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M53A. Enthoven, R.E, The Folklore of Bombay, 1st edition, Oxford at the Clarendon Press 1924, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 353pp including index, a comprehensive first-hand study of folk tradition including chapters on nature worship, tree and snake worship, totemism, witchcraft and magic, spirit possession, etc, together with an appendix by W. Crooke. Ex lib, file numbers to spine, faint impressed stamp to front board, label to front paste-down, trace of label removal to front end paper, perforated stamp to title page with small stamp to the verso and final margin, spine panel slightly darkened, joints, spine ends and corners a little worn, a couple of small spots to front board, trivial spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a good, approaching good + overall copy of the very scarce original issue £45

M55C. Essene, V (editor), New Cells, New Bodies, New Life! S.E.E. 8vo pbk. 1991, 12 + 206pp + advertisements, with a frontispiece and a few diagrams in the text; channeled teachings by 12 individuals for life improvement; covers a little soiled, front cover rather creased,  rubbed at spine folds, minor spots to a couple of margins, creases to a couple of upper corners, text clean and tight, so still about good + overall £3

M57. Evans-Pritchard, E.E, Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande, 1937, 1st edition, 5th printing, Oxford at the Clarendon Press 1965, 8vo, navy blue cloth with gilt titles and publisher’s emblem to spine, 26 + 558pp including index, with a full page map and illustrations in the text + 36 plates; seminal study of African traditions amongst the pagan Sudanese Azande, including material on witchcraft, sorcery and magic; divination and oracles, medicines and poisons, etc. A few trivial marks to cloth, faint spotting to edges of text block and end papers, tiny spot to margin of prelims, otherwise internally clean and tight, a very good copy of the complete original issue in near very good (light wear to top edge with a few tiny chips, small red mark to rear panel) d/w, many later reprints being heavily abridged £35

M59B. Falkener, E, Games Ancient and Oriental and How to Play Them, 1st edition, Longmans, Green & Co. 1892, 8vo, pictorial grey cloth gilt with gilt titles to spine and front board,  4 + 366 + 2pp, with many illustrations in the text + a tipped in sepia portrait and 9 tipped in photographic plates, 3 coloured plates, and 4 b/w plates (one folding), with original publisher’s flyer for the book laid in; a fascinating study of the games of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and the oriental games of chess, draughts, backgammon, and magic squares, their use, methods of play, divine origins and spiritual significance. A few minor marks to cloth, light wear to spine ends and corners, inner hinges cracking but firm, stitching very strained at gutter in one place, previous owner’s signature to end papers and nice armorial book plate to front paste-down, edges of text block spotted, some very occasional light foxing to margins, overall still a good + textually clean and reasonably solid copy of the increasingly scarce true first issue £85

M62A. Farren, D, The Return of Magic, 1st edition, Harper & Row 1972, 8vo, quarter black cloth and red cloth boards, silver titles to spine, 10 + 118pp. An investigation into the psychological and religious roots of magic and witchcraft. Some occasional light pencil marking to margins throughout, otherwise very good + in near very good (lightly soiled in places, spine panel faded, clear laminate layer neatly applied by previous owner) d/w £8

M63C. Ferdowsi, The Epic of Kings, Arkana 8vo pbk. 1990, 28 + 423pp + advertisements, translated by Reuben Levy. An English translation of the Shah-Nama, a Persian epic detailing the mythic history of the Iranian Empire. Spine very slightly faded, edges of spine and lower cover rubbed, faint tanning to edges of text block, contents clean and tight. Slight damage to middle of rear cover and outer margins of last few leaves, otherwise a near very good copy £2

M65A. (Fleetwood, W), The Life and Miracles of St.Wenefrede, together with her Litanies; with some Historical Observations made thereon, 1st edition, printed for Sam Buckley, at the Dolphin in Little Britain 1713, Cr8vo, rebound in 19th century dark blue cloth with gilt rules and title to spine and renewed end papers, 128pp, with an engraved head-piece; Fleetwoods edition of St.Wenefrede’s Life was inspired by an anonymous (probably by John Falconer) translation of Robert, prior of Shrewsbury’s 1138 Latin original, that first appeared in 1635. Its reissue in 1712 prompted Fleetwood, whom was unhappy with the translation, to issue his own. Around half the text is made up of Fleetwood’s notes and observations, which although necessarily, for the time, anti-Papist in tone, are still of immense value for the history of her shrine at Holywell, of the pilgrimages there, and details of the well’s alleged miraculous cures. Spine a little darkened and lightly worn at ends, a few minor marks to cloth which is starting to bubble in a few places, edges of text block browned, small chip to top of one leaf not affecting text, some occasional minor foxing, mainly to margins, text tight and still very clean overall, a good + copy of the very scarce first issue of this translation £150

M67A. Fox, R L, The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible, 1st ed. Viking 1991, lge. 8vo, black cloth, 478pp incl. index. Respected and balanced study of the history of the Bible. Some ink scoring and annotation in a couple of chapters, otherwise v.good + in like d/w £7.

