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Testament of St. Cyprian
by Jake Stratton-Kent, 2014
Book Condition : Fine
$1800
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Scarlet Imprint. ‘Infernal Pact’ edition quarter bound in veiny vellum and custom marbled boards, all edges gilt, ribboned and presented in a slipcase. Limited Edition of 72 hand-bound sets. Dimensions  234 × 156 mm, 320 pp and 280 pp. Illustrations  4 pen & ink illustrations by Oliver Liebeskind; numerous tables, seals etc.

The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is the third work in the Encyclopædia Goetica series by Jake Stratton-Kent, comprehending The Book of Saint Cyprian and his Magical Elements and an elucidation of The Testament of Solomon. The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is a two volume work of approximately 600 pages endowed with charts, tables, seals etc. and punctuated by specially commissioned pen and ink illustrations by Oliver Liebeskind. Lavishly bound and printed in red and black ink throughout, this is a work of enduring importance and a resource to accompany your ongoing study. This is the final work in Stratton-Kent’s acclaimed Encyclopædia Goetica series which began with The True Grimoire, a working reconstruction of the Grimorium Verum, and was followed by the monumental two volume Geosophia: The Argo of Magic which explored the necromantic Greek origins of Goetia.  The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is a fitting climax to this endeavour which has placed the author at the forefront of modern magic with a body of work that is both scholarly and aimed at practical application. All are standalone texts though benefit from being read as aspects of a single thesis: the importance of Goetia as the oldest continuous tradition of Western magic.

As Stratton-Kent affirms: ‘Goetic Magic … if properly understood would regenerate Western magic and underline its immense cultural significance, on a level equal to any spiritual tradition in the world.’ This understanding is clearly given in two volumes of lucid and fascinating exegesis with clear extracts from all the necessary works.

The Testament of Cyprian the Mage is an ambitious and far-seeing work, addressing two ends of the magical spectrum: the Testament of Solomon and one version of the Iberian Book of Saint Cyprian. In doing so, key aspects of magical practice are revealed. This work draws upon these texts to create a clear understanding of the practice of grimoire magic, not as a discrete or degenerate subset of ceremonial magic, but one which is integrated with folk magic and witchcraft. In particular we discover a shared dramatis personæ, the infernal pact and a common terrain of Wild Hunt and Sabbat.

Within the text we encounter the Chiefs, Kings and Queens of the grimoire tradition; the magical role of the Decans and their stones and plants; lunar magic and magical animals; the gods of Time; the Sibyl and the Hygromanteia; Asmodeus and Oriens; Angelology, Theurgy, Conjunction and the Pact, the Angelic Vice-regent and thwarting Angels; Asclepius, Iamblichus and Neo-Platonism; Paracelsus and the Elemental Spirits; Necromancy, and the principles of spell work.

As Jake writes: ‘A primary purpose of this book is to explore the implicit mythology of grimoire spirits and the contexts from which it derives.’ It does far more. This is a fundamental revisioning of magic with profound implications for the magical revival which we are all engaged in.
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Arbor De Magistro
By Nikolai Saunders, 2013
Book Condition : Fine
$450
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Fall of Man. Magister Edition. Bound in dark brown leather, with the Tree of the Master imprinted on the cover. Finished with black end-papers and hand-sewed spine with a ribbon bookmark. This is a deluxe copy without a wooden box.

Arbor de Magistro is the culmination of over a decade of intensive practical application. It is first and foremost a grimoire, a handbook for those seeking guidance into the realms of Aethyric evocation, but it also contains initiations. These initiations follow the premise that the Third Order work be devised by the Student. And, while anyone can proclaim themselves as a Magister, this book provides a glimpse into a formula devised based on an in-depth study of Thelema and Golden Dawn.

The system presented in this volume uses the Enochian Aethyrs, which are regions of consciousness making up the known universe. Traditional evocation does not utilize the Aethyrs, nor does classical Enochian make use of the circle and triangle of Art. In this system though the magician makes use of all these tools. The final goal behind Arbor de Magistro is to provide a new system of evocation fusing Enochian (Aethyrs) and Solomonic Magick (Goetia).
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Whisperings From The Void
by Patrick John Larabee, 2013
Book Condition :
Fine
$650
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'Whisperings from the Void' Deluxe Edition bound by Hell Fire Club Books. Limited Edition of 33 copies. Full leather bound. Book size approx: 8.5" x 12.5" (210 mm x 310 mm)

The Amaranthine Arcanum of Holy Image and Revealed Exegesis
Presents a work consisting of esoterically inspired art and prose from a practitioner of Sorcerous Crafts. This body of work aspires to illuminate to all seekers of Truth and Wisdom the intricacies of the journey thus far, facilitated via the antiquarian practices of the occult devotee and presented in a manner befitting their sacred manifestation: conjoined image and written word in a dynamic fusion of prayer and icon.

'Whisperings from the Void' published through Aeon Sophia Press. From a very limited edition of 33 copies of this folio edition using full Nigerian goatskin dyed using a proportion of the animals blood, English marbled papers created by Solveig Stone and creating a design made from our collection of 19th century gilding tools.
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Typhonia Mysteria
by Naos, 2013
Book Condition : Fine
$30
Hardcover. 75 pages. Full color edition.

