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Author: CROWLEY, Aleister. [GARDNER, F. Leigh.] Title: 777. Vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticae Viae Explicandae, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicum Sanctissimorum Scientiae Summae.
Price: 875.00
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Book #: 24968

Description: FIRST EDITION. Limited to 500 copies. Slim octavo (220 x 140mm). pp. x, 54. Publisher’s scarlet buckram over bevelled boards, 777 in gilt to upper, white endpapers, edges untrimmed. A little bumping to corners, light water staining to top of front board and spine, not affecting pages, small 777 written in black ink to spine. Browning to endpapers, otherwise pages are clean. Lacking the perforated Equinox subscription form at rear, the remaining stub has been cut out, with an early processed copy of the errata slip with the Tree of Life diagram loosely inserted. A very good copy of Crowley’s extensive tables of magical correspondences, based on Allan Bennett’s notes from material gathered by Macgregor Mathers, and assisted by George Cecil Jones.

F. LEIGH GARDNER’S COPY, WITH HIS PERTINENT INSCRIPTION TO FRONT PASTEDOWN: “Borrowed Plumes (underlined) | a valuable book written by | a Renegade Frater, who passed | off and posed as a Hierophant. | F. L. Gardner.” Gardner (De Profundis Ad Lucem) was a member of the Isis-Urania Temple of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, joining in 1894. He contributed to the writing of rituals and also sponsored the research of MacGregor Mathers’ (Deo Duce Comite Ferro) translation of The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, published in 1898, the same year that Crowley (Perdurabo) also joined the Golden Dawn. Gardner however sided with the majority of members against Mathers and Crowley in the split of 1900. He was also a confidante of W. Wynn Westcott (Sapere Aude), a founding member of the Order, who supplied introductions to Gardner’s three occult bibliographies on Rosicrucian, Astrological and Masonic books. Yorke [57] Author: WAITE, A. E. (Arthur Edward).
Title: The Holy Kabbalah. A Study of the Secret Tradition in Israel as Unfolded by Sons of Doctrine for the Benefit and Consolation of the Elect Dispersed Through the Lands and Ages of the Greater Exile.
Price: 275.00
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Book #: 35944
Description:
FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION. Large octavo pp. xxv, 636. Bound in recent half red morocco leather, raised bands and gilt titles to spine. red cloth sides and plain endpapers. A little light foxing to first few leaves and occasional pencil marks, else clean internally. A well received extensive revision and amalgamation of two of his earlier works: The Doctrine and Literature of the kabbalah (1902) and The Secret Doctrine in Israel (1913). Illustrated with black and white frontispiece and 3 further plates. Gilbert A41(a)

Author: GLANVIL, Joseph.
Title: Sadducismus Triumphatus: Or, Evidence concerning Witches and Apparitions. In Two Parts. The First Treating of their Possibility. The Second of their Real Existence.
Price: 875.00
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Book #: 35970
Description:
FOURTH EDITION. Octavo pp. 498, [4 ads.] Bound in recent period style panelled full speckled calf, raised bands, gilt rules and gilt titles on a red label to spine. A little light browning and occasional thumbing to leaves. Pages 227- 230 with loss to the fore-edge margin, not touching text. The last edition until a 1966 facsimile. A very good copy of this famous treatise seeking to prove the actual existence of real witchcraft. Joseph Glanvill (1636-1680) first published: Some Philosophical Considerations Touching the Being of Witches and Witchcraft in 1667. The credulousness of Glanvill, along with Meric Causabon and Henry More was derided by John Webster in his Displaying of Supposed Witchcraft of 1677. Henry More responded by republishing Glanvill’s work, adding much of his own material, in 1681, quickly followed by various other editions. The book strongly influenced Cotton Mather and was refered to at the Salem witch trials. His own Wonders of the Invisible World (1693) was largely modelled after this book and its arguments. The book is also famous for the telling of the Demon Drummer of Tedworth, an early poltergeist story. Title page in red and black. Illustrated with 3 engraved plates, line-drawings in text and decorative head and tail-pieces. Coumont [G38.10]

Author: SCOTT, Sir Walter. [CRUIKSHANK, G. Illus.] Title: Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft, Addressed to J. G. Lockhart, Esq.
Price: 675.00
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Book #: 36158
Description:
FIRST EDITION. Small octavo pp 16 (ads.); viii; 402. Bound in full deep red morocco leather by Zaehnsdorf, gilt titles and raised bands to spine, inner gilt dentelles with marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. A little rubbing to extremities, internally bright and clean. The Cruikshank illustrations were published seperately, but some have been bound in to copies over the years. An excellent copy. Black and white frontispiece by Skene and 12 plates by Cruikshank in two states: monochrome and hand-coloured. Caillet [10065]; Coumont [S39.1]

