Arthur Edward Waite
The Occult Sciences
A Compendium of Transcendental Doctrine and Experiment
An Account of Magical Practices; Of Secret Sciences in Connection with Magic; Of the Professors of Magical Arts; And of Modern Spiritualism, Mesmerism and Theosophy
Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. Ltd, 1891 first edition. Bound in the publisher's brown cloth with titles in gilt on the spine, top board outlined in orange with vignette of occult symbol in orange, black endpapers.
The book is in very good condition, with mottled boards, bumping to the head and foot of the spine, and a repaired tear to the top of the rear hinge and spine. There is the heraldic bookplate of Rev. F.F. Carmichael (Canon of Christ Church and Chaplain of Magdalen, Dublin) to the front endpaper. Light mark to the closed fore-edges. There are a very few instances of underlining and marginalia, mainly in pencil, but otherwise the book is clean and bright.
In three parts: Magical Practices - White Magic (Angels, Elemental Spirits), Black Magic (demons), Necromancy; Secret Sciences in Connection with Magic - Alchemy, Elixir of Life, Crystallomancy, Talismans, Divination, the Divining Rod, Astrology, Kabbalism; Professors of Magical Art - Mystics, Rosicrucians, Freemasons; Modern Phenomena - Mesmerism, Modern Spiritualism, Theosophy.
Octavo, 19.7cm tall (7.75 inches), viii, 296 pages, including 4 pages of publisher's advertisements.
The Chain of Life
Publisher: John Bale, Sons & Danielsson Ltd., 1934 first edition, first printing. Bound in green cloth, with titles on the spine and top board in gilt. The book is in very good condition, with dulled gilt, lightly bumped corners, and a very occasional small isolated spot to pages and three leaves with creased corners. Endpapers tanned and one owner inscription on the ffep, otherwise clean and bright.
This book concerns the author's study of Abrams' work on radiesthesia, and his own modifications of the Abrams method. Illustrated with some diagrams.
Octavo, 21.9 cm , a little over 8.5 inches, tall, xiii, 215 pages, plus 2 pages publisher's advertisements.
Sir John Floyer, Knight
The Sibylline Oracles
Translated from the Best Greek Copies
And Compar'd With The
Daniel and the Revelations,
With so much History as plainly shews, That many of the Sibyls Predictions are exactly fulfill'd
Answers to the Objections
usually made against them.
Publisher: J. Nicholson, 1713, first edition. Bound in full contemorary leather with titles onin gilt on spine label, gilt borders to boards. Very good condition, with front hinge partialy cracked and rear hinge cracked, with some small losses to the leather in consequence, but both boards still firmly attached. Corners bumped. Text block clean and tightly bound. On the front endpapers there is a long inscription concerning the number of the Beast and the Antichrist in the Book of Revelation, in an 18th century hand. On the rear endpaper in an owner name "W. White, Coll Mer Oxon" (Merton College, Oxford)
The Sibilline Oracles are of Judaeo-Christian origin, mixing Greek and Roman Mythology with Judaeo-Christian mythology, and may contain fragments of the Roman Sibylline Books. They are certainly very concerned with the prophecies in the Book of Revelation.
Octavo, 17.7cm, 7 inches tall, title, 6 pages dedication, xxiv, 336 pages, complete.
Rev. Joseph Young
Or, The Scripture Doctrine of Devils
Publisher: Thomas Grant, Edinburgh, 1856, first edition. Bound in the original brown cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and blindstamped decorations of vines on both boards. Very good condition, rebacked with original spine cloth laid on, new front endpaper. Boards slightly rubbed, bumped corners,a very few light marks to text, but mainly nice and clean, and tightly bound.
In this book, Joseph Young lays out the truth of the existence of devils and Satan, and argues against the views of disbelievers. He goes on to discuss the influences and affects of devils or demons, their nature, mesmerism and other related topics.
Octavo, 18cm, 7 inches, tall, xviii prelims, pages then numbered from 13 to 460. In spite of this pagination, no pages are missing. Very rare.
T. Glen Hamilton
Intention and Survival
Psychical Research Studies and the Bearing
of Intentional Actions by Trance
Personalities on the Problem of
Publisher: The Macmillan Company of Canada Limited, 1942 first edition. Bound in the publisher's purple cloth with titles in silver on the spine and top board. Very good condition, with the bookseller's label of the Marylebone Spiritualist Association on the front endpaper, a very few tiny marks, clean bright tight and square in its binding.
A very interesting book on trance manifestations, mainly of the ectoplasmic kind, called 'teleplasm' in this book. The book is illustrated with a series of photographs of mediums exuding 'teleplasm', sometimes in the form of portraits (including several of Arthur Conan Doyle), the whole presented as a scientific investigation, down to plans of the seance room and locations of the cameras. 38 illustrations and 2 diagrams, some full-page plates and others within the text.
Octavo, 21.5 cm , 8.5 inches, tall, xiv, contents, List of Illustrations, 292 pages.
Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus
The Hermetic Works
The Virgin of the World
Of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus
Now First Rendered Into English
By Dr Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland
Publisher: P. Kailasam Brothers, Spiritualistic Book Depot, Madras, 1885 first edition. Bound in cream paper covered bevelled boards with titles in red on the spine and top board.
This is a very rare first edition of this work, printed on cream laid paper and illustrated with a tissue-guarded frontispiece and vignettes within the text and between books.
The book is in very good condition, with darkening and scuffing to the binding, and the bookplate of the Cheltenham Lodge of the Theosophy Society on the front endpaper. There is a very occasional light scatter of foxing, but otherwise the book is clean and bright, and tight in its binding.
23 cm(9 inches) tall, xxx, 154 pages, plus a 12-page catalogue of occult books printed by George Redway, Covent Garden.
Book Four: Liber Aba
Publisher: Weiser, 2004. Blue cloth boards, with titles and vignettes in silver on spine and vignette in silver on top board. The book is in very good condition in a very good dust jacket. Dampstaining to back board, and a little on the spine, otherwise clean and bright and tight in binding. If not for the damp stain, which only affects the outer binding, and the tiniest spots on the lower edges of the last few pages, this book would be in fine condition.
Part I: Mysticism; Part II: Magick (Elementary Theory); Part III: Magick in Theory and Practice; PartIV; Thelema-The Law.
Large 8vo, 844 pp.
Keiro (Charles Yates Stephenson)
A clear and commonsense explanation of the science by means of which everyone may read his own character and foretell his own future and fate.
Together with Treatises on Clairvoyance and Psychometry
Publisher: George Routledge and Sons, London, undated, c.1910. Signed by the author. Maroon cloth with titles in gilt on top board and spine, vignette of palm in black and pale blue on the spine, vignette of a steaming cauldron on tripod on the top board, also in black and pale blue. Signed ‘Yours Fthfly Keiro’ on the title page.
Good condition, with a repair to the top of the front hinge, wear to the head and foot of the spine, rubbed hinges,
Poltergeist Over England
Three Centuries of Mischievous Ghosts
With Line Drawings by John Hookham, together with Photographs and other Illustrations
Country Life Ltd, 1945, first edition. Black cloth hardback with titles in green on spine and top board, very good condition.
This is an in depth look at the history of poltergeists in England by the ghost-hunter, Harry Price. It makes very entertaining and thought-provoking reading.
The book has slightly bumped corners, one small owner name on the ffep. Apart from the very occasional small light mark, the book is clean, and tight in its binding.
Illustrated with many atmospheric line drawings, and with 13 photographic plates, all present and in very good condition.
Publisher: George Allen and Unwin, 1965, first edition. Bound in red cloth with titles in gilt on the spine. In the original, unclipped dust jacket.
This book is a novel, which has at its centre a detailed account of initiation into the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. The central character is a woman who underwent initiation in ancient times, now reincarnated with feelings of being out of place from childhood. She regains the memory of her former life through her encounters with spiritualism. The real concern of the book is ‘mystic truth, more especially, the occult teaching of the priesthood in ancient Egypt.’
