ALCHEMY & THE OCCULT
(Alchemy) Geheime Wissenschaften I. ALCHEMIE. Metallurgie - Kräuterbücher. München: J. Halle, (1924). 8vo, 62pp. Illus. wrappers, very good. ¶ Vintage bookseller’s catalogue of occult works lists 239 books on alchemy, 37 on metallurgy, and 67 herbals. $25.
ARCHER, John Clark. MYSTICAL ELEMENTS IN MOHAMMED. Yale Oriental Series. Researches, Volume XI, Part I. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1924. Lg 8vo, 86, (1)pp. Blue cloth, paper spine label. Very good. ¶ First Edition of this scholarly examination of the history and philosophy of Mohammed. $60.
(Astrology). OROSCOPO O SIA ISTRUZIONE... Illustrata da Prattiche Esperienze... Con un Cabala responsiva Astrifera, coll’Aritmetica Cabalistica, Cabala per gl’Ignoranti, Estrazioni del Lotto di Roma, e di Napoli fatte dal 1750. a questa parte... Asisi: da Ottavio Sgarliglia, 1782. Sm 4to, 152pp, woodcut title vignette, tables and horoscopes throughout. Contemp. quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt label, moderate wear at spine, boards rubbed at extremities, light, mostly marginal foxing, a good copy. ¶ First Edition. This introductory astrological work begins with a theoretical discourse on the Signs, Houses, and Aspects. In addition to ephermeride tables, much of the work provides detailed instruction in performing simplified mathematical calculations for constructing horoscopes and doing “cabalistic arithmetic.” The final chapter presents several quite detailed medicinal recipes including a “miraculous liquor for maintaining health throughout the year.” Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica, Caillet or Gardner. No copies in OCLC or KVK. $1000.
(Bacon, Roger). CHARLES, Emile. ROGER BACON, Sa Vie, Ses Ouvrages, Ses Doctrines... Paris: Hachette, 1861. 8vo, xv, 416pp. Quarter red morocco, gilt title and arms of the Lycee de Lyon on front board, very good. ¶ First Edition of an early work treating the life, works, method, philosophy, and scientific discoveries of the most prominent scholar in England in the 13th century. A man of vast erudition and of prophetic vision, Bacon’s works show a knowledge of Euclid, Ptolemy, Theodosius, Archimedes and of the works of the various Arab writers. He was familiar with the writings of Aristotle and with some of the commentaries upon them. Bacon laid the principles for a reform of the calendar, explained the phenomena of shooting stars and stated that the Ptolemaic system was unscientific. $250.
(BACSTROM, Sigismond). BACSTROM’S ALCHEMICAL ANTHOLOGY. Edited and with an Introduction by J.W. Hamilton-Jones. London: John M. Watkins, 1960. 12mo, 152pp, frontispiece, 1 b/w hors-texte plate. Publ. navy cloth, spine lettered in gilt, dust jacket, catalogue price clippings tipped-in at verso frontis., faint traces of wear at extremities, otherwise a fine copy in very good, price-clipped dj. ¶ First Edition, limited to 500 copies. Originally entitled An Essay on Alchemy, the present collection of excerpts from the great early Alchemists has been edited from previously unpublished manuscripts of the 18th century physician and Rosicrucian initiate, Sigismond Bacstrom and is divided in seven parts: Of Sulpher Sol; Of Our Mercury the Regulus of Antimony and Mars; Of the Secret Fire Sublimate of Mercury; Of Rebis; Of the Three Principles; Of the Furnace and Glass; Of the Work. The Scandanavian doctor also authored an Account of a Voyage to Spitzbergen in the Year 1780. $135.
BAGGALLY, W.W. TELEPATHY, Genuine and Fraudulent. Chicago: Marlowe, (1918). 12mo, 81, (1 ad)pp, illustrated, with frontispiece photo plate. Green cloth, spine caps and corners worn, otherwise very good. ¶ First American Edition. From the library of Hereward Carrington (without indication). “An account of telepathic experiments witnessed by the author. Baggally was something of an amateur conjurer and made a point of trying to expose trickery. This book gives both cases in which fraud was discovered and successful cases in which no deceit could be discovered” Crabtree 1719, citing the first edition of 1917. $25.
BAILEY, Wilson G. NO, NOT DEAD; THEY LIVE! A Study of Personal Immortality from the Standpoint of a Physician and Surgeon. Camden, New Jersey: I. F. Huntzinger, (1923). 8vo, (4), xi, (1), 254pp, frontisportrait, with index. Red cloth, gilt, spine faded, minor wear to spine ends, corners bumped, otherwise a very good copy. ¶ First Edition, inscribed by the author, Feb. 26th 1928: “To Prof. Hereward Carrington, with sincere best wishes. W. G. Bailey M.D. The Author.” $145.
BARTLETT, George C. THE SALEM SEER, Reminiscences of Charles H. Foster. New York: United State Book Company, (1891). 8vo, 157pp, with frontisportrait of Foster. Red cloth, head cap worn, 1 inch chips on lower spine and upper edge of rear cover, corners bumped, upper hinge starting, text lightly browned at edges, marginal pencil notations, booksellers’ paper stamps on rear pastedown, otherwise good. ¶ From the library of Hereward Carrington, with his bookplate. “Charles H. Foster was undoubtedly the most gifted and remarkable Spiritual Medium since Emanuel Swendenborg. Since the death of Mr. Foster, I have been frequently importuned by his friends, and by many prominent Spiritualists, to give my experiences while with him... I have rather reluctantly consented, and give in this volume a plain statement of facts and descriptions of many seances held in different parts of the world, thinking that this record may be of service to investigators of these phenomena, in the future” (from the author’s preface). $125.
BEAUMONT, John. GLEANINGS OF ANTIQUITIES. Containing, I. An Essay for Explaining the Creation and the Deluge, According to the Sense of the Gentiles. In a Letter to a Learned Person. II. A Discourse of Oracles, Giving and Account of the Sibylline Oracles; with an Uncommon Explication of Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue, and Some Other Parts of his Works Relating to Them. To Which is Added, An Account of the Oracles Delivered at Delphos, and in the Other Temples of the Gentiles; and of the Rise and Cessation of Oracles, Both Among the Jews and Gentiles. III. Some Notes Concerning Familiar Spirits. London: W. Taylor, 1724. 8vo, vii, (1), 206pp, 1 woodcut in text, initials, head- and tail-pieces by F. Hoffman. Disbound, first few leaves frayed at corners, clean copy with some scattered browning of the first 12 leaves. ¶ First Edition. Apparently intended by Beaumont as a continuation of his Treatise of Spirits, Apparitions, Witchcrafts, and other Magical Practices of 1705. Cf. Lowndes, vol I, p.138. $450.
(BECKER, August). MACDOWALL, M. W. (Trans.). TEMPTED OF THE DEVIL. Passages in the Life of a Kabbalist. A Story Retold From the German of August Becker. Boston: Cupples & Hurd, [n.d., ca. 1888]. 8vo, xvi, 330pp. Rebound half maroon cloth over beige pebbled cloth, gilt lettered, bookseller stamps, owner’s signature, very good. ¶ First Edition in English of a section from Becker’s (1828-1891) three-part occult novel Der Rabbi Vermächtnis (1866-67). Scarce. $75.
[BERTOLDI, Giuseppe]. MEMOIRS OF THE SECRET SOCIETIES OF THE SOUTH OF ITALY, Particularly the Carbonari. Translated from the Original MS. London: John Murray, 1821. 8vo, xvi, 235, (1)pp, frontis. &11 plates (7 folding). Orig. boards, nearly rebacked, orig.label. Fine. ¶ First Edition and only English edition, not published in Italian until 1904. Attributed to one Bertoldi, this volume, replete with a dozen early lithographs by Hullmandel, recounts the activities of the liberal underground society, the Carbonari. Bringing together Italians of different classes and provinces and probably an offshoot of the Freemasons (though the author considers them descendants of the German and Scottish Colliers who sought refuge from tyranny in the woods), the society was formed to overthrow tyranny and foreign rule. Their importance arose during the Napoleonic Wars. Comprising nobles, officers, peasants and even priests, the society had numerous fantastic ritual symbols taken from Christianity and from the trade of charcoal-burning, which was practised in the mountains of Calabria and Abruzzi. Their efforts were tirelessly opposed, and Ferdinand even set up his own secret society, as we learn in this volume, called the Calderai del Contrappeso (braziers of the counterpoise), recruited from the brigands and low-lifes of the people. Nevertheless, Carbonarism sprung up throughout Italy, and the revolution of 1820 was entirely their own product, several of the regiments being made up entirely of Carbonari. Louis Napoleon was known to be a Carbonaro, and the movement also spread to France. Carbonarism would later play a certain role in the Italian Risorgimento and the revolutions of 1848-49, 1859-60, and 1866. See Hobsbawn, Primitve Rebels, ch. 9 (who reproduces from this book one of the oaths the initates had to swear). $600.
BEY, Hamid. MY EXPERIENCES PRECEDING 5000 BURIALS. Los Angeles: The Coptic Fellowship of America, 1944. 8vo, (2), v, 138pp, with frontisportrait & 2 b/w photo plates. Green wrappers, gilt decoration, minor wear to spine, “Hamid Bey” written in ink on spine, a very good copy, including the 4 original order coupons for Coptic Fellowship of America publications. ¶ From the estate of Hereward Carrington (without indication). $45.
BILLOT, G.P. RECHERCHES PSYCHOLOGIQUES SUR LA CAUSE DES PHÉNOMťNES EXTRAORDINAIRES Observés chez les modernes voyans improprement dits somnambules magnétiques ou Correspondance sur le magnétisme vital entre un solitaire et M. Deleuze… Paris: Albanel et Martin, 1839. 2 vols in one, 8vo, (8), xvi, 342, (4), 368pp. Quarter calf over marbled boards, rubber-stamp to title, otherwise nearly fine. ¶ Second Edition (?). “One of the first lengthy treatments of spiritist-type phenomena occurring in animal magnetic sessions.” Cf. Crabtree 393 (1838 ed.) doesn’t include xvi pp, otherwise pagination is the same. Caillet 1158. $250.
BLANC, Aimé. LE DRAME DE L’AN 3000. Roman Fantastique. Paris: Debresse, 1946. 8vo, 206pp. Orig. printed wrappers, very good copy. ¶ First Edition, a sci-fi novel set in the year 3000 and starring a man called Lucas. $30.
BODDING, P.O. SANTAL RIDDLES [and] WITCHCRAFT AMONG THE SANTALS. Oslo: A. W. Broggers, 1940. 4to, 210-326pp. Printed wrappers, partially unopened, wrappers aged-toned, otherwise internally clean, overall fine. ¶ First Edition, Oslo Etnografiske Museums Skrifter Bind 3 Hefte 5. $50.
