Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches.London: David Nutt, 1899 Stock Code: 114094
First edition, in notably bright condition, of this uncommon work. Aradia is study of the persistence of "la vecchia religione" in Italy and despite being 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.
The work was claimed by its author, the Philadelphia-born journalist and folklorist Charles Godfrey Leland, to have been based on a manuscript account obtained from "Maddalena", a Florentine fortune-teller and witch.
Octavo. Original sage green cloth, title gilt to spine and in white to the front board, top edge gilt, others uncut.
Pictorial title page.
A little shelf-wear, two bookplates, one superimposed on the other, to the front pastedown, small ink ownership stamp to the front free endpaper and rear pastedown, toning of the text-block shading to light marginal browning, but otherwise very good.
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