Typhonia Mysteria includes the Book of Nous, a sacred text that explains magical reasoning in a world of delusion, as indicated by the Prince of Darkness.Typhon was the most powerful God amongst the Titans, seeking revenge for his loved ones who were decimated by the Olympian Gods. Typhon was the only God who was able to defeat the Zeus, the God of humans.

In this new Aeon humans experience Typhon’s wrath. NAOS is based on the principles inherent in the Pentagram of Typhon but done from the interpretive view of the known physical properties of Energy and Matter. Integrating logic and science, it can help us find and fix imbalances in our spiritual and physical energy systems. The Truths hidden within the Three Aspects of Typhon; man (body), beast (mind), wings (soul) will bear clues as to where we are losing our energy; why it continues to happen and how the beliefs we hold on to determine the outcome. What you put forth comes back threefold.
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De Statu Mortuorum et Resurgentium Tractatus. (Of the state of the dead and of those that are to rise)
by Thomas Burnet, 1728
Book Condition : Very Good
$500
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Gorgeously rebound London imprint of Burnet's classic examination of eschatology in the original Latin. Thomas Burnet (1635?-1715) was Head of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and later of the Charterhouse. He wrote several books of speculative cosmogony.

In "De Statu mortuorum" Burnet discourses on the nature of the soul and its middle state between death and resurrection. Spiritual bodies, angels, visions, apparitions etc. are all discussed. Burnet argues against the endlessness of punishment in the afterlife.

A fantastic copy in great shape, with little external & internal wear; the outer binding in 3/4 leather, marbled papoer over boards, the spine with gilt adorned raised bands with gilt title label, as shown. Complete lest for main title and prelims, removed in the normal Congreve fashion. This volume is from the library at Mount Congreve, ireland, and was undoubtedly used perused by several generations of Congreves, beginning with John Congreve in the 1760s and ending with Ambrose Christian Congreve in 2012.

Paginates 1-443[432] pp- with 432 misnumbered as 443. Text holding firm, pleasantly toned and unmarked lest for bookplate of John Congreve to the front pastedown, indicating this volume was once part of the historic Congreve Library. Measures roughly 7.5" x 4.5". 
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Hauntings
by Vernon Lee, 1890
Book Condition : Very Good
$650
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London: William Heinemann. First Edition. Octavo, xi + 237pp + 6 pages of publisher's adverts. Recently rebound in half leather, with handmade paper covered boards, gilt lines and spine label, black endpapers.

The binding is new so remains in good clean condition. The title page has a very small ink mark to the centre but this is small - the verso of the title page has a bookplate belonging to the author of Whisky Galore, Comptom Mackenzie. The pages are in good clean condition throughout and free from foxing and stains. Overall a good copy of the first edition in a handsome binding.

This first edition of 'Hauntings', published in 1890, is very scarce. According to Lee,'almost immediately after printing, the whole edition (i.e. all except author's and press copies) was burnt in a warehouse. This is one of the copies that survived.
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Vampires and Vampirism
by Dudley Wright, 1924
Book Condition : Good
$150
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London : William Rider and Co, 1924. Second Edition. vii+220pp.  Internally bright, clean and solid, former owner bookplate with name inked on ffe (dated 1931), a little shelf wear, fade to spine, nick to crown of spine. First printing of the second edition, revised and enlarged with 50 pages of material added, including one entire chapter. Title page dated 1924 and "First published 1914. / Second edition 1924." stated on the copyright page. 

This is the first scholarly study of vampire myths in the English language. The author was a folklorist and specialist in ancient religions and occult beliefs.  The second printing contains considerably more material than the first, and remains the more desirable edition of this title. 
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Philosophy of Witchcraft
by J Mitchell and Jn. Dickie, 1839
Book Condition : Very Good
$495
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Paisley: Murray and Stewart. First Edition. Recent full leather binding. Deep purple Indian goatskin with blind tooling to boards and gilt title direct to spine. 424 pages. With one illustration to the last page of the book showing Maggie Lang's Snuff Mill. (see picture provided. The leather binding is recent so is in very good condition - little grubby marks to the title page but the text pages are in good clean condition through and free from foxing, stains, etc. There is one library stamp to the book and this is found on the verso of the title page. A good copy of this scarce Scottish witchcraft title.

Contents:
Introduction - - - -   The Bargarran Witches - - - - - The Philosophy of Witchcraft considered - - - - Case of Sir George Maxwell of Pollok - - - - Case of Anne Jefferies - - - - Remarks on the preceding Cases - - - - Scottish Mythology - - - - Apparitions or Ghosts - - - - Superstitions continued

From the Preface:
"The philosophy of mind has ever been a subject of deep interest, and that department which leads to a belief in things not seen, has, more than any other, promoted the happiness, or increased the misery of the human race. Considering that much of the value of historical science depends upon the authenticity of its records, the Editors have thought it advisable, in the course of the work, to give a reprint of such documents as to them seemed most valuable for the validity of their statements, and the remarkable character of the incidents contained in them."
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An Outline of Modern Occultism
by Cyril Scott, 1964
Book Condition :
Good
$30
Fourth Impression. Slight wear to dust jacket, now protected in mylar sleeve. Pages clean, a few light pencil underlinings present, ex owners signature and stamp on end page.

