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Author: GODBEER, Richard.
Title: The Devil's Dominion. Magic and Religion in Early New England .
Hardcover. 8vo. x + 253pp. Black cloth with gilt titling, appendixes, indexes. A scholarly examination of the use of folk magic by ordinary men and women in early New England . "The book describes in vivid detail the magical techniques used by settler and the assumptions that underlay them. Godbeer argues that that layfolk were generally far less consistent in their beliefs and actions than their ministers would have liked: even church members sometimes turned to magic. Spine ends and corners very lightly bumped and rubbed, top edge lightly foxed. Otherwise a tight, unmarked Near fine copy in VG dust jacket. (Dust jacket lightly rubbed overall with some light creasing at edges).
Author: LELAND, Charles Godfrey ( signed ) .
Title: Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune-Telling. Illustrated by Numerous Incantations, Specimens of Medical Magic, Anecdotes and Tales.
Hardcover. large 4to. xvi + 272 pp. Elaborately decorated parchment covered boards. Black and red titling to title panel on upper board and spine, frontis with tissue guard, illustrations. One of 150 hand numbered copies, this being no. 60. Signed by Leland on the limitation page. American born Charles G. Leland was a scholar and folklorist who moved to England in 1870 where he learned to speak the Romany language of the Gypsies, and was accepted into Gypsy circles, who freely shared their knowledge of traditional witchcraft, talismanic magic, amulets, etc. with him. He went on to publish two books on the subject, although he is best known for his Aradia : Gospel of the Witches, a book which had a profound impact on the modern rebirth of witchcraft, and greatly influenced the likes of Gerald Gardner, Doreen Valiente and others. Spine and outer edges of boards a slightly darkened (as common), spine ends and corners lightly bruised and rubbed, endpapers unevenly browned with !
a bit of foxing, small bookplate, pages edges browned but otherwise paper is bright and text is unmarked. Overall a tight and fresh Near fine copy. Very scarce thus.
Author: LEWIS, James R. (Editor).
Title: Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft.
Hardcover. Large 8vo. vi + 424 pp. Illustrated papered boards, b&w illustrations, index, references for each essay. A collection of scholarly essays on many different aspects of contemporary neo-paganism. Seventeen essays divided into six broad catagories: "The Goddess and the Witches' Worldview," "Magic and Rituals," "History," "Ethics," "Christianity and Neo-Paganism," "Literature Reviews." Very light rubbing to spine ends and corners otherwise Fine condition. Scarce in hardcover.
Author: CAVENDISH, Richard.
Title: The Black Arts.
Hardcover. 8vo. viii + 408 pp. Green cloth with black titling to spine; frontis, index. A popular overview of the subject, that tries to present it in a dispassionate and serious fashion. Chapters on: The World of the Black Magician, Names and Numbers, The Cabala and the Names of Power, The Stone and the Elixir, Astrology, Ritual Magic, The Worship of the Devil, Appendix 1: The Grimoires, Appendix 2: The 'Hebrew' System in Numerology. Light wear and rubbing to edges, corners and spine ends bumped and rubbed; page fore-edge unevenly browned. Otherwise, a sound and internally clean VG- copy in Good dustjacket. (Dustjacket rubbed at edges with a few small tears and chips, one inch chip at lower spine, rear panel unevenly browned, not price clipped.)
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