In common with the novels of Dion Fortune, this book is an esoteric teaching tool disguised as a novel. A very good read, and written with genuine knowledge. The book is illustrated with six photographic plates and diagrams within the text, some of these in colour.
The book is in very good condition, with minor bumping of the head and foot of the spine and the board corners. There are two brief ownership inscriptions on the front endpaper, in pencil, and one instance of marginalia, also in pencil. There is an isolated light mark on one page, but otherwise the book is clean and bright and tight in its binding. The dust jacket is in good condition with wear and creasing, some closed tears to the spine and some fading to the spine area. It is now contained in an archival sleeve to protect and neaten it.
Octavo 22cm, 8.75 inches, tall, 366 pages.
The Spiritual Hermeneutics
Astrology and Holy Writ
A Treatise Upon the Influence of the Stars on Man and on the Art of Ruling Them by the Law of Grace
By Valentine Weigelius
(Reprinted from the Original of 1649)
With a Prefatory Essay on the True Method of Interpreting Holy Scripture
Anna Bonus Kingsford
Illustrated with Engravings on Wood
Publisher: George Redway, 1886, first edition thus. Bound in art vellum over bevelled boards, with titles in gilt on the top board and spine. Untrimmed edges. Yellow endpapers.
An uncommon book in this edition. The book is in very good condition. The art vellum (essentially a coated paper) is soiled and darkened along the spine, as is usual, and the spine has been repaired with Japanese paper. There is also the faint remains of an ink inscription on the spine “Kingsford”. On the front endpaper there is the bookplate of the Cheltenham Lodge of the Theosophical Society. There are a very few light marks, but otherwise the book is clean and tightly bound.
Illustrated throughout with very attractive woodcuts, some full-page.
Large octavo, 23 cm, ( inches, tall, 121 pages, plus 15 pages of publisher’s advertisements.
A Contemporary Course of the
Quintessence of Hermetic Occultism
Publisher: George Allen and Unwin, 1962, first edition. Bound in blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and triangle vignette stamped in blind on the top board.
This book is not about using the Tarot to predict the future, but rather a detailed and complex study of the symbolism, meaning and use of the Tarot in Hermetic Occultism, divided into a hundred separate lessons.
The book is in very good condition, with some fading to the spine cloth. A previous owner has pasted a portion of the dust jacket flap and the back of the dust jacket with descriptions of the author’s other books to the front endpapers. There are a few instances of marginalia, written in pencil, otherwise the book is clean and bright and tightly bound.
Illustrated throughout with line drawings and diagrams.
Large octavo 24 cm tall, 9.5 inches, 494 pages, plus 2 pages of publisher’s advertisements.
Dr. John Dee
The Hieroglyphic Monad
Translated and with a commentary by
Publisher: John M. Watkins, 1947, 1st edition, bound in the publisher’s blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine.
This is a very good copy of this esoteric text by Dr. John Dee. The book is illustrated with three monochrome plates and many diagrams.
There is the very slightest hint of age toning to the endpapers, otherwise the book is clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Octavo, 22cm (8.75 inches) tall, 76 pages.
Alice A. Bailey
A Treatise on the Seven Rays
Publisher: Lucis Press Limited, 1950, Volume One is third edition, Volume Two is second edition, but both are first British edition, two volumes. Bound in leather-textured dark blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spines and top boards. Volume Two has top edges blue.
These two volumes are in very good condition, with a small mark on the lower closed edges of Volume One, an ownership inscription on both ffeps, otherwise clean and bright and tight in their bindings.
The concept of the Seven Rays occurs in many religions since ancient times, and it was very important in the founding ideals of Theosophy as elucidated by Madame Blavatsky in The Secret Doctrine.
Heavy volumes, octavo, 22cm (8.75 inches) tall, Volume One, xix, 430 pages, Volume Two, 751 pages.
Rev. Ethelbert W. Bullinger, D.D.
The Witness of the Stars
Published by the author, 1893 first edition. Bound in blue cloth with titles and a image of Serpens and Ophiuchus in gilt on the top board, and titles in gilt on the spine.
This is a very interesting book, a rare first edition, proposing that God’s interventions in the world are written symbolically in the constellations. Bullinger offers his interpretations of these symbolic celestial pictures, and offers as supporting evidence ancient Zodiacal writings.
Whether one agrees with the thesis or not, there is a great deal of information in these pages, and 41 beautiful plates of star charts printed in blue, 2 of these folding, and 5 engravings within the text.
The book is in very good condition, with a little mottling to the cloth and light bumping to head and foot of the spine and corners. There is a bookplate of the Theosophical Society, Cheltenham Lodge on the front endpaper, and some very occasional light scatters of foxing. Otherwise the book is clean and bright. The final folding plate has a short closed tear with an old repair to the verso, and to first folding plate has a little light foxing. Otherwise the plates are clean and bright.
Large octavo, 24 cm tall (9.5 inches) viii, 204 pages plus four pages of the author’s catalogue, plus plates, complete.
The Practice of Magical Evocation
Instructions for Invoking Spirits from
the Spheres Surrounding Us
Publisher: Rudolf Pravica, Graz-Puntigram, Austria, 1967, first English edition. Bound in yellow cloth with titles in red on the top board and spine.
A comprehensive guide to invoking spirits, with 153 pages of illustrative invocational diagrams in black and white and in colour bound in at the back of the book, and one colour plate of ‘The Second Tarot Card’ the symbolism of which is described in detail.
The book has one owner inscription on the front endpaper, together with a pentagram printed on plastic film. Loosely laid in is an invocation handwritten in green ink. The former owner has noted the titles of the other two works in this series on the title page, and has added The Symbolism of the Second Tarot Card to the list of contents. Apart from one isolated mark, the book is otherwise clean and bright.
Octavo, 21cm tall (8.75 inches), 279 pages, plus 154 pages unpaginated, plus one page of Further Books by Franz Bardon, listing the third book in this trilogy as in preparation.
The Science of Breath
And the Philosophy of the Tattvas
Translated from the Sanskrit, with Introductory and Explanatory Essays on Nature’s Finer Forces.
Publisher: Theosophical Publishing Society, 1894, second, revised edition. Bound in dark blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and top board.
An uncommon early edition of this book, in very good condition. The back inside hinge has been repaired, with some tape marks from an earlier repair remaining. The head and foot of the spine, and the corners, are bumped and there is a number on the spine. On the front endpapers there are several inscriptions, some indicating ownership by the Theosophical Society, some erased. There is some sporadic foxing, but the book is mainly clean.
Octavo, 19cm (7.5 inches) tall, vi 251 pages, plus 2 pages of advertisements.
The Kingdom of the Gods
Illustrated by Ethelwynne M. Quail
Publisher: The Theosophical Publishing House, Aydar, Madras, India, 1966 5th edition. Bound in red textured cloth with titles in silver on the spine and top board and vignette of spirit in silver on the top board. In original dust jacket.
This is a very interesting book concerning the gods, nature spirits and angels which inhabit the earth around us and how they may be co-operated with. Chapter headings include; The Earth’s Angelic Hierarchies; The Colour Language of the Angels, The Angels of Will, Wisdom and Intelligence; The Angels of Beauty, Mind and Fire; The Sephirothal Tree, and many more.
The book is illustrated with three diagram plates, two of which are folding, and 29 beautiful full colour plates of Angels and Gods.
The book is in very good condition, with one owner inscription on the front endpaper, otherwise it is clean and bright. The dust jacket has some edge wear, with small chips, otherwise very good. It is now tidied and protected in a dust jacket sleeve.
Large octavo, 25 cm (9.75 inches) tall, xxiii, 272 pages, plus plates.