This book contains information relative to the more familiar occult doctrines such as evolution, reincarnation, soul memory and Karma...Discussion into the inner government of the world and its works, the occult significance of Christianity, spiritualism and theosophy, Rudolph Steiner and Anthroposophy, as well as other writers. The final section entails practical occultism, clairvoyance, etc.
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The Mystical Element of Religion
by Fr Von Hugel, 1923
Book Condition : Very Good
$175
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New York : EP Dutton and Co. Cloth, 2 Volume set. Sturdy and bright, ex-lib with minimal markings. Minor shelf wear to extremities, binding firm, no major blemishes.

Hügel's The Mystical Element of Religion is a critical but largely appreciative philosophy of mysticism. Yet, in many ways throughout this work Hügel counsels the reader of mysticism’s potential dangers. The mystical impulse is but one of the three elements that together with the other two constitutes the rich complexity of existence.

Hügel cautions: "...mysticism would never be the whole of religion; it would become a dangerous error the very moment it claimed to be this whole; but, at the same time, it would be an element essential to religion in the long run and upon the whole, although it would… possess its own dangers, its own besetting sins, as indeed also the primitive, naïve type of religion possesses its own different dangers and different besetting sins."

Hügel's most enduring contribution to theological thinking is his "three elements". The human soul, the movements of western civilization, and the phenomena of religion itself he characterized by these three elements: the historical/institutional element, the scientific/intellectual element, and the mystical/experiential element. This typology provided for him an understanding of the balance, tension, and 'friction' that exists in religious thinking and in the complexity of reality and existence. While this typology occasionally digressed into a forced Trinitarianism, it is an organizing paradigm that remained central to his project. The effort to hold these sometimes disparate dimensions together is structurally and theologically dominant throughout his writing. His friend George Tyrrell observed, "All life, according to [von Hügel] consists in a patient struggle with irreconcilables—a progressive unifying of parts that will never fit perfectly."
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The Altar of Sacrifice
by Mark Alan Smith, 2013
Book Condition : Fine
$85
Standard Blood Pact Edition: 999 Handbound volumes of superior quality to all previous standard editions. Bound in luxurious Lynnel Tan Charbon. Finished with Peregrina Majestic Bronze endpapers. Blocked and stamped in deep copper foil with the Sacred Seal of Flesh and Fur. Publishing date Samhain 2013.

The Altar of Sacrifice is the first of "The Books of the Way of Sacrifice." The first volume in this closely woven trilogy consists of three inner books, each revealing legendary power of the Olde Ways, attained through the Arte of Bloody Sacrifice. The Path of the Devotee is illuminated from the initial Gift and Pact that opens The Way of Sacrifice, to the formation of the Mother Temple of Four Pillars of Fire through Vortices of Death and Gnosis of the Apocalyptic Keys. Glyphs filled with sacrificial blood open the Backward Atlantean Path of Hecate. The bodies of forest beasts of modern and ancient worlds are entered, with the Formula of Soul Inversion. Knowledge of the Atlantean Priests is revealed. The Elemental Temple Dragon is awoken. The Chalice of Sacrifice, the Grail of Sepheranz, is created as the gateway through which the soul is drawn to bathe in the Blood of the Gods. In an age of restriction and taboo, engineered to hide the true carnage of man’s occupation of this world, the destruction of the planet itself, this is not solely a book of the Sacrificial Arte. It is the first gate, manifested and opened in blood, through which the Trident Kin reveal the Apocalyptic Keys. Created from flesh in bloody sacrifice, these keys unleash the Wrath of the Gods. The Volumes of Sacrifice are forged from a practice that was born of gnosis received beyond the Gates of the Final Judgement of the Soul, a pact undertaken in free will by the author with Lucifer, in the name of Hecate.
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Declamation on the Preeminence and Nobility of the Female Sex
by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, 1726
Book Condition : Good
$1395
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Leiden : Chez Theodore Haak, 1726. Wear to extremities and light soiling, as seen in photos, Binding: tight and secure vellum binding. Set complete with all 1350 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such. Size: ~7in X 4.25in (18cm x 11cm)

French work. Full title : "Sur la noblesse, & excellence du sexe feminin, de sa preeminence sur l'autre sexe, & du sacrement du mariage : avec le traittè Sur l'incertitude, aussi bien que la vanitè des sciences & des arts : ouvrage joli, & d'une lecture tout a fait agreable"

"Originally published in 1529, the Declamation on the Preeminence and Nobility of the Female Sex argues that women are more than equal to men in all things that really matter, including the public spheres from which they had long been excluded. Rather than directly refuting prevailing wisdom, Agrippa uses women's superiority as a rhetorical device and overturns the misogynistic interpretations of the female body in Greek medicine, in the Bible, in Roman and canon law, in theology and moral philosophy, and in politics. He raised the question of why women were excluded and provided answers based not on sex but on social conditioning, education, and the prejudices of their more powerful oppressors."

