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M25GI. Burckhardt, T, An Introduction to Sufi Doctrine, 1st edition, SH. Muhammad Ashraf 1976, 8vo, light grey papered boards printed in black, 12 + 155pp, translated by D.M Matherson; a sound introduction to the nature and doctrines of Sufism; ex lib, pronounced lean to spine with blacked at file number at foot, remains of labels to front end papers, black ink doodle to top corner of dedication leaf, blacked out stamp to one top margin, some soiling to prelims, lacks title page but still a fair, complete, textually clean and solid reading copy of the uncommon first issue in good (some wear to edges, a few minor marks, tape mark and closed tear to front inner flap) d/w £3.50

M27BB. Butler, W.E, Magic: Its Ritual Power and Purpose, 1952, 2nd edition, 2nd printing, Aquarian Press 1967, 8vo, brown cloth with gilt titles to spine, 76pp + advertisement leaf; a sound practical introduction to magic in the Western tradition; minor soiling to edges of text block otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, very good + in near very good (light rubbing to edges, spine panel a little darkened, slightly soiled in places) d/w £20

M28AAB. Canasta, C, Chan Canasta’s Book of Oopses, 1st British edition, Harrap stapled Cr8vo pbk 1966, 48pp, printed in white, red and black throughout with illustrations in the text; a fascinating collection of mind reading tricks involving matches, coins and cards in which the book itself plays the part of the mind reader. Edges of covers rubbed in places, slight wear to spine ends, foxing to inside of covers, crease marks to top of centre leaves, internally clean and tight, a near very good copy £8

M035AC. Charpentier, L, The Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral, 1972, 1 st English edition, 3 rd printing, R.I.L.K.O 8vo pbk. 1980, 192pp, diagrams in text + 16pp plates. An interesting study of the esoteric symbolism, cosmic proportion, and sacred geometry present in Chatres cathedral. Covers a little marked and edge worn with a couple of light creases to front cover. A couple of page corners previously turned. V.good - £8

M035AAA. Choucha, N, Surrealism and the Occult, 1st edition, Mandrake 8vo pbk. 1991, 138pp including index, with 16pp plates included in the pagination. A sound concise study. Includes material on Austin Osman Spare, Max Ernst, etc. Some light edge-wear to covers, light crease to lower corner of front cover, contents clean and tight. Very good £3.50

M35AB. Chu, C.K, The Book of Nei Kung, 1986, 1st edition, 3rd printing Sunflower Press 2007, landscape 4to, spiral bound with pictorial card covers, 73pp, with photographs in the text; martial arts training for health and fitness; small crease to top of rear cover near spine otherwise fine £8

M035AB. Chuen, Master L.K, Chi Kung: Way of Power, 1st edition, Gaia Books 8vo pbk. 2003, reprinted, 160pp, illustrated throughout in colour; martial arts techniques for improving creativity, health, and strength; original seller’s labels to rear cover otherwise a very near fine copy £6

M35DDE. Clydesdale, R, Secret Wisdom, 1st edition thus, Arcturus 2009, 4to, pictorial French folded wraps, 208pp including index, with a frontispiece and many illustrations in the text. A popular account of occult societies and arcane knowledge through the ages, spanning from the ancient mystery schools to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Near mint £2.50

M35DEF. Cohen, D, Ceremonial Magic, 1st edition, Four Winds Press 1979, reprinted, 8vo, quarter black cloth over green papered boards with gilt Baphomet design to front board and orange titles to spine, 4 + 152pp including index, with photographs and other illustrations in the text; the history and practice of ceremonial magic from ancient times through to the late 20th century. Faint mark to front board, slight creasing to foot of spine, top edge of text block dusty, a couple of trivial marks to front end paper otherwise internally clean and tight, very good + in very good (slightly shelf rubbed with a few minor marks, price clipped) d/w £40

