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M15DE. Begg, E, The Cult of the Black Virgin, 1st edition, Arkana 8vo pbk. 1985, 8 + 289pp including index, with a few illustrations in the text; a comprehensive study of the ‘black Madonna’ from pagan origins to Gnostic Christianity; edges of covers rubbed with some creasing, reading crease to spine, edges of text block tanned, affecting outer margins, text clean and tight, still about good + overall £2

M17A. Benyacott, D, The Magickal Business, 1st edition, 2nd orienting, Pentacle Press 4to pbk. 1989, 97pp, with diagrams in the text. A step by step guide for succeeding in business through the use of magick. Edges of covers rubbed, covers rather marked , lower corners bumped with some creasing, internally clean and tight. Good + £3.50

M17C. Bessy, M, A Pictorial History of Magic and the Supernatural, 1961, 1st English edition, 2nd printing, Spring Books 1964, 4to, black cloth with white spine lettering and inverted pentagram image to front board, 319pp, with 994 photographs and other illustrations in the text, translated by Margaret Crosland and Alan Daventry; a broad and highly entertaining illustrated history of occult practices. Spine slightly faded, a few minor marks to cloth, edges of text block darkened, internally clean and tight, a very good copy overall £12

M17D. Besterman, T, Crystal Gazing: A Study in the History, Distribution, Theory, and Practice of Scrying, 1st edition, Rider & Son 1924, Cr8vo, red cloth with gilt titles to spine and front board, 14 + 183pp including indices, with a signed presentation inscription from the author to a previous owner on the front end paper. A concise, but fairly comprehensive popular study from earliest times forward by an eminent psychical researcher, including material on Bacon, Dee, and other famous exponents, together with some account of their methods, and two chapters on related supernatural phenomena. An unusually fresh copy with the merest hint of fading to spine, very slight rubbing to corners, tiny flat crease to tip of the upper corner of the front board, some brown spotting to fore and top edges of text block otherwise externally and internally clean and tight, overall a very good + and very scarce signed presentation copy of the increasingly uncommon first edition £85

M19. Bhalla, P.S, Personal Problems: Causes and Solutions, 1st edition, Body/Mind Centre1996, 8vo, black cloth, 304pp. An unusual self-help book based on traditional Indian mysticism and philosophy. Trivial soil mark to outer margin of one leaf. Very good + in like (a few trivial marks, light creasing to top edge) d/w £6

M20. Blaine, D, Mysterious Stranger: A Book of Magic, 1 st edition, Channel 4 Books 2002, small 4to, black cloth, 10 + 214pp, illustrations in text, some in colour. The career of David Blaine, TV conjurer and sleight of hand artist who has also performed many feats of mind over matter. Near fine in like d/w £3.50

M21ABB. Bosman, L, The Meaning and Philosophy of Numbers, 1st edition, Rider & Co. 1932, Cr8vo, green cloth with black lettering to spine, 156pp, a fascinating study of numbers as symbols underpinning the universe, our solar system, and all rhythmic movement, hence revealed as the keys to the Kabbalah and other esoteric systems, from those of the Platonists and Pythagoreans through to Blavatsky’s Theosophy, all considered from the viewpoint of mathematical science. Faint spotting and light staining to boards near spine, spine very darkened and a little marked in places, light wear to spine ends, edges of text block darkened, some occasional light to medium foxing of text, rust marks from a paper clip to top of rear end paper and top margin of last page, faint ownership inscription to front paste-down, together with occasional pencil underlining, scoring to margins, and the very occasional marginal note; overall still a good tight copy of the increasingly scarce original issue £50

M00023C. Brand, D, Magickal Cashbook, 1st edition? 8vo pbk. Published by the author 2014, 49pp, with a few diagrams and other illustrations in the text; ‘attracts money fast with ancient secrets and modern wealth magic’. Light rubbing to edges of covers, very good + £6

M00023CC. Brand, D, Magickal Cashbook, 1st edition? 8vo pbk. Published by the author 2014, 49pp, with a few diagrams and other illustrations in the text; ‘attracts money fast with ancient secrets and modern wealth magic’. Light rubbing to edges of covers, slight wear to foot of spine, small dent to top edge of rear cover, very good £3.50

M00023CD. Brand, D, Magickal Servitors, 1st edition? 8vo pbk. Published by the author 2016, 83pp, with a few diagrams in the text; ‘create your own spirits to attract pleasure, power and prosperity’. Light rubbing to corners of covers, minor mark to rear cover, very good + £5

M00023D. Brand, D, Magickal Seduction, 1st edition/? 8vo pbk. Published by the author 2015, 49pp, with a few illustrations in the text; ‘attract love, sex and passion with ancient secrets and words of power’. Minor bump to upper corner, very good + £6

M0025. Bucke, Dr. R.M, Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind, 1st edition, Innes & Sons 1901, Demy 4to, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, fore and lower edges uncut, 20 + 318pp, number 161 of a limited edition of 500 copies, each signed by the author. An attempt to show what cosmic consciousness is, as a higher state of mind attained by certain visionary figures throughout history. After establishing the answer through the study of esoteric philosophy and elements of analytical psychology, Bucke gives instances of those he regarded as achieving this enlightened state, from the Buddha and Jesus the Christ through to modern mystics such as Edward Carpenter, all by way of Dante, Francis Bacon, Jacob Boehme, William Blake, et al, concluding with those who he regarded as more doubtful instances, such as poets Tennyson and Wordsworth! Corners bumped and lightly worn, spine ends creased, a few faint marks to cloth, very occasional minor spots to margins, text clean and tight. Bottom half inch up to an inch in places of boards damp faded, very slightly affecting foot of end papers and lower margins of first and last few leaves, but otherwise a good + and textually better copy of the scarce true first issue of this highly regarded study £195

M24BBB. Bucknell, R & M. Stuart-Fox, The Twilight Language: Explorations in Buddhist Meditation and Symbolism, 1st British edition, Curzon Press 1986, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 14 + 233pp, with diagrams and other illustrations in the text including 8 full page plates; a sound and accesible study of Buddhist symbolism in relation to enlightenment attained through spiritual meditation. Very slight fading to bottom edge of boards, top edge of text block spotted, small spot to front end paper otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, a very good copy in like (a couple of faint soil marks, spine panel very slightly faded and lightly creased at the top) d/w of the uncommon original issue £25

M24BBC. Budge, E.A Wallis (translator), The Book of the Dead, 1889, Gramercy 1999,  8vo, tan cloth with gilt titles to spine, 16 + 704pp including index, with hieroglyphic illustrations in the text + a frontispiece and 14pp plates at the beginning; a complete facsimile reprint of this classic translation of the Theban recension of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. Light tanning to edges of text block otherwise near fine in like d/w £5

M25C. Budge, E.A Wallis, The Mummy, 1893, Collier 8vo pbk. 1977, 18 + 404pp including index, with many illustrations in the text. The standard study of ancient Egyptian funerary archaeology and practices. Very faint reading crease to spine, a couple of minor spots to covers, internally clean and tight. A near very good copy £3

 

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