BOEHME, Jacob. MORGENROTE IM AUFGANG. Das ist: die Worzel oder Mutter der Philosophiae, Astrologiae und Theologiae, aus rechtem Grunde, Oder Beschreibung der Natur... Neue Auflage. Berlin und Leipzig: bey Christian Ulrich Ringmacher, 1780. 12mo, xxvi, 360, 4(contents)pp, engr. frontispiece, title in red and black. Contemp. paper-covered wooden boards, gilt label, extremities chipped, occasional light soiling, a good copy. ¶ Later edition of a scarce work. Jacob Böhme (1575-1624), the son of Lutheran peasants, worked as shoemaker until, in 1600, while looking for a polished pewter dish, he suddenly felt that he was being penetrated by the Light of God, by which the core of Nature was revealed. In a burst of insight he realized that God is characterized by numerous antitheses, a revelation that would impress all his thinking and profoundly influence the likes of Newton, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Emerson, Tillich and Carl Jung. Buddecke 118. $750.
[BOEHME, Jakob]. SIGNATURA RERUM: Or the Signature of all Things: Shewing the Sign, and Signification of the severall Forms and Shapes in the Creation: And what the Beginning, Ruin, and Cure of every Thing is; it proceeds out of Eternity into Time, and again out of Time into Eternity, and comprizeth All Mysteries... London: by John Macock for Gyles Calvert, 1651. Sm 4to, (8), 224pp. Cont. calf, worn at extremities, spine ends chipped, joints cracked but cords strong, ink notations at paste-downs and at verso title showing through, occasional pencil and ink marginalia, with a few underlinings, some light soiling, otherwise a good, generally clean and crisp copy. ¶ First Edition in English of perhaps Boehme’s most important book, a work whose publication in England preceded Continental editions by over thirty years. Boehme (1575-1624) was, for Jung, “one of the great and marvellous thinkers and poets whose poetic-philosophic stammerings allow a glimpse into the unfathomable abyss of the unborn and of things yet to be.” His subject matter, by his own characterization, falls into three large divisions: Philosophia, Theologia, and Astrologia, i.e. in the largest sense cosmology, the manifestation of the divine in the structure of the world and of man, to which belongs Signatura Rerum, an essentially alchemical exposition of the microcosm of man. Although Boehme was not an alchemist in the experimental sense, he made use of its terminology for hermetic purposes. “It was [he] who, influenced by alchemy and the Cabala equally, envisaged a paradoxical God-image in which the good and the bad aspects appertain to the same divine being…he was the first to try to organize the Christian cosmos as a total reality, into a mandala” (Jung). The expression of this conception of reality, which in large part is developed in the Signatura, demonstrates the primary effort of Boehme’s philosophy, [which] is to show how material powers are substantially one with moral forces. “This book contains the core of Boehme’s philosophy” (Faber du Faur). Buddecke 119. Faber du Faur 112 (for original German ed. of 1635). Mellon, Alchemy and the Occult, II, pp.304-05. Wing B-3419. $3500.
(Boehme). PENNY, A.J. STUDIES IN JACOB BOEHME. London: John M. Watkins, 1912. 8vo, xxviii, 475 (1 ad)pp. Blue cloth, gilt. Rear hinge cracking but sound. Very good. ¶ First Edition of one of the definitive works on Boehme. $200.
BOKSER, Rabbi Ben Zion. FROM THE WORLD OF THE CABBALAH. The Philosophy of Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague. New York: Philosophical Library, (1954). 8vo, ix, 210pp. Orig. blue cloth, in a price-clipped, lightly worn to extremities dust-jacket, otherwise a very good copy. ¶ First Edition. Bokser traces the fascinating history of Rabbi Judah Loew (Maharal) & presents a comprehensive summation of his ideas. $20.
BORDELON, [l’abbe Laurent]. DE L’ASTROLOGIE JUDICIAIRE. Entretien Curieux... Paris: Louis Lucas, 1689. 12mo, (22),147, (2), (7 index)pp. Quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt spine with morocco label, light wear to extremeties, bookplate and library label, mild dampstaining to lower corners of a few leaves, otherwise a very good copy. ¶ First Edition. A doctor of theology, Bordelon (1653-1730) was a prolific writer; more than two dozen works have been attributed to him, written over a period of 25 years.“Il ne publia que des ouvrages singuliers, avec des titres bizarres” (Caillet). A curious dialogue in which Bordelon’s interlocutors politely debate what can be said in favor of astrology as against the practice’s “superstitieuse vanite” and the “dangereuse faussete de ses predictions.” According to Michaud, Bordelon once remarked in public “que ses ouvrages etaient ses peches mortels, dont le public fait la penitence.” Caillet 1419. Gardner 158. Bibliotheca Esoterica 426. $800.
BRAGDON, Claude. EPISODES FROM AN UNWRITTEN HISTORY. Rochester: Manas Press, 1910. 12mo, 109pp. Blue cloth, lettered in gilt. Small spot to front board, otherwise fine. ¶ Second Edition, enlarged, of the architect’s exposition of the unrecognized influence which the Theosophists have exerted in history. “I learned enough concerning the origin and aims of the Theosophical movement to convince me that it had a significance and importance enormously greater than an indifferent world is at present prepared to allow; that at no very distant date its small beginnings, its various vicissitudes, the personalities and life histories of its leaders, would become a subject of general interest and attention” (p.10). The much briefer first edition was only thirty pages. $35.
BROWNE, [Sir] Thomas. PSEUDODOXIA EPIDEMICA: Or, Enquiries into Very Many Received Tenents and Commonly Presumed Truths, Together with the Religio Medici. The Sixth and Last Edition, Corrected and Enlarged by the Author, with Many Explanations, Additions and Alterations Throughout. Together with Many More Marginal Observations, and a Table Alphabetical at the End. By Thomas Brown [sic]. London: Printed by J.R. for Nath. Ekins, 1672. Sm 4to, (4 blank), (20 as Preface and contents), 440, (12 Index), (8 Preface), 144, (2 blank)pp, head -tailpieces, dec. inits. Contemporary full calf, raised bands, gilt lettered spine label, losses to backstrip and spine label, rubbing and wear to boards, sm chips to prelims and t-p fore edge, upper joint tender, otherwise unusually clean text in good binding. ¶ Sixth and last edition, the most scholastically desirable with the author’s final additions, emendations and corrections, originally published 1646. Browne’s 7-book magnum opus on superstitions, aka On Vulgar and Common Errors, upon which Brown spent many years of study, “contains an extraordinary amount of learning and research” (DNB) dispelling many superstitious beliefs. “To modern readers ‘Vulgar Errors’ presents an inexhaustible store of entertainment. The attainment of scientific truth was not for Browne the sole object; it is in the discussion itself that he delights, and the more marvellous a fable is, the more sedulously he applies himself to the investigation of its truth” (DNB). Despite this, Browne (1605-1682) was not above credulous faith: he believed in astrology, alchemy, witchcraft, and magic. Here with his acclaimed Religio Medici. Keynes 79. Wing 5165. No copy of this edition in OCLC. $1250.
[BRUNET, Pierre Gustave]. CURIOSITES THEOLOGIQUES. Par un Bibliophile. Paris: Adolphe Delahays, 1861. 8vo, (4), 358pp. Quarter calf, marbled boards, marbled edges, marbled endpapers, morocco label. Corners lightly worn, otherwise nearly fine, with the engraved bookplate of the BibliothŹque du Chateau de Cassan. ¶ First Edition of these writings on strange religious practices and anthropological curiosities. Mormons, rabbis, Buddhists, Brahmans, and superstitions are amusingly treated, and the last third of the volume is an annotated bibliography of some especially strange religious books. Caillet calls the volume “trŹs intéressant et bien documenté.” Pierre Gustave Brunet’s (1807-1896) works included Les Fous littéraires, Livres perdus, (both written under the pseudonym “Philomneste Junior), and Dictionnaire de bibliographie catholique. Caillet 1729. Yve-Plessis 190. $145.
BURCKHARDT, Titus. ALCHEMY. Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul. Baltimore: Penguin, 1971. 8vo, 206pp, illus. wrappers, b&w lettering on yellow. $15.
(Cabala). CABALA or The Rites and Ceremonies of the Cabalist. National Series 9. W. B. Revised and Arranged Strictly in Accordance with the Standard Formula. New York: Redding & Co., 1880. 12mo, 198pp, Bound in a wallet-style limp leather. Good. ¶ Printed in a strange (Masonic?) code made of English letters and astrological signs. $250.
(Cagliostro). FUNCK-BRANTANO, Frantz. CAGLIOSTRO AND COMPANY, A Sequel to the Story of the Diamond Necklace. Translated by George Maidment. London: John Macqueen, 1902. 8vo, 287pp, 10 plates. Green cloth, covers a little spotted, endpapers browned, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition, scarce. $45.
CAMERARIUS, Johann Rudolph. HORARUM NATALIUM CENTURIA I. ET II. Sive Narratio Historica, Variorum in Vita Casuum, Mirabilium Naturae... In Qua Scientiae Astrologicae Veritas ac Certitudo, Adversus Astrologomastiches, plane & perspicue ostenditur... Francofurti: Sumptibus Egenolphi Emmelli, 1610. Sm 4to, 4, A-Z4, 2A-2I4, 2K2, woodcut title vignette, head- and tail pieces, horoscopes throughout. 19th cent. quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt morocco label, mild wear at spine, manuscript catalog number at title, 1/4-inch chip at fore-margin title, a very good copy. ¶ Second edition, first published in 1607. In the present work Johann Camerarius of Tubingen (1578-1635) presents a collection of 100 horoscopes which identify many of the subjects by name or initials. Gardner 197. Zinner, Astronomischen Lit., 4165. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica or Caillet. Cf. Houzeau & Lancaster 5047 & La Lande p.147. OCLC notes only 2 copies. $1500.
CARPENTER, Edward. A VISIT TO GNANI. Chicago: Yogi Publication Society, [nd., ca. 1920s]. 8vo, 65, (1) as adv. pp. Printed wrappers, staple-bound, owner’s signature, a few lt. creases, otherwise near fine. ¶ Reprint of a part of Carpenter’s Adam’s Peak To Elephanta (London,1902), here in a popularly priced edition. $20.
CARQUILLADE, Pierre de la. PRONOSTIQUE ET PREVOYANCE DES CHOSES RARES ET ESTRANGES. Demonstrees par les corps et influences celestes, Desquelles nous sommes menacez Durant les Annees 1588, 1589, et 1590... [Lyon]: [A. Claudin], (1876). 8vo, 18pp. Aqua wrappers, slightly chipped, author name in manuscript at upper wrapper, mild foxing to wrapper and first 3 leaves, edges lighly browned, otherwise a very good copy. ¶ 19th century reprint of Pierre de la Carquillade’s astrological prognistications. First published in 1585, the present edition contains forcasts for the years 1588-90 only. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica, Caillet, or Gardner. $150.
CARRINGTON, Hereward. HINDU MAGIC. London: The Annals of Psychical Science, 1909. 8vo, 52pp, numerous illustrations. Gray boards, spine worn and chipped, upper portion of original dust jacket laid in, otherwise good. ¶ The Author’s copy with his book plate. $275.