Author: WAITE, A. E. (Arthur Edward); (COLMAN SMITH, Pamela Illus.)
Title: The Pictorial Key to the Tarot. Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition under the Veil of Divination. By Arthur Edward Waite. With 78 Plates, illustrating the Greater and Lesser Arcana, from designs by Pamela Colman Smith.
Price: 275.00
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Book #: 36176
Description:
FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION. Octavo pp.xii, 340 including a bibliography. Finely bound in recent half dark brown morocco leather, raised bands and gilt titles to spine, with brown cloth boards. Original top edge gilt, original decorative upper cover and spine bound in at rear. Internally clean without writing or other marks. The classic book on the Tarot in a fine leather binding. Illustrated with 78 black and white plates depicting the Tarot pack, by Pamela Colman Smith. Gilbert [A24]

Author: ANONYMOUS (STARICIUS, Johannes.) [KHUNRATH, Heinrich.] Title: Grimoire ou la Magie Naturelle
Price: 1250.00
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Book #: 36240
Description:
ANONYMOUS FRENCH TRANSLATION OF GEIHEIMNISSVOLLER HELDENSCHATZ BY JOHANNES STARICIUS. 16mo (135 x 83mm) pp. 600. Contemporary full mottled calf, extra gilt to spine with red label and marbled endpapers. Binding a little rubbed, with short split to upper joint. Some browning to pages, heavier to few leaves. The first part of the work reproduces a manuscript by the noted spiritual alchemist and influence on the Rosicrucian movement Heinrich Khunrath, discussing the magical electrum armour of Achilles and how to reproduce the metals. The remaining parts are a translation of Staricius’s Treasure of Heroes with information and techniques of manufacture for weapons and military equipment, fireworks and gunpowder, recipes for medicines and cooking and other typical Book of Secrets subjects. A very good copy of a rare work. Occasional small woodcut illustrations within the text. Caillet [4782]; Coumont [G80.1]

Author: CROWLEY, Aleister.
Title: Autograph Letter Signed to Frank West-Kelsey.
Price: 750.00
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Book #: 36392
Description:
Black ink on Piccadilly Hotel printed folded stationary, written on all four sides, with original stamped Langham Hotel envelope, addressed by Crowley and postmarked 12th July 1937. A spirited letter from Crowley to an errant student, admonishing him for his lack of dedication and effort: ‘Adventure is to the adventurous. You ring off before one has time to get 10 yards to the instrument and wail “no answer”‘ and later: ‘As long as there is all this fear in imagination and feebleness in execution, who is going to trust you with a job on which the fate of millions might depend?’ In his P.S., Crowley gives the hapless student another chance: ‘You have got to see me on Monday. It’s up to you to manage it. I shan’t try to avoid you, but shan’t give you my itinerary. If you succeed, we’ll try something bolder at once.’ The letter is signed ’93 93/93 F..Y 666′.

Author: MACGREGOR MATHERS, S. L.
Title: The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage, as Delivered by Abraham the Jew unto his Son Lamech, A.D. 1458. Translated from the Original Hebrew into the French, and now Rendered from the Latter Language into English. From a Unique and Valuable MS
Price: 1250.00
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Book #: 37141
Description:
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Large octavo (250 x 185mm). pp. xlviii, 268. Publisher’s black cloth, gilt titles to spine and SATOR magic square in gilt to upper. Top edge trimmed, others left with plain endpapers. Light rubbing to extremities and a little soiling to boards, though the gilt remains sharp and bright, and the black cloth is unfaded. Neat repair to head of spine, but shows well. Clean and fresh internally, with just a little of the usual browning to endpapers. A classic text of ceremonial magic, translated by a founding member of the Golden Dawn. It was highly inspirational to the young Aleister Crowley, who purchased his famous house Boleskine in Scotland, specifically to concentrate on the extended rituals which take at least six months of preparation. An excellent copy, retaining the illustrated title page, which has been removed from many first edtion copies. Additional illustrated title page by Moina Mathers printed in golden brown, with decorative initials and numerous magical squares to book three.