Principles & Practice of Radiesthesia
A Textbook For Practitioners and Students
Publisher: Stuart & Watkins, 1967, second impression. Bound in orange cloth, in the original green dustjacket.
This is a book about sensitivity to radiations of all kinds emanating from living beings, inanimate objects, mineral ores, water and even photographs, and how to detect them through the use of the pendulum. It gives instructions on how to detect water and metals and how to trace missing persons, among other things.
The book is in very good condition. There is one gift inscription on the front endpaper, and a small bookseller’s label. Otherwise the book is clean and bright and tight in its binding. The dust jacket has a slightly darkened spine, but is otherwise clean and without tears or chips, and it still has its original price of 30s.
Octavo, 22cm tall (8.75 inches), 230 pages.
S. L. Macgregor Mathers and Others
Astral Projection, Ritual Magic and Alchemy
Being Hitherto Unpublished Golden Dawn Material
Edited and Introduced by Francis King
Publisher: Neville Spearman, 1971, first edition. Bound in turquoise cloth with titles in gilt on the spine, in the original dust jacket. The book is first edition, but the dust jacket is a second impression jacket.
A very interesting book on Golden Dawn practices, with an introduction and parts entitled: Imagination and Will-Power; Astral Projection; Rosicrucian Adeptship; Man, God and the Rosicrucian Initiation; Esoteric Psychology; Hermetic Love and the Higher Magic; Alchemy; Christian occultism; Hermetic Wisdom and Mystical Prayer. There are also three appendices: A. An Exegetical Note Upon the Flying Rolls; B. Enochian Magic and the Enochian Language; C. A Stella Matutina Flying Roll.
The book is in very good condition, with a small bookseller’s label on the front endpaper, otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding. The dust jacket has a little edge wear, but no chips or tears, and it still has its original price.
Octavo, 22cm (8.75 inches) tall, 254 pages.
The Book of Enoch
Translated from an Ethiopic Ms. In The Bodleian Library by Richard Laurence
Publisher: Wizards Bookshelf, 1976, Secret Doctrine Reference Series, facsimile reprint of the 1883 edition. Bound in black cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and top board, and reproduction of Ethiopic script on the top board in gilt.
This book is a very nice, clear reproduction of the 1883 edition, and it is in very good condition, clean, bright and tight in its binding. There is one owner address label on the front endpaper, no other marks or inscriptions.
Octavo, 21.5cm (8.5 inches) tall, xlviii (introduction), 187 pages.
The Original Programme of the Theosophical Society
And Preliminary Memorandum of the Esoteric Section
Publisher: Theosophical Publishing House, Aydar, Madras, 1931, first edition. Bound in blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and top board.
This book is the first printing in book form of a manuscript in the handwriting of Madame Blavatsky concerning the aims of the Theosophical Society. It was first printed in the June 1924 issue of the Theosophist.
The book is illustrated with a monochrome tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of HPB herself, and the text of her manuscript ends with a facsimile of her signature. There follows an appendix: A Few Words on the Theosophical Organization by Mohini M. Chatterji and A. Gebhard. Following this is a folding plate which is a reproduction of the Charter of the Esoteric Section of the Theosophical Society, and this is followed by The Esoteric Section of the Theosophical Society Preliminary Memorandum 1888.
The book is in very good condition. There is a darkened patch on the front pastedown endpaper where a label may have been removed, and one owner address label on the free endpaper. The book is otherwise clean and tight in its binding.
Small octavo, 19 cm, (7.5 inches) tall, xvi, 75 pages.
Glimpses of Masonic History
Publisher: The Theosophical Publishing House, Aydar, Madras, India, 1926, first edition. Bound in the publisher’s light blue cloth with titles on the spine in gilt and gilt vignette of an Egyptian pharaoh being greeted by Thoth.
This is a very interesting book on Freemasonry. Chapter headings are: Schools of Masonic Thought; The Egyptian Mysteries; The Cretan Mysteries; The Jewish Mysteries; The Greek Mysteries; The Mithraic Mysteries; Craft Masonry in Mediaeval Times; Operative Masonry in the Middle Ages; Transition from Operative to Speculative; Other Lines of Masonic Tradition; The Scottish Rite; The Co-Masonic Order.
Please see the photos for more detail.
The book is in good condition, ex-libris the Theosophical Society (Cheltenham Lodge), with a paper label on the lower spine and a bookplate on the front endpaper, but no other markings. The binding has marks and a darkened spine. The gilt on the spine is dulled, but the vignette is bright. The spine has some fraying and short cracks to the back hinge. Internally the binding is sound, with no loose pages, and though there is an occasional isolated mark, the pages are mainly clean and bright. There is a frontispiece and 12 other monochrome plates, all with tissue guards. One leaf has a small piece missing from the lower margin, and two leaves have a tiny triangle of the lower fore edge corner missing, but no text is lost.
Octavo, 21.5cm tall (8.5 inches), xiii, list of plates, 380 pages.
The Esoteric School of Theosophy
I, II, III, IV, V, VI.
Privately printed by Willian McLellan and company, 24 Hope Street, Glasgow, 1921. Bound in blue cloth with gilt titles on the top board.
This is a very rare book, supplying these instructions to members of the Esoteric School of Theosophy only, containing ‘some matter which is not in the version published in the Secret Doctrine, as well as the original coloured plates’. There are three colour plates, one of which is double-page, and also a number of diagrams.
The book is in very good plus condition, with only very light bumping of the corners, and splitting to the rear endpaper along the hinge. The mull remains intact and the binding is tight and firm. The pages are clean and bright with no marks or inscriptions. A lovely fresh copy.
Octavo, 22cm, 8.75 inches, tall, 180 pages.
The Kingdom of Faerie
Publisher: The Theosophical Publishing House Ltd., 1927, first edition. Bound in the publisher’s beige cloth with titles in blue on the spine and top board.
This book consists of the author’s accounts of his ‘clairvoyant studies of the kingdom of Faery’. He and others went into the countryside, the Cotswolds, Sussex, Kent, and Switzerland and experienced psychic encounters with various kinds of fairy.
Chapter titles are: I. Devas; II. Sylphs; III. Gnome and Deva; IV Fairies; V The Work of Nature Spirits; VI. Brownies and Mannikins; VII. The Kingdom of Pan; VIII. Examples of Co-operation between Devas and Man.
The book is in very good condition, with some light marks to the cloth, lightly tanned endpapers, and an owner’s address label and a bookseller’s stamp on the front free endpaper. Otherwise the book is clean and bright.
Also included is an appropriate bookmark in the form of a postcard of one of Cicely Mary Barker’s flower fairies, the Forget-Me-Not Fairy. This is a postcard printed in Sweden in 1975.
This is a very interesting read from the height of the fairy-sighting era.
Small octavo, 19cm, 7.5 inches, tall, 112 pages
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology
A Compendium of Information on the Occult Sciences, Magic, Demonology, Superstitions, Spiritism, Mysticism, Metaphysics, Psychical Science, and Parapsychology, with Biographical and Bibliographical Notes and Comprehensive Indexes
Edited by Leslie Shepard
Publisher: Gale Research Company, Detroit, 1978 1st edition in two volumes. Bound in the publisher’s dark and light blue pictorial cloth.
This is Leslie Shepard’s own copy, ‘Marked with modifications for second printing’. Handwritten labels and a handwritten note, dated Nov. 13, 1978 and signed by Leslie Shepard, are stuck to the covers of the two volumes, and the volumes are bookmarked and annotated throughout in his handwriting. Volume One has had its title page removed. The books are otherwise clean and bright and tight in their bindings. They are a great reference work, and also a fascinating look at an editing process.
Also included are two issues, no. 2 and 3-4, of ‘Occultism Update, An Inter-edition Supplement to Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology’, from 1980 and 1981, two books in wraps, both in very good condition, clean and bright. These are also Leslie Shepard’s own copies.
