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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. Eusapia Palladino and her Phenomena.
    (SPRITUALISM.) CARRINGTON, Hereward. Eusapia Palladino and her Phenomena.

    New York : 1909

    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 caught Palladino... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 115221

  2. Astrological Institutions.
    [TURNER, Robert.] Astrological Institutions.

    London : 1658

    First edition of this illustrated astrological manual, explaining the influence of the planets and their alignments, and how to use astrology to answer questions such as whether a woman is with child, whether her husband is really the father, whether a disease shall be fatal, whether stolen goods will be returned, whether a legal trial will fall in... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 139144

  3. A Goodly Company.
    LE ROSSIGNOL, Ethel. A Goodly Company.

    [London : [1933]

    First edition of this scarce, privately published work which beautifully presents the psychedelic spirit paintings of the Argentinian-born medium and automatist Constance "Ethel" Le Rossignol (1873-1970).
    Le Rossignol ('The Nightingale') remains a mysterious figure, with very little known of her life. By 1891 she and her family had moved from Argentina... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 135609

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Daemonolatreiae libri tres,
    (SCOTT, Walter.) REMY, Nicholas. Daemonolatreiae libri tres,

    Lyon : 1595

    Rare first edition of this seminal work on the worship of demons, Sir Walter Scott's copy, with his ownership inscription on the title page and his library shelf mark on the front free endpaper: "Abbotsford Library O13". Scott's fascination with witchcraft led him to spend years gathering "perhaps the most curious library of diablerie that man ever... Learn More
    £27,500.00

    Stock Code: 123052

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 121171
    (GRIMOIRE.) AGRIPPA, Henri-Corneille. 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 the censors and giving... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 121171

  10. 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 went... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 139801

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

    London : 1852

    Second edition, and the first thoroughly illustrated one, following Bentley's 1841 first edition, which had only five plates over three volumes. This is an important early work on popular delusions of all types, considering the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139739

  12. De occulta philosophia libri tres.
    AGRIPPA, Heinrich Cornelius. De occulta philosophia libri tres.

    [Cologne? : July 1533

    First collected edition. The first part of this summa of occult and magical thought had originally been published in 1531, probably under the influence of Johannes Trithemius, abbot of Würzburg, whose notable students included Agrippa and Paracelsus. The privilege of the Emperor Charles V, to whom Agrippa was archivist and historiographer, is printed... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 136927

  13. L'Incredulité scavante, et la credulité ignorante:
    CHEVANES, Jacques de. L'Incredulité scavante, et la credulité ignorante:

    Lyons : 1671

    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 with a woman accused of... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 84955

  14. Tiger-Woman.
    MAY, Betty. Tiger-Woman.

    London : 1929

    First edition. Uncommon, just 10 locations on Copac. This copy inscribed on the half-title, "To Mr. & Mrs. Percy with love from Betty May, 1929". Autobiography of the notorious night-club singer, darling of the Café Royal set, and muse to Aleister Crowley, Augustus John and Jacob Epstein. "Provides a very good account of her early life spent in "one... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 107273

  15. 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

  16. The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus.
    (TAYLOR, Thomas, trans.) ORPHEUS. The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus.

    Chiswick : 1824

    Second edition (edited and expanded since the first edition of 1787, with additional notes) of the Hymns of Orpheus by the influential translator and neoplatonist Thomas Taylor (1758-1835). Taylor was the first to translate into English the complete works of Plato and Aristotle, and also these Orphic fragments. He was such a committed Hellenist that... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 137323

  17. The Five Jars.
    JAMES, Montague Rhodes. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. A Thin Ghost and Others.
    JAMES, Montague Rhodes. 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

  22. 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 motivated... Learn More
    £185.00

    Stock Code: 133461

  23. A Thin Ghost and Others.
    JAMES, Montague Rhodes. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. The Confession of the Kibbo Kift.
    HARGRAVE, John. The Confession of the Kibbo Kift.

    London : 1927

    First edition, first impression, of this first publication of the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift, written by "Head Man" of the Kindred, John "White Fox" Hargrave (1894-1982). This book was issued by Duckworth, but bearing the "Imprint of the Kincouncil", and is very scarce, with Copac listing only six copies in British institutions. The Kindred of the Kibbo... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 126535

  27. 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 Copac or OCLC.
    The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift imbued Baden-Powell's scouting movement with millenarian world-healing... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 126157

  28. 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
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 122063

  29. 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
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 121427

  30. 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
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 114094

  31. 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

  32. The Whole Art of Legerdemain: or Hocus Pocus in Perfection.
    DEAN, Henry. The Whole Art of Legerdemain: or Hocus Pocus in Perfection.

    London : 1772

    A remarkably fresh copy of an early edition of by far the "best-known 18th-century book on conjuring", first published in 1722 (Pierson, p. 31). The work provides a detailed guide on how to conduct various tricks including "how to make a cat draw a fellow through a pond of water" and "how to cause the beer you drink to be wrung out of the handle of... Learn More
    £6,250.00

    Stock Code: 107439

  33. 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

  34. Lo!
    (PARANORMAL.) 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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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