Indeed, Stenton (p. 127) calls this "the first modern treatise designed to prove the excellence of the female sex ." Erdmann quotes Wood: "By presenting the extreme notion that women are superior to men, Agrippa seriously undermined established notions about the relationship between the sexes. While it would be anachronistic to attribute twentieth-century views to a sixteenth century scholar, Agrippa's strong support of women and his belief in their inherent abilities make him a kindred spirit of those in our era who continue to struggle against forces that suppress women". "His work became a classic quoted by seventeenth-century English writers in behalf of women . Agrippa's treatise has been described as `a monument of varied learning.'"Agrippa "was to a large extent a dabbler and trifler who did not adhere to any given interest for long, just as he did not stay in any one place. Except that always he kept coming back to occult science. Even in De incertitudine he gives information and reveals his knowledge of the field of occult science, devoting a score of its 85 chapters to occult arts and listing past writers on such subjects as chiromancy and natural science," -Thorndike V, 133..
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A Treatise of Spirits
by John Beaumont, 1705
Book Condition : Good
$1095
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London: Printed for D. Brown et. al. [16] 400pp. First Edition. Internally the book is in fair condition - heavy age toning to pages, scattered foxing, with dulling to first and final pages, plus vintage owner names inked to verso of frontis. At some point a censorious hand has inked out the genitals of "evil genius" in frontis, circular damp stain to top edge of last thirty pages, last page has loss at bottom edge, slightly affecting text. The book is handsomely rebound recently, and the exterior is in Very Good condition.

Beaumont not only wrote of spirits, but describes in this volume his own woeful first hand experience as a victim of a band of malevolent immortals.

An Historical, Physiological and Theological Treatise of Spirits, Apparitions, Witchcrafts, and other Magical Practices Containing an Account of the Genii or Familiar Spirits, both Good and Bad, that are said to attend Men in this Life; and what sensible Perceptions some Persons have had of them; (particularly the Author's own Experience for many Years.) 

Also of Appearances of Spirits after Death; Divine Dreams, Divination, Second Sighted Persons, etc. Likewise the Power of Witches, and the reality of other Magical Operations, clearly asserted. With a Refutation of Dr. Bekker's "World bewitch'd"; and other Authors that have opposed the Belief of them."

John Beaumont (c.1640-1731), English physician, natural philosopher and occultist. Concerning genii, seers, spirits and oracles, this treatise was by far his most accomplished work. A n appreciation of the continental scholarship on witchcraft is apparent throughout, though most explicitly in the final chapter, which forms a counter blast to Balthasar Bekker's critical De Betooverde Weereld (Amsterdam, 1691).
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The Infernal Path
by A.W. Dray, 2012
Book Condition : Fine
$85
Dark Harvest Publications. Bound in scarlet cloth with black foil stamping, black ribbon book mark and black textured end papers. Printed on high quality paper and decorated with many full page illustrations including three originals by the sinister artist Lucas Pandofelli. Hand numbered and limited to 313 copies.

In Liber Obsidian Obscura, A.W. Dray successfully returned the power of the Black Arts to the hands of sorcerer’s who approach their work with powerful shamanic techniques and strange theories. That text gave practitioners of the Left Hand Path unique material that the occult world has not seen since the early days of the Typhonian OTO or the Temple of Set. In Nox Infernus Dray explained the how and whys of vampire lore and provides the necessary information for changing the Self into a ferocious and mysterious creature of the Shadows. Rites of Burial, Blood Magic, Shadow Manipulations, and Feeding the Shadow are among some of the material found in that masterpiece.

“The first sorcerers collected together the necessary ingredients; ones that they could feel resonated with their purpose and would capture and hold their magical intent. They combined them together with forbidden words of power that resonated with the elements of the world around them. They stole into the night and built a fire in the most desolate of regions; homes of demons of the earth and air, and they held the effigy of their enemy aloft, weaving a powerful curse and finally throwing the charged representation into the bonfire, knowing the work was complete.”

“The Infernal Path is the embodiment of a living opposition to how traditional approaches deal with the spiritual or unseen realm. The sorcerer who embraces the infernal approach views the non-corporeal entity in a way more akin to the sorcerers of ancient times and seeks to exploit their knowledge of the invisible realms in a way that is beneficial to all parties involved, but that ultimately emphasizes their own accumulation of power and self-deification. The traditional shaman/priest seeks union with the deity and the “spiritual” elevation of themselves and their people through a subservient relationship with the spirit realm. The infernal approach to these traditions reverses this odious human impulse and thus reverses the energetic currents inherent within these systems.”
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Modern Diabolism
by M. J. Williamson, 1873
Book Condition :
Very Good
$150
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James Miller. New York. Hardcover, 12mo, 402 pp, very good + condition, orange cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine, black rules on covers, slight wear and soiling to cover, minor rubbing to corners and edges, light soiling to page edges, minor tears on front endpapers, previous owner's signature on ffp. The binding is tight and the internals are clean.

“Modern Diabolism; Commonly Called Spiritualism: With New Theories of Light, Heat, Electricity, and Sound.”
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De Incertitudine et Vanitate Scientiarum et Artium
by Henry Cornelius Agrippa, 1644
Book Condition :
Good
$795
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Printed by Abrahami Commelini et Davidis Lopez de Haro, Lugduni Batavorum. Volume bound in contemporary full vellum; moderate cover wear with some staining along top edges, old paper spine label, hinges starting, front endpaper lacking, a few ink marks to title page, scattered light marginal damp staining, mild toning, some old manuscript annotations to rear endpaper and inside of back cover, generally clean internally. Text in Latin. Volume numbers 359 pages [i.e., 358] with additional engraved title page and preliminaries. Small, measures approx 5.5" tall x 3.25" wide x 1" thick.