CARRINGTON, Hereward. MENTAL TELEPATHY EXPLAINED. Hollywood: Wilshire Book Co., 1965. 8vo, 41, (1 adv.)pp, frontispiece, 3 b&w illus. Illus. wrappers, very good. ¶ Later edition, originally published 1957. $15.
CARRINGTON, Hereward. MODERN PSYCHICAL PHENOMENA, Recent Researches and Speculations. New York: American Universities Publishing Company, 1920. 8vo, xi, (3), 331pp, plus 21 numbered photo plates, with index to names. Quarter cloth over light blue boards, soiled, endpapers browned, half-title torn at inner edge, extremeties worn, dog-eared throughout, a fair copy. ¶ Second Edition? “A discussion of the implications of the findings of psychical research for life and for science. Carrington also reports on some of his more recent experiments” Crabtree 1749, noting 1919 edition. Author’s copy with his book plate. $125.
CASTANEDA, Carlos. THE SECOND RING OF POWER. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1977. 8vo, 316pp. Maroon cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, very fine in very fine dj. ¶ First Printing. $25.
CAULFIELD, James. PORTRAITS, MEMOIRS, AND CHARACTERS, OF REMARKABLE PERSONS, From the Revolution in 1688 to the End of the Reign of George II. Collected from the Most Authentic Accounts Extant... In Four Volumes. London: H.R.Young... and T.H. Whitely, 1819. 4 vols, 8vo, xii, 166; iv, 235; iv, 292; iv, 255pp, each vol. with engr. frontisportrait, over 150 full-page engr. portraits. Later 19th-cent. polished calf, gilt-tooled spine, raised bands, crimson morocco lettering pieces, triple-ruled borders with fleurons at corners, dentelles, a.e.g., marbled endpapers, bookplate, light wear at extremities and joints, a very good set, with ample margins, crisp text and clean plates protected by orig. tissue guards. ¶ New edition, revised with the addition of many new biographies and portraits. Caulfield’s (1764-1826) first career was as a printseller, and in 1788 he commissioned several engravers to etch portraits of remarkable persons, publishing the first part of the above in 1790; the complete work appeared in 1794. The “remarkable characters” are notable for their eccentricity, immorality, dishonesty and the like, and a taste for books on such persons began with the publication of Granger’s Biographical History of England in 1769. Caulfield’s work became extremely popular, selling at ten times its original price fifteen years after its first appearance. In 1813 the publisher Kirby arranged with Caulfield to bring out a new edition, with fifty additional biographies and portraits and a section completing Granger’s “twelfth class” of persons including those who lived to great age, deformed persons, convicts, etc. Caulfield published other authoritative works on biography, history and printmaking. In a handsome signed binding by Root & Son. Toole Stott, Circus 2655; Conjuring 1350 (1794 edition). $1000.
CHAMBERS, Arthur. OUR LIFE AFTER DEATH, or the Teaching of the Bible Concerning the Unseen World. London: Charles Taylor, 1912. 8vo, (3), 273, (ads 10)pp, with frontisportrait of the author. Blue cloth, minor wear to head and tail of spine, otherwise very good. ¶ “Revised Edition with Appendix, 114th edition.” $25.
CHARPIGNON, J[ules]. PHYSIOLOGIE, MÉDECINE ET MÉTAPHYSIQUE DU MAGNÉTISME. Orleans & Paris: Pesty & Germer BailliŹre, 1841. 8vo, (4), 366pp. Quarter smooth green calf, ruled & lettered in gilt, cloth boards, marbled endpapers. Occasional foxing, slight tear to gutter of title, a very good copy. ¶ First Edition of Charpignon’s endeavor to establish as genuine a large variety of phenomena related to animal magnetism. Crabtree 437: “C. was a strong supporter of animal magnetism as a genuine phenomenon. Accepting the realitity of a magnetic fluid communicated from a magnetizer to magnetized, he believed in many of the more extraordinary psychic phenomena attributed to magnetic somnambulists. In this book he describes experiments done to verify the phenomena.” Tinterow p.35 (1848 edition). [bound with:]
GIRARD DE CAUDEMBERG, [-]. RÉNOVATION PHILOSOPHIQUE, ou exposé des vrais principes de la Philosphie déduits de l’observation. Paris: Gaultier-Laguinonie, 1838. 8vo, 240pp. Barest occasional foxing, otherwise clean. ¶ First Edition. Girard offers an authoritative account of occult laws. Caillet 4548.
[CHEVANNES, R.P. Jacques de]. Jacques d’Autun. L’INCREDULITE SCAVANTE ET LA CREDULITE IGNORANTE. Au Sujet des Magiciens et des Sorciers. Avecque La Response ą un Livre Intitulé Apologie pour Tous les Grands Personnages, Qui Ont Esté Faussement Soupćonnés de Magie [by Gabriel Naudé]... Lyon: Jean Molin, 1671. 4to, (1), (1 blank), (38 prelim), 1108, (18 index)pp. Cont. calf, expertly rebacked retaining orig. gilt tooled backstrip, corners repaired, spine with 4 raised bands, borders ruled in blind, woodcut title vignette, head- and tail pieces, old catalogue clipping pasted at ffep, light marginal foxing throughout, some annotations in light pencil, repair at lower corner page 277, lacks final 3 leaves of index, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition. Born in Autun, Jacques de Chevannes (ca.1608-1678) led a cloistered life as a Franciscan friar. His works, which included a treatise on Eucharistic love and a life of St. Francis of Assisi, suggest a more or less conventional religious sensibility. However, the present work of his later years emerges from the darker confluence of law and religion, inspired by some especially nasty weather. In 1664, after witnessing the destruction of their crops by hail and frost, the distraught Burgundian peasantry feared sorcerers were “altering the air.” A shepherd boy known as the Little Prophet who claimed to detect the devil’s mark in the pupils of those suspected ended up provoking the magistrates’ disbelief. Against this growing scepticism in matters of the occult, Chevannes composed his massive response. As noted in Dorbon, L’Incredulite Scavante was written mainly “pour eclairer les magistrats.” Addressed to the Parliament at Dijon, the work is divided into three parts which treat of the nature of magicians and sorcerers, the methods for detecting them, and the obligation to punish them. He discusses a wide range of occult matters including human commerce with demons, lycanthropy, Sabbath pacts, astrology and other means of divination, occult medicine, and diverse techniques for detecting sorcery, even where malific intent is disguised as natural illness. Chevannes concludes with a long reply to Gabriel Naudé’s 1625 Defense of All the Great Men Who Have Been Falsely Suspected of Magic. Naudé would like to enforce a distinction between the licit and illicit occult realms, thereby redeeming such men as Pythagoras, Alkindi, and Paracelsus from the charge of sorcery by claiming they practiced “natural” magic rather than witchcraft. Chevannes, of course, will have none of this, although in a different context he freely admits “de tous les criminels, les magiciens & les sorciers, sont plus difficiles a connoistre” (L’Incredulite p.427). Caillet 2333. Coumont C58.1 Dorbon-Aine 729. Thorndike VIII pp.568-9. One of the scarcer works in the genre according to Dorbon-Aine, while Caillet claims it to be “absolutely impossible to find.” Krivatsy p.240. Rare: OCLC notes but 5 copies in the US and no copy appears in the auction records since 1978. $3500.
CLAIR, Colin. HUMAN CURIOSITIES. London: Abelard-Schuman, 1968. 8vo, (8), 183pp, with 4 plates. Cloth, very good. ¶ Chapters on dwarves, giants, “human computers,” longevity, etc. $20.
[CLARKE, H. & K.M. BETTS]. BROTHERS H.C. and K. M. B. THE ROSICRUCIANS. Golden Rule Lodge, No. 21. Transaction II. Paddington: At the Office of the Co-Mason, [n. d., ca. 193?]. 8vo, 67pp. Green cloth, gilt lettered, stamped ruled borders, endpapers browned, otherwise fine. ¶ First Edition. Discusses the Fama Fraternitatis, its author, its interpretation, the Confession of the Rosicrucian Fraternity, and The Chemical Marriage of Christian Rosenkreutz. Pritchard 2752. $125.
CLARKE, Hyde & C. Staniland Wake. SERPENT AND SIVA WORSHIP AND MYTHOLOGY, in Central America, Africa, and Asia. And the Origin of Serpent Worship. Edited by Alexander Wilder. New York: J.W. Bouton, 1877. 8vo, 48, (10, ads)pp. Orig. boards, backstrip glued and lettered in pen, ink note on upper cover, a good copy. ¶ First American Edition of this pair of papers on the global worship of the snake from earliest times, reprinted from the Journal of the Anthropological Institute. $75.
CLARKE, Hyde & C. Staniland Wake. SERPENT AND SIVA WORSHIP AND MYTHOLOGY, in Central America, Africa, and Asia. And the Origin of Serpent Worship. Edited by Alexander Wilder. New York: J.W. Bouton, 1877. 8vo, 48, (10, ads)pp. Half calf, linen boards, old rehinging, edges lightly worn. ¶ First American Edition of this pair of papers on the global worship of the snake from earliest times, reprinted from the Journal of the Anthropological Institute $100.
CLYMER, Rev. Dr. R. Swinburne. THE WAY TO LIFE AND IMMORTALITY. A Positive Philosophy Leading Man Away From “Sin,” Which is Weakness, Illness, and Disease, Sorrow and Failure; and to Manhood, Successful Achievement, Godliness and Immortality. Quakertown, Penna.: Beverly Hall, 1948. 8vo, 244pp. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, some wear to extremities, highlighting and underlining, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition. $25.
COCKREN, A. ALCHEMY REDISCOVERED AND RESTORED. London: Rider, . 8vo, 158pp. Red cloth, faded and stained, minor wear to spine caps and corners, a few light pencil notations, a good copy. ¶ First Edition, including Aureus, or the Golden Tractate, and the Book of the Revelation of Hermes interpeted by Paracelsus. Pritchard 112. From the library of Hereward Carrington (without indication). $100.
(Color therapy). HEALTH RESEARCH. COLOR HEALING. An Exhaustive Survey Compiled by Health Research from 21 Works of the Leading Practitioners of Chromotherapy. Mokelumne Hill, Calif.: Health Research, 1956. Large 8vo, 193, (8, ads)pp. Orig. heavy stock pictorial wrappers, bound by staples. Fine. ¶ First Edition of this unusual compilation of essays by Edwin Babbitt, Roland Hunt, Arthur Whittcomb, and others on chromotherapy. Not in Birren Collection or Indergand. $25.
COMFORT, Will Levington & Zamin Ki Dost. SON OF POWER. Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1920. 8vo, 350pp. Green cloth, black lettered, light wear to extremities, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition. Zamin Ki Dost is the pseudonym of Willimina L. Armstrong. Cf. Bleiler, Checklist p.47. $35.
COOPER-OAKLEY, I. THE COMTE DE ST. GERMAIN, The Secret of Kings. London: The Theosophical Publishing House, (1927). 8vo, xvi, 248pp, illustrated, with frontisportrait of St. Germain and fold-out facsimile of a St. Germain letter from the British Library collection, with bibliography. Rose cloth, faded, spine end slightly worn, upper corners of first 30 pages folded, occasional light staining, overall good. ¶ First published in 1912. $100.
