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ACP1. Anonymous, The Book of Gwineva, 1st edition, Culdian Trust 1981, 8vo, red hard covers with gilt titles and decoration to front board, 214pp. A channelled text relating to the creation and evolution of mankind. The Culdian movement is one relating to esoteric Christianity, and supposedly tracing its roots to early Celtic Christian Britain. With a signed inscribed card to author Andrew (Collins) from the Trust laid in. Minor spotting to edges of text block, contents clean and tight and otherwise a near fine copy of a scarce title £65

ACP3. Bradbrook, M.C, The School of Night, 1st and only edition, Cambridge University Press 1936, Cr8vo, purple cloth with gilt titles and publisher’s device to spine, 8 + 190pp including index. A scholarly study of the literary relationships of Sir Walter Raleigh as revealed through the doctrines of the School of Night, a clandestine ‘Society’ noted for its atheist views. Ex lib, file number to spine, lending slip to front end paper, small stamps to title page and final margin. Cloth a little soiled in places, spine ends worn, closed split to top 2cm of lower joint, Inscription to inner margin of title page, related piece (from inner flap of d/w?) pasted to blank verso of one leaf, text clean and tight. Overall, still a good + copy of a rare book £75

ACP9. Conybeare, F.C (editor & translator), The Key of Truth, 1st edition, Oxford Clarendon Press 1898, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 196 + 204pp including index + publisher’s advertisements. A manual of the Paulician Church of Armenia, given in original text and translation, together with a lengthy introduction showing parallels with Manichean teaching and other sects. Ex lib, file number to spine, book plate to front paste-down, small stamp and file number to front end paper. Corners bumped, spine ends rubbed, faint label removal mark to spine. Some occasional pencil annotation to margins and underlining throughout, intelligent in content, contents otherwise clean and tight. A good + copy of the scarce original issue £65

ACP10. Davidson, M.J, Angels at Qumran, 1st edition, JSOT Press 1992, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 387pp including indices. An excellent, scholarly work on early Judao-Christian angelology through comparitive study of 1 Enoch and sectarian writings found at Qumran.  Slight rubbing to head of spine otherwise a fine copy of an increasingly uncommon title £60

ACP12. Empson, R.H.W, The Cult of the Peacock Angel, 1st edition, Witherby 1928, 8vo, Charcoal grey cloth with gilt titles to spine, 235pp including index + 6 plates (one miss-bound) . An important first-hand study of the origins and religious traditions of the Yezidis. Ex lib, cloth rather rubbed, spine ends and corners a little worn, file numbers to spine, labels to front paste-down, ink and perforated stamps to title page, small ink stamps to a few margins and blank verso of plates. Minor spotting to a few margins, stitching slightly strained in places, a couple of margins a little ragged, text very clean overall.  Still a good solid complete copy of the now extremely rare original issue £125

ACP13. Gildas, The Ruin of Britain and other documents, 1st edition, Phillimore & Co. 1978, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 2 + 162pp including index, edited and translated by Michael Winterbottom. One of the most important sources of British history in the 5th-6th century A.D. Spine slightly creased at head, light pencil annotation to a couple of leaves, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good in like (edges very lightly rubbed, price clipped) d/w £35

ACP14. Grimaldi, A.B, Zodiacs and Planispheres, 1st edition, Gall & Inglis 1905, Cr8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 180pp including index. An important record spanning from 1320 B.C to 1900 A.D, and including many examples no longer extant.  Cloth lightly soiled, spine faded and lightly worn at head. Ownership book plate to front paste-down and private library label to verso of front end paper, final leaf of index lightly browned, text otherwise clean and tight. A near very good copy of the very scarce original issue £65

ACP15. Grimm, J, Teutonic Mythology, 1844, 1st English edition, George Bell & Sons 1882-8, 4 volumes (3 volumes complete plus supplement of notes collected by E.H Meyer from the author’s notes with an appendix), matching brown cloth with gilt rules and titles to spines, 10 + 4 +58 + 4 + 1888pp including indices, translated from the fourth edition with notes and an appendix by J.S Stallybrass. Arguably the most comprehensive and meticulously referenced study of its kind, and despite a maddeningly dense text, is an essential work for those seriously interested in Germanic folklore, magic, myth and religion. Boards rubbed, volume 4 chipped at tail of spine, ownership signature to end papers of volumes 3 and 4, edges of text block lightly stained in places to volume 4, minor spots and the odd closed tear to a few margins, text in all volumes remarkably clean. Overall, a near very good, solid and well matched set and increasingly scarce as such £350