Author was a famous German magician and alchemist who wielded considerable influence through his writings. The present treatise is one of his principle works, in which he denounces some positions articulated in his previous manuscript which later morphed into his other major work, "De occulta philosophia". Both works were highly influential throughout Renaissance and Elizabethan Europe.

Agrippa deals succinctly here with all forms of science then practiced, extending to astrology, magic, alchemy, the Kabbalah and other occult practices. This is a particularly scarce early edition.

Agrippa's two major works, 'De occulta philosophia'...and 'De incertitudine et vanitate scientiarum et artium (Eng tr 'Of the Vanitie and Uncertaintie of Artes and Sciences'), were known throughout Europe and were drawn upon by many Elizabethan writers. These two works may appear to contradict one another. But the magical Hermetic-Cabalistic-Neoplatonic syncretism of the former and the loosely skeptical fideism of the latter are both based upon an Hermetic doctrine of regeneration and deification which Agrippa also found in Christian, Cabalistic, and Neoplatonic texts, and which he understood as the central principle of both magic and the Christian religion. Moreover, while 'De vanitate' does not spare such disciplines as logic, dicing (i.e., gambling), prostitution, and scholastic theology, it attacks only the most demonic forms of magic, and actually praises others...the attractiveness of Agrippa's two major works (and of 'De vanitate' especially) seems to have lain in their unstable but persuasive fusion of apparently Protestant doctrines with Occult and Neoplatonic ideas." [See: A. C. Hamilton's "The Spencer Encyclopedia", pp. 10-11].

"In the 'De vanitate' [Agrippa] tried to demonstrate the uncertainty and the sheer vanity of all the sciences and scientific practices then is use. However, occult disciplines enjoy a rather disproportionate importance in his review, and indeed occupy almost exclusively a third of the entire work (i.e., 48 chapters). 'De vanitate' deals also with the disciplines and philosophical topoi of the Church, the economy, society and crafts; the first subject is central to the apologetic writings for the 'De vanitate'...". [See: Paola Zambelli's "White Magic, Black Magic in the European Renaissance", pp. 120-121].

"Some influential scholars maintain that Agrippa's final standpoint regarding alchemy is to be sought in 'De vanitate scientiarum et artium' (1530). In fact, this radical dismissal of human reason would constitute Agrippa's last word on all occult sciences and the culmination of a profound intellectual evolution, brought on by the events of the Reformation. According to this view, there is a clean cut between the young Agrippa, who in 1510 drafted the project for the restoration of magic in 'De occulta philosophia', and the later Agrippa, a radical reformer and skeptic, who from 1526 on no longer believed in the conceptual foundations of his early project." [See: Early Science and Medicine, Vol. 5, No. 2, Alchemy and Hermeticism, 2000, pp. 160-177].
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Tongue of Time
by Joseph Comstock, 1838
Book Condition :
Fair
$165
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New York, Privately Published. 487 pages. Illustrated with wood-engravings. 8 1/2 x 5 inches. With many in-text wood-cut illustrations throughout, highlighting various views, scenes, places, people and events. Contemporary calf, with tooled borders and small gilt circular stamping on covers; rubbed; lacking front free end paper; foxing. Boards gently scuffed with and edge worn. Edges, joints and spine leather somewhat rubbed although boards remain firmly attached, moderate scattered foxing and light soiling on title page. Gilt & embossed full leather binding. Measures c. 5" W x 8 1/2" H.

A privately published treatise. The title-page lists many of the subjects discussed and ends with "also an account of persons with two souls, and five persons who told colors by the touch."

A System of Human Nature, With the Phenomena of the Heavens and Earth. Among the topics are Egyptian & Indian Magic, American Antiquities, Remains of Giants, Geology, Volcanoes, Egyptian and Indian Magic, Diet, Dress, Drinks, Disease Sleep, Somnambulism, Trances, Resuscitations.
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Nineveh and It's Remains
By Austen Henry Layard, 1849
Book Condition :
Good
$395
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London: John Murray. First Edition. Hardcover. Half leather. Five raised bands on spines. 5 ¾ x 8 ½ inches. Marbled boards, edges, endpapers. 100 illustrations in total. Frontispieces (tinted lithograph plates), numerous folding pates, maps, plans, full-page and in-text illustrations. Contemporary binding, covers and spines worn around the extremities, leather aged. Previous owner’s name on title page, otherwise unmarked. Some light soiling/foxing to frontispieces/titles. Internally near fine; clean, tight, unmarked.
 
With an Account of a Visit to Chaldean Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yezidis, or Devil-Worshippers; and an Enquiry into the Manners and Arts of the Ancient Assyrians.
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Experimental Spiritualism
by Cesar De Vesme, 1930
Book Condition : Very Good
$195
First Editions. Two Volume Set of De Vesme's Experimental Spiritualism. Primitive man & Peoples of Antiquity. 9.5" x 7 3/4". Blue cloth hardcover, no DJ.

This work investigates various peoples of the past and begins with Egypt and the origin of Egyptian civilization. Bible times and the Hebrews are discussed, the Greeks, the Romans, and the divinations of the Oracles as well as magic and sorcery.
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The Philosophy of Spiritual Intercourse
by A.J. Davis, 1910
Book Condition :
Very Good
$125
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Austin Publishing, Rochester NY. Boards in very good shape - mild corner bruising, little to no soiling, pages clean, age toned, but clean, no inscriptions or markings.

