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  1. 116553

    A Historical Account of the Belief in Witchcraft in Scotland.

    First edition. An account of the belief of witchcraft in Scotland to 1724 by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe of Hoddam Castle. It includes as an editorial appendix an index of further reading on Scottish witchcraft and magic. In the words of his obituarist in The Scotsman, Sharpe's historical knowledge was like his taste, ‘a thing perfect in itself. Whatever might be its limits it was complete and faultless within them' (NL Scot. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1884

    Published: Glasgow

    Stock Code: 116553

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  2. 116459

    The Book of the Holy Graal.

    First edition, first impression of this collection of poetry. Arthur Edward Waite was a mystic and historian of occultism and alchemy and is most famous now for his pictorial tarot deck, designed in 1910 with Pamela Coleman Smith; however, he "was never truly an occultist: in all his work he presented himself as a non-denominational mystic" (ODNB). The publisher was the owner of Watkins Books, or, as it was then known, the "University of Rejected Sciences", a meeting place for leading occult figures. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1921

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116459

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  3. Leichter und Sicherer Weg zum Himmel.

    Leichter und Sicherer Weg zum Himmel.

    In gewissen Lebens-Reglen und beständigen Andachts-Ubungen, so auf alle Tag, Wochen, Monath, und Jahr vorgeschriben, leicht und höchst-verdienstlich können gebraucht werden. Allen ihrer ewigen Seeligkeit beflissenen Christglaubigen zu Nutzen nunmehro das achte mahl in Druck hervor gegeben, hin und wider verbesseret und vermehret.
    This Jesuit text, noted for its prescriptions regarding the use of magic, was first published in 1736. "A southern-German priest, Hermenegild Adam, wrote a book of devotional entitled An Easy and Sure Way to Heaven, which by 1771 had ten editions. If magic is suspected, Adam recommends that a priest bless the place, and then it be sprinkled with ‘Ignatius-water' or ‘Three Kings water' … or St John's wine … If a cow is bewitched, Adam recommends that it be given blest bread or salt, and fumigated daily with the smoke of blest sulphur or palm branches or herbs" (Chadwick, The Popes and European Revolution, pp. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1751

    Published: Augsburg and Wurzburg

    Stock Code: 115767

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  4. The Magus, or, Celestial Intelligencer; being a Complete System of Occult Philosophy. In three books:

    The Magus, or, Celestial Intelligencer; being a Complete System of Occult Philosophy. In three books:

    Containing the Antient and Modern Practice of the Cabalistic Art, Natural and Celestial Magic, &c.; shewing the wonderful Effects that may be performed by a Knowledge of the Celestial Influences, the occult Properties of Metals, Herbs, and Stones, and the application of active to passive principles. Exhibiting the sciences of natural magic; Alchymy, or Hermetic Philosophy; also the nature creation, and fall of man; His natural and supernatural Gifts; the magical Power inherent in the Soul, &c.; with a great Variety of rare Experiments in Natural Magic: the constellatory practice, or talismanic magic; The Nature of the Elements. Stars, Planets, Signs, &c.; the Construction and Composition of all Sorts of Magic Seals, Images, Rings, Glasses, &c.; The Virtue and Efficacy of Numbers, Characters, and Figures, of good and evil Spirits. Magnetism, and cabalistical or ceremonial magic; In which, the Sibert Mysteries of the Cabala are explained; the Operations of good and evil Spirits; all Kinds of Cabalistic Figures, Tables, Seals, and Names, with their Use, &c. The times, bonds, offices, and conjuration of spirits. To which is added biographia antiqua, or the lives of the most eminent philosophers, magi, &c. The whole illustrated with a great variety of curious engravings, magical and cabalistical figures, &c.
    First edition, very scarce, with four plates vibrantly hand-coloured, of this first collection of major occult thought in English since the 1651 translation of Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy. Barrett's Magus was highly influential on the occult revival of the 19th century, both in the Gothic and Romantic spheres, as well as on the Golden Dawn through the facsimile edition printed in 1875. Learn More
    £6,750

    Date of Publication: 1801

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115525

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  5. Dianetics: The Original Thesis.

    Dianetics: The Original Thesis.

