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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

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

W022AC. Russell, J.B, A History of Witchcraft, Sorcerers, Heretics and Pagans, 1st edition, Thames & Hudson 1980, large 8vo, purple cloth with gilt titles to spine and publisher’s device to front board, 192pp including index, with a frontispiece and many photographs or other illustrations in the text; a comprehensive history showing comparisons between ancient sorcery and the development of modern witchcraft. Minor spotting to edges of text block and end papers otherwise internally clean and tight, very good in good + ( slightly marked in places, edges lightly worn in places, a couple of chips to top part of lower outer fold) d/w £12

W22C. Seabrook, W, Witchcraft, 1942, Sphere pbk. 1970, 351pp, with a few illustrations in the text; chiefly concerned with witchcraft and magic investigated by the author in the 20th century, European, African, and American.  Reading crease to spine, edges of covers rubbed in places, edges of text block browned, some spotting to first and last leaf, text clean and tight, good + £6

W30. Williamson, H. R, The Arrow and the Sword, 1st edition, Faber 1947, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 18 + 182pp incl. Index; an enquiry into the nature of the deaths of William Rufus and Thomas Becket, with reflections on the nature of Medieval heresy, the author seeing the killings as being related to Margaret Murray's theories of divine kingship, and also includes material on Mithra, Cathars, and other related cults. A few minor marks to covers, rear board bowing slightly, spine a little faded, previous owners inscription and book plate to front end paper, minor spotting to edges of text block and the odd margin, text clean and tight, good + £8