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W17. Lea, H.C, Materials Toward a History of Witchcraft, 1939, 2nd edition, Thomas Yoseloff 1957, 3 volumes complete, 8vo, brown cloth with silver titles highlighted in dark green, 44 + 1548pp, arranged and edited by A.C Howland, with an introduction by G.L Burr. A superb and monumental study, arguably the most complete of its kind; beginning with early Hebrew and Christian concepts of demonology and going through to modern beliefs, the only downside being the lack of an index. Fore edges uncut. Ever so slight fading to spines, internally clean and tight. An uncommon title, increasingly so as a set in hard cover. A very good set, although lacking the original slipcase, no dust wrappers issued £75

W17C. Lynn Linton, E, Witch Stories, 1861, Muller 1974, 8vo, green mock leather hard cover with gilt titles to spine, 4 + 429 + 11pp index. An exact facsimile of the original edition of this classic collection of historical accounts of witchcraft from both England and Scotland, together with a new index. Trivial soiling to edges of text block and end papers, otherwise a nice clean tight copy. Very good + in very good (minor wear to top edge, spine panel very slightly darkened) d/w £20

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

W20E. 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. Faint soiling to top edge of text block, internally clean and tight. Near fine in like d/w £20

M0162. Paulsen, K, The Complete Book of Magic and Witchcraft, 1st edition, Signet small format pbk. 1970, 158pp + advertisement leaf, with diagrams in the text. An entertaining collection of spell, charms and other related material drawn from various sources. Light rubbing to edges of covers, edges of text block tanned, internally clean and tight, a near very good copy £5

W21AC. Pearson, O, & T.Harrill, The Mountain & the Stream: Rural Animism and Pagan Practices, 1st edition, Windgather Publishing 2017, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, number 21 of a limited edition of 100 copies, each signed by the authors on the limitation plate to the front end paper. Personal experience of two initiatory traditions of rural witchcraft, one from the Cheshire hills, the other from Tuscany, both of which give new insight into the history of traditional witchcraft through comparitive study. Out of print and already quite scarce in this limited hard cover issue, near mint in like d/w £30

W022. Remy, N, Demonolatry, 1595, 1st English edition, John Rodker 1930, 4to, quarter saffron cloth over light grey buckram boards with gilt titles to spine, top edge stained orange, title page rubricated, 44 + 188pp, edition limited to 1275 copies, this one unnumbered, translated by E.A Ashwin, edited and with notes by Montague Summers. Volume four in Rodker’s ‘Church and Witchcraft’ series, an important witch manual drawn from trial records in Lorraine and complete in three books together in the one volume. A few minor marks to covers, faint browning to end papers and edges of text block, ownership signature to front end paper, minor spots to a very few margins, small brown stain to top margin of a few leaves, not affecting text which is clean and tight. A near very good copy of the uncommon first English issue £70

W022AAB. (St George, E.A), The Devil’s Prayer Book, by a Witch, 1974, 1st soft cover edition, Mayflower Cr8vo pbk. 1975, 93pp, with an introduction by Peter West. Historically important as the first public ‘expose’ of a Wiccan ‘Book of Shadows’ together with other related material, and although conforming in many ways to both Gardnerian and Alexandrian tradition, displays considerable variations, some of which can be traced within Romany lore. Light rubbing to covers, text lightly browned, a little heavier to outer margins, some occasional ink underlining and marginal annotation by a former owner, interesting in content, otherwise internally clean and tight, overall a good, approaching good + copy of this very scarce title £18

W25C. Tapsell, J, Ameth: the Life and Times of Doreen Valiente, 1st edition, Avalonia 8vo pbk. 2014, 127pp including index, with photographs in the text. The first major biographical study of this popular Gardnerian witch who passed away in 1999. A few minor marks to covers, internally clean and tight. Very good £8