Leslie Shepard was a British writer and film-maker who had a particular interest in the occult and mysticism. He was the founder of the Bram Stoker Society.
The Encyclopedia, two volumes quarto, 29cm, 11.25 inches, tall, Vol. 1, viii, 544 pages, Vol. 2, viii, pages 545 to 1084.
Occultism Update 27.75cm, 11 inches, tall, Issue 2, pages 63 to 126, Issue 3-4, pages 127 to 203, including and index for Issues 1 to 4.
Proceedings for the Society of Psychical Research
56 parts plus the Index for parts 41 to 67. Including Volume One, 1882-3, this volume in green cloth hardback, the rest in the original blue paper wraps.
This is a fascinating archive of research into all kinds of paranormal phenomena, beginning in 1882 and extending up to 1976, though mostly pre 1930. It is not a complete run. I believe that before the 1930s two issues a year was the norm, though the month of publication varied. The details of issues on offer are as follows:
1882-3, Volume 1 hardback, 1883 July issue, 1885, issues for May and December; 1888, June issue; 1889, issues for June and December; 1890, June issue; 1892, June issue and December issue (which is a reprint from the 1920s); 1895, July issue; 1896, December issue; 1897, July issue (wraps detached but present); 1898 February issue and December issue; 1899, February and December issues; 1899, July issue.
1900, October issue; 1912, November and September issues; 1913, July issue; 1914, issues for January and July; 1915, May issue; 1916, November issue; 1918, July and November issues;1919, December issue; 1920,November issue; 1921, April issue.
The following issues are quite slender, and it appears that they were published more frequently, at three issues a year.
1932, issues for July and October; 1933, Issues for January, March and June; 1934, issue for July; 1935, April issue; 1936, May issue; 1938, Issues for January, June and December; 1939, issues for February, July and December.
1940, issues for March, June and November, 1941, issue for June; 1946, issue for June; 1947, issue for May; 1950, July issue; 1951, February issue; 1964, March issue; and 1976, January issue.
Except for the problems with the wraps on one issue noted above, they are all in very good condition. Volume 1 has some marks and a little bumping to its binding, and there are occasional light marks, and some small creases to wraps, mainly corners bumped or turned. Otherwise clean and bright.
If you have any questions, I am happy to answer.
Flying Saucer Review
Incorporating Flying Saucer News
Brinsley le Poer Trench (editor)
Publisher: Flying Saucer Service Ltd. Six Issues; May-June 1957, July-August 1957, November-December 1957, January-February 1958, January-February 1959, May-June 1959. Stapled wraps.
These magazines are a fascinating document of the height of the flying saucer period. They contain many photographs of ufo sightings, diagrams and all kinds of articles, including such luminaries of the period as George Adamski and T. Lobsang Rampa. These magazines were the property of Leslie Shepard, the writer and filmmaker, author of ‘The Encyclopaedia of Occultism and Parapsychology’,
The magazines are in very good condition with expected handling marks, and the last issue having its wraps torn along the spine and thus detached. May-June 1957 issue has ‘page 10’ written on its front cover, in the hand of T. Lobsang Rampa, who sent this issue to Leslie Shepard. On page 10 you will find a very entertaining account of Rampa’s journey into space in a flying saucer.
A very interesting set of magazines.
24.5cm tall by18.5 cm wide, 32 pages each.
Table Turning and Table Talking
Detailed reports of an infinite variety of experiments performed in England, France and Germany, with most marvellous results;
Minute directions to enable every one to practise them and the various explanations given of the phenomena, by the most distinguished men of Europe.
Publisher: Henry Vizetelly, and Clarke, Beeton and Co. Undated but 1853, first edition. Bound in original yellow printed paper-covered boards with an engraving from one of the plates reproduced on the front, and advertising on the back board. Advertising endpapers.
This is a most interesting and very rare book. Chapter headings are:
I: Introductory – The connection between Table Moving and Spirit Rapping – Lord Bacon the first discoverer – Table Moving by Spirits in America.
II: How it came to pass that all the Tables in Bremen were set turning, and how all the Tables throughout Germany followed their example.
III: The Talking Table at Bonn.
IV: The Dancing Mannequin – How to ride across a Broomstick – Further experiments.
V: The Revolution of Tables at Paris – How brought about – Interesting Letter from Dr. Eissen – Experiments by Non-believers and Believers in Animal Magnetism.
VI: The Table Moving Mania progresses in Paris – A medley of Experiments – Fresh Wonders from the Provinces – A Haunted House.
VII: The Dutch and Finnish Tables follow the universal law, and perform Rotatory Movements – Table Moving by the Siberian Lamas.
VIII: Table Moving in England
IX: Practical Instructions from Germany.
XI: Practical Instructions from France – Mode of Operation with different Objects.
XII: Dangers incurred by Operators.
XIII: The Phenomenon Explained as arising from Involuntary Muscular Action.
XIV: The Principle of Involuntary Muscular Action adopted by the “Leader” and the “Medical Times”.
XV: A Batch of Explanations of the Phenomenon.
The writer of the book does not definitely opt for one explanation of the phenomenon, but offers all that occur, from the flow of ‘Magnetic Fluid’ (as in Animal Magnetism) from the participants to the moving objects, to spirits, to involuntary muscular action, and others. He concludes with an inclination towards some sort of flow of a ‘vital force’ from the bodies of the subjects.
This is a fascinating look at the table-turning and spirit rapping phenomenon in the mid-nineteenth century, and it is also a very rare survival. It is illustrated with a folding frontispiece, an engraved title page, and four further engraved plates, all printed in sepia, and all in very good condition.
The book is in good plus condition, lacking its backstrip. The boards have some marks, and bumped corners. Internally the book is tightly bound, and clean and bright. A sceptic has written a comment in pencil on one page, ‘the easiest way is to place your hands flat on the table with your thumbs under it – then you can move a much larger table with ease.’
Small octavo, 17 cm, 7.75 inches, tall, 191 pages.
Nouveau Manuel Complet
Des Sorciers, Ou La Magie Blanche
Dévoilée par les Découvertes de la Chimie,
De la Physique et de la Mécanique,
Contenant un grand nombre de tours dus à l’électricité, au calorique, à la lumière, à l’air aux nombres, aux cartes,
à l’escamotage, etc.
Ainsi que les Scènes de Ventriloquie Exècutées et Communiqués
Par M. Conte [Comte] Physicien du Roi
Précédé d’une Notice Historique sur les Sciences Occultes,
par M. Julia De Fontenelle.
Publisher: Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret, 1837. Bound in full tree calf with titles and decorations in gilt on the spine, all edges yellow speckled red, marbled endpapers.
This is a lovely little 12mo volume. Its preface speaks of the ‘occult sciences, oracles, sybils, spells, ghosts, vampires, leprechauns, fairies and other fantastic apparitions’, but the main body of the book concerns how these things, and many others may be effected by the use of the non-occult sciences, and conjuring. The book is illustrated with tables etc, and with three long folding plates. Text in French.
The book is in very good condition with light bumping of the board corners, and occasional marks to pages, mainly clean and bright. The plates are in very good condition.
A lovely early 19th century work on magic and illusions.
12mo, 14cm, 5.5 inches, tall 390 pages complete, plus a 36-page publisher’s catalogue. Please note that the leaf of the index with pages 391 and 392 is bound in out of order, between the plates and page 387, but all the pages are present.
G.H. Pember (Author of ‘The Great Prophecies”)
Earth’s Earliest Ages
And Their Connection With Modern Spiritualism, Theosophy, and Buddhism
G.H.Lang, Walsham-Le-Willows, Suffolk, December 1942, 15th edition, second issue. Red cloth hardback in very good condition. The spine is very slightly sunned and the titles dulled, corners slightly bumped, otherwise clean, bright and tight in its binding. An uncommon edition of this influential book.
