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M119D. King, F, Tantra: the Way of Action, 1986, Destiny Books 8vo pbk. 1990, 159pp including index. A concise, theoretical and practical guide to Tantra, simplified for a Western audience. Edges of covers lightly rubbed in places, some occasional pencil underlining throughout, otherwise a very good copy £3

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

MK124A. Krishna, G, Kundalini, the Evolutionary Energy in Man, 1967, 1st English edition, Stuart & Watkins 1970, 8vo, black shot maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine, 252pp. A largely autobiographical study of Indian mysticism with extended commentary. Edges of text block spotted, light foxing to end papers and a couple of margins, text clean and tight. Very good £10

M124FF. Lash, J, The Quest for the Zodiac, 1st edition, Thoth large 8vo pbk. 1999, 228pp, with illustrations in the text + publisher’s advertisements. An interesting study of the lost star-based zodiac behind the 12 sun signs as observed by certain ancient civilizations. A fine copy of this increasingly uncommon title £25

MR2. Leo III, Pope [SUPPOSED AUTHOR]: Enchiridion Leonis Papae Serenissimo Imperatori Carolo Magno in Mundus Pretiosum Datum. Nuperrime mendis omnibus purgatum. Muguntiae, [i.e. Mainz] [no publisher identified], 1633. Originally 12mo but with margins slightly cropped and now measuring 2.25 x 4.5 inches, 20+ 183pp, woodcut device on title page, several woodcut devices printed in the text, bound in near contemporary plain vellum over milled boards, the vellum probably replacing an earlier covering.  In this German printing of 1633 the text is in Latin and French; a different version, said to have also been printed at Mainz in the same year exists in the Welcome Library; it has a total of 212 pages and text also in Latin and French. Both editions of 1633 are clearly based upon the 1584 Lyon printing (which appeared under the title Manuel ou Enchiridion de prie`res contenant les sept psaumes et diverses oraisons myste´rieuses de Le´on pape, contre les pe´rils du monde et pour acque´rir divers secrets merveilleux and usually attributed to Francois de Tabeot) which features French titles and a primarily Latin text; but heavily edited, and with substantial subtractions and additions. Both editions of 1633 appear identical for the first 163 pages, but the Welcome copy includes an additional section on ‘mystical secrets’, which are included in later issues and many of which also appear in the 1670 edition of the Grimoire of Pope Honorius. This copy extends the ‘orisons against the perils of the world’ in a similar manner, but with differing prayers and charms. It is impossible to ascertain with any certainty which of the 1633 printings appeared first, but it is clear from their structure and common incongruities within the text that they have the same root. All later printings followed the format of 1633 with ever increasing additions and changes to both text and illustrations. Despite the first edition of the text in some form often being given as printed in Rome in 1523, the attribution to Leo III is clearly false and the text most likely of French origin. The 1584 edition is the earliest known and widely believed to be the first actual printing. A second edition was supposedly issued at Rome in 1606 but is otherwise unrecorded and now known only by hearsay. It is unclear whether the collection of prayers in the 1584 edition was intended for use as a grimoire in exactly the same manner of later printings, but the 1633 editions were undoubtedly so designed, making them the earliest copies of the text extant that is clearly intended to be used primarily as a work of ‘psalm magick.’. They are also the first to fully define the ‘seven mysterious orisons of Pope Leo’ in terms of the days of the week, arguably based upon the Heptameron of Peter de Abano, and include many sigils and other diagrams within the text, the illustrations to the 1584 edition being limited to three woodcuts of purely religious symbolism, two of which also appear in the 1633 editions. This and the Welcome copy give the text of the various prayers, litanies, and ‘letter to Charlemagne’  in Latin with the section titles (many of which describe the form and use of the prayers for magical purposes), calendar, contents list, instructions for the use of the book and additional prayers to be used as charms, in French. Both 1633 editions are also the subject of a ‘curious miss-transliteration’ resulting in the inclusion of the mysterious incantation ‘Nastandanda Zasas’ as part of the words “spoken by Adam when in hell”. This would appear to be the original basis of the words spoken by Choronzon to Aleister Crowley as part of his Enochian workings as recorded in The Vision and the Voice, which he revealed only as being “some vision from olden time” and that by them, “Adam was said to have opened the gates of hell”, but does not mention it’s source. The incantation is not present in this form in any other editions of the Enchiridion of Pope Leo and I can trace no other mention of it in print prior to Crowley. The binding is worn, rubbed and soiled with some worming to the vellum, internally slightly soiled or spotted in places, remains of small paper label to back-strip, page edges a little worn, two leaves of prelims are torn, one a clean tear without loss, the other with a small chip with loss of a few letters of the calendar only. Title page becoming a little loose and with a small hole to blank portion of inner margin, stitching a little strained in places  but overall fairly solid and textually pretty clean for its age, a generally sound if well used complete copy. Copies of this edition exist in the British library and at the Bayerische Staatsbibliotethek in Munich, of which the latter also contains a folding plate present in no other copies. It is possible that this copy has remained in private hands as it bears no library markings. Originally designed to be carried in a pouch around the neck of travellers as a protective talisman in its own right, this copy also includes a nice piece of ephemera, a small French paper talisman (probably 18th century) with woodcut engraving and prayer calling on the protection of the Three Magi whilst travelling which nicely reinforces the original purpose of the book and shows it to have been a genuine ‘working copy’ at some point during its long and colourful life. Overall, particularly given its age, a good and reasonably sound copy of an extremely rare book £3500