M36AA. (Cornwallis, J), Fragments of Writings on Various Subjects, by Jemima, Countess of Saint Germans, 1st and only edition, W. Clowes & Sons 1858, Cr8vo, lavender blue cloth with gilt titles and small gilt decoration to spine, blind tooled borders to boards, all edges gilt, 280pp,with a couple of illustrations in the text, one full page, errata slip tipped in. The author was the wife of Edward Granvillle Eliot, the 3rd earl of Saint Germans, and her writings were never formally published, but this, clearly a printed version of her ‘commonplace book’ was commissioned as a ‘memento mori’ for family members following her death in 1856. This copy bears a memorial inscription from her husband in ink, and the pencil signature of her son H (Henry) Eliot, to the front end paper. Certainly an ‘occult’ book’ in the literal since of the word, and the contents are a mixture of the spiritual (with much on early Christianity, theology, and early church history), and the secular (including grammar, logic, travel and art). Covers a little soiled and marked in places, joints, spine ends and corners lightly rubbed, internally tight and very clean, a near very good copy of a very rare item, not recorded on Worldcat £75

M37. Cozort, D, Highest Yoga Tantra, 1st edition, Snow Lion Publications 8vo pbk. 1986, reprinted, 195pp including index; a presentation of the highest degrees of Tibetan tantra based upon original texts; fine £6

M37D. Crouch, B, The Evocation of Demons and Darklings, 1st and only edition, privately printed and published by the author 1989, 8vo, hand-stitched with yellow card covers lettered in black, and brown wood grain effect vinyl tape spine, 160pp + advertisement leaf, with diagrams and other illustrations in the text throughout. Better known these days for his Finbarr fair, this early offering is a kind of ‘black magic’ grimoire of evocation drawing on material from ceremonial magic, witchcraft, and folk magic, and includes a chapter on sex magick; slight wrinkling to spine tape, covers rather soiled with title lettering faded in places, edges of text block soiled, brown mark from spine adhesive staining inner margins of first and last leaf, minor spots to outer margins of first and last leaf, print marks to the odd page, text clean and tight. Given the original standard of manufacture, home produced and bound using photographic reproduction typescript, overall still a good and textually better copy of a rare and seldom seen book, not listed by WorldCat £45

M37E. Crouch, B, Black Art, 1st and only edition, privately printed and published by the author 1990, 8vo, hand-stitched with yellow card covers lettered in black, and brown wood grain effect vinyl tape spine, 81pp, with a few diagrams and other illustrations in the text. Described by the author as “a dangerous book”, it features various darker magical rituals for cursing, working with incubi and succubi, influence over others etc, together with related methods of divination; all seemingly based on techniques found in traditional magic and witchcraft. Soil marks to fore edges of covers and text block, staining from spine adhesive to inner margins of first and last leaf, slight spotting to outer edges of a few leaves, print marks to the odd page otherwise textually clean and tight, and given the original standard of manufacture, home produced and bound using photographic reproduction typescript, overall still a good + copy of a rare and seldom seen book, not listed by WorldCat £40

M038AA. Crow, W.B, Precious Stones: Their Occult Power & Hidden Influence, 1968, 1st edition, 2nd printing, Aquarian Press 1970, Cr8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 64pp; light foxing to last few margins otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, uncommon in hard cover, a very good copy in near very good (soiling to lower part of rear panel and foot of spine, a couple of label removal marks to rear panel, price clipped) d/w £8

M038A. Crow, W.B, A History of Magic, Witchcraft and Occultism, 1968, 1st pbk. Edition, Abacus 1972, 8vo, 320pp including index; a fairly comprehensive overview; corners lightly bumped, a little minor soiling to covers, gift inscription to foot of pre-title leaf, edges of text block spotted, margins lightly tanned and spotted, light staining to top of index pages otherwise text clean and tight, a good solid copy £2

M39E. Crowley, A, The Holy Books of Thelema, 1983, Weiser 8vo pbk 1988, reprinted, 46 + 270pp, with a preface by Hymenoeus Alpha and a synopsis compiled from the writings of Aleister Crowley; the Equinox volume 3, number 9, being the definitive collection definitive collection of the Holy Books, together with facsimile reproductions of the Stele of Revealing, a technical bibliography and references. Minor rubbing to edges of covers in places, trivial mark to top edge of text block, internally clean and tight, overall a very good + copy of this out of print and increasingly uncommon edition £35

