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M163AAA. Penzer, N.M, The Harem, 1st edition, George Harrap 1936, royal 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine and small gilt illustration to front board, 277pp including index + a frontispiece and 42 plates (some folding); a comprehensive study of the harem as it existed as an institution in the palace of the Turkish sultans, with a history of the Grand Seraglio from its foundation to the present time; faint soiling to cloth in places, edges of text block a little darkened, trivial spots to the odd margin, slight off-setting from folding plates otherwise internally clean and tight, a very good copy of the first and best edition £20

M163AAB. Peters, E, The Magician, the Witch and the Law, 1st edition, Harvester Press 1978, 8vo, brown cloth with gilt titles to spine, 18 + 216pp, a scholarly study of the theories of witchcraft and magic in relation to the law from medieval times through to the 17th century; very near fine in near very good (some light edge-wear, a little rubbed, particularly to outer folds, old price label to foot of front inner flap) d/w £8

M164. Picknett, L, The Secret History of Lucifer, 2005, Robinson 8vo pbk. 2006, 16 + 304pp including index + 8pp plates (some coloured), an in depth historical study; very slight lean to spine, upper corner of front cover worn, internally clean and tight, a near very good copy £1.50

M164AA. Pike, J, The Holy Squares of Divine Magic, 1st edition, Finbarr stapled 8vo pbk. 1992, 36pp; the talismanic use of magic squares for results magic, based upon those given in the Book of Abra-Melin the Mage. A few soil marks to covers, spine fold and edges slightly darkened, internally clean and tight, near very good overall £15

M164AB. Pike, J & D. Collins, The Complete 1-2-3 Book of Practical Results-Producing Magick (and Egyptian Mystical Rites), 1st edition, Finbarr 8vo pbk. 1993, (reprinted?) 44pp with a few illustrations in the text + 4pp advertisements; three short works issued together:-Solar Magick, the Power of the Ancients (Egyptian Magick, and the Complete Book of Practical Magick Spells and Rituals; the merest hint of fading to spine otherwise fine £10

M164C. Pinchbeck, D, Breaking open the Head, 2002, uncorrected proof copy of the first English edition published by Flamingo in 2003, 8vo pbk. 8 + 323pp including index; the author’s personal journey of working with traditional shamanic hallucinogens; slight wear to laminate layer at foot of covers, covers lightly rubbed at edges, minor soiling to top edge of text block, internally clean and tight, very good £5

M163OB. Phythian-Adams, W.J, Mithraism, 1st edition, Constable & Co. 1904, small F’cap 8vo, blind decorated green cloth with gilt title to spine, 12 + 96pp, with a frontispiece and 3 plates included in the pagination, a concise introduction to the origins, history and practice of Mithraism, part of the Religions Ancient & Modern series; spine very slightly darkened, slight wear to lower edge of front board, light soiling to end papers, creasing to upper corner of front end paper otherwise a very good clean and tight copy £8

M167BB. Pryse, J.M, The Apocalypse Unsealed, 1910, 5th edition, J.M watkins, no date (probably c.1920), 8vo, dark blue cloth with gilt title to spine, 8 + 222pp, with diagrams and other illustrations in the text + a coloured frontispiece; a new translation and interpretation of the Revelation of St. John the Divine, explained as a rite of initiation rooted in early Gnostic beliefs. A few marks and some light soiling to covers, slight lean to spine which is darkened with gilt titles dulled and very faint, corners and spine ends rubbed, small number stamp to front paste-down, light browning to end papers and title page, some creasing to a few inner margins, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight; overall still a good tight and textually better copy of an uncommon early printing £25

M168AA. Randolph, P.B, & M. De Naglowska, Magia Sexualis, 1st edition thus, Inner Traditions 2012, French folded card wraps, 16 + 173pp including index + advertisement leaf, with diagrams in the text; the most singularly complete account of Randolph’s system of sexual magic, translated from the French edition of 1931, itself drawn from previously published and unpublished material dating from the late 19th century, top edge of text block darkened otherwise fine £10

M168AA. Rankine, D (editor), The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet, 1st soft cover edition, Avalonia 8vo pbk. 2011, 333pp including index, with facsimile diagrams in the text, signed by the editor to the half title; a fascinating 17th century London cunning-man’s book of charms and conjurations; near mint £15

M0169. Rawson, P (introduced by), Tantra, 1st edition, 2nd printing Arts Council of Britain 1971, 4to, printed card wraps, 130pp, with 384 illustrations, many in colour, some full page, and one folding affixed to inside of rear cover. A wonderful collection of Tantric paintings, statues and other objects exhibited at the Hayward gallery in 1971. A few minor marks to covers, small mark to blank portion of first leaf of text, otherwise internally clean and tight. Small knock to top of spine with slight damage to surface layer, otherwise a very good copy £6

M00169. Rawson, P (introduced by), Tantra, 1st edition, 2nd printing, Arts Council of Britain, 1971, large 4to, red cloth with white lettering to spine and front board, 130pp, with 384 illustrations, many in colour, some full page, and one folding affixed to inside of rear cover; a wonderful collection of Tantric paintings, statues and other objects exhibited at the Hayward gallery in 1971. Spine very slightly faded, light wear to spine ends and corners, small spot to front end paper otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, a very good copy of the uncommon hard cover issue £25

M169. Rawson, P, Sacred Tibet, 1st edition, Thames & Hudson 4to pbk. 1991, 96pp, with 136 illustrations, 18 in colour; a comprehensive introduction to Tibetan spiritual practices within Buddhism and the shamanic traditions that preceded it;  a few faint marks to covers, minor scuff mark to edges of rear cover, internally clean and tight, very good overall £2.50

