and textually better reading copy of this uncommon title £6

M0171AB. Riecroft, C & O. Weland Brent, The Divine Impress, 1st and only edition, Elliot Stock 1936, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 150pp, with a vignette to title page + 2 folding maps. An interesting and curious original study of the Book of Genesis, particularly the Great Flood and the location of the Garden of Eden, comparing traditions of the Biblical Nephilim with those of Atlantean giants, together with other aspects of near eastern religious history and mythology, all seemingly from a viewpoint somewhere between Blavatsky’s Theosophy and Christian Science. Cloth a little soiled and with a few small stains in places, spine and near edges of boards slightly faded with spine gilt a little dulled, corners and spine ends lightly bumped, light soiling to end papers, small stain to fore edge of text block, minor spots to a couple of inner margins, text clean and tight, overall a near very good copy of a very scarce book (WorldCat only locates six copies) £70

M172A. Rinpoche, K.Z, Chod in the Ganden Tradition, 1st edition, Snow Lion 8vo pbk 2006, reprinted, 218pp; practical instructions for the Chod rite for working with basic fears in Tibetan Buddhism according to the oral teachings of a 20th century abbot of the Ganden Shartse monastery; a fine copy £8

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

M177AA. Rutherford, A, The Midnight Cry! Behold the Bridegroom Come Ye Out to Meet Him, 1925, 7th edition, printed for the author by Young & Sons, no date (1928), Cr8vo, pebbled blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and blind pyramid design and gilt lettering to front board, 205pp including supplements and indices, with a few full page illustrations included in the pagination + a frontispiece, and a separate title page and frontispiece to the beginning of the second supplement. An account of imminent Armageddon, and consequently the second coming of Christ, all as prophesised via the author’s British Israelite interpretation of symbolism encoded within the Great Pyramid of Giza. Although seven editions were printed, runs were relatively small and it has been completely out of print ever since, and is now very scarce, with WorldCat only locating a total of five copies. This final and most complete edition including the supplements is very rare, with WorldCat only finding one copy in the National Library of Scotland. Trivial spots to a couple of margins; spine and joints faded with dulled spine lettering, but otherwise a near fine clean copy £95

M0178A. Sarom, G, The Art of Mysticism, 1st edition, 8vo pbk. 2018 published for the author, 136pp + advertisement leaf; a practical guide to mysticism and spiritual meditation; light rubbing to edges of covers in places, overall a very good + and internally fine copy £3

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


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