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M29. Cardinall, A.W, The Natives of the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast: Their Customs, Religion and Folklore, 1st edition, George Routledge & sons, no date (1920), 8vo, original brown cloth, 16 + 158pp + a map frontispiece and 12pp plates. Ex lib, file number to spine, small label to front paste-down, slight trace of label removal to front paste-down and rear end paper, small stamps to title pages and a few margins, text clean and tight. A good + copy of the scarce first edition £20

M30. Carlile, R, Manual of Freemasonry, 1845, now first collected in one volume, printed for the author 1858, blind decorated brown cloth with elaborate gilt Masonic decoration and titles to spine, 16 + 311pp. A handbook of Masonic ritual in three parts, together with an explanatory introduction. Includes material on the Royal Arch, Templar degrees, Druids, etc. The second issue of the one volume edition, the first having appeared in 1853.  Corners worn, a few minor marks to cloth, end papers lightly soiled, light creasing to a few leaves at corners, some occasional marginal soiling or foxing, text still tight and very clean overall. A good + copy of an uncommon early issue £35

M33. Carter, F, The Dragon of the Alchemists, 1st edition, Elkin Mathews 1926, 4to, original quarter black cloth and green paper boards, 6 + 53pp + 76pp (38 illustrations, printed one side of the leaf only), with an introduction by Arthur Machen. An esoteric study of the dragon, particularly within astrological symbolism and its demonising under Christianity, by a friend of Austin Osman Spare, with whom he co-authored the book Automatic Drawing and co-edited Form magazine. Although to some extent forever in Spare’s shadow, the beautiful allegorical illustrations, engraved on wood by W.M.R Quick demonstrate that Carter was a talented artist in his own right. Ex lib, file number to spine, labels to front paste-down, file number to verso of title and small stamps to blank verso of illustrations. Spine ends rubbed and slightly creased at tail, corners worn, minor soiling to boards, minor spots to the odd margin, text and images clean and tight. Overall, still a good + copy of the increasingly scarce original issue £150

M35. Castiglioni, A, Adventures of the Mind, 1st edition, Sampson Low 1946, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 14 + 402pp including index + 37 plates, translated from the Italian by V. Gianturco. A worldwide history of magic, from its beginnings up until the revival of the 18th and 19th centuries. A few minor marks to cloth, spine faded, end papers lightly browned, trivial spots to a couple of margins, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good - £6

M035AD. Chang, S.T, The Complete System of Self Healing: Internal Exercises, 1986, 10th printing, Tao publishing 1994, 8vo, green mock leather hard covers with gilt titles, 224pp, with a frontispiece and illustrations in the text. Taoist exercises for personal well being. Corners and spine ends rubbed, internally clean and tight. A very good copy £3.50

M035AE. Charles, R.H (editor and translator), The Book of Enoch, 1st edition, Oxford Clarendon Press 1893, 8vo, green cloth over bevel edged boards with gilt rules and gilt titles to spine, 16 + 391pp including indices + 8pp advertisements. The first edition of the standard translation of the Ethiopic Enoch, based on Dillman’s Ethiopic text, collated with other manuscripts, together with an exhaustive and perceptive commentary and notes by Charles, although he was never completely happy with his efforts, heavily revising his commentary for the second edition of 1912, and subsequently omitting the vast majority of it from the 1917 reissue. Corners slightly worn, spine ends rubbed, a few small marks to back-strip, a couple of minor spots to rear board, light foxing to end papers and final page of advertisements, trivial spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight. A near very good copy of the very scarce first issue £100

M035AC. Charpentier, L, The Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral, 1972, 1 st English edition, 3 rd printing, R.I.L.K.O 8vo pbk. 1980, 192pp, diagrams in text + 16pp plates. An interesting study of the esoteric symbolism, cosmic proportion, and sacred geometry present in Chatres cathedral. Covers a little marked and edge worn with a couple of light creases to front cover. A couple of page corners previously turned. V.good - £8

M035AAA. Choucha, N, Surrealism and the Occult, 1st edition, Mandrake 8vo pbk. 1991, 138pp including index, with 16pp plates included in the pagination. A sound concise study. Includes material on Austin Osman Spare, Max Ernst, etc. Some light edge-wear to covers, light crease to lower corner of front cover, contents clean and tight. Very good £3.50

M35CD. Churchward, A, The Origin and Evolution of Freemasonry Connected with the Origin and Evolution of the Human Race, 1st edition, George Allen & Unwin 1920, 8vo, red cloth with black illustrations to front board and black titles to spine and front board, 239pp including index, with illustrations in the text. As with the author’s other works, the origins of Freemasonry are sought amongst ancient totemic cults through comparitive study of ritual and symbolism. A few minor faint marks to cloth, the merest hint of fading to spine, edges of text block a little soiled, some very occasional minor foxing, mostly to margins, text tight and still very clean. A near very good copy of the very scarce first printing £75

M35DDE. Clydesdale, R, Secret Wisdom, 1st edition thus, Arcturus 2009, 4to, pictorial French folded wraps, 208pp including index, with a frontispiece and many illustrations in the text. A popular account of occult societies and arcane knowledge through the ages, spanning from the ancient mystery schools to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Near mint £2.50

M35J. Conway, D, Secret Wisdom, 1985, Aquarian 8vo pbk. 1987, 12 + 244pp including index. Esoteric doctrine and the universe, its beginnings, evolution and our place within it. Covers lightly marked and edge-rubbed in places, edges of text block lightly tanned, contents clean and tight. Very good - £3.50

M37. Cox, Rev. G.W, The Mythology of the Aryan Nations, 1st edition, Longmans & Co. 1870, 8vo, 2 volumes complete in matching purple cloth with blind decoration to front boards and gilt titles and decoration to spines, 20 + 460pp & 16 + 397pp including index + publisher’s catalogue. Despite recent advancements, the work still stands as an excellent comparitive study of the myths and religious traditions of the ancient Classical, Teutonic and Indian peoples. Joints and corners slightly worn, spine ends rubbed, spines slightly darkened, small ownership signature to top of title page on volume one, which also is slightly strained on the front inner hinge; minor spotting to half titles and a very few margins, text in both volumes clean and tight. Light damp spotting towards the outer edges of boards on volume one, but overall still a good + set of the increasingly uncommon first issue £60

M40M. (Crowley, A), An Old Master: The Art of Aleister Crowley, 1st and only edition, The October gallery in conjunction with the O.T.O international 1998, A4 format, stapled wraps, 32pp, edited by Hymenaeus Beta, with contributions by Martin Starr and Karl Nierendorf. One of only around 2000 copies printed. The catalogue was issued to accompany the rare public exhibition of an important cross section of Crowley's artwork, includes reproductions of the 45 items present in the exhibition, mostly in full colour. Covers very lightly shelf rubbed, a few tiny marks/ creases to covers near spine. Overall, still a very good and internally fine copy of an increasingly uncommon item £30





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