Truth and Mystery; God's Universal Providence; The Miracles of this Age; The Decay of Superstition; The Guardianship of Spirits; The Discernment Spirits; The Stratford Mysteries; The Doctrine of Evil Spirits; The Origin of Spirit Sounds; Concerning Sympathetic Spirits; The Formation of Circles; The Resurrections of the Dead; A Voice from the Spirit Land; The True Religion.
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The Supernatural: It's Origin, Nature and Evolution
by John H. King, 1892
Book Condition :
Good
$195
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London: Williams and Norgate. First edition Hardcover. Two volumes. Large 8vo, 304pp & 290pp. Green cloth in great shape, boards are rather thin and pliable so they have slight bowing when relaxed from grip. All edges lightly bumped & rubbed, some light wear to covers and spine, small white stain on Vol 2 spine edge, otherwise very good copies, pages clean, no markings.

King proposes that religion and magic evolved as an attempt by primitive man to bring some control over the unfathomable natural forces that seemed to control his life - as he puts it "Every form of faith is the worship of luck." Concepts of the soul, of spirits and ghosts, arise through dreams and hallucinations, and from them comes the idea of Gods. To test and further his theories King brought examines a large amount of material on the history of religions - in a fashion that would not be unfamiliar to reader's of Frazer's "Golden Bough."
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The Dead Leman
by Andrew Lang, 1889
Book Condition : Very Good
$125
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Swan Sonnenschein & Co., London. First Edition. Three quarter vellum over grey cloth covered boards. gilt tooled raised bands. gilt lettered green morocco label to second compartment. gilt rules to top and tail of remaining compartments, further gilt rules to edges of vellum on boards. decorative red speckle to all page edges. pale blue endpapers. vellum, as so often, ia a little soiled in places. some pages somewhat unevenly opened. small nick to cloth at top edge of lower board, bookplate of Egerton Castle (himself the author of some fiction classed as fantastic!) to front pastedown. xvi,336,[4]pp. p118.

The Dead Leman and Other Tales from the French, A collection of supernatural stories.
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Folk Tales and Fairy Lore in Gaelic and English
By James Macdougall, 1910
Book Condition :
Very Good
$125
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Edinburgh : John Grant In a cloth binding. Externally very clean with mild corner bumping and mild wear to the extremities, Pages very clean and white. Includes a frontispiece photogravure portrait of the author. 6" by 9", 328pp

A fascinating copy of 'Folk Tales and Fairy Lore; in Gaelic and English, collected from Oral Tradition'. Written by James Macdougall, sometime minister of Duror, author of "Craignish Tales" and "Folk and Hero Tales"'.
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Spiritualism in the Light of the Occult Science
by Dion  Fortune, 1931
Book Condition :
Good
$95
Rider & Co, London 8vo 7.5" x 5.5". 122 pages, small book. First edition; red cloth hard cover, black title to spine and front cover; no marks to text, pages clean, boards only lightly soiled and worn, spine cloth has gap when opened wide, but hinges perfectly intact with no cracking.

This book contains her original work Spiritualism in the Light of Occult Science with commentaries by Gareth Knight that quote extensively from now largely unobtainable material that she wrote on the subject during her life. It includes transcripts from her own trance work and rare articles from old magazines and journals.
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Plant Lore Legends and Lyrics
by Richard Folkard, 1884
Book Condition :
Good
$1095
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Hardcover First Edition - London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington. Printed by Folkard and Son.  First Edition, first printing, of the Folklore, Occult, and Mythology of Plants in exceptional binding, marbled green boards with ornamented and banded spine.

Leather in very good condition, gilt is pristine, front cover board is starting to detach, cords hold firm, but leather is separated, and valley is cracked on inside the front cover - handle with care, roughing to the extremities and corners, but otherwise excellent condition with a beautiful binding. Text is clean, pages bright, with only mild foxing on the outer edges of pages. 17 Illustrated Plates (Engravings) and many in-text illustrations. The original cover cloth, as well as the original spine, are bound here on two pages at the end of the book, to provide a nice touch. Vast majority of pages are completely clean, just a hint of occasional foxing near edges of just a few pages but very minimal.  Tiny leather chip towards the bottom of spine, wear to extremities, leather rubbed on corners, but corners not bruised or bent.

Plant Lore Legends and Lyrics - Embracing the Myths, Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-lore of the Plant Kingdom.

"Apart from botanical science, there is perhaps no subject of inquiry connected with plants of wider interest than that suggested by the study of folk-lore. This field of research has been largely worked of late years, and has obtained considerable popularity in this country, and on the Continent. Much has already been written on the folk-lore of plants, a fact which has induced me to give, in the present volume, a brief systematic summary--with a few illustrations in each case--of the many branches into which the subject naturally subdivides itself. It is hoped, therefore, that this little work will serve as a useful handbook for those desirous of gaining some information, in a brief concise form, of the folk-lore which, in one form or another, has clustered round the vegetable kingdom."
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On the Nature of Things
by Lucretius,
Book Condition :
Very Good
$40
Heritage Club Edition, New York. Would have been fine, but it looks like a library stamp or something has been removed from the front end page. Barely noticeable, but roughened page. Everything else, fine - text clean, pages crisp, binding perfect, covers unscarred.

