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F24D. (Thorold Rogers, J.E), Bible Folk Lore: a Study in Comparative Mythology , 1st edition, Kegan, Paul, Trench & Co. 1884, Post 8vo, tan cloth with black lettering to spine and black illustration and title to front board, 8 + 355pp + advertisement leaf; a study of Biblical folklore in comparison with elsewhere in the near east; cloth rather soiled, water staining to rear cover, spine darkened and worn at ends, joints rubbed, corners faded and softened, inner hinges strained, edges of text block darkened, some light staining and slight cockling to top margins throughout, text clean and still reasonably solid, Rationalist Press library labels to spine and front paste-down, together with a presentation inscription to the library from the author in his hand; overall a fair scarce presentation copy of the uncommon original issue £20

D15G. Thorsson, E, At the Well of Wyrd, 1988, 1st edition, 3rd printing, Weiser 8vo pbk 1993, 20 + 124pp, with diagrams in the text; a handbook of runic divination. Light rubbing to corners, retailer’s label to top of rear cover, faint browning to part of blank inside of rear cover otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, overall, a very good copy £6

M205AA. Thorsson, E, Futhark: a Handbook of Rune Magic, 1984, Weiser 8vo pbk 1998, 16 + 156pp, with diagrams in the text; a good introduction to the history and magical use of runes. Light rubbing to corners, a few faint blind marks to front cover, crease to lower corner of rear cover, overall, a very good and textually better copy £6
M205AAB. Thorsson, E, Northern Magic, 1992, 2nd edition, 1st printing, Llewellyn 8vo pbk 1998, 16 + 246pp including index, with diagrams in the text + advertisement leaf; a shamanic approach to rune magic in the northern tradition. Edges of text block and outer margins lightly and evenly tanned, overall, still a very good clean copy £6

M205AR. Thorsson, E, A Book of Troth, 1st edition, 1st printing, Llewellyn 8vo pbk 1989, 20 + 226pp + advertisements, with diagrams in the text; a magical system of Scandinavian magic based around the runes. A couple of trivial marks to covers, trivial soiling to edges of text block, light rubbing to corners, previous owner’s bookplate with name crossed out to the blank verso of the front cover, internally clean and tight, overall, a very good + copy £12

M205AB. Tierney, P, The Highest Altar: The Story of Human Sacrifice, 1st edition, Bloomsbury 1989, 8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine, 14 + 480pp including index, with 4 full page maps + 8pp coloured plates. The origin, practice and continuation of human sacrifice amongst the Andean tribes of South America. Tiny bump to top of front board, minor soiling to edges of text block, internally clean and tight. A very good copy in like (light creasing to edges) d/w £5

M205AB. Tomas, A, Shambhala: Oasis of Light, 1st and only edition, Sphere pbk. 1977, 175pp + 8pp plates; a concise, but comprehensive search for the legendary kingdom of Shambhala and its spiritual traditions; a little trivial soiling to covers, ink scoring/ annotation to a couple of margins, which are lightly tanned, text clean and tight, still a near very good copy overall of this increasingly uncommon title £8

M207F. Tylor, E.B, Primitive Culture: Researches into the Development of Mythology, Philosophy, Religion, Language, Art and Custom, 1871, 5th edition revised, 3rd printing. John Murray 1929, 8vo, maroon cloth with gilt titles to spines, complete in two volumes, 12 + 502 & 8 + 471pp including index; a monumental study of magic and religion that was a precursor and major influence on Sir J.G. Frazer’s Golden Bough. A few minor marks to cloth, light wear to spine ends and corners, flat crease to upper rear corner on volume one, previous owner’s bookplate to front end papers, spotting to edges of text block and occasional margins, text clean and tight, a near very good set £35

M0208A. Ueshiba, M, The Secret Teachings of Aikido, 2007, 1st American edition, Kodansha USA 2012, reprinted, crown 4to, black cloth with spine and front cover lettered in brown, 149pp, with a frontispiece and photographs in the text; an account of the inner spiritual teachings of this Japanese martial art. Near fine in very good (lightly shelf rubbed, minor creasing to edges with slight wear to front corners) d/w £12

M0210. Van Buren, E, The Sign of the Dove, 1st edition, Neville Spearman 1983,  purple cloth with gilt titles to spine, 186pp, with a frontispiece, plates and other illustrations in the text. An interesting but speculative study of the concepts of good and evil, with particular reference to dualistic religious traditions and the mystery of Rennes le Chateau in France. Ex lib, lacks front end paper and half title, stamps and file numbers to title page, stamps to a couple of margins, contents otherwise clean and tight. A good reading copy of this uncommon title in good + (some light edge-wear, a little soiled and marked) d/w £10

M0210AA. Van Pelt, Dr S.J, Secrets of Hypnotism, 1st edition, Neville Spearman 1958, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 212pp, with 4 diagrams in the text + 4pp plates; a study of hypnotism for health and life improvement based on a series of articles for the British Journal of Medical Hypnotism; crease to head of spine, faint soiling to edges of text block, off-setting to end papers, ownership signature to front paste-down, otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, a very good copy £12

M210AB. Various, A Glossary of Tantra, Mantra, and Yantra, 1995, Sri Satguru Publications 8vo pbk. 2013,  105pp. A useful glossary of Hindu tantric terminology. Fine £2.50

M210D. Various, Abraxas- International Journal of Esoteric Studies, number one, Autumn Equinox 2009, 4to, gloss card wraps, 128pp, with many illustrations; essays on witchcraft and magic, including contributions from, Stephen Grasso, Daniel Schulke, Phil Hine, and Roberto Milgliussi; small  bump to lower part of spine, light rubbing to edges of lower wrapper, internally clean and tight, very good £25

M211E. Various, Skoob Occult Review, Issue 3, 1990, A4 format, stapled wraps, 57pp, illustrated. A sought after issue, including an interview with Kenneth Grant, and A Short Critique and Comment Upon Magic by Andrew Chumbley. Also includes The History of the Coulevre Noire by Frater Joseph, The Search for the Guru by Frank Letchford, I was a child disciple of the beast (part 1) by Vivienne Browning, book reviews, and artwork by Robert Taylor. Signed by editor (Caroline Wise). v.good. £15

M211EEE. Various, Skoob Occult Review, Issue 4, 1991, A4 format, stapled wraps, 48pp, illustrated. Includes I Was a Child Disciple of the Beast (part2), Victor Neuberg's The Water Bearer by Caroline Robertson, Graded Grains make Finer Flour by Michael Staley, full colour artwork by Nema and Linda Falorio. Signed by editor (Caroline Wise). V.good £10

M211EF. Various, The Christian Esoteric, volume 14, 1939, 12 issues bound in quarter red cloth over maroon cloth boards, gilt title to spine, 4 + 384 + 4pp advertisements; a bound volume of this esoteric journal that was founded n in America at the end of the 19th century by Hiram E. Butler, an academic and one time professor of Latin at University College London. The contents are a mixture of articles, letters and reviews penned by Butler and others, with subject matter including astrology, spiritualism, and mysticism. Covers rather mark and edge-worn, corners bumped and lightly chipped, light crease marks to upper page corners throughout, front hinge slightly strained but holding well, spotting to end papers, edges of text block, and the odd margin, text tight and clean, a good solid and textually better copy of a scarce publication £40




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