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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

M57A. Evans-Pritchard, E.E, Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande, 1937, 1st edition, 3rd printing, Clarendon Press 1958, 8vo, navy blue cloth with gilt titles and gilt publisher’s emblem to spine, 26 + 558pp including index, with a full page map and 9 illustrations in the text + 36 plates.; the seminal study of African witchcraft amongst the pagan Sudanese Azande, including material on witchcraft, sorcery and magic; divination and oracles, medicines and poisons, etc. A few minor faint marks to cloth, light creasing to spine ends, front end papers parting slightly at foot but hinge remains firm, minor spotting to edges of text block and end papers, ownership inscription to front end paper, with some occasional ink underlining and marginal notes in the same hand, interesting in content, and otherwise a near very good and textually clean copy of the full and unabridged original issue £20

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

M64B. Finley Hurley, J, Sorcery, 1st edition, R.K.P 1985, 8vo, black cloth with gilt titles to spine, 8 + 232pp including index; an interesting and original study of the reality of sorcery from a scientific viewpoint. The author draws on studies of perception, creativity, biofeedback, telepathy, psychosomatic reaction, and other related areas to place sorcery in a modern perspective. Very slight bumping to spine at head and tail, some light spotting to edges of text block and endpapers, minor spots to a couple of margins otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, overall, a very good copy of this uncommon title in like (some slight creasing to top and bottom edges) d/w £30

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

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

M70B. Frazer, Sir J.G, The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, 1890, 2nd edition, revised and enlarged, Macmillan & Co. 1900, complete in 3 volumes, 8vo, matching green cloth with gilt titles to spines and gilt design to front boards, 28 + 467 & 10 + 471 & 10 + 490pp including index, with a tissue guarded frontispiece to volume one and 6pp advertisements at the end of volume 3, fore and lower edges untrimmed. A monument to Victorian ideas of the origins and development of magic and religion, and although now to some extent superseded, remains a classic of its kind. A few minor marks to covers, corners bumped, minor bumping to edges of boards in places, tissue guard to frontispiece browned, light foxing to end papers in each volume, trivial spots to the odd margin,  text  clean and tight throughout, ownership inscription to front end paper in volume one, tiny nick to top of upper joint on volume three, together with slight creasing to front corners and slight wear to the outer inch at the top of the front board, overall, still a near very good set and increasingly scarce as such, much improved over the first issue, and less bulky and easier to use than the third edition £150

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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