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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. [Greek:] Esoptron astroligikon. Astrologicall Opticks.
    ANGELUS, Johannes, & Johannes Regiomontanus. [Greek:] Esoptron astroligikon. Astrologicall Opticks.

    London : [1655]

    Rare first edition in English, with eight copies only showing at institutional libraries and just three on auction records. The translator, Robert Turner (b. 1619/20- c. 1664), "was one of an important group of translators who supplied English audiences with a wide range of occult and medical treatises and particularly with the writings of Paracelsus"... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 143758

  2. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.
    MACKAY, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.

    London : 1841

    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 Sea Bubble. Still in print,... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 139863

  3. Essays and Aphorisms.
    ELIOT, T. S. - ORAGE, A. R. Essays and Aphorisms.

    London : 1954

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from S. C. Nott, who wrote the Biographical Note, to T. S. Eliot, "T. S. Eliot from S. C. Nott", on the half-title. This copy is number 588 of 1,000 copies printed for subscribers. Alfred Richard Orage (1873-1934) was editor of The New Age magazine, and a disciple of Gurdjieff.

    Eliot is mentioned... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 141519

  4. A Warning to the Curious and other Ghost Stories.
    JAMES, M. R. A Warning to the Curious and other Ghost Stories.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression, of James's fourth and final collection of "excellent" ghost stories (Bleiler). Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a a noted scholar and the author of numerous ghost stories, which he began writing after entering Cambridge in 1882. James's readings at King's College were renowned in Cambridge, and he continued the... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 133970

  5. The Secret Rose.
    YEATS, W. B. The Secret Rose.

    London : 1897

    First edition, first impression, first issue binding with "Lawrence & Bullen" at the foot of spine, scarce in such nice condition. With The Secret Rose Yeats was at the height of his powers as a prose mythographer, bringing together the two key loci of his imagination: the Celtic folklore of his native Ireland, and the alchemical mysteries... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 135709

  6. Nights of the Round Table.
    LAWRENCE, Margery. Nights of the Round Table.

    London : [1926]

    First edition, first impression, of Lawrence's first collection of horror stories. The collection was reviewed at the time as "a remarkable compendium, exhibiting considerable sensitivity to the methods and concerns which were to remain central to the tradition of the English supernatural short story long after 1926" (Orlando). Margery Lawrence (1889-1969)... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 139274

  7. The Five Jars.
    JAMES, M. R. The Five Jars.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression, in the scarce jacket. This "fanciful, mildly ironic, and very pleasurable" fantastical tale was written for the daughter of James's late close friend James McBryde and to be read to the students of Eton, where James was serving as Provost (Bleiler). It is James's only novel and only children's book. Montague Rhodes James... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 138879

  8. Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches.
    LELAND, Charles Godfrey Aradia or the Gospel of the Witches.

    London : 1899

    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, the text undeniably... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 114436

  9. Medusa.
    VISIAK, E. H. Medusa.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author in black ink on the front endpaper: "Clive Pemberton / from / E. H. Visiak / April 7th 1933". A superb association copy, inscribed to fellow author of weird and horror tales Clive Pemberton whose first and best known collection "The Weird o' It" published by Henry J. Drane in 1906... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 122050

  10. Spirit-Mediums and Conjurers: an Oration delivered in the Cavendish Rooms, London, on Sunday evening, June 15th, 1873.
    SEXTON, George. Spirit-Mediums and Conjurers: an Oration delivered in the Cavendish Rooms, London, on Sunday evening, June 15th, 1873.

    London : 1873

    First and only editions. A decidedly uncommon pamphlet - just 12 locations world-wide - containing the text of a famous lecture by Dr George Sexton tackling the differences between conjurors and mediums, and endeavouring to undermine the claims of the former. Sexton was a secularist and freethinker who converted to Spiritualist cause after attendance... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 125727

  11. From the Darkness of Africa to the Light of America:
    BESOLOW, Thomas Edward. From the Darkness of Africa to the Light of America:

    Boston : 1891

    First edition thus, second overall, the earliest realistically procurable edition of the author's first book. Besolow (1857-1948) was born of Vai parents at Bendu, Liberia. He studied in America before coming back to Cape Mount, where he served as county attorney, member of the House of Representatives, and was appointed associate justice of the Supreme... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 34016

  12. Some Chinese Ghosts.
    HEARN, Lafcadio. Some Chinese Ghosts.

    Boston : 1887

    First edition of this stylised retelling of ancient Chinese legends by Greek-Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn. The present work is one of his earliest writings and the only one about China and its folklore. It was published the year he was sent by magazine Harper's to the French West Indies as a correspondent for two years.

    In 1890, at 30, Hearn... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 139801

  13. Tiger-Woman.
    MAY, Betty. Tiger-Woman.

    London : 1929

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title, "To Mr. & Mrs. Percy with love from Betty May, 1929". The autobiography of the notorious night-club singer, darling of the Café Royal set, and muse to Aleister Crowley, Augustus John, and Jacob Epstein is uncommon, with ten locations on Library Hub.