COSTA, Hippolyto Joseph da. THE DIONYSIAN ARTIFICERS. With an Introductory Essay on the Myth of Dionysius by Many P. Hall. Los Angeles: Philosophical Research Society Press, 1936. 8vo, lviii, 47pp, 3 b&w plates, misc. b&w text illus. Maroon cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, mild wear, otherwise fine in near very good dj with edgewear and corner/spine chips. ¶ First Edition thus, a modern reprint of da Costa’s 1820 scarce Sketch for the History of the Dionysian Artificers, with Hall’s lengthly Introduction. $35.
COUMONT, Jean-Pierre. DEMONOLOGY AND WITCHCRAFT, an Annotated Bibliography with Related Works on Magic, Medicine, Superstition, &c. (Utrecht): HES & De Graaf, (2004). 4to, x, 585, lxxx pp, 2 full-page plates, 320 b/w photo-illus. Publ. purple cloth, lettered in silver with illus. vignette, new in orig. plastic wrap. ¶ First Edition. Around 5000 printed works, including books, monographs, dissertations, and conference reports published from the 15th century to the present day are systematically described with full page collations and bibliographical references, along with photo-illustrations of 320 title pages, and separate author, subject, and anonymous work indices. $300.
COUNCELL, R. W. APOLOGIA ALCHYMIAE, A Re-Statement of Alchemy. London: John M. Watkins, 1925. 8vo, xi, (1), 88pp. Blue cloth, faint water-stain and fading on front cover, printed errata slip pasted in on page 33, otherwise very good. ¶ First Limited Edition of 500 copies. Pritchard 125. $75.
COUNCELL, R.W. APOLOGIA ALCHYMIAE. A Restatement of Alchemy. London: John M. Watkins, 1925. 8vo, xi, 88pp. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, glassine dust jacket, fine in dj with 2 sm chips. ¶ Limited Edition of 500. Scarce in dj. Pritchard 125. $100.
COX, Marian Roalfe. AN INTRODUCTION TO FOLK-LORE. Detroit: Singing Tree Press, 1968. 8vo, xv, 347, (1)pp. Navy blue cloth, gilt lettered, fine. ¶ Facsimile reprint of the London, David Nutt enlarged edition of 1904. $25.
CRAWFORD, M. Mac Dermot. PEEPS INTO THE PSYCHIC WORLD, The Occult Influence of Jewels and Many Other Things. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, [ca. 1915]. 8vo, (6), 203pp. Blue cloth, lettered in black, minor wear to extremities, water stain at lower corner of front cover, occasional marginal pencil notations, otherwise a good copy. $25.
CROWLEY, Aleister. BOOK 4 By Frater Perdurabo and Soror Virakam. Dallas: Sangreal Foundation, (1969). 8vo, 127pp, 12 b&w illus. Red cloth, gilt letered, the mildse of wear to extremities, otherwise tight, bright, fine. ¶ With a Preface by Israel Regardie. $100.
CROWLEY, Aleister. GOETIA. N.p. [London]: First Impresions, 1993. Sm folio, 65, (5 as facsimile mss.)pp, misc. b&w illus. Black cloth, gilt lettered, fine. ¶ Facsimile reprint of the 1904 first edition, The Book of Goetia of Solomon the King, contains Crowley’s margin notes and illustrations, and sketches of the spirits. $125.
D[ALLOZ], A.L.J. DISCOURS SUR LES PRINCIPES GENERAUX DE LA THEORIE VEGETATIVE ET SPIRITUELLE DE LA NATURE, faisant connaĒtre le premier moteur de la circulation du sang, le principe du magnétisme animal et celui du sommeil magnétique, dit somnambulisme. Par A.L.J.D****. Paris: Roret et Roussel, 1822. 8vo, xx, 308pp, plate tipped to verso of title. Cloth spine, marbled boards. Boards worn, rubber-stamp to title, author’s name neatly penned to title, otherwise very good. ¶ Third edition of this theosophical work in which all the arcana of the Universe are explained after the secret doctrines of Hermes, and the key to all mysteries is astral lumination. This edition seems to differ from the first only in its prelims. Caillet 2763. Crabtree 286 (1818 ed.). All editions are scarce. $350.
[DAMPIERRE, Antoine Esmonin Marquis de]. REFLEXIONS IMPARTIALES SUR LE MAGNÉTISME ANIMAL, faites aprŹs la publication des commissaires chargés par le roi de l’examen de cette découverte. Geneva: Barthélemy Chirol…, 1784. 8vo, (2), 50pp. 19th-cent. cloth with gilt-stamping of L.M. Hébert de Garnay on front cover, marbled endpapers. Front joint just cracking, unobtrusive ink marking & foxing to title, otherwise very good. With the bookplate of the BibliothŹque du Magnétisme. ¶ First Edition. This work is attributed to the marquis de Dampierre. The author favors magnetism and cites several contemporary authorities such as Brasien and Dutrecht throughout to support his view. The volume was the personal copy of L.M. Hébert de Garnay, author of Petit catechisme magnétique ou notions élémentaires du mesmérisme (1852). Caillet 2774. Crabtree 49. $400.
DE STEIGER, Isabelle. ON A GOLD BASIS. A Treatise on Mysticism. London: Philip Whelby 1907. 8vo, xv, 349, (2, ads)pp. Orig. gilt orange cloth, t.e.g., headcap split, very good. ¶ First Edition of Mme de Steiger’s mystical exploration. An associate of A.E. Waite and a contributor to his Unknown World, she was also a favorite student of Mary Anne Atwood, to whom she dedicates this volume. Pritchard 2584. $100.
DEANE, Rev. John Bathurst. THE WORSHIP OF THE SERPENT TRACED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD: Attesting the Temptation and Fall of Man by the Instrumentality of a Serpent Tempter. London: J.G. & F. Rivington, 1833. 8vo, xiv, 475pp, 5 full page, 2 foldout engraved plates. 19th century full calf, gilt lettering to black morocco spine label, raised bands, gilt dec. compartments, gilt double fillet borders, gilt vignette, edges, dentelles, bookplate, marbled edges, light plate offsets, otherwise fine. ¶ Second (most desirable) Edition, Considerably Enlarged, originally issued in 1830.. Goodland p.153. $450.
DEBUS, Allen G. THE ENGLISH PARACELSIANS. New York: Science History Publications, 1965. 8vo, 222pp. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, Dust jacket with white lettering on green. $40.
DEBUS, Allen G. & Robert P. Multhauf. ALCHEMY AND CHEMISTRY IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY. Los Angeles: Clark Library, 1966. 8vo, orange wrappers, very good. $25.
DECREMPS, [Henri]. LES PETITES AVENTURES DE JEROME SHARP, Professeur de Physique Amusante. Bruxelles: Dujardin, 1789. [with] TESTAMENT DE JEROME SHARP. Paris: Lesclapart, 1788. I: 8vo, 386pp, with 18 woodcuts in the text. Two leaves with missing sections replaced in old manuscript on matching stock. II: 8vo, xx, 328, (2)pp, with 69 woodcuts & two cuts of music. Uniformly bound in early quarter calf, paste paper boards. A very good set in a cloth slipcase. ¶ First and third editions of two famous conjuring books of the eighteenth century. Decremps 1746-1826), a lawyer and amateur conjuror, achieved fame as the author of works exposing the feats of magicians: La Magie Blanche Dévoilée, exposing the magic of Giovanni Pinetti, became a bestseller on its publication in 1784. Not in Trevor Hall. $1750.
(Dee, John). FELL SMITH, Charlotte. JOHN DEE (1527-1608). London: Constable & Co., 1909. 8vo, xvi, 342pp, 8 plates. Green cloth, gilt. Front panel of dj pasted to endpaper. A very nice copy. ¶ First Edition. $150.
DICODEMID, Sar Pendree [Joséphin Péladan?] NOTES SANS STYLE SUR L’EROTISME. N.p., n.p., 1912. 8vo, (2 prelim.), (10), (2)pp, foldout table. Printed wrappers, soiling, toning to edges, lt. wear, very good. ¶ Limited Edition of 30 letterpress numbered copies, this being copy no. 7, that of G. Legman. Legman postulates authorship to Josephin Peladan (1859-1918), the French occultist, novelist, Rosicrucian salonist, and close friend of Stanislas de Guaita; laid in is a worksheet in Legman’s hand, an attempt decode the anagramic Sar Pendree Dicodemid. The folding table is Tableau Synoptique des Sens corresponding material with moral sensations. Unrecorded in any of the standard references; no copies in BN or Kinsey. $250.
DIGBY, Sir Kenelm. CHYMICAL SECRETS, And Rare Experiments in Physick & Philosophy, with Figures Collected and Experimented, by the Honourable and Learned Sir Kenelm Digby... Containing Many Rare and Unheard of Medicines, Menstruums, and Alkahests; the Philosophical Arcanum of Flamel Artefius, Pontanus and Zachary, with the True Secret of Volatizing the fixed Salt of Tartar. Published since his Death by George Hartman Chymist, and Steward to the aforesaid Sir Kenelm. London: Printed for Will. Cooper, 1683-82. 8vo, A-S8; (16). 272pp. 4 etched plates of alchemical laboratory apparatus. With separate title-page to part II. Half-calf antique, some leaves soiled. Very good. ¶ First Edition of the only account of Digby's laboratory experiments, published after his death by his lab assistant George Hartman, Amongst his many other pursuits, Digby was the creator of the Powder of Sympathy, undoubtedly the most famous cure of the seventeenth century. A recipe is given at the end of the book; it appears certainly to be iron sulphate (called copperas or green vitriol), much used by the alchemists in their elixirs. Hartman gives a fuller description of the Powder in his True Preserver of Health, 1682. Digby and the painter Van Dyck engaged in alchemical pursuits in the 1620’s, although they left no record of their work. Wing D-1422 (part 2 only). Duveen p.173. Ferguson I, p.213: “very rare.” Huston p.23. Pritchard 138. $3000.
DIRCKS, Henry - WORCESTER, Edward Somerset. THE LIFE, TIMES AND SCIENTIFIC LABOURS OF THE SECOND MARQUIS OF WORCESTER. To Which is Added, a reprint of his Century of Inventions, 1663, with a Commentary thereon… London: Quaritch, 1865. 4to, xxiv, 624, (2)pp. With 2 steel-engraved plates, 45 wood-engraved illustrations including a map. Contemporary half red calf, marbled boards, t.e.g., others uncut, edges a little rubbed, but a very good copy. ¶ One of 30 Large Paper Copies, this copy inscribed below the printed limitation: “No. 3 of four copies sur-printed.” First edition of this famous work on the English inventor Edward Somerset (1601-1667), in which Dircks claims Somerset to be the founder of the steam-engine. It contains also a reprint of Somerset's celebrated work Century of the Names and Scantlings of such Inventions… (1663), consisting of short accounts of one hundred inventions claimed by Somerset. The most important idea is invention no.100, a “water commanding engine”, termed as the “most stupendous work in the whole world”, on the basis of which Dircks calls Somerset the Inventor of the Steam-Engine. No.68 describes “an admirable and most forcible way to drive up water by fire,” no.5 contains a suggestion of shorthand, and no.84 a calculating machine. Some of the inventions are rather chimeric, like no.77 explaining “how to make a man to fly” or no. 59, 64 & 67 which contain improvements of fire-arms. A number of ideas are much akin to conjuring, such as the key to open all locks. Dirck’s work contains also an appendix and a bibliography of early scientific works published prior to the Century of Inventions. Henry Dircks (1806-1873) was an civil engineer who took out patents for numerous inventions; he published several works relating to technical sciences, including two other works on Worcester. Dickinson, Short History of the Steam Engine, pp.13-17. Lowndes V, p.2991: “valuable, curious, and amusing…” Toole Scott 815. Sotheran Cat. I, 5507 & 7305. $500.
