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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. 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

  2. 137326
    GIBRAN, Kahlil. Twenty Drawings.

    New York : 1919

    First edition, trade issue, of Gibran's first and only collection of drawings. "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 the medium" (Allen, p. 184). The collection, which... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 137326

  3. 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

  4. The Early Work of Austin Osman Spare, 1900-1919.
    SPARE, Austin Osman; WALLACE, William. The Early Work of Austin Osman Spare, 1900-1919.

    Stroud : 1987

    First edition, according to Harper only 300 copies printed. This study of Spare's early work, and its influences was an important step in the rediscovery of Spare by a new generation which began in the 1970s and gathered momentum in the decades that followed.

    Spare's illustrations often featured pagan and occult imagery such as satyrs and witches,... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 147245

  5. 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

  6. From Matter to Spirit.
    DE MORGAN, Sophia Elizabeth, as C. D. From Matter to Spirit.

    London : 1863

    First edition of this vividly written and meticulous account of spiritualist practice and ghostly interactions, which became one of the foundational texts of the British spiritualist movement. It is uncommon in the first edition, and this is a particularly attractive example.

    Sophia de Morgan (1809-1892) was a social activist, spiritualist, and... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 147277

  7. Gleams of Light and Glimpses thro' the Rift.
    POWER, Sarah, as Thomas Slaney Wilmot. Gleams of Light and Glimpses thro' the Rift.

    London : 1893

    First edition of this extensive and notably uncommon work on spiritualism and psychic photography, in the beautifully decorated original cloth.

    In this work Sarah Power, a Birmingham-based psychic and devout Christian who believed the existence of spirits was proof of the Christian afterlife, details her contact with her deceased fiancé Thomas... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 146293

  8. [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

  9. The Compleat Witch, or What To Do When Virtue Fails.
    LAVEY, Anton Szandor. The Compleat Witch, or What To Do When Virtue Fails.

    New York : 1971

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page to the historian Gottfried Kerscher, "To Gottfried Kerscher, and a bright future - Rege Satanas, Anton Szandor LaVey", the tip of the y stylised with a forked tail. Works signed by LaVey are notably uncommon in the market.

    Anton LaVey was the founder of the Church of Satan... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 143038

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

    [Cologne? : July 1533

    First collected edition of this masterpiece of Western Renaissance magic. The first part of this summa of occult and magical thought was originally 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... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 136927

  11. 129123
    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

  12. 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

  13. Les Œuvres Magiques.
    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). This is a clear, neat, and evocative example of contemporary popular grimoires and contains the works of Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486-1535) including his Heptameron, a concise book of magical rites concerned with conjuring specific angels for the seven... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 121171

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

    London : 1899

    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... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 114094

  15. 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 the present work includes extracts from a 1670 interview with... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 84955

  16. You and Your Star.
    CHEIRO. You and Your Star.

    Bombay : 1965

    Third Indian edition, second printing, of this work by the renowned palmist-astrologer Cheir, in an elegant Bayntun binding executed for Birmingham lawyer Gordon William Quance, with his monogram to the front cover. Cheiro was the stage name of Dublin-born William Warner (1866-1936), who also occasionally styled himself Count Louis Hamon. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 148242

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    KNOX LITTLE, William John. The Threshold of the Unseen.

    London : 1913

    First edition, first impression, signed in pencil to the title page by the author, "W. J. Knox-Little", a pencil ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, "Andrew Soutflower 1913", and a note in ink by Soutflower to the dedication page, "Canon Knox-Little told me that the apparitions stated in 'The Waif from the Waves' had happened to him, Andrew... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 147220

  18. An Adventure.
    MOBERLY, Charlotte Anne & Eleanor Jourdain, as Elizabeth Morison & Frances Lamont. An Adventure.

    London : 1911

    First edition, first impression, and extremely uncommon thus; an unexpected sensation the book ran to four impression in three months, the first print run notably small. Published anonymously the identities of the authors of this controversial work, perhaps the most famous "time slip" case in the literature, were not made public until 1931.

    In... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 145924

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

    London : 1905

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by Clifton on the title page "to Charles Holmes from the author Talbot Clifton, 1905".

    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... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 147665

  20. 121427
    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

  21. 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). During the 1920s and early 1930s Le Rossignol painted a series of 44 psychic works - the "Goodly Company" series - which she insisted were the true... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 135609

  22. The Hill of Vision.
    BOND, Frederick Bligh. The Hill of Vision.

    Boston : 1919

    First edition, first printing, an exceptionally fine copy in the jacket, of this collection of psychically produced pieces prophesying from as early as 1909 World War I. They were obtained by the English architect, illustrator, archaeologist and "psychical researcher" Frederick Bligh Bond (1864-1945).

    Bond was a member of the Freemasons from... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 143850

  23. Group of ephemera relating to the shows of the 19th-century magician and spiritualist.
    DREITZEHN, Zell, as "De la Mano". Group of ephemera relating to the shows of the 19th-century magician and spiritualist.

    New York : [c.1878]

    A highly appealing group of rare ephemera relating to the 19th-century Austrian-born magician and spiritualist Zell Dreitzehn, who as De La Mano, "The Great French Magician", made three tours of the east coast of the United States in 1876, 1878 and 1881. Included here is a copy of his book on conjuring tricks and six theatrical posters and handbills.

    As... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 113225

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. Lo!
    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

  37. 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

  38. 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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