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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

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

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

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

M230E. (Yeats, W.B), Bachchan, H.R, W.B Yeats and Occultism, 1st edition, Motilal Banarsidass 1965, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 22 + 296pp including index, with 5pp of diagrams + a folding table. An excellent and often unjustly overlooked study, focussing on Yeats’ works in relation to Indian lore, the Cabbala, Swedenborg, Boehme, and Theosophy. Top edge of text block very slightly browned, internally clean and tight. A very good + copy of the increasingly uncommon (particularly so in the relatively fragile dust wrapper) first issue in near very good (some light wear to edges at ends of spine panel, small chip to top of rear panel, not affecting text, rear panel lightly soiled) d/w £45

 

 

 

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