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Browse our occult section for first editions and rare books relating to the spirituality, alchemy, witchcraft and magic, including works by Aleister Crowley and Harry Houdini.

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  1. A Historical Account of the Belief in Witchcraft in Scotland.
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    A Historical Account of the Belief in Witchcraft in Scotland. 1884

    £150

    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, …Read more

  2. 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: 1801

    £6,750

    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 …Read more

  3. Leichter und Sicherer Weg zum Himmel.

    Leichter und Sicherer Weg zum Himmel. 1751

    £75

    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, …Read more

  4. [Volume 12 of] The Golden Bough: Bibliography and General Index.

    [Volume 12 of] The Golden Bough: Bibliography and General Index. 1915

    £650

    Volume 12 of the definitive third edition of Frazer’s classic work of social anthropology. With an autograph letter signed by the author and dated 19 February 1921 pasted onto the front free endpaper, in which Frazer kindly submits to a reader’s request, “I have pleasure …Read more

  5. [Part 4 of] The Golden Bough: Adonis Attis Osiris. Studies in the History of Oriental Religion.

    [Part 4 of] The Golden Bough: Adonis Attis Osiris. Studies in the History of Oriental Religion. 1914

    £450

    Part 4 of the definitive third edition of Frazer’s classic work of social anthropology. With the author’s clipped signature dated 19 February 1921 mounted to both front pastedowns. First published as a two-volume work in 1890 the Golden Bough was expanded to 12 volumes in …Read more

  6. [Part 3 of] The Golden Bough: The Dying God.

    [Part 3 of] The Golden Bough: The Dying God. 1911

    £300

    Part 3 of the definitive third edition of Frazer’s classic work of social anthropology. With the author’s clipped signature dated 19 February 1921 mounted to the front pastedown. First published as a two-volume work in 1890 the Golden Bough was expanded to 12 volumes in …Read more

  7. [Part 2 of] The Golden Bough: Taboo and the Perils of the Soul.

    [Part 2 of] The Golden Bough: Taboo and the Perils of the Soul. 1911

    £300

    Part 2 of the definitive third edition of Frazer’s classic work of social anthropology. With the author’s clipped signature dated 19 February 1921 mounted to the front pastedown. First published as a two-volume work in 1890 the Golden Bough was expanded to 12 volumes in …Read more

  8. [Part 1 of] The Golden Bough: The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings.

    [Part 1 of] The Golden Bough: The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings. 1911

    £450

    Part 1 of the definitive third edition of Frazer’s classic work of social anthropology. With the author’s clipped signature dated 19 February 1921 mounted to both front pastedowns. First published as a two-volume work in 1890 the Golden Bough was expanded to 12 volumes in …Read more

  9. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant:

    A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant: 1889-90

    £250

    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 …Read more

  10. Dianetics: The Original Thesis.

    Dianetics: The Original Thesis. [1951]

    £975

    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 …Read more

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

    The Hill of Vision. A Forecast of the Great War 1919

    £400

    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 …Read more

  12. Zodiac Cocktails.

    Zodiac Cocktails. 1940

    £750

    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 …Read more

  13. Carnacki the Ghost-Finder.

    Carnacki the Ghost-Finder. 1913

    £3,500

    First edition, first impression of this collection of occult detective short stories. Read more

  14. Where Witchcraft Lives.

    Where Witchcraft Lives. 1962

    £750

    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 …Read more

  15. The Magician.

    The Magician. 1908

    £1,250

    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 …Read more

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

    The Sword of Song. Called by Christians The Book of The Beast. 1904

    £37,500

    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 …Read more

  17. The Great Beast.

    The Great Beast. 1971

    £175

    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 …Read more

  18. De praestigiis et incantationibus daemonum et necromanticorum

    De praestigiis et incantationibus daemonum et necromanticorum 1568

    £2,000

    First edition of this magical treatise, the last work of the disreputable Ipswich schoolmaster and clergyman Richard Argentine [formerly Sexton] (1510/11–1568), published in Basel but dated from Exeter in 1563. Though well-held institutionally, the book is rare in commerce, with no copy appearing in auction …Read more