Egyptian Chronicles: With a Harmony of Sacred and Egyptian
Chronology, and an Appendix on Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities, Two
Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts,
1861, first edition. Original
maroon cloth with gilt titles on spine and blind stamped decorations on
boards. Spines slightly
sunned, small library sticker on each spine. Small ex-library stamps, and owner name on endpapers, and in volume
one, there is a 'From the
Author' bookplate. Otherwise
the volumes are clean and bright, and the bindings are tight. This is an unusual early attempt to marry the Egyptian Chronology
to that of the Old Testament.
8vo, 7 -9 inches tall
President of the Psychical Institute of Japan
Clairvoyance and Thoughtography
With one hundred and nineteen Illustrations
Publisher: Rider & Co., 1931, 1st edition. Bound in publisher’s red cloth, titles in gilt on the spine and top board.
This book contains the reports on various experiments with several different subjects. The experiments were in remote reading of randomly selected cards, and also some in ‘thoughtography’ or the production of images on photographic plates by the use of the mind visualizing images. This series of experiments inspired the deadly videotape in Koji Suzuki’s novel ‘The Ring’.
The book is very interesting, and has lovely period photographs of the subjects. Among the illustrations are detailed plans of the rooms in which the experiments were carried out.
The book is in very good condition, with bumping at the head and foot of the spine, and slightly bumped corners, some light marks to the cloth. Clean and bright within, and tightly bound.
Small quarto, 25cm tall, 247 pages.
Witchcraft and Magic of Africa
With a Foreword by Montague Summers
Publisher: Richard Leslie & Co Ltd. 1947, first edition. Brown cloth boards with gilt titles on the spine, in dust jacket which has some browning and a closed tear (wrapped in a new mylar cover.) Lightly tanned eps, otherwise clean and bright. Illustrated with monochrome plates.
The Celestial Planispheres
Or Astronomical Charts
Publisher: Davis and Dickson, 1830, first edition. This is a very rare book, four parts in one, on the subject of astronomical calculations for the purposes of astrology. Illustrated with the nativity of the Emperor Napoleon, and King William the Fourth. One plate in the text. Nine other plates were supplied loose with the book for the purposes of cutting out the designs for the planispheres. These plates are no longer present. The book is in very good condition, tight in its original binding of cloth backed paper-covered boards. Uncut edges. Rear hinge weakening, spine cloth darkened. Titles on paper spine label, which is chipped. The pages have very occasional isolated light marks and two instances of pencilled marginalia, but are otherwise, and mainly, clean and bright.
304 pages, octavo.
The Discoverie of Witchcraft
With an Introduction by Montague Summers
Publisher: John Rodker, 1930, first thus. Limited edition, number 1001 of 1275, printed on a Dutch paper specially made for this edition. Red cloth spine, green cloth covered boards with emblem in red on the top board and titles in gilt on the spine. Top edges red, other edges untrimmed.
This book was first published in 1585. It examines and also refutes many ways to detect witches, discusses juggling and tricks and illusions, and how a great deal of witchcraft is merely illusion and trickery, but also goes on to supply details of how to raise demons, predict the future, make amulets, cast spells and charms, find hidden treasure, bind spirits, talk to spirits, and much more. There is a great deal of fascinating material in this book. It is illustrated with some woodcuts within the text.
The book is in very good condition, with bumped corners, some light scuffs to the green cloth, and a slightly lightened area of the lower third of the spine. The inside front hinge has a little splitting, showing the mull in places, but not affecting the binding. Internally clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Quarto, 30 cm tall, xxvii, 283 pages.
Ralph Shirley, A.E. Waite
The Occult Review
Publisher: William Rider & Son, Ltd. Bound in publisher’s orange wraps.
Another interesting issue of the Occult Review, containing a long article by A.E. Waite on Madame Guyon, plus other articles; Photography and the Unseen; The Philosophy called Vedanta; Precious Stones and their Occult Powers.
The condition of the magazine is very good. There are chips to the edges of the wraps and the spine, and there are signs that the spine has been re-glued at some point. There are some marks to pages, but the whole is generally clean. Inside the front cover is a library label for the Theosophical Society, Edinburgh Lodge Lending Library.
24cm tall, contains pages 295 to 356 of Volume VII, plus 2 pages of advertisements
Ralph Shirley, A.E. Waite, Franz Hartmann
The Occult Review
Publisher: William Rider & Son, Ltd. Bound in publisher’s orange wraps.
A very interesting issue of The Occult Review, with ‘Some Aspects of the Graal Legend’ by A.E. Waite, ‘Remarkable Occurrences and Presumable Explanations (continued) by Franz Hartmann, and an anonymous article ‘Visions Induced by and Oriental Powder’. There are also articles by Alfred Fellows and ‘Aleph Gimel’, this last name consisting of two letters of the Hebrew alphabet and so being a pseudonym.
The condition of the magazine is very good with some repairs. There are chips to the edges of the wraps and the spine, and the back wrap has been reattached with Japanese tissue paper. There are some marks to pages, but the whole is generally very clean. Inside the front cover is a library label for the Theosophical Society, Edinburgh Lodge Lending Library.
24cm tall, contains pages 119 to 176 of Volume V, plus 6 pages of advertisements.
K. Frank Jensen
The Prophetic Cards
A catalog of cards for fortune-telling
Publisher: Ouroboros, 1985, first edition. Ring bound in wraps, the front wrap being red paper with an image of a card pasted on, and titles printed in black, protected by a clear plastic cover, while the back wrap is a heavy card board with a leather-look finish. The black plastic binder ring has titles printed along its spine in gold.
This catalog was published in a limited edition in connection with Spilkammeret’s exhibition of 1985: The Prophetic cards, and it is a rare item. It is a remarkable collection of images of all kinds of fortune telling cards from the 19th and 20th centuries. The packs do not include Tarot cards, though many are obviously derived from or influenced by the Tarot. This publication is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in prophetic cards.
The book is in very good condition, clean and bright. The text is in both Danish and English. The text pages are printed on grey-blue paper and the rest on white. The Illustrations of the decks are printed on one side of the paper only for the most part, and some have examples of their instructions for use. There are eight parts, as follows: 1. The Lenormand-decks; 2. The Social Decks; 3. Standard Decks with Fortune Telling Texts; 4. Mythological Themes; 5. Runes, Geomancy, I-Ching, Chiromancy; 6. Astrological Themes; 7. Unusual Themes; 8. Cards for Meditation etc.
The book ends with a one-page bibliography. There are about 140 different decks illustrated.
30 cm tall by 21 cm wide and 2cm thick.
Cock Lane and Common Sense
Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1894, first edition. Publisher’s maroon cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and top board.
In these essays Andrew Lang examines the cases for and against a wide range of occult phenomena from witchcraft to hauntings. He points out that ‘common sense’ (and in our own times ‘rationalism’) is often used to bully people into denying their own experiences where they do not accord with the majority view. The essays provide a balanced and very readable overview of occult experiences.
The book is in very good condition, with corners and head and foot of the spine slightly bumped, and a very rare isolated light mark to pages. The mull shows between signatures in three places, but the binding is sound.
A very nice copy of a fascinating book.
Octavo, 19.5cm tall, xvi, 357 pages, plus 24-page publisher’s catalogue.
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Coming of the Fairies
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1922 1st edition. Rebound in full black leather with five raised bands to the spine and titles in gilt on a red spine label.
This extraordinary book details the case of the Cottingley Fairies, giving the evidence and reproducing the lovely photographs of the two girls, Elsie and Frances, who claimed to have played with gnomes elves and fairies and to have photographed them. No matter what the truth of the matter, the photos themselves are quite charming. There is also another photograph from Canada possibly showing another blurry image of an elf.
