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Where Witchcraft Lives.

Published: London: The Aquarian Press, 1962

Stock code: 111530

Price: £750

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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. In addition to serving as a leader of British neo-paganism, Valiente wrote “some of the major works of Wicca, including the enduring version of the most important, The Charge of the Goddess” (ODNB), and three other important books, “which established her as a public figure. In the first, An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present (1973), she provided her own history of witchcraft; the second, Natural Magic (1975), was a handbook of practical magic; and the third, Witchcraft for Tomorrow (1978), was a book of ritual for witches who wished to set up their own covens” (ODNB). The present work is a survey of historical and contemporary witchcraft practices in Sussex, and is relatively uncommon in the dust jacket.

Octavo. Original pale grey boards, title gilt to spine. With the dust jacket. Endpapers differentially browned from the presence of the jacket, ink address stamp of the publishers, Aquarian Book Service, to the front free endpaper as often, typical pale toning to the text and light foxing to the fore-edge, but overall very good in slightly rubbed jacket, price-clipped with a few of small chips and splits.

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