ACP18. Heckford, W, A Succinct Account of all the Religions, and Various Sects in Religion, etc, 1st edition, printed for William Lane 1741, 8vo, contemporary full tan calf, 22 + 464pp including index. A fairly comprehensive study drawn from the work of ancient and modern philosophers, and including sections on many obscure Gnostic sects and other ancient doctrines. Binding rather rubbed and worn, outer joints splitting, title label virtually lost, related cutting to front paste-down, some occasional light foxing or soiling, a few corners dog-eared, stitching lightly strained in places but inner hinges firm. A good, relatively sound and textually clean copy of the very scarce original issue £125

ACP19. Jochmans, J.R, The Hall of Records: Part One: Revelations of the Great Pyramid and Sphinx, 1st edition, privately published 1985, 4 volumes complete, 4to, spiral bound with various coloured plastic cover sheets, 648pp of text printed on one side of the leaf only, illustrated. A controversial and thought provoking study based on both historical and esoteric study in order to validate the potential existence of the Hall of Records at Giza proposed by Edgar Cayce and others. Minor marks to cover sheets, upper cover of volume two more seriously spotted, edges of text blocks slightly soiled in places, margins of last few leaves in volume one soiled, trivial spots to a few other margins, text all clean and tight. Overall, a very good set of a scarce work £85

ACP22. Maltwood, K, A Guide to Glastonbury’s Temple of the Stars, etc, 1st edition, J.M Watkins 1935, large 4to, printed wraps with cloth tape spine, 2 + 116pp including index + 16 plates, with: Air View Supplement to Glastonbury’s Temple of the Stars, 1st edition, J.M Watkins 1937, large 4to, stapled printed wraps, 2pp + 15 plates of air view maps with glassine overlays and detailed maps + 4pp, with two contemporary folded reviews laid in. A classic study of the folklore of Arthurian mythology reflected through the landscape of the Glastonbury zodiac by its ‘discoverer’.  Covers on both volumes lightly soiled in places, tape marks to blank verso of wrappers, stain to top margin of first half of the guide, not affecting text or image, felt tip pen marks to a couple of margins, minor spots to a few margins on both volumes, outer margins of a couple of leaves of the supplement slightly worn and spotted, faint creasing to a few leaves, text and images in both volumes clean and tight. Overall, still a good + set and now increasingly rare £150

ACP24. Neal, J, All Done With Mirrors, 1st edition, the Secret Academy 2000, small folio, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 10 + 274pp including indices, with photographs and other illustrations in the text.  A fascinating investigation into ancient measurement and sacred geometry. Fine in near fine d/w £60

ACP27. Santillana, G de, & H. Von Dechend, Hamlet’s Mill, 1969, 1st British edition, Macmillan 1970, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 24 + 505pp including index, with a frontispiece, pictorial end papers, illustrations in the text and many plates (on ordinary paper).  A monumental and controversial comparitive study of astronomical mythology set against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. A little minor soiling to cloth, faint crease to outer margin of rear end paper, minor marks to the odd margin, text clean and tight. A very good copy of the uncommon first British issue £40

ACP29. Smith, Rev. A.C, British and Roman Antiquities of North Wiltshire, 1884, 2nd edition, Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society 1885, folio,  bevel- edged green pictorial cloth gilt, 18 + 248 + 4pp (list of subscribers), with many  illustrations in the text + 7 plates and 19 coloured maps, of which 16 are double page. Errata slip tipped in. An important study of the archaeological remains of a one hundred square mile area centred on Avebury, with detailed maps; forming an excellent adjunct to the earlier work of Richard Colt Hoare and William Stukeley, all of which feature information on places that would now otherwise be lost. Professionally recased in the original binding, spine ends and corners slightly worn, a few minor marks to cloth. Tiny chip to foot of front end paper. Some occasional light foxing, mainly to margins, text still very clean and tight. Due to a fire at the printers, 214 copies of the first edition of 500 were destroyed and now very scarce. This second issue was produced primarily to fulfil orders already subscribed for the first edition, it too is scarce, and there being no modern reprint. A very good copy £100

 

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