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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

M214H. Waite, A.E, The Unknown Philosopher, 1901, Steiner Books 1970, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 464pp including index, with a new preface by Paul M. Allen in place of that written by Waite. Waite’s comprehensive study is the only major biographical work on French occult philosopher Louis Claude de Saint Martin to be published in English. Near fine in very good (slightly marked and rubbed in places) 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

M220. Webster, N.H, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, 2nd edition, Boswell 1924, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 14 + 419pp including index, with a frontispiece. A study of ancient and modern secret societies, principally the Templars, Illuminati, and related Freemasonic groups, some of which are very obscure; the work is still of value today, providing one is prepared to make allowances for the author’s unfortunate anti-Semitic under currents that pervades the text in places. Spine slightly darkened, titles dulled, some damp marking around edges of boards, end papers lightly browned, minor foxing to prelims and last few margins, text clean and tight, still good + overall £20

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

M223A. Wilcock, J, A Guide to Occult Britain, 1st edition, Sidgwick & Jackson 8vo pbk. 1976, 314pp including index + 3 maps and 12pp plates. A guide to the pagan sites of England, Scotland, and Wales. Covers lightly soiled and marked in places, faint reading crease to spine. Tiny biro mark to inside front cover, upper corner of one leaf creased, contents clean and tight. Very good - £2

M230AA. Wright, D, The Eleusinian Mysteries and Rites, 1st edition, Theosophical Publishing House, no date (1919), Cr8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, top edge gilt, 112pp, with a full page plan. A popular account of the rites of Eleusis and their mystical significance. Ex lib, file number to spine, small book plate to front paste-down, small stamps to title page and a couple of margins. Spine ends and corners rubbed, spine a little wrinkled and darkened, cloth lightly marked in places, minor spots to end papers, text clean and tight. A good, approaching good + overall copy of the uncommon first issue £15

 

 

 

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