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M215BC. Walker, B, Sex and the Supernatural, 1970, 1st U.S edition, Castle Books 1973, 8vo, orange cloth, spine and front board lettered in gilt, 127pp + 8pp plates (on ordinary paper). A concise study of sexuality in religion, magic and witchcraft. Covers a little soiled and marked in places, spine faded, front and rear end papers torn out, edges of text block and half title browned, contents otherwise clean and tight. Good + overall £5

M216C. Warner, M, Alone of all her sex: the Myth and Cult of the Virgin Mary, 1st edition, Weidenfeld & Nicholson 1976, large 8vo, orange cloth, spine lettered in black, 26 + 400pp + 20pp index + 32pp b/w and 8pp coloured plates. A comprehensive study drawing on art, literature, myth and theology.  Very slight fading to lower and outer edges of boards, slight scuff marks to surface of paste-downs where wrapper was previously taped, ownership signature to half title, neat ink underlining to a very few passages, contents otherwise clean and tight. Good + in good (light edge-wear, chip to foot of front panel near spine affecting cover image, tape marks to inner flaps) d/w £8

M217A. Wasson, R Gordon, A. Hoffman, & C.A.P Ruck, The Road to Eleusis, 1978, 2nd (20th anniversary) edition, Hermes Press 1998, 8vo, oatmeal cloth with gilt titles to spine, 150pp + 14 plates (some coloured), preface by Houston Smith. The first reprint of the authors argument for a psychedelic basis to the Eleusinian mysteries through the ritual use of LSD present in Ergot, together with additional material not included in the first edition. Fine in like d/w £30

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

M219. Webb, J, The Harmonious Circle, 1st edition, Thames & Hudson 1980, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine and publisher’s device to front board, 608pp including index + 16pp plates (on ordinary paper). An excellent, highly detailed study of the lives and work of Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, and like- minded contemporary figures within the Fourth Way movement. Very slight soiling to edges of text block, faint off-setting to end papers, occasional light pencil annotation to margins, intelligent in content and by a serious student of the Fourth Way, contents otherwise clean and tight. A very good copy in like ( a few minor marks, some trivial edge-wear and light creasing, remains of original price label to top of rear panel) £18

M221. West, J.A, Serpent in the Sky, 1st edition, Wildwood House 1979, 4to, beige cloth with gilt titles to spine, 253pp including index, with illustrations in the text, and a preface by Peter Tompkins. A study of the high wisdom of Ancient Egypt based on the work of Schwaller de Lubicz. Small dark spot to front board, a little very faint spotting to rear board, faint soiling to edges of text block, internally clean and tight. A very good copy of the uncommon first U.K issue in near very good (a few minor marks, very faint creasing in places) d/w £15

M221B. Wheatley, D, The Devil and All His Works, 1971, Peerage Books 1983, 4to, black hard covers, illustrated in red and with red and white titles to spine, 302pp including index + advertisement leaf, with many plates and other  illustrations in the text, some in colour. A concise history of religion, magic, the occult and supernatural; including personal accounts of contemporary figures such as Aleister Crowley and Harry Price. Spine ends and corners lightly rubbed, top edge of text block lightly soiled, contents clean and tight. Very good £3.50

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

M226. Wilson, I, The Turin Shroud, 1 st U.K edition, Gollancz 1978, 8vo, grey cloth, 14 + 272pp including index + 40pp plates, map end papers. Classic popular study of the shroud and the Jesus connection. Edges of cloth faded. Type script news letter of the British Society for the Turin Shroud dated July 1981 laid in (2 sheets A4, text on 3 sides), giving updates on the story and mentioning Wilson’s work. V.good in like (spine panel a little faded, lightly rubbed, minor creasing to top edge) d/w £3.50

M229. Wood, D, Genisis- The First Book of Revalations, 1 st ed. Baton Press 1985, 4to, black cloth, 10 +309pp incl. index, numerous illustrations, many in colour. Foreword by Henry Lincoln. The book that gave another dimension to the Rennes le-Chateau mystery, with its fascinating landscape geometry and connections to ancient Egyptian mythology. Minor spotting to top edge of text block. Small ownership inscription to top of front end paper, contents otherwise clean and tight. Increasingly uncommon title. Very good in like (a few minor marks, some light edge creasing) d/w £15

M230A. Wraithe, W.R (compiler), Abremalin Collection, 1st edition thus, published by the author through Lulu, 4to pbk. 2009, 8 + 28 + 221pp, with diagrams and tables in the text. An exact reprint of Mathers’ translation of The Sacred magic of Abramelin the Mage together with a brief new introductory essay. Near mint £8

M235. Zukav, G, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, 1979, Rider 8vo pbk. 2011, 352pp including index, with diagrams and tables within the text. An overview of new scientific discoveries in the world of physics, explained from a philosophical standpoint. A couple of trivial marks to covers. A very few pages previously creased at upper corners, otherwise near fine £1.50

 

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