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M213B. Waddell, L.A, The British Edda, 1st edition, Chapman & Hall 1930, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles and illustrations to upper part of spine, 84 + 332pp, with 2 plans and many other illustrations in the text + 2 folding maps and 30 plates.  An argument for the Icelandic Edda being a great epic poem of the Ancient Britons with its roots in Indo-European and Mesopotamian lore, bearing all the eccentricity of the author’s other works, and although highly subjective, it remains an interesting comparative study in the manner of the great mythologists. Waddell features a wide variety of material in support of his thesis from Scandinavian, Sumerian, and Biblical tradition, all linked through stories of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. A few minor fade spots to cloth at edges, edges of text block lightly tanned, internally clean and tight. An unusually nice copy of the uncommon true first issue, and quite scarce in the dust jacket. A very good copy in near very good (some light edge-wear with minor chipping to spine ends and tips of folds, minor soiling to spine panel, which has original price label affixed) d/w £65

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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