The Compleat Witch, or What To Do When Virtue Fails.New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1971 Stock Code: 143038
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 and his works, most especially The Satanic Bible (1969), are responsible for both the modern practice and cultural understanding of LaVeyan Satanism. LaVey performed the first Satanist wedding ceremony and Satanist baptism in 1967, receiving much national publicity and garnering celebrity followers in Los Angeles such as Sammy Davis Jr. He published a follow-up to The Satanic Bible in 1972 entitled The Satanic Rituals which detailed these ceremonies and how to re-enact them as members of the Church.
This work, however, LaVey's second, differs significantly from his Satanic texts and upon publication "members of the Church of Satan were perplexed when confronted with a work clearly destined to 'outsiders', with little magic and very little Satanism. Instead, the book offered practical advice, both psychological and sexual, which should allow women, 'the real witch', to capture the men that they liked" (Introvigne, p. 319). Despite this the work granted further publicity to LaVey and the Church of Satan and was republished by the Church as The Satanic Witch in 1989.
Octavo. Original yellow cloth, titles to spine in red and green, illustrated endpapers, top edge red.
A fine copy in the like, price-clipped, jacket.
Massimo Introvigne, Satanism: A Social History (2016).
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