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W20D. Newall, V (editor), The Witch Figure, 1st edition, R.K.P 1973, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 14 + 259pp including index, with a few illustrations in the text. An excellent collection of 12 articles on witchcraft honouring the 75th Birthday of Katherine Briggs, and including Carmen Blacker on witchcraft in Japan, H.R Ellis Davidson on hostile magic in the Icelandic sagas, witchcraft at prehistoric sites by L.V Grinsell, Image magic by Christina Hole, and Cain’s Kin by Beatrice White; other contributors include Jacqueline Simpson, Anne Ross, and the editor. An unusually fine copy in very near fine d/w £25

W25. Summers, Rev. M, The Geography of Witchcraft, 1st edition, Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner 1927, large 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and symbol to front board, 12 + 623pp including index + 8 plates and 16pp of advertisements. An in depth study by region that Summers regarded as a companion to his History of Witchcraft and Demonology, and featuring cases in Greece and Rome, England, Scotland, New England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Ex lib, minimal trace, with just a file number to spine, book plate to front paste-down, and small date stamp to rear paste-down. A few minor spots to cloth, edges of text block spotted, foxing to margins of prelims, text clean and tight. It is not known how many copies of this, the true first issue were published, although it is far scarcer than the first American issue of which only 1040 were produced. A good + copy £45