The text block of the book has occasional light marks. One of the plates is rippled, and another has some edge damage. There are 15 plates in all, as called for.
Very good condition and quite rare as only 1000 copies were printed.
Octavo, 22.5cm tall, 139 pages, printed on heavy paper stock.
C. L’Estrange Ewen
Witchcraft and Demonianism
A Concise Account Derived From Sworn Depositions and Confessions Obtained in the Courts of England and Wales
Publisher: Heath Cranton Limited, 1933, first edition. Publisher’s green cloth with titles on spine.
This is the rare first edition of this fascinating work. The work is divided into two parts, the first being the introduction, which gives a detailed overview of the subject with the following sub-headings; History; the Devil and his Organization; Intermediaries (witches, familiars); The Methods (of witchcraft); The Acts of the Witches; Limitations and Risks (of witchcraft); Evidence.
The second part consists of Confessions and Depositions, taken from court and other historical records from 1510 to1717. There follow twelve appendices on the various court circuits. The book is illustrated with eight plates printed on pale green paper, and one fold out table on the Lancashire witches (the Pendle witches).
The book is in very good condition, with the cloth age-toned, especially along the spine, but otherwise in good order. There is some light scattered foxing to the endpapers and title page and closed page edges, but this is minor, and the pages themselves are clean. There are no inscriptions and the book is tightly bound.
Octavo, 22cm tall, 495 pages.
C. L’Estrange Ewen
Witchcraft In The Norfolk Circuit
Printed for the Author, February 1939. Printed wraps. This is a very rare pamphlet on records of witchcraft trials and accusations from the Norfolk court sessions of the 17th century. Also included are three letters, one from the author, typewritten, signed by him to Captain Anthony Hamond, about this pamphlet and other books he wrote on the subject. One letter is from Captain Hamond, requesting copies of this pamphlet since he wants information about the 1678 case: ‘I am now trying to identify all the people concerned in the 1678 case … It looks as if there was and organized coven there in that district.’ The third letter is to Captain Hamond from Rev. S. M. Farrant of Dereham in Norfolk, inviting him to visit to look at entries in the Whissonsett register.
The pamphlet is in very good condition with light scattered foxing throughout, very slightly rusted staples, two brief marginalia and some light marks to the wraps.
21 cm tall, 7 pages of text, 1 page author’s advertisements, with advertisements on the inside of the back wrap.
C. L’Estrange Ewen
Witchcraft in the Star Chamber
Printed for the author, 1938, first edition. Dark green cloth with titles in gilt on the top board.
This book concerns witch trials and accusations of witchcraft in the early 17th century. This is a rare title with detail taken from records, including accounts of James I interviewing those accused of witchcraft.
The book is in very good condition with some scattered foxing to the preliminary pages and to the closed page edges, a note of addition on the ffep, and one note of a name in the text, which is incorrect. Otherwise the book is clean, and tightly bound.
Octavo, 22.5cm tall, 68 pages, plus 2pp author’s advertisements.
C. L’Estrange Ewen
Witch Hunting and Witch Trials
The Indictments for Witchcraft from the Records of 1373 Assizes held for the Home Circuit A.D. 1559-1736
Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd., 1929, first edition. Dark green cloth with titles in gilt on the spine.
This book concerns witch trials, with a long introduction, 115 pages, abstracts of indictments and 8 appendices, one folding.
The book is in very good condition with on mark on the top board, very light bumping of the head and foot of the spine and some very light scattered foxing to the preliminary pages and to the closed page edges. Otherwise the book is clean and bright, and tightly bound. Illustrated with 7 monochrome plates
Octavo, 22.5cm tall, ix, 345 pages.
Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Louis Constant)
The History of Magic
Including a Clear and Precise Exposition of its Procedure, its Rites and its MysteriesTranslated, with a Preface and Notes, by Arthur Edward Waite
Publisher: William Rider & Son, Limited, 1922, second edition. This is a very handsome book bound in publisher’s royal blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and title and gilt decorations on the top board. Top edges gilt, others uncut.
Levi and his writings were much esteemed by Aleister Crowley and this book had a great influence on him and the other Western magicians of the late 19th and early 20th century.
This particular copy is in very good condition, with some marks to the boards, and the boards being very slightly bowed. The head and foot of the spine are bumped, and there is a short closed tear in the head of the spine. The text block has some small spots of foxing to the half-title and title pages, and on the last two pages of the index, otherwise there is only an occasional isolated spot, mainly clean, and tightly bound.
Illustrated, with 20 plates, all in very good condition.
The book has an interesting provenance, having the signature of Atholl Oakeley on the front free endpaper. Sir Atholl Oakeley, 7th Baronet of Shrewsbury, was an author and heavyweight wrestler. He was Britain ’s first Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, and was subsequently a European Champion, too.
Large octavo, 23 cm tall, xxxiv, 536 pages.
History and Practice of Magic
Newly Translated from the
French With Additional Material by Modern
Edited and Revised by Ross Nichols
Publisher: Forge Press,
1952, first edition thus. Two volumes bound in green cloth with gilt
titles on the spines, decorative endpapers, tope
edges gilt, both volumes with two ribbon bookmarks
each. Text printed in dark purple, with headers and initials in
green, on cream laid paper.
These books are in very
good condition, with a little unevenness to the
spine of volume one, and a small mark on its top
board, very faint scattered foxing to the closed
page edges, otherwise the books are bright and
clean and tightly bound.
This work was originally
published in French in 1870. Paul Christian was the pen name of Jean
Titles of the Parts are: At
the Gates of the Supernatural; The Mysteries of
the Pyramids; The Ancient Oracles, the Sibyls and
the Fates; Magic from the Beginning of the
Christian Era to the End of the Middle Ages;
Supernatural Sciences and Curiosities; General
Theory of the Horoscope; The General keys of
Illustrated with some
diagrams and tables within the text.
Large octavos, 25cm tall,
Volume One, xxx, 324 pages; Volume Two, pages 325
Sociological and Criminological Study
Publisher: Rider and
Company, 1954, first edition. Blue cloth hardback with titles in black on
the spine. Very
good in good dust jacket.
The book has a mottled
spine, and very pale scattered foxing to the
closed page edges, but is otherwise clean and
dust jacket has some short closed tears, chipping
to the head and foot of the spine area, and a
small triangle missing from the back, 3cm long,
but only 8mm wide at its widest part. The dust jacket is now in a protective
The author had access to
unpublished material of Aleister Crowley, and the
dust jacket claims ‘This is the first fully
documented account ever written of the secret
rites of what is commonly called the Black
Octavo, 22cm tall, 232
J. Finley Hurley
Publisher: Routledge &
Kegan Paul, 1985, first edition. Black cloth hardback with titles in gilt on
the spine. Very
good in very good dust jacket. The book has a gift inscription on the
front free endpaper, but is otherwise clean and
bright and tight in its binding. The dust jacket has some sunning on the back and a tiny
closed tear at the corner of the foot of the
is now in a protective sleeve.
Chapter headings are:
Sorcerer’s Reality; minds within minds; Thoughts
in flesh; Perceptive trances; The unconscious
sense; The sum is sorcery; A scientific grimoire;
Spoor of the shaman; A different world.
This book looks at sorcery
from a scientific perspective, considering the
possibility that it is a working reality. ‘It draws from scientific studies in many
areas – perception, creativity, biofeedback,
dreams, telepathy, psychosomatic reactions – to
marshal the fascinating case histories and
experiments that put sorcery in a surprisingly
modern perspective. Without abandoning rationality, the reader
can understand how a spell is cast and why it
works: the implications are absorbing and perhaps
Octavo, 22cm tall, 232
Communion With The Goddess
The Manual of the Fellowship of Isis
Part I: The Vital Elements
Part II: Initiation and the Mysteries
Part III: The Occasional Rites
Publisher: Cesara Publications, Huntington Castle, Cloegal, Enniscorthy, Eire, 1976, first, limited edition, all signed by the author, one of the co-founders of the Fellowship of Isis. Also dated Anno Deae Ceara, Hiberniae Dominae, MMMMCCCXXIV. Three books in grey paper wraps, stapled. All in very good condition, with a little age-toning of the wraps, one light mark in Part III, otherwise nice and clean. Very interesting texts.