De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) is a 1st century BC didactic poem by the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius with the goal of explaining Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience. The poem, written in some 7,400 dactylic hexameters, is divided into six untitled books, and explores Epicurean physics through richly poetic language and metaphors.[1] Lucretius presents the principles of atomism; the nature of the mind and soul; explanations of sensation and thought; the development of the world and its phenomena; and explains a variety of celestial and terrestrial phenomena. The universe described in the poem operates according to these physical principles, guided by fortuna, "chance", and not the divine intervention of the traditional Roman deities.
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Hidden Church of the Holy Graal
by Arthur Edward Waite, 1909
Book Condition :
Fair
$225
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Rebman Limited, London. 714 pp. 8vo, publisher's red cloth. First edition. Heavy sun fading to spine, and library stamps and pocket affixed to inside of the front of the book, with stamps on the page edges, with some overall wear to the binding, white spot left on spine where stickers and labeling have scarred the cloth, and have been whited out. Internally very nice.

It is at the core of all Western culture: the story of the Holy Grail, the secret history of Christianity and the grand quest to find it that informs everything from tales steeped in centuries, such as the legend of King Arthur, to the most modern popular fiction, like The Da Vinci Code. In this highly readable but densely informative work, Waite, a preeminent 19th-century expert in esoterica, explores all the literature dedicated to this "legend of the soul" from both an intellectual and a spiritual perspective, seeking out the elemental through-lines of this most fundamental of stories as well as a mystical essence of Christianity itself. Students of folklore, readers of fantasy-quest fiction, and seekers after religious truth will all find this a vital resource.
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Dark Nature
by Lyall Watson, 1995
Book Condition :
Very Good
$20
First edition hardcover, Minimal wear to dust jacket, binding firm.

Watson, who labels himself "an old-fashioned naturalist," ranges through philosophy, psychology, anthropology, history, ecology and especially biology. He begins with the unlikely pair of Aristotle and Goldilocks, the former who urged humans to strive for "the golden mean" and the latter who was satisfied only when things were "just right".

We living creatures are pawns of our genes, no matter what species we belong to, and the genes operate on three rules, according to Watson: be nasty to outsiders, be nice to insiders and cheat where possible.

It is because of these rules that our bodies repel parasites, that Serbs kill Croats and that human babies often pretend to be younger or hungrier than they are. Watson believes that aggression is in our genes and examines such phenomena as war, rape and murder as manifestations of that aggression. But while he firmly believes that humans are made up of both good and evil and that natural selection is completely amoral, he is sanguine about humans as the world's first ethical animals with the capability of making moral decisions.

Watson examines evil's many manifestations, from corporate national evil (e.g., the death camps of Nazi Germany) to shocking cases of personal evil (e.g., the two English boys who kidnapped and killed a toddler in 1993) to common street malevolence. He considers humanity's darker nature clinically, albeit within the framework of his view of evil as "a force of nature," a "part of the ecology [that] needs to be seen as such."

He suggests that, although inherent to human existence, evil can be controlled and maybe eliminated if humans manage to "evolve" away from it. This thoughtful book, while certainly not light literature, will reward those diligent enough to digest its complex but well-argued points.
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One Primeval Language
by Charles Forster, 1851
Book Condition :
Very Good
$195
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London: Richard Bentley. First Edition. xiv + 182 pages. Engraved plates, fold-out plates, fold-out map at rear. Octavo (8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inch) hardcover in full green cloth, gilt design front, gilt titling to spine. Corners a touch bumped, some wear to cloth, some light superficial spotting to cloth, but firm and tight.

"Traced experimentally through ancient inscriptions in alphabetic characters of lost powers from the four continents: including the voice of Israel from the rocks of Sinai: and the vestiges of patriarchal tradition from the monuments of Egypt, Etruria, and Southern Arabia. Translations of some very old inscriptions discovered in the 6th century AD in the desert of Sinai deciphered with the use of Egyptian (Coptic), Arabic and Hebrew." This work was later supplemented by two further volumes, but was complete as such when first published.
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Archaic England
by Harold Bayley, 1919
Book Condition :
Good
$225
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London: Chapman & Hall Ltd. First Edition. 894 pages with Index. Heavily illustrated throughout. Large octavo (9 1/2 by 6 1/2 inch) hardcover in dark blue cloth, gilt title & design to spine, top edge gilt. Rubbing to boards, corners bumped, wear to edges, joints & head and base of spine, spine slightly cocked, library call number near base of spine, library plate to front pastedown, library stamp bottom of title page and bottom of page 1, some wear to top front joint, hinges a touch soft but holding fine. Overall sound.

A huge tome on everything archaic to do with England, including a full-page illustration of Stukeley’s Avebury, discussions of folklore and the folk memory, standing stones, the White Horse, holy wells, &c. The author’s earlier book THE LOST LANGUAGE OF SYMBOLISM has been much reprinted, but ARCHIC ENGLAND for some reason has not received any subsequent printings to this First British Edition in 1919 and a Second British Edition and First American Edition in 1920.