Author: CROWLEY, Aleister.
Title: Liber CCCXXXIII The Book of Lies. Which is Also Falsely Called Breaks. The Wanderings or Falsifications of the One Thought of Frater Perdurabo Which Thought is itself Untrue.
Price: 975.00
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Book #: 37391
Description:
FIRST EDITION. Small octavo (140 x 80mm) pp. [2], 7-130, [1] Publisher’s black buckram, gilt titles within Egyptian design to upper, gilt title to spine, white endpapers. Errata slip, between pages 60 and 61 as called for. A little rubbing to extremities, gilt design still bright. Clean internally, with faint browning to endpapers. A near fine copy of an undoubted highlight in the Crowley canon. In his own words: ‘This book deals with many matters on all planes of the very highest importance. It is an official publication for Babes of the Abyss, but is recommended even to beginners as highly suggestive.’ Full of in jokes, cryptic poetry and mystical musings, there is much to meditate upon and digest of a Kabbalistic and Thelemic nature among its pages. Also included at the end is a brilliantly self-deprecating list of his books to date, ‘The Excreta of Mr. Aleister Crowley’, filled with real and self penned critiques of his works. Illustrated with two photogravure portraits, one of Crowley on an ass in the Himalayas and a fantastic ritualistic image of Leila Waddell. Yorke [58]

Author: SUMMERS, Montague.
Title: The Vampire His Kith and Kin. [Together With] The Vampire in Europe.
Price: 575.00
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Book #: 37393
Description:
FIRST EDITIONS 2 Vols. Octavo pp. xv, 356 and xii, 330. Bound in recent half black morocco leather, black cloth boards, raised bands and gilt titles to spine, with deep red endpapers. The two volumes are housed in a black cloth slipcase. A little light foxing to first few pages of Vampire in Europe, otherwise the books are internally clean without writing or other marks. A beautiful presentation of Summers’ classic works on Vampires, including a useful short checklist of their appearences in historical works, poetry and fiction. Both volumes illustrated with black and white plates. d’Arch Smith [A15(a); A16(a)]

Author: ANONYMOUS. [Order of the Gold and Rosy Cross] Title: Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians of the 16th and 17th Centuries. An Exact Reproduction of the Original but with the German Text and Terms literally Translated. [Geheime Figuren der Rosenkreuzer aus dem 16ten und 17ten Jahrhundert.] Price: 475.00
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Book #: 37582
Description:
FIRST EDITION THUS. Folio (450 x 300mm) ff. 57. Publisher’s gold boards, red titles and symbol to upper, spine blank with white endpapers. Bumping to corners and small patch rubbed just below head of spine. Light toning to margins, else clean pages without writing or other marks. Originally circulated in manuscript form, the Geheime Figuren der Rosenkreuzer was first published in Germany in 1785, with a second part in 1788 and a third undated. With a large number of magnificent and intricate annotated plates and a selection of tracts on the Great Work this is a treasure trove of Hermetic, Rosicrucian and Alchemical symbolism. A wonderful example of book production, this 1935 edition contains the first two parts and was the first to fully translate all the text. A very good copy of an uncommon edition. 20 full page plates and many more within the text, all HAND-COLOURED in strict conformity with the original. Pritchard [370.2]

Author: WAITE, A. E. (Arthur Edward).
Title: The Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross. Being Records of the House of the Holy Spirit in its Inward and Outward History.
Price: 375.00
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Book #: 37583
Description:
FIRST EDITION. Quarto. pp. xxii, 649, [2 ads.] Publisher’s deep red cloth with gilt rose cross to upper and smaller cross and titles to spine. Fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Top edge gilt with white endpapers. Original grey dust jacket, printed in dark blue. A very good copy of the book, with none of the typical fading to spine because of the surviving dust jacket. Corners a little bumped, gilt decoration remains bright. Foxing to first and last leaves and to the untrimmed edges, else pages clean without writing or other marks. Bookplate of H. Glasson to pastedown. The jacket has a little loss to corners and some chips and loss to the head and foot of spine, not affecting titles, with some small splitting to folded edges. A major study of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood from its beginnings in the early 17th Century to the Occult Revival of the 19th Century. One of Waite’s best books and it finely demonstrates his contribution to the research and bibliographical study of occult history; something that is sadly sometimes overlooked. Frontispiece and fifteen full page plates. Duveen [608]; Gilbert [A37]; Pritchard [2803]

Author: WAITE, A. E. (Arthur Edward).
Title: The Secret Tradition in Alchemy. Its Development and Records.
Price: 395.00
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Book #: 37584
Description:
FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION. Octavo pp.xxii, 415. Publisher’s blue buckram cloth, titled in gilt to spine. Original white dust jacket, printed in blue. Near fine copy of the book in a near fine example of the uncommon dust jacket with a little light soiling and slightly browned to spine. Waite approaches the literature of Alchemy with a more spiritual and mystical interpretation, rather than merely an ‘early chemistry’. Gilbert [A39]; Pritchard [2588]

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