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V01. (Bertiaux, M), Lucky Hoodoo-  a Short Course in Vodou Power Secrets, by Docteur Bacalou Baca, 1st and only edition, Absolute Science Institute 1977, 4to, stapled blue card covers with front cover printed in black, 2 + 47pp of corrected reproduction typescript, with diagrams in the text. A practical study of hoodoo as taught within the author’s Order- La Coulevre Noir, based upon material in the Monastery of the Seven Rays correspondence course, and an expansion of which would later be published as The Voudon Gnostic Workbook by Magickal Childe in 1988. Staples rusted, rear cover rather soiled and marked with some staining, minor soiling and small stain to front cover, corners bumped with some very faint creasing to page corners, minor spots to the odd margin, text clean and tight. Overall, still a just about good + copy of a rare and seldom seen item £100

V3AA. Filan, K, The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook, 1st edition, Destiny Books 8vo pbk. reprinted, 4 + 294pp + 16pp coloured plates and advertisement leaf; a comprehensive guide to the history, rituals, and spirits of  New Orleans Voodoo by an initiate; trivial rubbing to corners of covers otherwise fine £8

V6AJ. McClelland, E, The Cult of Ifa Among the Yoruba: Folk Practice and the Art, 1st and only edition, Ethnographica ltd 1982, small landscape 4to, printed gloss wraps, 125pp including index, with tables, diagrams, photographs and other illustrations in the text, Ethnographic Arts second series, volume one; an important and detailed study of the history and practice of the Ifa divination system and related duties of its priesthood among the Yoruba, together with a great set of illustrations.  A few relatively minor soil and faint crease marks to covers, which are a little rubbed at edges, and with minor bumping to the corners, edges of text block a little soiled, the odd minor spot or soil mark to a few margins, text clean and tight, overall still a near very good copy of a very scarce book £90

V6BBC. Palmié, S, Wizards and Scientists: Explorations in Afro-Cuban Modernity, 1st edition, Duke University Press 2002, 8vo, blue cloth with copper foil titles to spine and front board, 12 + 400pp including index; three scholarly essays on the interlinked themes of history, politics, religion, magic and witchcraft in Cuba. Lower corners and spine ends slightly creased, mark to bottom edge of text block, small white previous owner’s label to front end paper otherwise internally and externally clean and tight, a very good + copy of the uncommon original hard cover issue £45

V6B. Patrice, M, Voodoo and Santeria, 1997, 1st edition, 2nd printing, Corvus Books stapled 8vo pbk. 2003, 42pp, with a few diagrams in the text; a concise comparitive study of vodou and Santeria; minor creasing to outer corners otherwise a near fine copy of this very scarce title £10

V6BC. Pelton, R, Helping Yourself with White Magic, 1st edition, Original Publications 8vo pbk. 1998, 6 + 91pp; spells for love, luck, money, etc, based upon American hoodoo techniques; a few minor marks to covers, faint flattened out crease to lower corner of last few leaves, text clean and tight, still very good overall £10

V12D. Williams, S.H, Voodoo Roads, 1st edition, Verlag 1949, 8vo, quarter blue cloth over printed boards with light green lettering to spine, 112pp, with a signed presentation inscription from the author to the front end paper; a Haitian travelogue, useful for observations of the vodou religion, though sadly marred by the author’s clear lack of respect for it, and real understanding of it! A little minor soiling to boards, minor spots to edges of text block and the odd margin, text clean and tight, a very good copy of an uncommon book, and quite scarce signed £15