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W15B. Hole, C, Witchcraft in England, 1945, Fitzhouse Books 1990, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 196pp including index, with illustrations in the text by Mervyn Peake; a popular history of English witchcraft. A few faint marks to cloth, edges of text block darkened, text lightly tanned, otherwise clean and tight, good + in like (rather marked in places, some light wear to edges) d/w £2.50

W15BB. Holland, E & Cerelia, The Witch’s Book of Answers, 1st edition, Weiser small 4to pbk. 2003, reprinted, 10 + 370pp including index; answers to more than 700 questions on witchcraft for novices and experts alike, very near fine £5

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

W21AA. Patterson, S, Spells from the Wise Woman’s Cottage, 2016, Troy Books Cr8vo pbk. 2017, 152pp including index, with a few illustrations in the text + 4pp plates, signed by the author on the title page; a guide to the history and rituals of ‘old Joan’, a Cornish witch whose memory is preserved within the witch’s cottage exhibit within the Boscastle witchcraft museum, near mint £8

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

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

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

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