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MK124. Krickenberg, W; Trimborn, H; Muller, W & Zerries, O, Pre-Columbian American Religions, 1st English ed. Weidenfeld & Nicholson 1968, lge. 8vo, red cloth, 4 + 365pp incl. index + 8pp plates. The early religions of South, Central, North and Mesoamerica, together with the West Indies. Ex lib, traces of label removal to f.f.e.p, stamps to verso of title, spine ends worn, blind impressed stamp to front of d/w. Good + in like d/w £12

MBK124. Kuhn, A Boyd, The Lost Light, 1st edition, Academy Press 1940, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 4 + 619pp; a monumental comparative study of Christianity and ancient Egyptian religious thought, from which the author sees the former as derived. The text is very much in the style of Gerald Massey’s works on astronomical mythology, from which Kuhn often quotes. Corners worn, edges rubbed in places, a few minor marks to boards, spine very faded with spine title almost faded out, edges of text block browned and spotted, front end papers browned, some occasional minor foxing, mainly to margins, which have the odd pencil annotation, text tight and still very clean overall, a good, and textually slightly better copy of the uncommon original issue £25

MBK124A. Kuhn, A. Boyd, India’s True Voice, 1st edition, Academy Press 1955, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 14 + 308pp; a critique of oriental philosophy through comparitive study. Ex lib, label removal mark to foot of spine, slight trace of label removal to front paste-down, front end paper cut out; spine and outer inch and a half of front board slightly faded, spine titles darkened to black, light wear to spine ends and corners, corners bumped with some light creasing to upper corner of first few leaves, ownership signature to title page, text clean and tight, still a good solid and textually better copy of the uncommon first edition £20

M125AA. Layton, B, The Gnostic Scriptures, 1987, Doubleday 8vo pbk. 1995, reprinted, 42 + 530pp including index, with a few illustrations in the text; a new annotated translation of Gnostic literature; a few faint marks to covers, slight toning to edges of text block, overall a very good + and internally fine copy £6

M125C. Lee, D, The Wealth Magick Workbook, or Buddy Can You Spare a Paradigm? 1994, Runa Raven 8vo pbk. 2011, 108pp, with diagrams in the text; chaos magick techniques for money and wealth; trivial bump to lower corner or rear cover otherwise fine £8

M125CC. Lee, D, Chaotopia! 1st edition, Strange Attractor 8vo pbk. 1997, 193pp, with a foreword by Phil Hine; chaos magick techniques for wealth, illumination, sexual magick, etc, particularly relating to ecstatic states in relation to magick and mysticism; trivial rubbing to corners, faint crease to upper corner of rear cover otherwise near fine £10

M25DD. Lempriere, J, A Classical Dictionary, 1788, George Routledge no date (probably c.1920s), 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 36 + 667pp. A useful reference work of names, terms, measures, etc from the Classical World, and including a chronological table. Spine slightly darkened, upper joint slightly worn, lower corners softened and damp faded, edges of text block spotted, ownership signature to front end paper, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a good sound copy £3.50

M25CCD. Leibstoeckl, H, The Secret Sciences in the Light of Our Time, 1931, 1st English edition, Rider & Co. 1939, 8vo, dark tan cloth with black lettering to spine, 304pp, translated from the original German by H. E. Kennedy; a survey of occult traditions from the early mystery religions through to the beginning of the 20th century, all viewed through the lens of anthroposophy, and predictably culminating with Rudolph Steiner. A few faint marks and tiny bumps to covers, corners lightly bumped and rubbed, spine lightly creased at head and tail, crease to top of upper joint, edges of text block spotted, minor foxing to first and last few leaves, and occasional margins, text tight and largely very clean overall, a good + copy of the first English issue which is now quite scarce £65