DOYLE, Arthur Conan THE CASE FOR SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHY. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1923. 8vo, 132pp + photo plates. Tan cloth stamped in brown, photo onlay on front; front endpapers browned from relevant clippings laid in, small crack to front hinge, otherwise a very good copy from the library of Hereward Carrington (without indication). ¶ First American Edition. The Case for Spirit Photography “was written in defence of William Hope of the Crewe Circle whose psychic photography was exposed as fraud by Harry Price at a sitting in January 1922...” Green & Gibson B31b. $400.
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. THE NEW REVELATION. New York: George H. Doran, 1918. 8vo, 122pp. Brown cloth, spine ends worn, gilt title on spine faded and re-colored with white ink, corners rubbed, paper clip impression at upper margin first 30 pages, interior very clean, good. ¶ First American Edition. “Conan Doyle, best known as the originator of Sherlock Holmes, attempts to show the relationship between the revelations of spiritualism and the tenets of conventional religion” (Crabtree). Green & Gibson B23b. $35.
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. THE VITAL MESSAGE. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1919. 8vo, 164pp, plus four photo plates. Green cloth, light wear to spine ends and corners, light pencil notations, minor maginal tears pages 49-62, ink stain in upper corner of page 58, otherwise good. ¶ First American Edition, second issue “Written as a sequel to Doyle’s The New Revelation, this volume further develops Doyle’s ideas concerning the coming of a new age of knowledge and hope through the revelations of spiritualism” (Crabtree). From the library of Hereward Carrington (without indication). Green & Gibson B25b.i. $35.
ELLIS, Arthur J. THE DIVINING ROD. A History of Water Witching with a Bibliography. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1938. 8vo, 59pp, 4 illus. Printed wrappers, very fine, as new. ¶ Water-Supply Paper 416 from the United States Geological Society, Department of the Interior, a reprint of the 1917 first issue. Includes a definitive bibliography of books on the subject and a full index. $25.
ELLIS, Arthur J. THE DIVINING ROD. A History of Water Witching with a Bibliography. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1938. 8vo, 59pp, 4 illus. Printed wrappers, lightly creased and chipped, owner sig. and stamp at upper wrapper, a good copy. ¶ Water-Supply Paper 416 from the United States Geological Society, Department of the Interior, a reprint of the 1917 first edition, with a definitive bibliography of books on the subject and a full index. $15.
ENCAUSSE, Dr. Philippe. SCIENCES OCCULTES ET DESEQUILIBRE MENTAL. Ouvrage Couronne par L’Académie de Médicine. Préface de P.-M. Laignel-Lavastine. Paris: Payot, 1943. 8vo, 314, (4 adv.)pp. Illus. wrappers, very good. ¶ DeuxiŹme Edition, Revue et Augmentée. $50.
(Euclid of Megara). DEE, John. THE MATHEMATICALL PRAEFACE TO THE ELEMENTS OF GEOMETRIE OF EUCLID OF MEGARA (1570). With an Introduction by Allen G. Debus. New York: Science History Publications, (1975). 8vo, (4), 33, (3), (56 facsimile)pp, frontisportrait, 1 folding chart. Publ. navy cloth, spine lettered in gilt, owner inscript. at ffep, a few light pencil notations, otherwise a nearly fine copy. ¶ Facsimile reprint, excerpted from the first English translation of Euclid's Elements, originally published at London in 1570. Studying mathematics for two years at Louvain, John Dee (1527-1608) lectured publicly on Euclid before large audiences in Paris, “and may, indeed, have made the translation in whole or in part, himself, although it is attributed to Sir Henry Billingsley...” (Smith, History of Mathematics, Vol. I, p.323f.). Even such a perceptive scholar as Lynn Thorkdike has casually treated the importance of Dee, one of the most remarkable figures of the Elizabethan age. The most influential teacher and advisor on scientific subjects in England, he was widely respected as a mathematician-astronomer, geographer and astrologer. $85.
EXACT THINKER. PUSS IN ‘PYE’ CORNER. [London]: (H.J. Ryman for “Thought Values, 1920). 4to, 410pp, illustrations throughout. Orig. red cloth boards stamped with occult figures, some text staining, the binding expertly restored. ¶ Only edition of this bizarre and incomprehensible (to us) volume of occult proclamations and exploration. Among the strange ramblings are criticisms of Oxford’s Clarendon Press for printing books misrepresenting divine history, but the focus of the volume is quite exclusively linguistic and artistic. The author reveals all sorts of secrets encoded in various words and in even in the movements of the mouth required to pronounce the words. He also elicits odd historical testimony from obscure artwork. Masons, Rosicrucians, and “Asmoleans” are all attacked as well. The publisher also published a volume Craft of Thy Caduceus, of which one copy is found in NUC. Not in NUC or BMC. $300.
FABER, George Stanley. THE ORIGIN OF PAGAN IDOLATRY ASCERTAINED FROM HISTORICAL TESTIMONY AND CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE. London: Printed by A.J. Valpy for F. and C. Rivingtons, 1816. 3 vols, 4to, lxxx, 496, copper engraved frontispiece, 1 map, xxii, 504, copper engraved frontispiece, xxviii, 682pp, copper engraved frontispiece. Contemp. 19th c. full diced brown calf, pale brown morocco spine labels, gilt lettered, gilt dec., blindtooled spine, sprinkled edges, some mild rubbing, otherwise an excellent well-bound set from the library of the Duke of Northumberland. ¶ First Edition of this theologically oriented search for the origins of polytheism. The rector of Long-Newton, George Stanley Faber (1773-1854) was a most prolific sectarian polemecist. Both Lowndes and Brunet assert that his writings were generally esteemed, the latter noting the present work to be “le plus considérable de ce savant théologien anglais.” In this massive survey of pagan beliefs, practices and symbolism, Faber seeks to demonstrate the truth of the Biblical account which tells of the dispersion of peoples from Babel: “An examination of the theology of the gentiles forces us to conclude, that all mankind were once assembled together in a single community, and that they afterwards spread themselves in detached bodies over the face of the whole earth...” With 8-page listing of subscribers. Brunet II, 1146f. Lowndes p.772. $1250.
FABER, George Stanley. THE ORIGIN OF PAGAN IDOLATRY, Ascertained from Historical Testimony and Circumstantial Evidence. London: Printed by A.J. Valpy for F. and C. Rivingtons, 1816. 3 vols, 4to, lxxx, 496; xxii, 504; xxviii, 682pp, engr. map at vol. I, engr. frontispiece at each vol. Contemp. half black polished calf over marbled boards, gilt spine, marbled edges and endpapers, bookplate, dedication at blank leaf following half-title vol. I, light wear at extremities, light rubbing at boards, occasioanal mild foxing, scattered light pencil notations throughout, otherwise a very good, fresh copy. ¶ First Edition of this theologically oriented search for the origins of polytheism. The rector of Long-Newton, George Stanley Faber (1773-1854) was a most prolific sectarian polemecist. Both Lowndes and Brunet assert that his writings were generally esteemed, the latter noting the present work to be “le plus considérable de ce savant théologien anglais.” In this massive survey of pagan beliefs, practices and symbolism, Faber seeks to demonstrate the truth of the Biblical account which tells of the dispersion of peoples from Babel: “An examination of the theology of the gentiles forces us to conclude, that all mankind were once assembled together in a single community, and that they afterwards spread themselves in detached bodies over the face of the whole earth...” ¶ The present copy was presented “...to his friend John Bache Esqre. a token of his sincere regard & affection. Jany 1st 1821” by Edward Polehampton, who later served as rector of Great Greenford in 1824 (DNB) and rector of Hartfield from 1859-1891 (C. N. Sutton, Historical Notes of Withyham, Hartfield and Ashdown Forest). With 8-page listing of subscribers. Brunet II, 1146f. Lowndes p.772. $1000.
FABRE D’OLIVET, [Antoine]. THE GOLDEN VERSES OF PYTHOGORAS. Explained and Translated into French and Proceeded by a Discourse upon the Essence and Form of Poetry Among the Principal Peoples of the Earth. Done into English by Nayan Louise redfield. New York-London: G.P. Putnam’s/Knickerbocker Press, 1925. 8vo, vii, 278pp, frontispiece. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, vignette, lt wear to extremities, lower corners bumped, bookplate, otherwise very good. ¶ Second Edition, first issued in 1917. $35.
FABRE-D’OLIVET, [Antoine]. HERMENEUTIC INTERPRETATION OF THE ORIGIN OF THE SOCIAL STATE OF MAN and of the Destiny of the Adamic Race… New York: Putnam’s Sons, 1915. 8vo, lix, 548pp, frontis. portrait, 2 plates. Blue cloth, gilt, teg. Dampstaining to margins of first couple signatures, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition in English of Histoire Philosophique du Genre Humain. With a long inscription from the translator, Nayan Louise Redfield, in the year of publication. One of Fabre-d’Olivet’s (1767-1824) major works, a philosophical treatise on the history of mankind, was first issued in 1822 as De L’Etat Social de l’Homme, and expanded in 1824 as Histoire Philosophique du Genre Humain. $125.
FABRE-D’OLIVET, [Antoine]. LA LANGUE HEBRAIQUE RESTITUEE, ET LE VERITABLE SENS DE MOTS HEBREUX, rétabli et prouvé par leur Analyse radicale. Paris: chez l’Auteur, Barrois, Eberhart, 1815-16. 2 vols in 1, 4to, xlviii, 197, (3), 138; 348, (2, errata)pp. Light damp stain to first quire. Later red cloth, old gilt morocco label. Very good. ¶ First Edition, very rare. One of the classic books in the study of the occult sciences, in which Fabre-d’Olivet (1767-1824) attempts to reconstruct the knowledge of ancient Hebrew claiming that the Book of Genesis had been mutilated and reduced to nonsense through bad translations and only by a thorough study of Samaritan, Chaldean, Syrian, Arabic, Greek and Chinese could its true meaning be reconstructed. His analysis of the roots of Hebrew presents it as a language whose grammar is applicable to most other languages. Vol. 1, mainly linguistic, is followed by a translation of the ten first chapters of Genesis, interpreted according to its spiritual meaning: this very detailed comparative study, to which many annotations and references are added, was put on the Index. Caillet 3780. Bibliotheca Esoterica 1581. De Guaita 298. Cioranescu 28045. McIntosh, Eliphas Levi and the French Occult Revival, p.51. $1100.
