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MK124. Krickenberg, W; Trimborn, H; Muller, W & Zerries, O, Pre-Columbian American Religions, 1st English ed. Weidenfeld & Nicholson 1968, lge. 8vo, red cloth, 4 + 365pp incl. index + 8pp plates. The early religions of South, Central, North and Mesoamerica, together with the West Indies. Ex lib, traces of label removal to f.f.e.p, stamps to verso of title, spine ends worn, blind impressed stamp to front of d/w. Good + in like d/w £12

M25DD. Lempriere, J, A Classical Dictionary, 1788, George Routledge no date (probably c.1920s), 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 36 + 667pp. A useful reference work of names, terms, measures, etc from the Classical World, and including a chronological table. Spine slightly darkened, upper joint slightly worn, lower corners softened and damp faded, edges of text block spotted, ownership signature to front end paper, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a good sound copy £3.50

M125D. Le Plongeon, A, Sacred Mysteries Among the Mayas and the Quiches, 1886, Wizards Bookshelf 1973, 8vo, brown cloth with gilt illustration to front board, 163pp including index, with illustrations in the text + 10pp plates. An examination of the mysteries and their relationship to those of the ancient East, all from a Freemasonic standpoint. A facsimile of the original edition with an added bibliography. A few minor dents to rear cover, minor rubbing to spine ends and corners. Edge of text block lightly tanned, text clean and tight. Very good £12

M128O. Levy, G, The Gate of Horn, 1st edition, Faber 1948, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 32 + 349pp including indices, with illustrations in the text + 30pp plates; a study of religious conceptions of the Stone Age and their influence on European thought, ranging from the Palaeolithic era through to the Bronze Age and revivals in Greek mystery cults. Spine very slightly darkened, a few minor soil marks to cloth, owner’s book plate and signature to front end paper, trivial spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a near very good copy £20

M125C. Lightfoot, J.P, Jachin and Boaz: The Pillars of the Porch of King Solomon’s Temple, 1st and only edition, Masonic Education Service 1948, 8vo, textured card wraps printed in black, 61pp, with a tissue guarded frontispiece, portrait photograph to title, diagrams and other illustrations in the text, and two coloured plates included in the pagination. A curious work by a past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas, detailing the esoteric symbolism and sacred geometry of Solomon’s temple, related to the Bible, the Great Pyramid of Gizeh, and astronomical allegory preserved within the teachings of Craft Masonry.  With a presentation inscription by a fellow Freemason S.G. Holden to the front end paper with publisher’s label tipped in, faint crease to lower corner of rear wrapper and last half of leaves, a couple of trivial marks to covers, minor spots to a couple of margins, text clean and tight. Overall a near very good copy of an extremely rare work, Worldcat only locates four copies, all housed within the United States £95

M129A. Lindsey, H, with C.C. Carlson, Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth, 1972, 1st British edition, Oliphants 1973, Cr8vo, maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine, 255pp. An examination of pagan and occult practices, from a Christian viewpoint, and indicating (apparently) an overall satanic presence. Edges of text block browned and soiled, affecting tips of margins and end papers, text clean and tight. Good + in like (a few minor marks, light creasing to edges, staining to foot of inner flaps) d/w £2.50

M133. Lowie, R.H, Primitive Religion, 1925, Routledge 1997, 8vo, dark green buckram, 20 + 341pp. A comprehensive overview, including material on animism, magic, psychology, and religious art. Volume 9 of Routledge’s Early Sociology of Religion series, comprising of quality facsimile reprints of various classic texts on the early ideas of religion. Each volume is complete in itself, although printed without the original index. A few trivial spots to rear cover, small dust mark to top of fore-edge of text block, otherwise fine £6

M136B. Machen, A & A.E. Waite, The House of the Hidden Light. Manifested and Set Forth in Certain Letters Communicated from a Lodge of the Adepts, by the High Fratres Filius Aquarium and Elias Artista, 1904, 1st public edition, Tartarus Press 2003, large 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles and design to spine and front board, 38 + 152pp, edited, and with an introduction and commentary by R.A. Gilbert, edition limited to 350 copies, complete with blue silk bookmark as issued. Only three copies of the original edition were privately printed under Waite’s auspices in 1904, one for each of the authors and one for publisher Phillip Wellby. Ever since, this, the most misunderstood work by either author has been the subject of much speculation, with some, including Ithell Colquhoun,  seeing it as a veiled sex-magick ritual. Gilbert discusses its creation and purpose in detail, and shows this genuinely ‘occult’ book to contain a coded record of the authors’ nocturnal adventures around London. A fine copy of the very scarce and only hard cover issue in very good + (a little occasional faint spotting in places to the exterior panels) d/w £150

M137BB. Mackenzie, N, (editor), Secret Societies, 1967, Crescent no date (c.1970). large 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 350pp including index, with many photographs in the text, some in colour. A popular study ranging from primitive secret societies through to the Ku Klux Klan. Minor soiling to edges of text block, internally clean and tight, very good in good + (edges rubbed and reinforced on the verso with tape in places, top edge creased, torn and chipped in places) d/w £5

 

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