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M62A. Farren, D, The Return of Magic, 1st edition, Harper & Row 1972, 8vo, quarter black cloth and red cloth boards, silver titles to spine, 10 + 118pp. An investigation into the psychological and religious roots of magic and witchcraft. Some occasional light pencil marking to margins throughout, otherwise very good + in near very good (lightly soiled in places, spine panel faded, clear laminate layer neatly applied by previous owner) d/w £8

M63C. Ferdowsi, The Epic of Kings, Arkana 8vo pbk. 1990, 28 + 423pp + advertisements, translated by Reuben Levy. An English translation of the Shah-Nama, a Persian epic detailing the mythic history of the Iranian Empire. Spine very slightly faded, edges of spine and lower cover rubbed, faint tanning to edges of text block, contents clean and tight. Slight damage to middle of rear cover and outer margins of last few leaves, otherwise a near very good copy £2

M65A. (Fleetwood, W), The Life and Miracles of St.Wenefrede, together with her Litanies; with some Historical Observations made thereon, 1st edition, printed for Sam Buckley, at the Dolphin in Little Britain 1713, Cr8vo, rebound in 19th century dark blue cloth with gilt rules and title to spine and renewed end papers, 128pp, with an engraved head-piece; Fleetwoods edition of St.Wenefrede’s Life was inspired by an anonymous (probably by John Falconer) translation of Robert, prior of Shrewsbury’s 1138 Latin original, that first appeared in 1635. Its reissue in 1712 prompted Fleetwood, whom was unhappy with the translation, to issue his own. Around half the text is made up of Fleetwood’s notes and observations, which although necessarily, for the time, anti-Papist in tone, are still of immense value for the history of her shrine at Holywell, of the pilgrimages there, and details of the well’s alleged miraculous cures. Spine a little darkened and lightly worn at ends, a few minor marks to cloth which is starting to bubble in a few places, edges of text block browned, small chip to top of one leaf not affecting text, some occasional minor foxing, mainly to margins, text tight and still very clean overall, a good + copy of the very scarce first issue of this translation £150

M67A. Fox, R L, The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible, 1st ed. Viking 1991, lge. 8vo, black cloth, 478pp incl. index. Respected and balanced study of the history of the Bible. Some ink scoring and annotation in a couple of chapters, otherwise v.good + in like d/w £7.

M67B. Francis, P.G, Dynamic Yoga is for You, 1st edition, A Thomas & Co. 1967, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 142pp. Western yoga for dynamism, thought power and personal success. A few minor marks to cloth, minor spots to edges of text block and end papers, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good in good + (edges rather worn and rubbed, some minor soiling) d/w £5

M68A. Franklin, A, Magical Incenses and Oils, 1st edition, Capal Baan 8vo pbk. 202pp including indices, a comprehensive guide to the making and use of magical incenses and oils, together with their elemental, planetary, and astrological correspondences. A very near fine copy of this uncommon and long out of print title £15

M70A. (Frazer, Sir J.G) Angus Downie, R, James George Frazer: the Portrait of a Scholar, 1st edition, Watts & Co. 1940, 8vo, green cloth with white lettering to spine, 10 + 141pp including index, with a frontispiece portrait; a sound biographical study of this important anthropologist. A few trivial marks to cloth, minor spotting to edges of text block, end papers browned otherwise internally clean and tight, a very good copy £8

M075A. Gaskell, G.A, Dictionary of All Scriptures and Myths, 1st edition, 1st printing, Julian Press 1960, large 8vo, white (at top) and green (at bottom) cloth with black lettering to spine and gilt symbols to spine and front board, 843pp; a monumental study of the origins, nature and meaning of sacred language within the myths and scriptures of the various world religions. Trivial soiling to edges of text block, minor mark to title page otherwise internally clean and tight, slight brown spotting to white cloth portion of boards otherwise a very good copy of the uncommon first printing in near very good (some light wear to edges, a little soiled in places with a few marks, spine panel slightly darkened) d/w £25

M78B. Geryl, P & G. Ratinckx, The Orion Prophecy, 1st edition, 1st printing, Adventures Unlimited Press 8vo pbk. 2001, 264pp + publisher’s advertisements, with illustrations in the text. Predictions for 2012 derived from ancient Egyptian and Mayan sources. A bit late now, but interesting reading never the less! Near mint £2.50

 

 

 

 

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