FARADAY, Michael. THE ORIGIN OF LIFE, and How the Spirit Body Grows. Springfield, Mass.: Star Publishing, 1881. 8vo, 12, (4 ads)pp. Brown publisher’s wrappers, chipped, with 3 inch section of upper rear corner missing, otherwise good.
¶ This little pamphlet by the eminent British scientist seeks to provide, inter alia, a scientific grounding for the possibility of life after death. In 1853 Faraday was among the first to attempt controlled, scientific studies of putative spiritualist phenomena. Cf. Crabtree 666. From the library of Hereward Carrington (without indication). Scarce. $100.
FERGUSON, John. A CATALOGUE OF THE FERGUSON COLLECTION OF BOOKS MAINLY RELATING TO ALCHEMY, CHEMISTRY, WITCHCRAFT AND GIPSIES. Glasgow: R. Maclehose, 1943, reprinted Martino, [ca. 2000]. 2 vols, 8vo, xv, 820pp. Blue cloth. Fine. ¶ Much needed reprint of the rare catalogue originally issued in an edition of only 40 copies. Ferguson (1837-1916), author of the standard alchemical bibliography Bibliotheca Chemica, 1906, here catalogues his personal collection of some 7500 books (about 2500 of which are on alchemy) and 338 manuscripts now in the Glasgow University Library. Besterman 277. $125.
FERGUSON, John. MISCELLANEOUS OFFPRINTS. 1885-1915. England: various publishers, 1885-1915. 8vo, 24, 13, 31, 8, 36, 25pp. Green cloth, gilt lettered, original wrappers preserved, very light wear, otherwise fine. ¶ A collection of five scarce tracts by John Ferguson, author of the massive Bibliotheca Chemica, the key bibliography of books on alchemy. Included here are: The Marrow of Alchemy (London, H.K. Lewis, 1915), Bibliographical Note on the “De Triumpho Styltitiae” (London, John Bale, 1890), Joannes Mattaeus and His Tract “De Rerum Inventoribus” (Glasgow, Carter & Pratt, 1902), Part II of the preceeding (Glasgow, 1916), Books of Secrets (London, Blades, East & Blades, 1914), and Account of the First Edition of the “Speculum Majus” (Glasgow, Strathern & Freeman, 1885). $275.
FERRY, Jean. L’AFRIQUE DES IMPRESSIONS. Petit Guide Pratique a L’Usage du Voyageur. Ouvrage Illustré de Figures, Cartes, Itinéraires Conćus & Dessins par L’Auteur & de ScŹnes Rousselliennes Croquées d’ Apres Nature par … (Paris): Collége de ‘Pataphysique, XCV (1967). 8vo, 202, (8)pp, 20 b&w illus. Red printed wrappers, very good. ¶ First Edition. “The Collége de 'Pataphysique was established, in memory of Alfred Jarry, to advance the ‘Science of Imaginary Solutions’, to further the study of exceptions to the rule and to develop original thought having no practical application”(G.J. Dearson). CollŹge members included Raymond Queneau, Jacques Prevert, Max Ernst, René Clair, Boris Vian, etc. With a rare circular from CollŹge de Pataphysique laid in. $50.
FLAMEL, Nicholas. ALCHEMICAL HIEROGLYPHICS, Which Were Caused to Be Painted upon an Arch in St. Innocents Chruch Yard in Paris... Translated out of the French in 1624 by: Eirenaeus Orandus. (Berleley Heights, N.J.): Heptangle Books, 1980. 8vo, xxi, (1), 89pp, 1 folding plate, b/w text illus., head-piece vignettes, and lettrines throughout. Half cream cloth over marbled boards, printed label at spine, a fine copy. ¶ Second edition thus, reprinted with modernized spelling from the first English translation of Flamel's work, based upon the French and published at London in 1624. This reprint was first published by W.W. Westcott in a limited edition of 100 copies in 1889. Cf. Duveen p.221. Cf. Lowndes p.805. $175.
FORLONG, J. G. R. RIVERS OF LIFE, Or Sources and Streams of the Faiths of Man in all Lands; Shwowing the Evolution of Faiths from the Rudest Symbolisms to the Latest Spiritual Developments. London: Quaritch, 1883. 3 vols, xli, 565; vi, 659pp + colored folding chart in slip-case, folding map, double-page map, synoptical tables, 14 plates, numerous illus. in text, errata leaf in both vols. Orig. green cloth, gilt, a very good set. ¶ Only edition of Furlong’s magnum opus. The folding chart measures 7 1/2 by 2 1/4 feet. $1375.
FORTUNE, Dion. SPIRITUALISM IN THE LIGHT OF OCCULT SCIENCE. London: Rider & Co., 1931. 8vo, 142pp. Light red cloth, lettered in black, spine soiled, endpapers darkened by newspaper clippings, bookseller’s label on front paste-down, printed quotation of Stainton Moses tipped-in on front endpaper, otherwise a very good copy. ¶ First Edition, from the estate of Hereward Carrington. $200.
(Fortune Telling). DREAMS AND OMENS and TEACUP FORTUNE TELLER. Revised Edition, Wonderful Examples of Weird Occurences. Baltimore: I. & M. Ottenheimer, [n.d., ca. 1920]. 12mo, 60, (4 ads)pp. White wrappers, illustrated in red and blue, chipped, diag. creases in upper wrapper, otherwise a good, clean copy. ¶ Revised edition of this popular little manual, with a quaint cover illustration depicting a female fortune teller seated between two owl-topped and serpent-entwined poles. $20.
FOWLES, John and Barry Brukoff. THE ENIGMA OF STONEHENGE. New York: Summit, 1980. 8vo, 126pp. Burgundy cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket. Very fine. ¶ First Edition. Text by Fowles, photographs by Brukoff. $20.
FRANCK, Adolphe. LA KABBALE ou Philosophie Religieuse des Hébreux. Paris: Librairie de Hachette, 1843. 8vo, (8), 412pp with half-title & gilt edges. Brown buckram with calf spine label lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, neatly recased, scattered foxing throughoutbut, very good. ¶ First Edition, very rare. This work marks the first endeavor to bring the esoteric foundations of the Cabala to popular culture. Franck provides a remarkably comprehensive critique establishing the scientific origins of the Cabala. Adolphe Franck (1809-93) was a Herbraist and orientalist who wrote an important study of the mystical philosophers in France centering on St Martin. “This is the first attempt at a comprhensive scientific description of the beginnings and contents of the Kabbalah in popular form” (EJ, VIII, p.49). Caillet 4177: “rare.” $650.
FRAZER, J.G. PSYCHE’S TASK. A Discourse Concerning the Influence of Superstition on the Growth of Institutions. London: Macmillan, 1909. 8vo, viii, 84pp. Brown cloth, gilt lettered, uncut, light wear at spine extremities, boards faded with some dappling, wear spots, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition by the famed anthropologist, folklorist and author of The Golden Bough of a work originally read at a meeting of the Royal Institution and part of a series of lectures to his students concerning the positive evolution of government, private property, marriage, and respect for human life from the primitive, ancient, often if not always irrational, beliefs that lie at their foundation and have strengthened them. $100.
(Gabalis). VILLARS, Abbe N. de Montfaucon de. COMTE DE GABALIS. [London]: The Brothers, printed at The Old Bourne Press, 1913 [Together with] THE IRRECONCILABLE GNOMES, or Continuation to the Comte de Gabalis. Second Edition. Allentown: Philosophical Publishing [ca, 1913] 2 vols, 8vo, I: xxiv, 352pp., 6 full-page sepia plates, sepia text illus. Green cloth gilt, very good; II: Wrappers, some staining and annotations. ¶ English edition of Villars’ Discourses on the Rosicrucians, with the very scarce Gnomes tract, including the “Grand Grimore” and “Keys of Solomon.” Born in 1635, Montfaucon was assasinated in 1673 supposedly for revealing in this book the secrets of the Rosicrucians to which he had been initiated. Cf. Gardner, Bibliotheca Rosicruciana, 683; Mellon 149. $150.
GARDNER, F. Leigh. A CATALOGUE RAISONNE OF WORKS ON THE OCCULT SCIENCES. Vol.II. Astrological Books. With a Sketch of the History of Astrology by Dr. William Wynn Westcott. London: Privately Printed, 1911. 8vo, xx, 164pp. Blue cloth, gilt, very good. ¶ First Edition. Pritchard 2384. $100.
GASCOYNE, David. THE SUN AT MIDNIGHT, Notes on the Story of Civilization Seen as the History of the Great Experiemental Work of the Supreme Scientist. London: Enitharmon Press, 1970. Sm 4to, (10), 55pp, illus. vignette at title, 1 b/w text illus. Publ. quarter yellow cloth over royal blue boards, lettered in gilt, 1/8-inch tear at bottom edge upper board, otherwise a nearly fine copy, in orig. glassine wrappers. ¶ First Edition, printed by The Daedalus Press at Stoke Ferry, Norfolk, and limited to 350 numbered copies. $45.
GASCOYNE, David. THE SUN AT MIDNIGHT, Notes on the Story of Civilization Seen as the History of the Great Experiemental Work of the Supreme Scientist. London: Enitharmon Press, 1970. Sm 4to, (10), 55pp, illus. vignette at title, 1 b/w text illus. Publ. quarter yellow cloth over royal blue boards, lettered in gilt, inscript. at ffep, a fine copy in orig. glassine wrappers. ¶ First Edition, signed by the author on the front endpaper. 350 numbered copies were printed by The Daedalus Press at Stoke Ferry, Norfolk. $85.
GEBER. GEBRI REGIS ARABUM PHILOSOPHI PERSPICACISSIMI, SUMMA PERFECTIONIS MAGISTERII IN SUA NATURA, ex Bibliothecae Vaticanae Exemplari Undecunque Emendatissimao Edita, cum Vera Genuianique Delineatione Vasorum & Fornacum. Denique Libri Investigationis Magisterii & Testamenti eiusdem Gebri, ac Aurei Trium Verborum Libelli & Avicennae, Summi Medici & Acutissimi Philosophi, Mineralium Additione Castigatissima. Gedani [i.e. Danzig]: Bruno Laurentius Tancken, 1682. 8vo, 24 (incl. engraved title), 278pp [i.e. 272pp, because 113-8 have been dropped from pagination], 9 copper-engraved plates of apparatus. Contemp. calf, spine tooled in gilt, raised bands, speckled edges. Some scuffing & wear to boards, rear joint cracking near head, light browning throughout, slight worming to last 25pp, still very good. ¶ First Edition of this collection of alchemical writings, featuring Geber’s Summa Perfectionis, Liber Investigationis, and Testamentum. The volume also contains the Merlini Alegoria, the Expositio Epistolae Alexandri, Kallid’s Liber Trium Verborum, Avicenna’s De Congelatione et Conglutinatioine Lapidum, a letter by Faustus Sabaeus, and several other alchemical works and discriptions of the philosopher’s stone.
