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M0212. Vermaseren, M.J, Mithras, the Secret God, 1959, 1st English edition, Chatto & Windus 1963, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 200pp including index, with illustrations in the text + 12pp plates, translated from the German by T. & V. Megaw.  An excellent study of the origins, teachings, rites and ceremonies of Mithras, together with illustrations drawn from archaeology, epigraphy and philology. Corners lightly bumped, edges of text block spotted, minor foxing to first and last few leaves, some occasional light pencil scoring to margins or underlining throughout, otherwise a near very good tight and textually clean copy in like ( a few minor marks, slight wear to corners of front panel and ends of spine panel) d/w £20

M216B. Ward, J.S.M, & W.G Stirling, The Hung Society or The Society of Heaven and Earth, 1st edition, Baskerville Press 1925-6, 3 volumes complete, large 8vo, red cloth with gilt symbols to front boards, text printed in red and black, 16 + 180pp, with illustrations in text + 26 plates & 8 + 196pp, with illustrations in text + 24 plates & 6 + 148pp, with illustrations in text + 16 plates, the frontispieces to each volume in full colour, and many of the other plates in various single colours. Note: Although called for, the plate of “An interesting dollar note” in volume 3 was not included by the publisher following a threat of legal action. Arguably one of the best studies of “Triad” societies, giving the history and rituals of the Hung Society, whose structure and beliefs are drawn from an amalgamation of the Buddhist and Taoist occult societies outlawed by the Emperor in 15th century China; the author’s also give comparitive studies of Freemasonry and the mysteries in other world religions. Upper front corners lightly bumped, spine titles very slightly dulled, a couple of  minor marks to spine of volume three, edges of text blocks spotted, minor spots to a few margins, text clean and tight. A near very good set although lacking the original slipcase, no dust wrappers issued £90

M218. Watts, J, Scanlan: The Forbidden College, 1716-1799; 1st edtion, Tuckwell Press 8vo pbk. 1999, 12 + 276pp including index, maps and figures in text + 16 plates. Detailed account of a training community for Catholic priests in Scotland at a time when the Catholic religion was outlawed and punishable by deportation. Near fine £7

M222B. Wigston, W.F.C, Hermes Stella, or Notes and Jottings on the Bacon Cipher, 1st edition, Redway 1890, 8vo, brown cloth with gilt titles and rose cross design to spine, 24 + 184pp + 56pp publisher’s catalogue. A re-examination of Donnelly’s claim of the discovery of a secret cipher in plays attributed to Shakespeare; as with the author’s other works, he links the Bacon-Shakespeare controversy to the Rosicrucians. Corners and joints slightly worn, spine chipped at head, covers a little marked, hinges and stitching slightly strained in places, some pencil annotation and underlining by a former owner, mainly to the introduction, and interesting in content, text otherwise clean. A good and still reasonably solid copy of the first issue which is becoming scarce £25

M222A. Wilbur, K, Up From Eden, 1st British edition, R,K.P 8vo pbk. 1987, 12 + 372pp including index, with a few illustrations in the text. A transpersonal view of human evolution in the light of anthropology, psychology, sociology, and religious history. A few minor marks to covers, fore edge of text block soiled, internally clean and tight, a near very good copy £6

M225B. Willoughby-Meade, G, Chinese Ghouls and Goblins, 1st and only edition, Constable 1928, 8vo, quarter charcoal cloth over brown and green chequered cloth boards, 16 + 432pp including index + a frontispiece and 15 plates. An interesting study of Chinese folklore and folk religion, including chapters on magic and divination, good and bad sprits, dragons and monsters, ancestor worship, etc, the chapter on vampires was heavily referenced by Montague Summers in his classic book The Vampire-His Kith and Kin published later in the same year. Spine ends and corners lightly rubbed, a couple of minor marks to cloth, light foxing to end papers, minor spots to the odd margin otherwise internally clean and tight, a very good copy of a very scarce book £100

 

 

 

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