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M53A. Enthoven, R.E, The Folklore of Bombay, 1st edition, Oxford at the Clarendon Press 1924, 8vo, green cloth with gilt titles to spine, 353pp including index, a comprehensive first-hand study of folk tradition including chapters on nature worship, tree and snake worship, totemism, witchcraft and magic, spirit possession, etc, together with an appendix by W. Crooke. Ex lib, file numbers to spine, faint impressed stamp to front board, label to front paste-down, trace of label removal to front end paper, perforated stamp to title page with small stamp to the verso and final margin, spine panel slightly darkened, joints, spine ends and corners a little worn, a couple of small spots to front board, trivial spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight, a good, approaching good + overall copy of the very scarce original issue £45

M54. Ericson, E, The World, the Flesh, the Devil- A Biographical Dictionary of Witches, 1st edition, New English Library, 1981, 8vo, brown cloth with gilt titles to spine, 285pp +16 plates; a useful biographical guide to witches and other occult personalities. Lower corner of front board bumped otherwise near fine in like (a couple of tiny faint marks to rear panel) d/w £12

M55C. Essene, V (editor), New Cells, New Bodies, New Life! S.E.E. 8vo pbk. 1991, 12 + 206pp + advertisements, with a frontispiece and a few diagrams in the text; channeled teachings by 12 individuals for life improvement; covers a little soiled, front cover rather creased,  rubbed at spine folds, minor spots to a couple of margins, creases to a couple of upper corners, text clean and tight, so still about good + overall £3

M62A. Farren, D, The Return of Magic, 1st edition, Harper & Row 1972, 8vo, quarter black cloth and red cloth boards, silver titles to spine, 10 + 118pp. An investigation into the psychological and religious roots of magic and witchcraft. Some occasional light pencil marking to margins throughout, otherwise very good + in near very good (lightly soiled in places, spine panel faded, clear laminate layer neatly applied by previous owner) d/w £8

M63C. Ferdowsi, The Epic of Kings, Arkana 8vo pbk. 1990, 28 + 423pp + advertisements, translated by Reuben Levy. An English translation of the Shah-Nama, a Persian epic detailing the mythic history of the Iranian Empire. Spine very slightly faded, edges of spine and lower cover rubbed, faint tanning to edges of text block, contents clean and tight. Slight damage to middle of rear cover and outer margins of last few leaves, otherwise a near very good copy £2

M66A. (Forsyth, J.S), Demonologia; or, Natural Knowledge Revealed; Being an Expose of Modern Superstitions, Credulity, Fanaticism, Enthusiasm & Imposture, etc..., by J.S.F, 1st edition, John Bumpus 1827, Cr8vo, near contemporary quarter dark green cloth over dark brown papered boards with paper spine label lettered in black, 16 + 438pp + an engraved folding frontispiece, edges of text block untrimmed. As Thomas Walters recently noted in Cursed Britain: a History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times (2019), although Forsyth’s book is outwardly an expose, it is laid out in the manner of a practical manual. This is particularly evident in the highly detailed section relating to astrology. He also includes material on alchemy, amulets and charms, demonology, divination, magic, the supernatural, sorcery, witchcraft, and a host of other esoteric oddities, making it a highly interesting study, arguably sitting somewhere between Scot’s Discoverie and Barrett’s Magus in terms of scope and tone. Some light patchy staining to cloth and boards which have light edge-wear in places, corners slightly worn, spine label darkened and rubbed with small chip to blank upper left corner. Neat paper reinforcement to front inner hinge, rear inner hinge starting to part at the gutter in places and splitting at foot but still holding well, some light off-setting to title page which has an early ownership signature at the top, edges of text block a little darkened and soiled, faint wrinkling to the odd leaf, minor spots to a few margins, text tight, clean and remarkably bright; overall a good and textually much better copy of the very scarce first edition £375

M67A. Fox, R L, The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible, 1st ed. Viking 1991, lge. 8vo, black cloth, 478pp incl. index. Respected and balanced study of the history of the Bible. Some ink scoring and annotation in a couple of chapters, otherwise v.good + in like d/w £7.

M67B. Francis, P.G, Dynamic Yoga is for You, 1st edition, A Thomas & Co. 1967, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 142pp. Western yoga for dynamism, thought power and personal success. A few minor marks to cloth, minor spots to edges of text block and end papers, contents otherwise clean and tight. Very good in good + (edges rather worn and rubbed, some minor soiling) d/w £5

M68A. Franklin, A, Magical Incenses and Oils, 1st edition, Capal Baan 8vo pbk. 202pp including indices, a comprehensive guide to the making and use of magical incenses and oils, together with their elemental, planetary, and astrological correspondences. A very near fine copy of this uncommon and long out of print title £15

M69. Frater Achad (C.S Jones), Liber 31 and other Related Essays, 1st edition thus, Level Press 8vo pbk. 1974, 10 + 82pp, with an introduction by Llee Heflin; contains Liber 31, additional notes on Liber Legis, Liber QNA, and Gambling with the World; a few spots to rear cover, spine slightly darkened, blue spots to top of fore edge of text block, internally clean and tight, a near very good copy of this increasingly uncommon title £50

M70BB.  Frazer, Sir J.G, The Golden Bough: a Study in Magic and Religion, 1890, Macmillan small format pbk. 1963, 971pp including index, a reprint of the 1922 abridged edition of this monument to Victorian ideas of the origins and development of magic and religion, and although now largely superseded remains a classic of its kind. A little minor soiling to covers, reading creases to spine which is slightly worn at foot, ownership signature to half title otherwise internally clean and tight, good + £1.50