Jabir ibn Hayyan was allegedly an 8th-century Arab alchemist whose name is attached to more than 500 writings, dating from the 9th to 13th centuries. While the “King of the Arabs,” as he was called, may never have authored any of these works and may never have existed, the works under his name were the most advanced and influential alchemical texts of Islam. Many works later attributed to him, including the Summa Perfectionis, were seemingly written by a later alchemist who went by the name of Geber to trade on the reputation of the Arab; his work, which may have been mere translation of Arabic texts, was then incorporated into Jabir’s corpus, the influence of which became the highest of any alchemical writings in the West. Geber’s (as distinct from Jabir’s) advocacy of the sulphur-mercury theory of metals and his description of chemical methods became the premier impetuses of medieval alchemy and chemistry. Bibliotheca Esoterica 1843. Caillet 4424. Duveen p.240. Ferguson I, p.300. Not in Manly Hall, de Guaita, Mellon or Verginelli. $2000.
(Ghost Stories) MODERN GHOSTS. Selected and Translated from the Work of Guy de Maupassant, Pedro Antonio de Alarcon, Alexander L. Kielland, Leopold Kompert, Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, and Giovanni Magherini-Graziani. New York: Harper Brothers, (1890). 8vo, xv, (3), 225pp, (1), (1 ad). Navy blue cloth, silver & gold lettering, spine faded, minor wear to ends, corners bumped, otherwise a very good copy. ¶ Seven ghost stories translated from European languages. With an introduction by George William Curtis. $45.
GODWIN, William. ST. LEON: A Tale of the Sixteenth Century. London: Richard Bentley, 1850. 12mo, viii, 478pp. Publisher’s brown cloth, edges a little worn. ¶ One of Bentley’s Stardard Novels series; the first appeared in 1799. St Leon is notable for the partial retraction of Godwin’s extreme radicalism in Political Justice. A Rosicrucian romance, St Leon is said to be founded upon a passage that appeared in Campbell’s translation of Hermippus Redivivus. Mary Wollstonecraft is portrayed as Marguerite in this novel. Block p.89. Summers, Gothic Bibliography, p.49. Gardner, Bibliotheca Rosicruciana, 262. $100.
GOMME, George Laurence. FOLKLORE AS AN HISTORICAL SCIENCE. Detroit: Singing Tree Press, 1968. 8vo, xvi, 371pp, frontispiece, 27 b&w illus. Green cloth, gilt lettered, mild bump, mmild dappling to rear cloth, otherwise fine. ¶ Facsimile reprint, a review copy, of theLondon, Methuen & Co. edition published in London in 1908. $25.
[GORDON, E.A.] THE TEMPLES OF THE ORIENT AND THEIR MESSAGE In the Light of Holy Scripture, Dante’s Vision, and Bunyan’s Allegory. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1902. 8vo, folding frontis. map. Cloth, stained and shaken. Fair. ¶ First edition, with the author’s compliments slip pasted to the endpaper; from the library of Manly P. Hall (without indication). $75.
GORDON, William R. A THREE-FOLD TEST OF MODERN SPIRITUALISM. New York: Charles Scribner, 1856. 8vo, 408pp. Black cloth, faded, upper 1/3 of backstrip missing, extremeties worn, intermittent foxing, heavy at first & last few leaves, otherwise a good copy. ¶ First Edition - scarce; from the estate of Hereward Carrington. Not in Crabtree. $125.
GOSS, Michael. POLTERGEISTS. An Annotated Bibliography of Works in English, circa 1880-1975. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1979. 8vo, xxxv, 351pp. Cloth, as new. ¶ First Edition, listing over 1100 references published between 1882 and 1975. $30.
[GOSSNER, Johannes]. THE HEART OF MAN: Either a Temple of God, or A Habitation of Satan, Represented in Ten Emblematical Figures. Calculated to Awaken and Promote a Christian Disposition. Translated from the Fourth German Edition. Harrisburg, Pa.: Gustavus S. Peters, 1829. 12mo, 57pp, 10 woodcut plates. Contemp. quarter calf over marbled boards, marbled paper wrapper, spine neatly reinforced with black cloth tape, text evenly embrowned throughout, 4 leaves detached from top cord, light pencil notations at front endpapers, otherwise a good copy housed in a faux vellum chemise with cloth ties and marbled paper lining. ¶ Early American edition of this evangelical emblem book, first printed in the United States by Henry B. Sage at Reading, Pennsylvania in 1822. While the preface claims the text originates in a French work, translated into German and published at Wurtzburg in 1732, the earliest editions of the present work appear at Konstanz and Augsburg in 1812 under the title Das Herz des Menschen and have been ascribed to the German evangelist Johannes Gossner (1773-1858). Eight of the woodcuts symbolically depict various states of a person’s heart to the extent they are on the path to salvation or backsliding to Satan; the other two depict the death-bed scenes of the Ungodly and the Righteous. Each illustration is accompanied by a detailed exposition. From the personal collection of Manly Palmer Hall, founder of the Philosophical Research Society and renowned teacher, writer and historian of the occult, with his printed initials at the upper board of the chemise.
GRASSET, Joseph. THE MARVELS BEYOND SCIENCE, Being a Record of Progress Made in the Reduction of Occult Phonomena to a Scientific Basis. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1910. 8vo, xxii, (2), 387, (2 ads)pp, with index. Green cloth, light wear to spine ends, occasional light pencil notations not affecting text, otherwise very good. ¶ Authorized English translation of the second revised and enlarged French edition. “Grasset undertook the explanation of some phases of spirit manifestation, admitting that other phenomena were beyond human understanding... Here are given many instances of phychic happenings, including such unusual occurrences as the transportation of objects from place to place, through walls, and so on” (Lovi, Best Books on Spirit Phenomena). From the library of Hereward Carrington, with his book plate. $40.
GREENWALT, Emmett A. THE POINT LOMA COMMUNITY IN CALIFORNIA 1897-1942. A Theosophical Experiment. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1955. 8vo, (10), 236pp, 13 photo-illus. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, fine in good dj. ¶ First Edition, Review Copy with slip laid-in. $50.
GREER, Mary K. WOMEN OF THE GOLDEN DAWN, Rebels and Priestesses. Rochester, CT: Park Street Press, (1995). 8vo, cloth, dj. Very good. ¶ First Edition. Maud Gone, Moina Bergson Mathers, Annie Horniman, Florence Farr. $30.
GRIMES, J. Stanley. THE MYSTERIES OF THE HEAD AND THE HEART EXPLAINED: Including an Improved System of Phrenology; A New Theory of the Emotions, and an Explanation of the Mysteries of Mesmerism, Trance, Mind-Reading, and the Spirit Delusion. Chicago: Henry A. Sumner, 1885. 8vo, xii, 359, frontis., approx. 100 figures in text. Orig. cloth, blocked in black & gilt, professionally recased & repaired, wear to extremities, signature to endpaper, otherwise very good. ¶ Fourth Edition, textually the same as the first, with exception of preface. Grimes’ ideas differ drastically from his earlier views, emphasizing “imagination and suggestibility in a purely psychological explanation for extraordinary phenomena in entranced subjects” (Crabtree). John Stanley Grimes (1807-1903) was a lawyer, lecturer and president of the Western Phrenologocial Society; he questioned Spurzheims’s classicication of the mental organs and proposed a vast expansion in their number. From mesmerism he developed his own science of “etherology.” Crabtree 974 (first of 1875). Not in Cooter. $70.
GURNEY, Edmund; Frederick W.H. Myers; & Frank Podmore. PHANTASMS OF THE LIVING. Abridged Edition Prepared by Mrs Henry Sidgwick. Second Impression London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1918. 8vo, lx, 520pp. Orig. cloth. Very good. ¶ One of the literary monuments of the 19th-century psychical research movement, first issued in 1886. Drawing on the files of the SPR this work is a study of the phenomena of telepathy, apparitions of the living (but not of the dead), dreams, hallucination, hypnotic states and second sight. The actual writing was done by Gurney, a classical scholar, student of medicine, and the mainstay of the SPR; Myers wrote that “He was the first Englishman who studied with any kind of adequate skill the psychological side of hypnotism in England.” His researches into memory in hypnotic state preceded Pierre Janet’s cognate work in France and his studies of the telepathic induction of hallucinations are the first serious scientific work on the problem. Crabtree 1144: “With Myers’ Human Personality, this work stands as the most important ever written in the field of psychical research…Never before or since Phantasms of the Living had such a massive, well thought out, and well written piece of research been produced in the field of psychical research.” $100
GUTHRIE, Kenneth Sylvan. REGENERATION APPLIED, Being the Sequel and Practical Application of Regeneration, the Gate of Heaven. Medford, MA: The Prophet Publishing House, 1900. 8vo, (4), (165)-318pp. Blue cloth, spine faded, corners rubbed, occasion light pencil notations, good copy. ¶ From the library of Hereward Carrington (without indication). $45.
HAFIS [ie HAFIZ]. VON DER LIEBE UND DES WEINES GOTTESTRUNKENHEIT. Aus Persischen Handschriften Übertragen Von Geog Léon Leszczynski. München: Schahinverlag, (1923). 8vo, 95pp, 4 full-color silk-screened (?) prints. Quarter calf, gilt lettered, marbled boards, bookplate, moderate wear at spine extremities, light wear at corners, otherwise very good. ¶ An exquisitely designed and printed German edition of On Love and Of Wine’s Divine Intoxication, one of the great Sufi poet and mystic’s lesser known odes, the Diwan being the principle work for which he is known. Though a devout Sufi, Hafiz (791-1388 C.E.) bridled under the restraints of ascetic life; he thoroughly enjoyed the intimate company of women and had an appreciation for the spiritual aspects of alcohol overindulgence as the present work so vividly reflects. A beautiful, handsome edition, apparently the third printing from Schahin. $50.
(Hafiz). LE GALLIENNE, Richard. ODES FROM THE DIVAN OF HAFIZ. Freely Rendered from Literal Translations by… Boston: St. Botolph Society - L.C. Page, 1925. Tall narrow 8vo, xxvii, 194pp, frontispiece. Quarter dark green cloth over green and gilt patterned boards, gilt lettered, unopened, near fine. ¶ New Edition, originally privately published in 1903, of odes from the great Sufi (791-1388 C.E.) poet’s greatest work. $45.
HALL, Manly. MAN, the Grand Symbol of the Mysteries. (Los Angeles): (Manly P. Hall Publications), (1932). 4to, 254pp, illustrated title in red and black, ca. 70 b/w text diagrams and plates. Green cloth, lettered with vignette in black, inscrpt. at ffep, mild wear at extremities, a very good copy. ¶ First Edition, limited to 1000 copies, with a warm dedication inscribed by the author. The renowned teacher, writer and historian of the occult Manly Palmer Hall founded the Philosophical Research Society in 1934. Arrayed throughout the text is a fascinating series of illustrations reproducing rare woodcuts and engravings from the 16th - 18th centuries. $75.
