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M1. Abrahamsson, C, Resonances, 1st edition, Scarlet Imprint 2014, small 4to, mandarin cloth with silver spine titles and gilt and silver unicorn head design to front board, 6 + 164pp, with 7 portraits, including one of the author, number 89 of a hand numbered limited edition of 530 copies. Twenty three striking essays by a pioneering occultist and radical thinker designed to challenge our often outdated perceptions of magic and culture. Fine £30

M1. Agrippa, C, Occult Philosophy or Magic, 1897, 3rd printing, Aquarian Press 1975, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 288pp, with a frontispiece portrait, 5 illustrations in the text + 7 plates.  The first book of Agrippa’s Occult Philosophy, with additional material by Henry Morely and others, together with related biographical material.  With the esoteric book plate of Robert Monro Black to the front paste-down, a near fine copy in near very good (a little minor wear to edges, a few minor marks, short closed tear to top of front inner fold, spine panel slightly darkened) d/w £30

M001. Adler, Dr H. NLP: the Art and Science of Getting What You Want, 1994, Piatkus 8vo pbk. 1995, 2 + 249pp including index. Neuro- linguistic programming for self advancement. A couple of minor marks to covers, faint vertical crease to front cover, margins very slightly tanned, contents clean and tight. Very good - £2

M01A. Akins, W.R, The Secret Power of the Pyramids, 1st edition, Franklin Watts 1980, tall 8vo, black cloth with copper foil titles to spine and front board, 6 + 85pp, with a frontispiece and full page photographs included in the pagination. A concise study, based on the records of ancient Egypt, and including instructions for building your own pyramid and ‘harnessing its power’. Covers dust soiled, contents clean and tight. Overall, a near very good copy in like (a few minor marks, small unobtrusive stain to top of spine panel) d/w £5

M2B. Ames, R.T & D.L Hall (translators), Dao de Jing, 1st edition, 1st printing, Ballantine Books 2003, 8vo, quarter black cloth over orange papered boards, orange titles to spine, 24 + 242pp. A new philosophical translation with commentary, and featuring the recently discovered bamboo texts. Near mint £6

M03. Anonymous, Strange Talents, Parallel 4to pbk. 1995, 122pp, with photographs in the text (many in colour). Popular accounts of a variety of “strange talents”, from miracle surgeons to electric people, thought photography to telepathy, and much more. Part of the publisher’s Marvels and Mysteries series. A few minor marks to covers, contents clean and tight. Very good + £1.50

M3AB. Anonymous, Guide & Index to Gurdjieff’s All and Everything, 1971, 1st edition, 3rd printing, Traditional Studies Press 1979, small Cr8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 680pp. An excellent and indispensible companion to Gurdjieff’s three volume masterpiece Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson. A very good + clean copy of this increasingly uncommon title in near very good (red spine lettering a little faded, small paper label to blank portion of spine panel) d/w £30

M3AC. Anonymous, Ways of Improving Your Memory, no date (C.1960s) Encyclopaedia Britannica (offprint?), 8vo, printed stapled wraps, 13pp. Wrappers a little rubbed in places and slightly edge-worn, crease to upper corner of lower wrapper, staples rusted, outer margins browned, text clean and tight. Good + £3.50

M3B. (Apollonius of Tyana), Philostratus, In Honour of Apollonius of Tyana, 1st edition, first issue, Oxford at the Clarendon Press 1912, translated by J.S Phillimore, complete in two volumes, Cr8vo, matching original green slub weave cloth with gilt rules and titles to spines, 128 + 141pp & 296pp including index. The first complete English translation of the primary source for our knowledge of Apollonius, and despite the speculation that Philostratus heavily embellished his account of Apollonius' life and work, it remains an essential text for any student of this follower of both Plato and Pythagoras. Dependent on your standpoint, it is the accounts of his miracle working or magic, that continue to intrigue theologians and occultists respectively. Spines a little darkened and rubbed at ends, faint rubbing to cloth in places, a couple of small dents to edges of boards, end papers browning, trivial spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a near very good set of the scarce first issue of an oft reprinted title £35

M6B. Ashe, G, The Secret History of Hell-Fire Clubs, 1974, 4th edition, Bear & Co. 8vo pbk. 2019, 20 + 284pp including index, with publisher’s review letter loosely inserted; a revised and expanded edition of Do What You Wilt: A History of Anti-Morality, including material on Dashwood, Crowley, Dee and Kelly, Marquis de Sade, LaVey, etc.; near mint £10

 

 

 

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