    First edition, first impression. The Original Thesis was originally written in 1948 and distributed among close friends - it quickly gained attention and in 1951 received its first official publication in this scarce hardcover edition. This copy bears the corrective ink stamp to the jacket front panel and the title page, changing the address from The Hubbard Dianetic Foundation, Wichita, to a new personal address, "L. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: [1951]

    Published: Wichita, Kansas

    Stock Code: 114533

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  6. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant:

    A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant:

    embracing English, American, and Anglo-Indian slang, Pidgin English, Tinkers’ Jargon and other irregular phraseology.
    First and limited edition, number 292 of 675 copies; a handsomely produced work and one of the most important contributions to the codification of slang. The preface is by Albert Barrère, a professor at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, who had compiled both A Dictionary of English and French Military Terms (London: Hachette, 1896) and Argot and Slang: A New French and English Dictionary (London: Privately Printed, 1887, revised 1889); Charles G. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1889-90

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 114469

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  7. Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches.

    Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches.

    A little shelf-wear, two bookplates to the front pastedown, otherwise very good.
    First edition. The work of a Philadelphia-born journalist and folklorist, Aradia, a study of the persistence of la vecchia religione in Italy, was claimed by its author to have been based on a manuscript account obtained from Maddalena, a Florentine fortune-teller and witch. Although the subject of continuing controversy, the text undeniably exercised a persuasive influence over Gerald Gardner in the development of his ideas of witchcraft, and is widely considered to be the foundation text of modern wicca and stregheria. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1899

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 114094

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  8. The Hill of Vision. A Forecast of the Great War

    The Hill of Vision. A Forecast of the Great War

    and of Social Revolution with the Coming of the New Race. Gathered from Automatic Writings Obtained between 1909 and 1912, and also, in 1918, through the hand of John Alleyne, under the supervision of the author. Script by John Alleyne.
    First edition, first printing, an exceptionally fine copy in the jacket, of this collection of psychically produced pieces prophesying (from as early as 1909) World War I, obtained by the English architect, illustrator, archaeologist and "psychical researcher" Frederick Bligh Bond (1864-1945). He was a member of the Freemasons from 1889, the Theosophical Society from 1895, the Society for Psychical Research from 1902, the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia from 1909, and the Ghost Club from 1925. Learn More
    £400

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 113849

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  9. Zodiac Cocktails.
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    Zodiac Cocktails.

    Cocktails for all birthdays.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the title page "to G. Y., My Best Wishes, Stanley MacNiel". An attractively presented and wackily conceived collection of cocktails based around the signs of the Zodiac. Rare, with only four copies recorded by OCLC in libraries worldwide, and none recorded at auction. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1940

    Published: Radio City, NY

    Stock Code: 113832

    Signed: Yes

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  10. The Fun of The Fair.
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    The Fun of The Fair.

    (Nijni Novgorod, 1913 e.v.)
    First and limited edition, number 23 of 200 copies signed flamboyantly by the author below his frontispiece portrait. The Fun of the Fair is Crowley's long but colourful poem describing the famous Nizhni Novgorod Fair, held from the mid-sixteenth century up until 1929, a vital centre for trade that attracted merchants from India, Iran and Central Asia. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: 1942

    Published: Barstow, CA & London

    Stock Code: 113633

    Signed: Yes

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  11. Where Witchcraft Lives.

    Where Witchcraft Lives.

    First edition, first impression of the first book by "the mother of modern pagan witchcraft" (ODNB), most likely early state binding with the blocking in gilt rather than black. Doreen Valiente (1922-1999) became interested in the occult as a child, and was a practising clairvoyant by the time she was a teenager. In 1953, after reading an article on modern witchcraft, she joined Gerald Gardener's coven, and eventually became high priestess but left after the two had a falling-out in 1957, and ran her own coven until the early 1960s. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1962

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111530

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  12. The Magician.
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    The Magician.

    First edition, first impression. A superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Mrs Johnston from her friend the author. Nov. 1908". Mrs Johnston may well be Mary Johnston, the dedicatee of his first collection of short stories, Orientations, in 1899; she was the wife of Edward Johnston, the British Vice-Counsel in Seville, with whom Maugham had stayed in the 1890s. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1908

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110663

    Signed: Yes

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  13. The Great Beast.

    The Great Beast.