  19. Liber Lucis.

    Liber Lucis. [c. 1972-73]

    £675

    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 …Read more

  20. Houdini and Conan Doyle.

    Houdini and Conan Doyle. 1932

    £350

    First edition, first printing. Houdini and Conan Doyle were close friends until falling out over the escapist’s openly professed disdain for spiritualism. Uncommon in the dust jacket. Read more

  21. A Note on Religion.

    A Note on Religion. 1928

    £375

    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 …Read more

  22. Tales of Three Hemispheres.

    Tales of Three Hemispheres. 1920

    £750

    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 …Read more

  23. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

    Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. 1852

    £950

    Second edition, and the first thoroughly illustrated one, following Bentley’s 1841 first edition, which had only four plates over three volumes. An attractive copy in the original cloth of this important early work on popular delusions of all types, considering the credulous enthusiasm of mankind …Read more

  24. Lo!

    Lo! 1931

    £750

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US earlier the same year. Perhaps Fort’s most popular work, this is his third published non-fiction book, in which he is widely credited as having coined the term teleportation. Charles Fort (1874–1932) was an American writer …Read more

  25. Lo!

    Lo! 1931

    £975

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US the same year. Perhaps Fort’s most popular work, this is his third published non-fiction book, in which he is widely credited as having coined the term teleportation. Charles Fort (1874–1932) was an American writer and …Read more

  26. L’Incredulité scavante, et la credulité ignorante:

    L’Incredulité scavante, et la credulité ignorante: 1671

    £2,000

    First edition, a reply to Gabriel Naudé’s sceptical Apologie pour tous les grands personnages, qui ont été faussement soupçonnés de magie, recently republished in 1669. Jacques de Chevanes (c.1608–1678) of Autun had personal experience of a witch-hunt in Burgundy in 1648/9, and he includes extracts …Read more

  27. Gods of the People

    Gods of the People 1947

    £275

    First editions, first impressions. Signed presentation copies both inscribed to the literary critic Desmond McCarthy by the author on the front free endpapers. Work 1 bears the inscription, “To our dear Desmond, our chosen chief, with love from all, D. Saurat, 2 Apr. 1947”, and …Read more

  28. The Romance of William of Palerne:

    The Romance of William of Palerne: 1867

    £350

    First edition thus, no 1 in the extra series of publication by the Early English Text Society (formed 1864). The French verse romance was composed c. 1200, commissioned by Countess Yolande (who is generally identified to be Yolande, daughter of Baldwin IV, Count of Hainaut). …Read more

  29. The Eagle’s Gift.

    The Eagle’s Gift. 1981

    £875

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Amy, with all the best, Carlos Castaneda”. The recipient, Amy Wallace, was the author of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: My life with Carlos Castaneda. Books inscribed by Castaneda are scarce. Read more

  30. Les Propheties.

    Les Propheties. 1644

    £1,850

    Interest in Nostradamus was revived in France after the unexpected death of Louis XIII in 1743 and the unpopular ascent of Cardinal Mazarin: 25 editions came out in France between 1644 and 1650. The first complete edition of The Prophecies was published after Nostradamus’s death …Read more

  31. An Open Letter to Lord Beaverbrook.

    An Open Letter to Lord Beaverbrook. August 1924

    £500

    First edition of Crowley’s pseudonymous self-defence against the lurid accusations made against him in a series of Sunday Express articles, arising from his activities in the abbey of Thelema, at Cefalù, Sicily. Read more

  32. The Essentials of Mysticism and other essays.

    The Essentials of Mysticism and other essays. 1920

    £275

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  33. Ahab and Other Poems.

    Ahab and Other Poems. 1903

    £600

    First edition, first impression. One of 150 copies on paper. There were a further 12 copies on vellum, most of which were never bound. Rare. Read more

  1. New Arrival
    A Historical Account of the Belief in Witchcraft in Scotland.
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    SHARPE, Charles Kirkpatrick. SHARPE, Charles Kirkpatrick.

