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M185A. Simcox Lea, T & F. Bligh Bond, The Apostolic Gnosis (part two), 1922, R.I.L.K.O 1985, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 2 + 202pp, with a new foreword by Warren Kenton. The second of the authors’ studies of Biblical symbolism reflected through Greek gematria. Trivial rubbing to corners and spine ends, contents clean and tight. A near fine, fresh copy £18

M186. Simpson, W, The Jonah Legend: a Suggestion of Interpretation, 1st edition, Grant Richards 1899, 8vo, contemporary maroon cloth with blind impressed borders to boards and gilt titles to spine, 4 + 182pp including index, with a pictorial title, a few illustrations in the text , a frontispiece and 5 further plates. An interpretation of the Biblical legend of Jonah and the Whale based on comparitive studies of the aquatic gods of the ancient near east and elsewhere, together with some account of their related ceremonies and initiation rites.  Cloth lightly rubbed in places, spine slightly faded. Book plate to front paste down, end papers lightly browned, faint spotting to top of one page, contents otherwise clean and tight. A near very good copy of the uncommon original issue £28

M186WR. Smart, N, The World’s Religions, 1989, C.U.P small 4to pbk. 1992, 576pp including index, with maps and photographs in the text, many in colour. A comprehensive survey, covering both ancient and modern traditions. Covers lightly rubbed and soiled in places, spine very slightly faded. A hint of cockling to some margins, but contents clean and tight. Good + £2.50

M00186. Smith, M, Studies in Early Eastern Mysticism, One World 8vo pbk. 1995, 8 + 276pp including index. A scholarly study of the rise and development of the mystical elements within Islam, with particular reference to Sufism and the connections with early Christianity. Near fine £5

M189D. Sprague de Camp, L de and C.C, Spirits, Stars and Spells: The Profits and Perils of Magic, 1st edition, Canaveral Press 1966, 8vo, quarter maroon cloth over papered boards,  silver titles to spine, 8 + 348pp including index + a frontispiece and 36 plates (on ordinary paper). A popular history of magic and its practitioners. Near fine in very good (very lightly rubbed and soiled in places) d/w £12

M194CS. (Stirling, W), The Canon: An Exposition of the Pagan Mystery Perpetuated in the Cabala as the Rule of all the Arts, 1st edition, Elkin Matthews 1897, 8vo, quarter white cloth over blue papered boards, paper spine label, edges uncut, 16 + 404pp including index, with illustrations in the text and a preface by R.B Cunningham Graham. An excellent and pioneering study of the relationship between gematria, cabbalistic thought and scared proportion that on its original publication, was far ahead of its time and often met with bemusement, but is now widely acknowledged as a classic of its kind. A couple of trivial spots to boards, spine a little soiled and faintly creased at tail, tiny inconsequential piece chipped from upper left corner of title label, end papers lightly foxed and with small piece chipped from inner margin at the foot of the front end paper, trivial spots to a couple of margins, text clean and tight. Overall, a near very good copy of the original edition which is becoming scarce, particularly in the original binding £125

M194DD. Stoesz, W (editor), Kurozumi Shinto: An American Dialogue, 1st edition thus, Anima Books 8vo pbk. 1989, 4 + 276pp including index, with a frontispiece and photographic illustrations in the text. A series of essays on the origins, history and practices of Kurozumi Shintoism by the editor and others. A presentation copy signed by main contributor Reverend Muneharu Kirozumi, the sixth patriarch of Kurozumi Shinto to previous owner on the half title. Edges of covers rubbed, corners of lower cover creased, a few faint crease marks to front cover, minor soiling to edges of text block, contents clean and tight. Still a good + copy overall £10

M194D. Strabo, M, The Guiding Light to Power and Success, 1st edition, astral Books 8vo pbk. 1986, 68pp + advertisement leaf, with illustrations in the text. A brief study of the use of candles in magic and religion. Covers a little soiled and marked in places, print marks to inside of front cover and a couple of margins, text clean and tight. Good + £3.50

M194H. Stridberg, A, From an Occult Diary, 1965, Icon pbk. 1966, 160pp, edited with introduction and notes by Torsten Eklund, translated and with additional notes by Mary Sandbach. Covers rather soiled, lower cover creased at corners, small holes to margins of a couple of leaves, minor marks to a few margins, text tanned but otherwise tight and very clean overall. A good sound reading copy £2

M194G. Stretton, H, The Acts of Saint Mary Magdalene, Considered in a Series of Discourses, as illustrating Certain Important Points of Doctrine, 1st edition, Joseph Masters 1848, 8vo, blue-grey cloth with paper title label to spine, 14 + 451pp + advertisements. The life and works of this important saint, including chapters on the influence of evil spirits, and ointment as a sacrifice. Covers a little rubbed and marked, spine faded and soiled, title label chipped at top and very rubbed with some loss of lettering, hinges lightly strained, small ownership signature to front end paper, some very occasional minor light foxing, mainly to margins, text tight and pretty clean overall. A good, approaching good + overall copy of the uncommon first issue £18

M200. Tachibana, S, The Ethics of Buddhism, 1926, Curzon Press 1975, 8vo, green cloth, 16 +288pp incl. index. Near fine in spine sunned d/w £10

M201. Taylor, J.H, Spells for Eternity: the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, 1st edition, British Museum Press 2010, square 8vo, French folded pictorial wraps, 128pp, illustrated in colour throughout. A collection of spells drawn from the Papyrus of Ani and other versions of the Book of the Dead. Near mint £2.50

M0203. Terhart, F, The Afterlife, Parragon 2010, 4to, printed hard covers, 96pp including index, illustrated in colour throughout. A concise introduction to beliefs in the afterlife in various cultures and traditions, both ancient and modern. Upper corners bumped, otherwise fine £5


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