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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, Reeves & Turner, no date (c.1890), cr8vo, blind decorated red 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. Cloth a little rubbed and soiled in places, damp fading to upper corner of rear board, slightly affecting rear end papers, front end papers a little marked, stitching strained and cracking in places, some margins soiled or spotted, text still very clean overall. A good, reasonably solid copy £25

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

M035AE. Charles, R.H (editor and translator), The Book of Enoch, 1893, Health Research 1964, 8vo, printed card covers, spiral bound, black spine clip labelled with title by previous owner, 110 + 331pp including indices + advertisements. The standard translation of the Ethiopic Enoch, this reprint of the third and best edition of 1912 being virtually a new work, with an exhaustive and perceptive commentary not present in Charles’ first published translation. Minor creasing to edges of covers, trivial soiling to edges of text block, contents clean and tight. Very good + £12

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

M35DEE. Clube, V, & B. Napier, The Cosmic Serpent, 1st edition, Faber & Faber 1982, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 299pp including index, with a frontispiece, photographs and other illustrations in the text. An interesting and well researched study of comets and their impact on humankind, both practically and spiritually, with particular reference to their influence on mythology and religion from prehistory forward. Small brown spot to margin of one leaf otherwise very near fine in like d/w £35

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

M41B. Curtiss, H.A & F.H, The Message of Aquaria, 1921, Curtiss philosophic Book Co. 1947, 8vo, gilt stamped green cloth, 487pp incl. index. Loosely Christian based esoteric study of the impact of the Aquarian age. " A Veritable compendium of Christian psychology, spiritual philosophy and esoteric Biblical interpretation" as it says on the d/w. An unusually fresh, near fine copy in v.good - (edge worn, with piece missing from foot of front panel, affecting text) d/w, uncommon in hard cover £12

 

 

 

 

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