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V1. Bach, M, Strange Altars, 1st edition, Bobbs- Merrill 1952, 8vo, green papered boards with gilt lettering and cross symbol to spine and front board, 254pp, with a frontispiece. A first-hand account of the author’s experiences of Voodoo in Haiti. Ex lib, file number to spine, faint trace of book plate removal to front paste-down, blind impressed stamp to title page, ink stamps to top and bottom edges of text block. Joints and edges of boards very rubbed, spine worn and chipped at ends, half a dozen pages slightly spotted, text otherwise clean and tight. A Good cheap reading copy £3.50

V01. (Bertiaux, M), Lucky Hoodoo-  a Short Course in Vodou Power Secrets, by Docteur Bacalou Baca, 1st and only edition, Absolute Science Institute 1977, 4to, stapled blue card covers with front cover printed in black, 2 + 47pp of corrected reproduction typescript, with diagrams in the text. A practical study of hoodoo as taught within the author’s Order- La Coulevre Noir, based upon material in the Monastery of the Seven Rays correspondence course, and an expansion of which would later be published as The Voudon Gnostic Workbook by Magickal Childe in 1988. Staples rusted, rear cover rather soiled and marked with some staining, minor soiling and small stain to front cover, corners bumped with some very faint creasing to page corners, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight. Overall, still a just about good + copy of a rare and seldom seen item £100

V6AJ. McClelland, E, The Cult of Ifa Among the Yoruba: Folk Practice and the Art, 1st and only edition, Ethnographica ltd 1982, small landscape 4to, printed gloss wraps, 125pp including index, with tables, diagrams, photographs and other illustrations in the text, Ethnographic Arts second series, volume one; an important and detailed study of the history and practice of the Ifa divination system and related duties of its priesthood among the Yoruba, together with a great set of illustrations.  A few relatively minor soil and faint crease marks to covers, which are a little rubbed at edges, and with minor bumping to the corners, edges of text block a little soiled, the odd minor spot or soil mark to a few margins, text clean and tight, overall still a near very good copy of a very scarce book £90

V12D. Williams, S.H, Voodoo Roads, 1st edition, Verlag 1949, 8vo, quarter blue cloth over printed boards with light green lettering to spine, 112pp, with a signed presentation inscription from the author to the front end paper; a Haitian travelogue, useful for observations of the vodou religion, though sadly marred by the author’s clear lack of respect for it, and real understanding of it! A little minor soiling to boards, minor spots to edges of text block and the odd margin, text clean and tight, a very good copy of an uncommon book, and quite scarce signed £15