24 cm tall by 17 cm wide, Part I, 40 pages, Part II, 40 pages, Part III, 47 pages.
Arthur Edward Waite
The Real History of the Rosicrucians
Founded on Their Own Manifestoes, and on Facts and Documents Collected from the Writings of Initiated Bretheren
Publisher: George Redway, 1887, first edition, first printing. Royal Blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine, and decorations in gilt and borders in red on the top board. Very good condition. The spine is slightly darkened, and has bumping to the head and foot, and there are some marks to the cloth. Internally, occasional light marks, mainly clean.
This is a serious, scholarly work on the Rosicrucians, and it also contains translations of Rosicrucuian documents, including ‘The Chymical Marriage of Christian Rosencreutz.’ With some illustrations in the text.
Octavo, 19.5 cm tall, Pages: viii, 446.
Post –Mortem Talks With Public Men
Obtained Through Trance Mediumship
By A Barrister-At-Law and Recorded By Him
Among the communicators are men eminent in the Law, the Church, the Army, the Navy, Politics, Literature, Drama and Sport, besides a host of Lesser Lights in other walks of life.
Publisher: The Two Worlds Publishing Co., 1934. Blue cloth hardback with titles in gilt on the spine, in original cream dust jacket.
This book consists mainly of verbatim accounts of séances with the Medium Miss Sarah Harris, and some other unnamed sensitives, one of whom has a spirit guide called Red Cloud, whom I believe to have been the spirit guide of Estelle Roberts.
The book is in very good condition, in a very good dust jacket. Both book and jacket are fresh and bright. There are three tiny closed tears to the lower edge of the dust jacket, and some light marks. The book has an ownership inscription on the front endpaper for E. Needham (a spiritualist), and a note about the author (in pencil), naming him as Mr. David Thomas, and noting his time and date of death. There are a very few pencil annotations in the text. Otherwise it is clean, bright and tight in its binding.
Small octavo, 19cm tall, viii, 150 pages, plus index pages numbered ix to xx (indicating that they should have been bound in at the front of the book).
The Secret Doctrine
The Synthesis Of Science, Religion, and Philosophy.
Publisher: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1921, third and revised edition. Three volumes complete, Volume I. Cosmogenesis; Volume II. Anthropogenesis; Volume III. Untitled, but containing 51 sections on the different magical, occult and mystical philosophies and practices of the world.
Three volumes in very good condition, bound in dark blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine. Light scattered foxing to endpapers, occasional light marks to pages, portrait of Madame Blavatsky tipped onto the half-title of Volume I, and the ownership inscription and bookplate of Oskar Dawson on the front endpaper of each volume. Illustrated with some diagrams within the text, three of which are folding plates in Volume III.
A dense and scholarly work for anyone interested in the serious study of the occult.
Large octavos, 24 cm tall, Vol. I, xxii, 2pp preface 740 pages; Vol. II, xvii, 842 pages; Vol. III, xx, 594 pages. A very heavy set.
Charles G. Harper
Tales of the Supernatural
With Some Account of Hereditary Curses and Family Legends
Chapman and Hall, 1907, first edition. Dark blue cloth with gilt titles on the spine, white titles on the top board, and a vignette of a ghostly figue trailing from the spine to the top board. A very attractive binding. Top edges gilt, other edges uncut. A very light scattering of tiny foxing spots to the feps, half-title and last blank page, one or two isolated light marks, mostly clean and bright. Tightly bound in a binding which has a little bumping to the head and foot of the spine and the corners, and a small rub to the top of the rear hinge.. Very good condition indeed. With 58 plates, all present and clean and bright, and five illustrations within the text.
A beautiful copy of a scarce book
Large Octavo, 9 by 6 inches.
The Official Organ of the O.T.O.
Volume III No. I.
March MCMXIX E.V.
Publisher: Mandrake Press & Holmes, facsimile edition of the 1919 edition, with two colour plates. Quarto sized, 9 3/4 inches tall (24.5 cm), bound in black buckram with gilt titles to spine. Near fine condition, clean and bright and tight in binding. Large heavy volume.
The Official Organ of the A.A.
The Review of Scientific Illuminism
Edited by Soror Virakam
Sub-editor Fra. Lampada Tradam
Volume I No. IX
Volume I No. X
Publisher: Mandrake Press & Holmes, facsimile edition of the 1913 edition, with monochrome frontispiece, photograph of Aleister Crowley, to No X. Quarto sized, 9 3/4 inches tall (24.5 cm), bound in black buckram. Near fine condition, clean and bright and tight in binding. Large heavy volume.
With a Harmony of Sacred and Egyptian Chronology, and an Appendix on Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities
Publisher: Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts, 1861, first edition. Original maroon cloth with gilt titles on spine and blind stamped decorations on boards. Spines slightly sunned, small library sticker on each spine. Two small ex-library stamps on each front pastedown endpaper, but no other stamps, one owner name on endpapers. In volume one, there is a 'From the Author' bookplate. Very occasional light foxing. Otherwise the volumes are clean and bright, and the bindings are tight. Each volume has a colour frontispiece.
An unusual early attempt to marry the Egyptian Chronology to that of the Old Testament.
Large octavo, 23 cm tall. Vol. 1, 417 pages, 8 pages ‘Notes and Corrections’ plus 24 page publisher’s catalogue, Vol. 2, pages 418 to1053, plus one page publisher’s advertisement.
The Spirit World
F.V. White & Co., 1894, first edition. Green cloth hardback with titles in gilt on the spine and in brown on the top board.
This is a fascinating look into the world of the committed spiritualist at the height of its popularity, a very interesting read, and a rare book.
The book is in good condition, having damp stains to both boards. Internally it is clean and bright. One signature is loosening , otherwise tightly bound . Octavo, 300 pages.
W. Winwood Reade
The Veil of Isis; Or
The Mysteries of the Druids
Publisher: Charles J. Skeet, 1861, first edition. This is a very interesting book, which reconstructs the great history, myths, and theology of the ancient Druids and illuminates the early religions that spawned them. The volume is divided into five books as follows; First, Darkness; Second, Aborigines; Third, The Druids; Fourth, The Destruction of the Druids, Fifth, Vestiges of Druidism.
The book is bound in dark green cloth with gilt titles on the spine and is in good condition. The book is tightly bound. The half-title is missing, and there is scattered light foxing to the prelims and last few pages, with isolated foxing spots and some light marks throughout. There is one owner name on the ffep.
The book has a very useful appendix which is a catalogue of works consulted for the writing of The Veil of Isis that runs to ten pages.
250 pages plus 2 pages of publisher's advertisements. Octavo.
Comprising a Manual of the Theory and Practise of Magic. I.O.T. class 30 and 20
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, undated, c.1980. Stiff card covers with a cloth spine, in dust jacket. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. The pages are clean and bright while the dust jacket has light wear, but no tears. An uncommon small press publication. Large format, 11.75 by 8.5 inches (30 by 21.5 cm). Pagination i-ix, 1 to 61. With full-page illustrations by Brian Ward.