M70C. Frazer, Sir J.G, The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, 1890, 3nd edition, revised and greatly enlarged, first printing, Macmillan & Co.1911-15, complete in 12 volumes, 8vo, matching green cloth with gilt titles to spines and gilt golden bough decoration to front boards, fore-edges uncut, and comprising of: The Magic Art, 2 volumes, 1911, 32 + 426pp + a tissue guarded frontispiece of the lake at Nemi and advertisement leaf & 12 + 417pp including index + advertisement leaf; Taboo and the Perils of the Soul, 1911, 16 + 446pp including index + advertisement leaf; The Dying God, 1911, 12 + 305pp including index + advertisement leaf; Spirits of the Corn and the Wild, 2 volumes, 1912, 18 + 319pp & 12 + 371pp including index + 3pp advertisements; The Scapegoat, 1913, 14 + 453pp including index + advertisement leaf; Balder the Beautiful, 2 volumes, 1913, 20 + 346pp + advertisement leaf & 12 + 389pp including index + advertisement leaf; Adonis Attis Osiris, 2 volumes, 1914, 18 + 317pp + advertisement leaf & 10 + 321pp including index + advertisement leaf; Bibliography and General Index, 1915, 8 + 536pp + advertisement leaf. The best and most extensive edition (although a 13th volume of miscellaneous notes- Aftermath, was added to the 1936 reprint) of this monument to Victorian ideas on the origins and development of magic and religion, and although to some extent superseded, remains a classic of its kind. A few minor marks to boards, most corners lightly bumped and rubbed, a few edges bumped and marked in places, spines darkened (some a little less than others), small nick without loss to tail of spine on volume one and head of spine on volume nine, edges of text blocks darkened, end papers browned and with ownership signatures, trivial spots to the odd margin. Slight damp staining to boards on volumes two, four and nine also affecting paste-downs, slightly heavier damping with light wrinkling to cloth at foot of front board on volume one together with staining to end papers and slight wrinkling to half title, but otherwise a good + and internally better set, with text in all volumes clean and tight. Although this edition has been reprinted few times, complete sets are becoming far less common, and sets entirely of first printings are now very scarce. With the exception of Adonis Attis Osiris which was first published separately in 1906  (the 1914 issue being the third edition, but the first printing as part of the third edition of The Golden Bough), all represent first editions thus £350 *Heavy postage*

M73. Fuller, J.O, The Magical Dilemma of Victor Neuberg, 1st edition, W.H Allen 1965, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 16 + 295pp including index + 8pp plates; the only biography of this 20th century occultist and poet, drawn from the author's personal friendship with him and other sources, and including of course, much on Neuberg's relationship with Aleister Crowley, both magical and otherwise. Slight wear to spine ends, tanning to edges of text block with top edge a little dusty, previous owner’s book plate to front paste-down, blind stamp and label of London’s Atlantis bookshop to front end paper, with a news paper review of the book tipped in which has browned, otherwise internally clean and tight, a very good copy in good + (rather marked in places and slightly soiled, light wear to edges with the odd tiny chip, spine panel slightly faded) d/w £30

M75. Garnier, Col. J, The Worship of the Dead, or the Origin and Nature of Pagan Idolatry and its Bearing upon the Early History of Egypt and Babylonia, 1st edition, Chapman & Hall 1904, 8vo, rebound in quarter red cloth over brown papered boards with gilt titles to spine cut from the original cloth and laid down, 32 + 422pp including index, with illustrations in the text + 4 plates and a folding table. A fascinating study of the early development of magic and religious idolatry in ancient Egypt and the near East, including a chapter devoted to the importance of the Biblical Nephilim. Wear to spine ends and corners, edges of boards very rubbed and slightly worn in places, a few relatively minor marks to covers, joints slightly worn, small closed split with slight fraying to centre of lower joint, spine lettering rubbed, previous owner’s book plate to front paste-down, end papers a little marked and soiled in places, front inner hinge just starting to split at foot but remains firm, fore-edge of text block lightly soiled, some occasional minor foxing, mainly to margins, overall a good tight and textually slightly better copy of the very scarce and seldom seen first edition £125

M78B. Geryl, P & G. Ratinckx, The Orion Prophecy, 1st edition, 1st printing, Adventures Unlimited Press 8vo pbk. 2001, 264pp + publisher’s advertisements, with illustrations in the text. Predictions for 2012 derived from ancient Egyptian and Mayan sources. A bit late now, but interesting reading never the less! Near mint £2.50

M80C. Gibson, L.R & W.B, The Mystic and Occult Arts, 1969, 1st edition, 5th printing, Parker Publishing 1972, 8vo, green cloth with gilt and black lettering to spine, 224pp; a guide to using occult forces in everyday life, including chapters on Clairvoyance, telepathy, psychometry, crystal scrying, etc; light wear to spine ends and corners, horizontal crease to foot of back-strip, a couple of minor knocks to edges of text block very slightly affecting a few margins, gift inscription to front paste-down otherwise internally clean and tight, good + in like (slightly marked in places, edge-worn with some splits and slight chipping to foot of front folds) d/w £12

M81A. Gleason, W, The Spiritual Foundations of Aikido, 1st edition, Destiny Books Post 4to pbk. 1995, reprinted, 10 + 203pp including index, with diagrams in the text; the spiritual philosophy behind this Japanese martial art; faint shelf rubbing to covers, near fine £3.50

 

 

 

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