M39I. Crowley, A, The Magical Diaries of Aleister Crowley, edited, and  with notes by Stephen Skinner, 1st edition, Neville Spearman 1979, tall 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 2 + 251pp including index.  The diary covers Crowley’s period in Tunisia in 1923 with an introduction and chronology by Skinner; also included are appendices on Qabalistic data, the Yi King, magical mottoes, diary abbreviations and symbols, and a report relating to stopping heroin. A few minor marks to cloth, light rubbing to spine ends and corners, edges of text block slightly darkened, internally clean and tight, a very good copy of the increasingly uncommon hard cover issue in near very good (complete and unclipped, but with light wear to edges, particularly to ends of spine panel, a few minor marks, rubbed at folds) d/w £50

M39Q. Crowley, A, The Qabalah of Aleister Crowley, 1973, 1st edition, 3rd printing, Weiser 1975, 8vo, blue cloth with gilt titles to spine, 12 + 50 + 28 + 156 + 14 + 69pp; three important works of magical correspondences: Gematria, Liber 777, and Sepher Sephiroth, together with an introduction by Israel Regardie. Ex lib, minimal trace, with just a single stamp to the foot of the title page and a hardly noticeable trace of label removal to the front end paper; covers slightly soiled and marked in places, light rubbing to corners, small split to top of front inner hinge at gutter which remains unbroken and relatively firm, edges of text block a little browned and soiled in places, minor spots to end papers otherwise internally clean and tight, overall still a good + and textually better copy of an increasingly uncommon early printing £25

M39Z. (Crowley, A), Cole, R.T, Liber L. + vel Bogus (The Real Confession of Aleister Crowley) Sub Figura LXXX, 1st edition, first issue, privately published & distributed 2014, 8vo, printed laminated boards, 246pp + advertisement leaf, with facsimile documents and other illustrations within the text, edited by Sadie Sparkes, number 74 of a hand numbered limited edition of 111 copies only, with bookmark, and postcard signed by the author stating the limitation loosely inserted as issued. Cole’s ‘long awaited expose’ of Crowley predictably paints him as a raging psychopath who consciously invented the Book of the Law and the religion of Thelema. Whereas he raises some interesting points through the examination of original documents, has been rightly criticised for very selective use of the evidence he presents, and consequently is unlikely to have ardent Thelemites deserting in their droves following his revelations. Long out of print in this, the only hard cover issue, a near mint copy in like d/w of an already very scarce item £100

M39ZZ. (Crowley, A), Cole, R.T, Liber L. = vel Bogus (The Real Confession of Aleister Crowley) Sub Figura LXXX, 1st edition, first issue, privately published & distributed 2014, 8vo, printed laminated boards, 246pp + advertisement leaf, with facsimile documents and other illustrations within the text, edited by Sadie Sparkes, number 101 of a hand numbered limited edition of 111 copies only, with bookmark and postcard signed by the author stating the limitation loosely inserted as issued, together with another advertising postcard. Cole’s ‘expose’ of Crowley as a raging psychopath that consciously invented the Book of the Law raises some interesting points, but has been rightly criticised for its very selective use of the evidence he presents. Long out of print in this, the only hard cover issue, very slight rippling to lower part of front paste-down (clearly a small manufacturing fault), a very near fine copy in like (a couple of tiny trivial nicks without loss to ends of spine folds) d/w of what is now an increasingly scarce book £90

M40X. Crowley, Amado, The Wrath of Aleister Crowley, 1st edition, Diamond 8vo pbk. 1994, 4 + 4 + 168pp.  The last in a trilogy of books detailing personal reminiscences of the teachings of the author’s alleged famous father, Aleister Crowley. A few minor marks to covers, corners lightly bumped, internally clean and tight. Near very good £3.50

 


 

 

 

 

 

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