The Astrologer of the Nineteenth Century
Or, Compendium of Astrology, Geomancy and Occult Philosophy
(The Straggling Astrologer)
The ancient Practice of raising Spirits, and invocating the Dead: Apparitions, Visions, and extraordinary Dreams: Curious Charms, Talismans, and wonderful Secrets in Occult Philosophy: Lives of eminent Philosophers, Astrologers and Magicians: An easy Introduction to the celestial Science of Astrology: The art of setting a Figure to any time proposed: The art of casting a Nativity, and resolving all lawful Horary Questions relative to the Fate of both Sexes: Monthly Prognostications and Predictions: An Explanation of the Oriental Science of Geomancy, upon which no Author has written for 150 years: With a variety of important and interesting matter not to be found in any other Publication.
By The Members of the Mercurii
The Editor of the Prophetic Almanack
And Other Celebrated Astrologers
Publisher: William Charlton Wright, 1825 (1824). “Sixth Edition”, actually the first edition, editions 1-5 being non-existant. This is a bound volume of the issues of ‘The Straggling Astrologer’ from June 1824 to October 1824, twenty-one issues, all that were published. The editor of these magazines was Robert Cross Smith, essentially the first professional astrologer of the nineteenth century in England. More can be found about this interesting man here: http://www.kimfarnell.co.uk/raphael1.htm.
The book is rebound in dark orange full leather and is in very good condition. The pages have occasional marks, some scattered foxing, and two leaves are browned, one having a small hole with no loss of text. The book is mainly clean.
There are a large number of illustrations, symbolic and otherwise, and many articles on a wide range of subjects, written in a lively and sometimes satirical tone. Other forms of prediction get short shrift, for example ‘The Phrenologists; Or Society of Fortune Tellers, Who Judge by the Outside Nodules of your Noddles.’ Astrology and other proper ‘Occult philosophies’ are dealt with seriously and at length.
This is a scarce publication.
Octavo, 22cm tall, i-xvi (includes index), 350 pages, plus 2 pages of publisher’s advertisements.
J. Arthur Findlay
On the Edge of the Etheric
Being an Investigation of Psychic Phenomena
What is and where is, the Etheric world we pass to at death?
How is it possible for those who have passed on to speak to us?
How do they live and what is their world like?
These questions are answered in such a way thet the reader can follow the argument step by step.
This outstanding book considers this problem from the point of view of our present knowledge of the constitution of matter and the ether, amplified by information given from the Etheric world. The reasoning can be followed by everyone, as, though the problems dealt with are profound, yet the language is so simple that even those with little knowledge of the subject can follow it.
This book is an introduction to the subject for the novice and a text book for the student. Numerous tests are recorded which prove the identity of those who spoke to the author from the Etheric world. This is undoubltedly the book of the year on this branch of scientific thought, and it deals lucidly with a subject which is attracting the attention of more and more thinking people year by year.
Publisher: Rider and Co, 1931, first edition, third impression. Blue cloth covered hardback with gilt titles on the spine, with original dust jacket. The book is in good condition, with light scattered foxing to the closed page edges and endpapers. There are some occasional light isolated foxing spots within the text block, but it is mainly clean and bright. No inscriptions. There is a touch of browning to the head of the spine where it was not covered by the dust jacket. The dust jacket is also in good condition, with browning, mainly to the spine and edges of the front, marks and some small chips at the foot of the spine. Rare as an early edition with dust jacket.
Octavo, 21.5cm tall, 177 pages.
Atlantis: The Antediluvian World
Publisher: Samson Low, Marston & Company, 1910 (first published in 1882). This is a substantial and scholarly work testing the possibility of the reality of Atlantis and coming to certain conclusions about its location, and the dispersal of Atlantean ideas and technologies throughout the historical world. The book is illustrated throughout with maps, line drawings and engravings, and makes for very entertaining reading.
The book is in very good condition. Bound in red cloth with black titles on the spine, it has some marks to the cloth, bumped corners and head and foot of spine, and partly browned free endpapers. Otherwise the book is clean and bright, and tight in its binding.
Octavo, 19cm tall, 490 pages.
La Physique Occulte
Ou Traité de la Baguette Divinatiore, Et de son utilité pour la découverte des sources d’eau, des miniéres, des tresors cachez, des voleurs et des meurtriers fugitifs.
Avec de principes qui expliquent les phenomenes les plus obscures de la Nature.
Par M. L.L. de Vallemont
Augmenté en cette edition, d’un traité de la Conoissance des Causes Magnetiques des Cures Sympathiques, des Transplantations & comment agissent les Philtres
Publisher: Chez Jean Boudot, Paris, 1709, third edition. 16mo, (149mm tall) full contemporary leather with four raised bands, titles and decorations in gilt on the spine.
This is a work on the divining rod, first published in 1693, standing in the shady area where old occult sciences began to transform into what we would recognise as the modern sciences. An account of how to use the divining rod is followed by chapters which explain how the rod works, with reference to vapours from the earth, magnetic fields and so on, but there are also explanations which veer into the alchemical, referring to the four elements. The book also discusses the use of the divining rod in detecting thieves and murderers. There are many other aspects to this book, including a discussion on tobacco and how to smoke it, the magic lantern and the Camera Obscura.
A very interesting book, illustrated with 23 plates including frontispiece, one loose, possibly lacking one plate.
The book is in good condition, with a partly cracked front hinge and some losses to the foot of the spine. Tightly bound, with a clean text block.
Frontis, title page, 2 pages dedication, 10 page preface, 422 pages, 34 page Traité de la Conoissance des Causes Magnetiques des Cures Sympathiques, des Transplantations & comment agissent les Philtres, 5 pages Table des Chapitres, et des matieres plus importantes.
Shirley, Ralph (editor)
The Occult Review
Publisher: William Rider and Son. One issue of this magazine with articles on ; Poland: A Footnote to Prophecy; the Birds of Venus; The cross and its Symbolism; Rents in the Curtain: A Study in Certain Aspcts of Reality; Psychic Help for Soldiers and Sailors; Fragments of Maori Cosmogony and Folklore. Orange wraps with a small loos to the spine and bumping to the edges of the wraps, Light tanning of the page edges, very good condition. Volume 27, No. 4.
Princess Wahletka (World Renowned Indian Seeress and Psychologist)
Lifting the Veil
How You Yourself May Acquire Mystic Power and Develop Mind, Body and Spirit
Publisher: Princess Wahletka’s Office, London, c1925. Quarter grey cloth with paper-covered boards with a portrait of the Princess on the top board. This is a fascinating book very much of its time, written by the daughter of a Canadian man and a Cherokee princess. She worked as a kind of stage medium, bringing messages from the dead, diagnosing medical conditions and making predictions. She gives some suggestions about cultivating the power of the mind, with evidences from the work of the unfortunately named Dr Quackenbos (a real psychologist with an interest in hypnotism). Most of her suggestions are quite sensible and involve good sleep, self-hypnosis and positive thinking.
A very interesting book, Signed by the author “To the Lady Mayoress with sincere best wishes, Princess Wahletka, July 13. ‘25”
Very good condition, some marks to the boards, occasional light marks to pages, mainly clean. Octavo, 96 pages, all edges uncut.
The Prophecies of the Brahan Seer
With an introductory chapter by Andrew Lang
Publisher: Eneas MacKay, Stirling 1899. Bound in blue cloth over bevelled boards, with titles in gilt on the spine and top board and vignette on top board. Binding a little rubbed along the hinges, occasional light marks within, very good condition. Concerns the prophecies fulfilled, unfulfilled and doubtful of a Scottish seer.
Magic, White and Black
Or The Science of Finite and Infinite Life
Containing Practical Hints for Students of Occultism
Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Ltd. 1904, fifth edition (first published in 1885). This is an uncommon early edition, bound in red cloth with gilt titles on the spine and a gilt vignette on the top board. The spine is lightly sunned, there is a bump to the top board and a small bleached area on the bottom board. Corner trimmed from the ffep, owner name in pencil on the half-title, occasional marginal pencil marks, one or two other light marks, but mainly clean and bright. Good condition. Monochrome frontis, plus some monochrome illustrations within the text.
8vo, 298 pp.
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