M170FF.  Regardie, I, What You Should Know About the Golden Dawn, 1936, 5th edition, revised and enlarged, Falcon Press 8vo pbk. 2006, 16 + 2346pp, with a few illustrations in the text and a foreword by Christopher Hyatt; Regardie’s personal account of his dealings within the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and related societies; trivial soil mark to top edge of text block otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, a very near fine copy overall £8

M170D. Regardie, I, The Art of True Healing, 1937, 2nd edition, 2nd printing, Helios 1966, Cr8vo, blue cloth with silver titles to spine and front board, 42pp; a revised and slightly enlarged edition of the author’s classic study of healing through prayer and visualisation, utilising the operation of the law of attraction in nature. Cloth rather soiled and damp spotted, spine worn in places and chipped at head, corners worn, edges of text block browned, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, overall a good and internally much better copy of the uncommon hard cover issue £6

M171D. Richardson, A & G. Hughes, Ancient Magicks for a New Age, 1st edition, 2nd printing, Llewellyn 8vo pbk 1989, 16 + 299Pp + publisher’s advertisements, with illustrations in the text; a record of, and practical guide to, the Arthurian based rituals of both Christina Hartley and Geoff Hughes, both students of the western mystery tradition under Dion Fortune. Rubbing, light wear and some creasing to edges of covers with a few other small marks, spine with reading creases and very slightly darkened, one inch split to foot of front fold, ownership signature and labels to inside of front cover, which is also slightly marked, otherwise internally clean and tight with the odd page corner creased, overall still a good and textually better reading copy of this uncommon title £6

M0171AB. Riecroft, C & O. Weland Brent, The Divine Impress, 1st and only edition, Elliot Stock 1936, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 150pp, with a vignette to title page + 2 folding maps. An interesting and curious original study of the Book of Genesis, particularly the Great Flood and the location of the Garden of Eden, comparing traditions of the Biblical Nephilim with those of Atlantean giants, together with other aspects of near eastern religious history and mythology, all seemingly from a viewpoint somewhere between Blavatsky’s Theosophy and Christian Science. Cloth a little soiled and with a few small stains in places, spine and near edges of boards slightly faded with spine gilt a little dulled, corners and spine ends lightly bumped, light soiling to end papers, small stain to fore edge of text block, minor spots to a couple of inner margins, text clean and tight, overall a near very good copy of a very scarce book (WorldCat only locates six copies) £70

M172B. Ritson, J, The Romance of Primitive Methodism, 1st edition, Edwin Dalton 1909, Cr8vo, maroon cloth, 8 + 312pp including index. A comprehensive study. Front board slightly spotted, spine very slightly faded. Gift inscription to front end paper. Minor spotting to first and last couple of pages, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good - £3.50

M175AA. Ropp, R.S de, The Master Game, 1969, Picador Cr8vo pbk. 1974, 251pp + advertisement leaf, with a photograph of the author. The search for a ‘spiritual peak’ through the use of ‘creative psychology’ rather than psychedelics. Faint reading crease to spine, edges of text block darkened, margins slightly tanned and with very occasional pencil marks, text clean and tight, good + £3

M177A. Rustad, M.S (editor & translator), The Black Books of Elverum, 1999, Galde Press 8vo pbk. 2010, 40 + 135pp including index, with a foreword by Kathleen Stokker; translations of two Norwegian ‘black books’ of magic, together with facsimiles of the original texts. Trivial soil mark to fore edge of text block otherwise fine £10

M177AA. Rutherford, A, The Midnight Cry! Behold the Bridegroom Come Ye Out to Meet Him, 1925, 7th edition, printed for the author by Young & Sons, no date (1928), Cr8vo, pebbled blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and blind pyramid design and gilt lettering to front board, 205pp including supplements and indices, with a few full page illustrations included in the pagination + a frontispiece, and a separate title page and frontispiece to the beginning of the second supplement. An account of imminent Armageddon, and consequently the second coming of Christ, all as prophesised via the author’s British Israelite interpretation of symbolism encoded within the Great Pyramid of Giza. Although seven editions were printed, runs were relatively small and it has been completely out of print ever since, and is now very scarce, with WorldCat only locating a total of five copies. This final and most complete edition including the supplements is very rare, with WorldCat only finding one copy in the National Library of Scotland. Trivial spots to a couple of margins; spine and joints faded with dulled spine lettering, but otherwise a near fine clean copy £95

M178. Salar, T & D. Peake, The Secret of Immortality, 1st edition, Finbarr 8vo pbk. 1983, 74pp + advertisements; a guide to the secret of eternal life through mental and physical change; spine darkened, covers a little soiled in places and with some staining at top near spine, minor bumping to corners, internally clean and tight, a good + overall and internally better copy £12

M0178A. Sarom, G, The Art of Mysticism, 1st edition, 8vo pbk. 2018 published for the author, 136pp + advertisement leaf; a practical guide to mysticism and spiritual meditation; light rubbing to edges of covers in places, overall a very good + and internally fine copy £3

M178AA. Savage, D, Mana Magick: A Manual of Effective rituals and natural magick, 1st edition, Finbarr stapled 8vo pbk. 1986 (reprinted?), 52pp; rites using Mana, or the universal life force for results magick; previous sellers’ label to rear cover, spine fold slightly faded otherwise a near fine clean copy £10

M179. Sayyid Gilani, Dr A.C, Ghalib, His Life and Persian Poetry, Azam book corp. n.d. c. 1956, lge. 8vo, blue cloth backed boards, 10 +294 + 15pp incl. index, frontis portrait . Ex lib, minimal trace, just bookplates to pastedowns, file number to spine and slight tape trace to boards. Covers patchily faded, contents clean and tight. Good £20

 

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