M67B. Francis, P.G, Dynamic Yoga is for You, 1st edition, A Thomas & Co. 1967, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 142pp. Western yoga for dynamism, thought power and personal success. A few minor marks to cloth, minor spots to edges of text block and end papers, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good in good + (edges rather worn and rubbed, some minor soiling) d/w £5

M68A. Franklin, A, Magical Incenses and Oils, 1st edition, Capal Baan 8vo pbk. 202pp including indices, a comprehensive guide to the making and use of magical incenses and oils, together with their elemental, planetary, and astrological correspondences. A very near fine copy of this uncommon and long out of print title £15

M69. Frater Achad (C.S Jones), Liber 31 and other Related Essays, 1st edition thus, Level Press 8vo pbk. 1974, 10 + 82pp, with an introduction by Llee Heflin; contains Liber 31, additional notes on Liber Legis, Liber QNA, and Gambling with the World; a few spots to rear cover, spine slightly darkened, blue spots to top of fore edge of text block, internally clean and tight, a near very good copy of this increasingly uncommon title £50

M70A. (Frazer, Sir J.G) Angus Downie, R, James George Frazer: the Portrait of a Scholar, 1st edition, Watts & Co. 1940, 8vo, green cloth with white lettering to spine, 10 + 141pp including index, with a frontispiece portrait; a sound biographical study of this important anthropologist. A few trivial marks to cloth, minor spotting to edges of text block, end papers browned otherwise internally clean and tight, a very good copy £8

M70B. Frazer, Sir J.G, The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, 1890, 2nd edition, revised and enlarged, Macmillan & Co. 1900, complete in 3 volumes, 8vo, matching green cloth with gilt titles to spines and gilt design to front boards, 28 + 467, 10 + 471, 10 + 490pp including index, with a frontispiece to volume one and 6pp advertisements at the end of volume three; fore and lower edges uncut. A monument to Victorian ideas of the origins and development of magic and religion, and although now to some extent superseded, remains a classic of its kind. A few minor marks to covers, light bumping to corners, end papers and edges of text block lightly spotted, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight in all three volumes. A near very good complete set and increasingly scarce as such, much improved over the first edition, and less bulky and easier to use than the twelve volume 1911 edition that represents the monumental and final extent of Frazer’s researches on the subject £180

M70BB.  Frazer, Sir J.G, The Golden Bough: a Study in Magic and Religion, 1890, Macmillan small format pbk. 1963, 971pp including index, a reprint of the 1922 abridged edition of this monument to Victorian ideas of the origins and development of magic and religion, and although now largely superseded remains a classic of its kind. A little minor soiling to covers, reading creases to spine which is slightly worn at foot, ownership signature to half title otherwise internally clean and tight, good + £1.50

M72C. Fuller, Major General J.F.C, Yoga: A Study of the Mystical Philosophy of the Brahmins and Buddhists, 1925, 1st edition, 2nd printing, William Rider & Co. 1933, Cr8vo, light blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 141pp + a frontispiece and 3 plates of drawings by the author; an introduction to the doctrines of esoteric yoga by this former follower of Aleister Crowley, influenced by Theosophy, and with some brief comparitive study of the Kabbalah and other realms of Western occult thought. Patchy damp fading to covers, spine and near edges of boards damp stained with heavy colour loss, closed splitting to lower joint, spine titles dulled, ownership signature to front end paper, damp staining to edges of text block with some staining to a few corners and slight traces of previous adhesion to some margins, some occasional light foxing throughout, mainly to margins, externally poor, but text tight and reasonably clean, so overall still a fair complete reading copy of a very scarce book £25

M78B. Geryl, P & G. Ratinckx, The Orion Prophecy, 1st edition, 1st printing, Adventures Unlimited Press 8vo pbk. 2001, 264pp + publisher’s advertisements, with illustrations in the text. Predictions for 2012 derived from ancient Egyptian and Mayan sources. A bit late now, but interesting reading never the less! Near mint £2.50

M80A. Ghalioungui, P, Magic and Medical Science in Ancient Egypt, 1st edition, Hodder & Staughton 1963, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 189pp including index, with illustrations in the text + 8pp plates; an excellent, scholarly study of ancient Egyptian  healing practices and their related rituals and procedures; top edge of text block spotted, faint off-setting to end papers otherwise internally clean and tight, a very good + bright copy of this uncommon title in like (a few minor faint soil marks ) d/w £50




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