    The Life and Magick of Alesteir Crowley.
    First edition thus. Symonds met Crowley in 1946, the year before the author's death, and impressed him sufficiently to be appointed his literary executor; this work combines two of Symonds's earlier biographical studies, The Great Beast (1952) and The Magic of Aleister Crowley (1958), with a "mass of material" that had come to light in the intervening twenty years (jacket back flap). Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1971

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108478

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  14. Liber Lucis.

    Liber Lucis.

    A new exposition of The Law of Thelema prepared according to the instructions of Master Therion, 666, and by his son here proclaimed Master Amado 777.
    First and only edition of this xeroxed typescript periodical, "subsequent issues of these occasional papers will be of strictly limited edition" (publisher's note in Issue I). A very scarce complete set: Copac records only one location in British and Irish institutional libraries (a complete set at the Warburg Institute), OCLC adds two complete sets, at Harvard and, via the St Galler Bibliotheksnetz, at the Kantonsbibliothek Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Trogen, Switzerland. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: [c. 1972-73]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 107963

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  15. The Sword of Song. Called by Christians The Book of The Beast.

    The Sword of Song. Called by Christians The Book of The Beast.

    First edition, first printing, one of just three copies printed on vellum for Crowley's own use. A major presentation copy inscribed by Crowley on the initial blank, in a mixture of letters and symbols: "An XIX [the Sun in 8 degrees 15 minutes Libra, the Moon in 0 degrees Cancer, i.e. in Thelemic dating, 2 October 1923] City of Tunis. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law [symbol] I, the Beast 666 [symbols] A?A? give this third vellum copy of The Sword of Song (the other two being in my possession & that of John Quinn) to Edmund Saayman on his 26th birthday and his day of reception as a probationer of A?A? with the Motto of [Hebrew letters] "There the scribe knew the narcissus in his heart" with all good Will for his Attainment of the Summum Bonum True Wisdom & Perfect Happiness. Learn More
    £37,500

    Date of Publication: 1904

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 107816

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  16. A Note on Religion.

    A Note on Religion.

    First and only separate edition of Haggard's notorious exposition of his syncretistic personal religion, originally appended to his autobiography, The Days of My Life, published posthumously in 1926. "Haggard had absorbed from theosophy two doctrines firmly rejected by orthodox Christianity: reincarnation and the law of karma. He married these to an oppressive sense of personal sin … This was accompanied by a sense that the Christian Trinity was only the apex of a hierarchy of divinities which included ancient pagan deities" (Hutton, The Triumph of the Moon, Ch. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106661

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  17. Tales of Three Hemispheres.

    Tales of Three Hemispheres.

    First UK edition, first impression, using the sheets of the American edition (published by Luce in Boston in 1919); most uncommon in the jacket, whose blurb describes this as "a collection of twelve fantastic stories, nearly all Oriental, or semi-Oriental". Dunsany (1878-1957) was "unquestionably one of the most important writers of heroic fantasy of the century; a writer of great originality and charm" (Bleiler). Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106480

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  18. The Physical Phenomena of Mysticism.

    The Physical Phenomena of Mysticism.

    With especial reference to the Stigmata, Divine and Diabolic.
    First edition, first impression, scarce: 1500 copies were printed (dArch Smith). Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1950

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 104519

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  19. Essays on Physiognomy.

    Essays on Physiognomy.

    For the Promotion of the Knowledge and the Love of Mankind. Written in the German Language and Translated into English by Thomas Holcroft. Second Edition. Illustrated by Four Hundred and Eighteen Engravings. To Which are Added, One Hundred Physiognomical Rules ... and Memoirs of the Life of the Author, Compiled principally from the Life of Lavater, written by his Son-in-Law G. Gessner.
    Second edition in English of this work by Lavater, "the last of the descriptive physiognomists" (Garrison & Morton). Most prized for the remarkably range of illustrative engravings, portraits of historical and contemporary notabilities - including Goethe, a friend of Lavater's, Socrates, Locke, Samuel Johnson, Bach, George Washington, Diderot, Wren, and Voltaire - drawn as examples of the "psychological" or emotional interpretation of physical features. Learn More
    £1,200

    Date of Publication: 1792

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 104088

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  20. Carnacki the Ghost-Finder.

    Carnacki the Ghost-Finder.

    First edition, first impression of this collection of occult detective short stories. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1913

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 101605

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