    A Historical Account of the Belief in Witchcraft in Scotland.

    £150

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

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

    £6,750

  3. Leichter und Sicherer Weg zum Himmel.
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    ADAM, Hermenegild. ADAM, Hermenegild.

    Leichter und Sicherer Weg zum Himmel.

    £75

  4. [Volume 12 of] The Golden Bough: Bibliography and General Index.
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    FRAZER, James George. FRAZER, James George.

    [Volume 12 of] The Golden Bough: Bibliography and General Index.

    £650

  5. [Part 4 of] The Golden Bough: Adonis Attis Osiris. Studies in the History of Oriental Religion.
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    FRAZER, James George. FRAZER, James George.

    [Part 4 of] The Golden Bough: Adonis Attis Osiris. Studies in the History of Oriental Religion.

    £450

  6. [Part 3 of] The Golden Bough: The Dying God.
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    FRAZER, James George. FRAZER, James George.

    [Part 3 of] The Golden Bough: The Dying God.

    £300

  7. [Part 2 of] The Golden Bough: Taboo and the Perils of the Soul.
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    FRAZER, James George. FRAZER, James George.

    [Part 2 of] The Golden Bough: Taboo and the Perils of the Soul.

    £300

  8. [Part 1 of] The Golden Bough: The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings.
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    FRAZER, James George. FRAZER, James George.

    [Part 1 of] The Golden Bough: The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings.

    £450

  9. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant:
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    BARRÈRE, Albert, & Charles G. Leland... BARRÈRE, Albert, &...

    A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon and Cant:

    £250

  10. Dianetics: The Original Thesis.
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    HUBBARD, L. Ron. HUBBARD, L. Ron.

    Dianetics: The Original Thesis.

    £975

  11. The Hill of Vision. A Forecast of the Great War
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    BOND, Frederick Bligh. BOND, Frederick Bligh.

    The Hill of Vision. A Forecast of the Great War

    £400

  12. Zodiac Cocktails.
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    MACNIEL, Stanley. MACNIEL, Stanley.

    Zodiac Cocktails.

    £750

  13. Carnacki the Ghost-Finder.
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    HODGSON, William Hope. HODGSON, William Hope.

    Carnacki the Ghost-Finder.

    £3,500

  14. Where Witchcraft Lives.
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    VALIENTE, Doreen. VALIENTE, Doreen.

    Where Witchcraft Lives.

    £750

  15. The Sword of Song. Called by Christians The Book of The Beast.
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    CROWLEY, Aleister. CROWLEY, Aleister.

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

    £37,500

  16. De praestigiis et incantationibus daemonum et necromanticorum
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    ARGENTINE, Richard. ARGENTINE, Richard.

    De praestigiis et incantationibus daemonum et necromanticorum

    £2,000

  17. A Note on Religion.
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    HAGGARD, H. Rider. HAGGARD, H. Rider.

    A Note on Religion.

    £375

  18. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.
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    MACKAY, Charles. MACKAY, Charles.

    Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

    £950

  19. L’Incredulité scavante, et la credulité ignorante:
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    CHEVANES, Jacques de. CHEVANES, Jacques de.

    L’Incredulité scavante, et la credulité ignorante:

    £2,000

  20. Gods of the People
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    SAURAT, Denis. SAURAT, Denis.

    Gods of the People

    £275

  21. The Romance of William of Palerne:
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    (WEREWOLVES.) (WEREWOLVES.)

    The Romance of William of Palerne:

    £350

  22. The Eagle’s Gift.
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    CASTANEDA, Carlos. CASTANEDA, Carlos.

    The Eagle’s Gift.

    £875

  23. The Essentials of Mysticism and other essays.
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    UNDERHILL, Evelyn. UNDERHILL, Evelyn.

    The Essentials of Mysticism and other essays.

    £275

  24. Ahab and Other Poems.
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    CROWLEY, Aleister. CROWLEY, Aleister.

    Ahab and Other Poems.

    £600

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