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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to witchcraft, black magic, and anything relating to the supernatural, including subjects characterized as pseudoscience, such as acupuncture, astrology, palmistry, etc.

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  1. 130947
    First edition, first impression, of this scarce work on the folklore of horses. This expansive collection of legends, religion, folk practices, and mythology relating to horses was reviewed contemporaneously as a "learned and delightful chronicle" (Spectator, 1923). In The Bookman's review of the work they noted that they... Learn More
    £250

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  2. 130170
    First edition, first impression. This work, translated by the hunter and explorer John Talbot Clifton (1868-1928), collects together "two or three books on fortune telling by swords" which Clifton discovered "while wandering in Japan" (preface). Learn More
    £375

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  3. 130473
    An attractive cabalistic manuscript, offering a list of 30 sample questions which the colourful tables will answer (love, battles, success in studies, the weather, etc.), with lists of birds, animals, etc., for augury. Learn More
    £3,750

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  4. 127251
    The Secret Rose Yeats was at the height of his powers as a prose mythographer, spanning and joining together the two loci of his imagination:..."> First edition, first impression, first issue binding with "Lawrence & Bullen" at the foot of spine and first state ribbed blue cloth, most scarce indeed in such nice condition. With The Secret Rose Yeats was at the height of his powers as a prose mythographer, spanning and joining together the two loci of his imagination:... Learn More
    £1,250

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  5. 129159
    First edition, from the library of the "lost generation" icons Harry and Mary (Caresse) Crosby, with Harry's ownership inscription on the half-title verso, "Harry Crosby, a Paris ce Neuf Septembre 1925, Our Third Wedding Anniversary". Additionally with the Black Sun blindstamp to the head of the half-title, their bookplate... Learn More
    £3,750

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  6. 126079
    First edition of this classic study, an important contribution to the literature of lycanthropy. Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) was a Church of England clergyman, author, and folksong collector. His book, "essentially a work of synthesis, collating a broad range of material" (Chantal Bourgault du Coudray, The Curse of the... Learn More
    £2,750

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  7. 126157
    The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift Kindred imbued Baden-Powell's scouting..."> First edition of this rare Kibbo Kift handbook written by "Head Man" of the Kindred, John "White Fox" Hargrave (1894-1982). All original Kibbo Kift productions are rare, and this one apparently particularly so, with no copy recorded on Copac or OCLC.
    The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift Kindred imbued Baden-Powell's scouting... Learn More
    £750

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  8. 121427
    First edition. Mackay's important early work of social psychology discusses popular delusions of all types and considers the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic events such as the tulip bubble, the Mississippi Bubble, and the South... Learn More
    £10,000

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  9. 121171

    Les Œuvres Magiques.

    Rome [actually Lille: 1740 & 1744 [but 1830 & 1813]

    A superb early 19th-century French copy of two grimoires, printed by Simon Blocquel (1780-1863). Blocquel, a bookseller, freemason, and printer, published a number of grimoires from his publishing press in Lille, giving them fictitious imprints - a common practice with such occult books that "served the dual purpose of frustrating... Learn More
    £4,000

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  10. 115221
    First edition, first printing, of the major work on the celebrated Italian medium Eusapia Palladino (1854-1918). In 1908 a team from the American Society for Psychical Research, headed by Hereward Carrington - investigator for the society and amateur conjuror - examined the methods and claims of Palladino. Although the investigators... Learn More
    £150

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  11. 118123
    First edition, first impression. Scarce in the dust jacket. The book explains the practices of the Alexandrian coven, run by Alex and Maxine Sanders. Farrar joined the coven in 1970 where he met his future wife Janet. The pair started running their own coven in 1971. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 118123

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  12. Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches.
    First edition. The work of a Philadelphia-born journalist and folklorist, Aradia, a study of the persistence of "la vecchia religione" in Italy, it 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,... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 114094

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  13. 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,... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 111530

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  14. 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... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106661

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  15. 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... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 106480

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  16. Lo!
    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 and researcher into examples of... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 93613

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    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 from a 1670 interview... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 84955

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  18. Lo!
    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 researcher into examples of the occult,... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 88854

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  19. The Romance of William of Palerne:
    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). The English poem in alliterative verse, commissioned... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 68780

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  20. 67878comp
    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. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 67878

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