M125D. Le Plongeon, A, Sacred Mysteries Among the Mayas and the Quiches, 1886, Wizards Bookshelf 1973, 8vo, brown cloth with gilt illustration to front board, 163pp including index, with illustrations in the text + 10pp plates. An examination of the mysteries and their relationship to those of the ancient East, all from a Freemasonic standpoint. A facsimile of the original edition with an added bibliography. A few minor dents to rear cover, minor rubbing to spine ends and corners. Edge of text block lightly tanned, text clean and tight. Very good £12

M128L. Levi, E (A.L Constant), The Mysteries of the Qabalah, 1st edition, Thorsons 1974, 8vo, black cloth, 285pp, with many illustrations in the text, top edge stained red, printed in brown ink. Studies in Hermetic Tradition volume two. The occult agreement of the two testaments in the light of Qabalistic theology on the Prophecy of Ezekiel and the Apocalypse of St John. Trivial spots to a couple of pages, edges of text block lightly soiled, text tight and very clean. Very good in near very good (some light edge-wear, one neatly repaired closed tear) d/w £20

M129. Lin Yutang, The Gay Genius, 1947, 1st U.K edition, Heinmann 1948, 8vo, blue cloth with silver titles to spine and front board, 12 + 370pp including index + a map and 8pp plates. A sound biographical study of the 11th century Chinese Taoist poet and mystic Su Tungpo, including material on yoga and alchemy.  Spine very slightly darkened, a few minor marks to cloth, corners slightly bumped. Minor spotting to edges of text block and a very few margins, text clean and tight. Good + £12

M130A. Lochhead, M (compiler), Scottish Tales of Magic and Mystery, 1978, new edition, Johnston & Bacon pbk. 1990, 4 + 150pp. A collection of extracts from various writers, including Walter Scott on demonology and witchcraft, Robert Kirk on fairies, and James Hogg on George Dobson’s expedition to hell. Near fine £1.50

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

M133A. Lyall, Sir A, C, Asiatic Studies- Religious and Social, first series, 1882, new edition, John Murray 1889, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 20 + 332pp including index, fore-edge uncut. Corners rubbed, rear cover marked, slight surface abrasion to spine, front inner hinge very slightly strained, contents clean and still pretty tight. Very good – overall. WITH: second series, 1899, 2nd edition, John Murray 1907, 8vo, matching green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 14 + 395pp including index + advertisements. Foot of front board and spine damp marked, some creasing to cloth on spine and front board, rear inner hinge strengthened with cloth tape, stitching strained in places, occasional pencil scoring to margins, some spotting, text clean and still reasonably solid. Good only overall. The complete (all published) collection of the author’s essays, chiefly on Indian culture and religion, and including studies of the origins of divine myth,  witchcraft, the caste system, primitive religion, etc, and also two essays on relations between the state and religion in China. The two volumes- £15

 

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