    Tiger-Woman "provides a very... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 107273

  14. Twenty Drawings.
    GIBRAN, Kahlil. Twenty Drawings.

    New York : 1919

    First edition, trade issue, of Gibran's first and only collection of drawings, retaining some parts of the rare dust jacket laid in. "For Gibran the canvas represented another form in which his poetry could be expressed... the pieces included in Twenty Drawings clearly demonstrate the mystical qualities Gibran imbued in all his works, whatever... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 137326

  15. The Five Jars.
    JAMES, M. R. The Five Jars.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression. This "fanciful, mildly ironic, and very pleasurable" fantastical tale was written for the daughter of James's late close friend James McBryde and to be read to the students of Eton, where James was serving as Provost (Bleiler). It is James's only novel and only children's book. Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 133971

  16. The Works.
    POPE, Alexander. The Works.

    London : 1835

    First edition thus, with Croly's memoir and notes, of Pope's works. This attractive set is from the library of the philosopher and writer Alan W. Watts (19151973), each volume with his self-designed esoterically illustrated bookplate, including the biblical motto "pulsate et aperietur vobis" ("knock, and it shall be opened to you"). Watts was a highly... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 134475

  17. Fortune Telling by Japanese Swords.
    HAMAGUCHI, O., & Talbot Clifton. Fortune Telling by Japanese Swords.

    London : 1905

    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
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 136284

  18. Very Peculiar People.
    DINGWALL, Eric John. Very Peculiar People.

    London : 1950

    First edition, first impression, this copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper; "With best wishes from the author, E.J. Dingwall, Crowhurst, 1972". Typically recherché material from Dingwall, "portrait studies of peculiar, or abnormal, personalities, and an analysis of the psychological problems they present each chapter is followed... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 136030

  19. A Thin Ghost and Others.
    JAMES, M. R. A Thin Ghost and Others.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression, of James's third short horror story collection, containing five "excellent stories" (Bleiler). Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a a noted scholar and the author of numerous ghost stories, which he began writing after entering Cambridge in 1882. James's readings at King's College were renowned in Cambridge, and he... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 133969

  20. The Blood Covenant.
    TRUMBULL, H Clay. The Blood Covenant.

    London : 1887

    First UK edition, second overall, of this study in biblical archaeology on the significance of blood-covenanting among various people, by American clergyman and writer Henry Clay Trumbull (1830-1903) who became a world-famous editor, author, and pioneer of the Sunday School Movement.

    Written in about three months, this endeavour, apparently... Learn More
    £185.00

    Stock Code: 133461

  21. A Thin Ghost and Others.
    JAMES, M. R. A Thin Ghost and Others.

    New York : 1919

    First US edition, first printing. A Thin Ghost is James's third short horror story collection, following the UK edition of the same year, and contains five "excellent stories" (Bleiler). Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a a noted scholar and the author of numerous ghost stories, which he began writing after entering Cambridge in 1882. James's readings... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 133964

  22. 666: "The Hymn" to "Lucifer".
    REYNOLDS, Frank - "Freewheelin' Frank". 666: "The Hymn" to "Lucifer".

    San Francisco : 1968

    First edition, uncommon. Fascinating document of the San Francisco underground scene. A sequence of amphetamine-fuelled metaphysical explorations combining the Satanic, astrological, and psychedelic in equal measure, with just a dash of biker lore. Reynolds was secretary of the notorious SF chapter of the Hell's Angels, and the previous year had seen... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 129123

  23. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.
    MACKAY, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.

    London : 1841

    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 Sea Bubble. Still in print,... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 128845

  24. Kibbo Kift.
    HARGRAVE, John. Kibbo Kift.

    London : 1931

    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 Library Hub or WorldCat.

    The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift imbued Baden-Powell's scouting movement with millenarian... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 126157

  25. A Vision.
    YEATS, W. B. A Vision.

    London : 1937

    First trade edition, first impression. A revised and expanded edition of the work which was first published in 1925 in a private edition for subscribers only. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 112129

  26. Tales of Three Hemispheres.
    DUNSANY, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, Lord. Tales of Three Hemispheres.

    London : 1920

    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... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 106480

  27. Lo!
    FORT, Charles. Lo!

    London : 1931

    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 the occult, supernatural, and... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 93613

  28. Lo!
    PARANORMAL - FORT, Charles. Lo!

    London : 1931

    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, supernatural, and paranormal.... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 88854

  29. The Romance of William of Palerne:
    WEREWOLVES. The Romance of William of Palerne:

    1867

    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 by Humphrey de Bohun,... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 68780

  30. The Eagle's Gift.
    CASTANEDA, Carlos. The Eagle's Gift.

    New York : 1981

    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
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 67878

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