I.) INTRODUCTORY. * II.) THE MAGIC OF WORDS. * III.) A TALE OF TROY. * IV.) ALBION. * V.) GOG AND MAGOG. * VI.) PUCK. * VII.) OBERON. * VIII.) SCOURING THE WHITE HORSE. * IX.) BRIDE’S BAIRNS. * X.) HAPPY ENGLAND. * XI.) THE FAIR MAID. * XII.) PETER’S ORCHARDS. * XIII.) ENGLISH EDENS. * XIV.) DOWN UNDER. * XV.) CONCLUSIONS. * APPENDIX. * INDEX.
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Discourses of Epictetus
Translated by T.W. Rolleston, 1950
Book Condition :
Very Good
$95
Mount Vernon: Peter Pauper Press. 141 pages. Tall octavo (9 by 5 1/2 inch) hardcover, rebound in a very high end blue morocco leather binding, blue cloth boards, raised bands, fine giltwork to spine. Some light sunfading to spine, o/w Fine condition.

Epictutus was a freed slave who lived in the 1st to 2nd century AD and wrote a very practical, down to earth philosophy of life based on Roman Stoicism. Though the Emperor Marcus Aurelius lived after Epictetus’s time, he considered himself to be a disciple of this wise and very moral slave, inspiring him to write his own book on Stoic philosophy now called The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.
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Histoire Des Sorciers
by Matthias De Giraldo & M Fornari, 1849
Book Condition :
Good
$565
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Librairie Populaire des Villes et des Campagnes, Paris. Contemporary mid-nineteenth century binding of marbled paper-covered boards quarter bound in red morocco. spine ruled into compartments with lines in blind and gilt. gilt lettered black title panel to second compartment. marbled endpapers. blank leaf, half title, title, 312,[3 table],[1]pp. illustrated with a large folding frontispiece and three further folding plates, not inscribed. extremities rubbed. unobtrusive later St Helier retailer's label to corner of front pastedown. some foxing to plates. usual age-related tanning to paper stock. binding square and tight.

French. Histoire Curieuse et Pittoresque des Sorciers, Devins, Magiciens, Astrologues, Voyants, Revenants, Ames en Peine, Vampires, Spectres, Fantomes, Apparitions, Visions, Gnomes, Lutins, Esprits Malins, Sorts Jetes, Exorcismes. Depuis l'antiquite nos jours.

Quaint and Curious History of Sorcerers, Soothsayers, Magicians, Astrologers, Psychics, Ghosts, Wraiths, Vampires, Spectres, Ghosts, Apparitions, Visions, Gnomes, Elves, evil spirits, spells, exorcisms. From the ancient times until today.
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The Land Beyond the Forest
by Emily Gerard, 1888
Book Condition :
Good
$235
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New York: Harper's. 8vo, 403 pages. Hardcover book in Good condition with moderate wear. Green cloth boards mildly rubbed and soiled. Hinges loose. Internally bright and unmarked. Illustrated with wood-cuts.

Facts, Figures, and Fancies from Transylvania. "More decidedly evil is the nosferatu, or vampire, in which every Roumanian peasant believes in as firmly as he does in Heaven or Hell."
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Nove Zaklady Experimentalni Psychologie (New Experimental Psychology)
by Bretislav Kafka, 1946
Book Condition :
Very Good
$450
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327 pgs. Quarto size (12 by 9 inch) hardcover with tan-colored cloth boards, dark burgundy almost black leather spine, raised bands, red leather label with marbled cardboard slipcase. Slipcase has suffered considerable wear, but is still wholly intact, with only minor wear to the book itself.

Czech. This is the work of the experimental parapsychologist Bretislav Kafka who, according to Ostrander and Schroeder in Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain, undertook some very unusual experiments on his subjects: things which no one would be allowed to do today. He also pioneered what later became known as remote viewing:

“… on June 18, 1925, Kafka and his psychics were in the town of Krasno nad Becva in Czechoslovakia. The expedition of Roald Amundsen was on its way to the North Pole. Kafka commanded his psychics to clairvoyantly see what was happening at the North Pole. ‘There’s a terrible fog and a strong wind at the Pole,’ they said. ‘No one from the expedition has gotten here yet. The storm is too severe to reach the Pole by air.’ On June 20 the Czechs heard the news. Amundsen had returned with one airplane without reaching the Pole.”

He also used his psychics to keep track of what was going on at the front during World War Two. He also reportedly kept one man hypnotized for three weeks and throughout that time fed him only on imaginary food. The result? – the man reportedly came out of it not only in the best of health, but had actually gained weight!

The text here is in what I believe to be the Czech language, though my knowledge of Slavic languages is limited.
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Sanskrit Grammar
by William Dwight Whitney, 1941
Book Condition :
Good
$40
2nd Edition, 6th printing. Harvard University Press, Cambridge Mass. Blue cloth, lightly faded, with corner bruises. Light markings and notes in the text, library card glued to the front cover.

Sanskrit Grammar: Including both the Classical Language, and the Older Dialects, of Veda and Brahmana.
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Ancient Egypt Under the Pharaohs
by John Kenrick, 1853
Book Condition :
Good
$225
The book set is in good condition with the some wear, darkening and fading, with a few silverfish marks on spine. Has bookplate on inside cover of each. The pages are bright and clean condition with some very sparse foxing and browning. The cover has very minor wear, light denting, the spine end has some chipping. Volume II has slightly loose gutter but still firmly attached. Published by Redfield, First Edition. New York. Brown cloth, 7.5"x5" size.

A Complete 2 Volume set. Offers an interesting look at the ancient history of Egypt, plenty of perspective into hieroglyphs, temple construction, with plentiful illustrations.
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