M128H. Levi, E (A.L. Constant), The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum, 1896, 2nd edition, Crispin Press in association with Thorsons Publishers 1970, Cr8vo, mottled grey buckram with gilt titles to spine, 10 + 108pp + 8 coloured plates; translated and edited by W. Wynn Westcott. Levi’s text forms a complete ritual of ceremonial magic based around his esoteric interpretation of the tarot trumps. Spotting to the top edge of the text block otherwise a near fine copy of this, the increasingly uncommon first and best of the facsimile reprints in near very good (complete and not price clipped, but with some spotting or soiling around the edges of the panels, spine panel slightly darkened) d/w £70

M128F. Levi, E, The History of Magic, 1913, 1st edition, 4th printing, Rider 1948, 8vo, later plain black Napa leather over boards with new black paste-downs, 384pp including index, with a frontispiece portrait and 18 plates included within the pagination; translated into English with a preface and notes by A.E Waite; this classic historical study of magic includes “a clear and precise exposition of its procedure, its rites, and its mysteries.” Ex lib with pasted over stamps to front end paper, text block sellotaped to binding with first few signatures sitting proud of the edge of the front board and some play, edges of text block soiled and browned, some occasional marginal spotting and other marks, slight soiling or creasing to the odd leaf, ext block remains fairly solid and relatively clean overall, a poor but complete reading copy £5

M128O. Levy, G, The Gate of Horn, 1948, Faber % Faber 8vo pbk 1963,  32 + 349pp including indices, with illustrations in the text + 30pp plates; a study of religious conceptions of the stone age and their influence on European thought, ranging from the Palaeolithic through to the Bronze Age and revivals in Greek mystery cults. Edges of covers slightly rubbed in places, reading creases to spine which is rubbed and marked in places to folds, slight shelf rubbing to covers in places, minor soiling to edges of text block, ownership signature to front end paper otherwise internally clean and tight, overall, a good + and textually far better copy £8

M133. Lowie, R.H, Primitive Religion, 1925, Routledge 1997, 8vo, dark green buckram, 20 + 341pp. A comprehensive overview, including material on animism, magic, psychology, and religious art. Volume 9 of Routledge’s Early Sociology of Religion series, comprising of quality facsimile reprints of various classic texts on the early ideas of religion. Each volume is complete in itself, although printed without the original index. A few trivial spots to rear cover, small dust mark to top of fore-edge of text block, otherwise fine £6

M137BB. Mackenzie, N, (editor), Secret Societies, 1967, Crescent no date (c.1970). large 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 350pp including index, with many photographs in the text, some in colour. A popular study ranging from primitive secret societies through to the Ku Klux Klan. Minor soiling to edges of text block, internally clean and tight, very good in good + (edges rubbed and reinforced on the verso with tape in places, top edge creased, torn and chipped in places) d/w £5

M137C. Macklin, J, A Look through Secret Doors, 1st edition, Ace small format pbk. 1969, 156pp + 4pp advertisements; a fascinating series of fully documented accounts of monsters and other strange encounters apparently beyond time and space; edges of covers and spine folds rubbed, minor soiling to covers, edges of text block heavily tanned with some slight cockling and marginal staining, text lightly tanned but otherwise clean and tight, a good solid copy £2

M138A. Maggi, H, The Book of Saint Cyprian, 1st edition, Nephilim Press 2016, 8vo, brown hard covers with gilt titles to spine and gilt illustration to front board, 10 + 695pp, with diagrams and other illustrations in the text, pictorial end papers, silk head and tail bands, black silk bookmark present as issued, number 142 of 550 copies (although the printed limitation rather than the numbered label  itself gives the limitation as 500 copies); An excellent compendium, arguably the most comprehensive collection of magical works attributed to Saint Cyprian, together with introductory material. Out of print and already quite scarce in hard cover, minor bump to top of spine otherwise fine £150

M138B. Maimonides, M.B.M, The Guide for the Perplexed, 1904, Dover 8vo pbk. 1956, reprinted, 60 + 414pp; a full an unabridged reprint of the 1904 translation of this 12th century work, one of the greatest philosophical works of all time; spine slightly faded, a few minor marks to covers, trivial soiling to edges of text block, internally clean and tight, very good £6

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