HALL, Manly. THE WAYS OF THE LONELY ONES. A Collection of Mystical Allegories. Illustrated by J. Augustus Knapp. Los Angeles: Phoenix Press, 1934. 8vo, 89pp, 6 b&w plates. Quarter black cloth over boards, gilt lettered, lt edgewear, bookmark offset to pp.76-77, otherwise very good. ¶ Fourth Revised Edition. $40.
HALL, Manly P. ANALYSIS OF THE “BOOK OF REVELATION” [5 lessons]. OCCULT PSYCHOLOGY [5 lessons]. [N.p.]: [n.p], [n.d., ca. 1930]. Obl 12mo, 32 unnumbered leaves printed verso only, separate title for each lesson. Black cloth, lettered in gilt, printed endpapers, nearly fine. ¶ First Edition of this series of lessons given by the founder of the Philosophical Research Society and renowned teacher, writer and historian of the occult, Manly Palmer Hall. $150.
HALL, Manly P. THE ALL-SEEING EYE. A Weekly Newspaper Devoted to Philosophy, Science and Religion, Volume 3. No.1. Los Angeles: (Manly P. Hall), 1926. 4to, 8pp. Unsewn newspaper, some light soiling, a very good copy. ¶ Volume 3, No. 1. This self-published magazine was written and edited by Manly Palmer Hall, the renowned teacher and historian of the occult who founded the Philosophical Research Society in 1934. $20.
HALL, Manly P. THE ALL-SEEING EYE. Being a Monthly Magazine... Devoted to the Search for Those Fundamental Verities Existing in the Educational Systems, Religions, and Philosophies of All Ages, Vol.5, Nos.1, 2, and 4-12. (Los Angeles): (Hall Publishing), 1930-31. 8vo, 11 issues, 64, (97)-384pp. Printed wrappers with monochrome illus. in a variety of colors, pen notations at upper wrapper No.7, a few issues with light abrasions, occasional pencil notations, otherwise a very good set. ¶ Volume 5, lacking only issue No.3 for December, 1930. This self-published magazine was written and edited by Manly Palmer Hall, the renowned teacher and historian of the occult who founded the Philosophical Research Society in 1934. $150.
HALL, Manly P. THE ALL-SEEING EYE. Being a Monthly Magazine... Devoted to the Search for Those Fundamental Verities Existing in the Educational Systems, Religions, and Philosophies of All Ages, Vol.5, Nos. 8-11. (Los Angeles): (Hall Publishing), 1931. 8vo, 4 issues, (225)-352pp. Printed wrappers with monochrome illus. in a variety of colors, a few issues with light abrasions, mild dampwaving No.10, 1-inch marginal tear at final leaf and lower wrapper No.11, some pencil notations, otherwise a good set. ¶ Volume 5, four consecutive issues for 1931. This self-published magazine was written and edited by Manly Palmer Hall, the renowned teacher and historian of the occult who founded the Philosophical Research Society in 1934. $50.
HALL, Manly P. THE ALL-SEEING EYE. Devoted to the Search for the Fundamental Verities Existing in the Educational Systems, Religions, and Philosophies of All Ages, Vol. IV, Nos. 2-5. (Los Angeles): (Hall Publishing), 1927. 8vo, 4 issues, (33)-160pp. Tan wrappers, lettered in red and black, with illus. border, light vertical crease Nos. 2-4, pencil notation upper wrapper No.4, some manuscript notes at text, otherwise a good set. ¶ Volume IV, four consecutive issues for 1927. This self-published magazine was written and edited by Manly Palmer Hall, the renowned teacher and historian of the occult who founded the Philosophical Research Society in 1934. $50.
HALL, Manly P. THE ALL-SEEING EYE. Modern Problems in the Light of Ancient Wisdom. A Monthy Magazine... [6 issues] May, 1923... October, 1923. [Los Angeles]: [Manly P. Hall], 1923. 4to, 6 issues, ca. 200pp, 1 full-page illus., 5 b/w facsimile folding plates. Sewn binding, with remnants of an original cloth protective strip at spine, edges stained red, orig. wrappers preserved, first wrapper chipped, marginal and crease tears at 3 folding plates, otherwise a very good set. ¶ Volume I, the very scare first six issues of this self-published magazine written and edited by Manly Palmer Hall, the renowned teacher and historian of the occult who founded the Philosophical Research Society in 1934. Each issue contains a facsimile reprint (the latter 5 as folding plates) of an early 17th century woodcut illustration, several from the works of Robert Fludd, a detailed explanation of each being provided in the subsequent issue. With original subscription forms in the first four numbers, tipped-in as issued. $250.
HALL, Manly P. (ed.). THE ALL-SEEING EYE. Vol. III, Nos. 1-21. November 24th 1926 - April 13th 1927. Los Angeles: [n.p.], 1926-27. 4to, 21 issues, 168pp, b/w text illus. throughout. Blue cloth, lettered in gilt, mild wear at extremities, light soiling at upper board, traces of later ownership inscript. at ffep, a very good set. ¶ Volume III of this “Weekly Newspaper Devoted to Philosophy, Science, and Religion,” inscribed by the editor, Manly Palmer Hall, renowned teacher and historian of the occult who founded the Philosophical Research Society in 1934. $150.
HALL, Manly Palmer. LECTURES ON ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY. An Introduction to the Study and Application of Rational Procedure. Illustrated with Diagrams by Howard W. Wookey. Los Angeles: Hall, 1929. 4to, (8), 471, (9 as adv.)pp, frontispiece, 20 full page illus. Red cloth, gilt lettering, dust jacket, some penciling, very good in like dj. ¶ First Edition, Inscribed by the Author (twice). $100.
HALL, Manly Palmer (ed.). HORIZON. Journal of the Philosophical Research Society. Volume 9, No. 3. Winter 1949. Los Angeles: Horizon, 1949. 8vo, 80pp, 8 b&w plates, misc, illus. Illus. wrappers, the mildest of wear, otherwise fine. ¶ This issue of Hall’s quarterly features articles on That Spiritual Quality; Greek Mythology; Mme. Blavatsky; Ganesa; Karma, etc. In unusually fine condition. $15.
(HALL, Manly). (Philosophical Research Society). THE PUBLISHED WRITINGS OF MANLY PALMER HALL. Los Angeles: Philosophical Research Society, [n.d., ca. 1950]. 8vo, 50 unnumbered pp, b/w photo illus. throughout. Tan wrappers, lettered and illustrated in green, a very good copy. ¶ Undated publisher catalogue listing over 50 books, pamphlets, and periodicals, including out-of-prints titles. The renowned teacher, writer and historian of the occult Manly Palmer Hall founded the Philosophical Research Society in 1934. $20.
HAMMOND, William A[lexander]. SPIRITUALISM and Allied Causes and Conditions of Nervous Derangement. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1876. 8vo, (2), xii, 366pp. Orig. green cloth, blocked in black & gilt. Hinges starting, edges worn. Good. ¶ First Edition, a total reworking and expansion of The Physics and Physiology of Spiritualism. The imaginative physician sympathetically explains why credibility is given to spiritualism, but he explains away all its physical manifestations as neurological disorders. Chapters treat various types of mediumship, somnabuluism, hysteria, and stigmatization. A chapter on fasting girls (preceding his 1879 monograph on the subject) discusses A Moore, Margaret Weiss, and other famous cases.
One of the first “and certainly the most colorful of American neurologists,” (McHenry p.327), W.A. Hammond (1828-1900) was appointed Surgeon General of the U.S. Army at the age of 34. Clashes with Secretary of War Edwin Stanton led to Hammond’s conviction, by a packed court, of irregularities in the awarding of contracts to hospital suppliers. Later vindicated by Congress and reinstated, he brought many reforms to Amercian hospitals and performed novel experiments on viper poisons, wrote novels and plays, and published the first American textbook of neurology. He also established the Army Medical Museum and the hospital on Turner’s Lane at which Mitchell, Keen and Morehouse performed their studies on injuries to nerves. Crabtree 990. Cf. Cordasco 70-1497. $150.
HARRISON, William H. MOTHER SHIPTON INVESTIGATED. The Result of Critical Examination in the British Museum Library, of the Literature Relating to the Yorkshire Sibyl... London: W.H. Harrison, 1881. 16mo, 64pp, frontispiece, 1 b/w illus. Blue cloth, lettered in gilt, mild wear, a very good copy. ¶ First Edition. As noted it the first chapter “this critical examination of the Mother Shipton literature [was] published early in 1881, the year in which, according to that celebrated Yorkshire prophetess, the world is to come to an end. According to Henry Head’s 1684 Life and Death of Mother Shipton, the sibyl resided in 1486 at a place called Naseborough near the Dropping Well in Yorkshire. $100.
HARTLAND, Edwin Sidney. PRIMITIVE PATERNITY, The Myth of Supernatural Birth in Relation to the History of the Family. Lodnon: David Nutt, 1909. 2 vols, 8vo, viii, 325; (vi). 328pp. Orig. blue cloth. Very nice set. ¶ First Edition. $135.
HAYNES, Edmund Sidney Pollock. THE BELIEF IN PERSONAL IMMORTALITY. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1913. 8vo, ix, (1), 184, (6 ads)pp, with index. Brown cloth gilt, generally clean and bright, spine somewhat darkened, ends worn, corners and upper edges bumped, scattered light pencil notations, a good copy. ¶ First American Edition. Crabtree 1686, citing the first edition published in London, 1913. $25.
HENIN DE CUVILLERS, [Etienne Félix]. EXPOSITION CRITIQUE DU SYSTťME ET DE LA DOCTRINE MYSTIQUE DES MAGNÉTISTES. Paris: Barrois…, 1822. 8vo, 424pp. Wrappers, orig. label? Wrappers a bit short, ink writing to label, corner of title slightly defective, a very good copy. ¶ First Edition. Extracted from the Archives du magnétisme animal, (ca. 1820-23), this work explores the mystical and superstitious aspects of animal magnetism as represented in spiritual and religious writings, ranging from occult and Pythagorean doctrines to spell-casting. Caillet 5060. Crabtree 309: “One of a number of books by Henin de Cuvillers consisting of selections from his Archives du magnetisme animal... This work concentrates on certain mystical aspects of the doctrine of animal magnetism, considered by the author to be embodied in the writings of many religious and spiritual writers over the centuries. The last forty pages of the book give a concise summary of the views of the author on animal magnetism and its history since Mesmer.” $250.
HÉNIN DE CUVILLERS, [Etienne Félix]. LE MAGNÉTISME ANIMAL RETROUVÉ DANS L’ANTIQUITÉ ou dissertation historique, étymologique et mythologique sur Esculape, Hippocrate et Galien; sur Apis, Sérapis our Osiris, et sur Isis; suivie de recherches sur l’origine de l’Alchimie. Paris: Barrois…, 1821. 8vo, 432, (4)pp. Modern stiff marbled wrappers, moderate browning, otherwise very good. ¶ Second edition. The work is compiled from selections from the author’s Archives du magnétisme animal. Baron de Hénin de Cuvillers’ otherworldly views on animal magnetism estranged him even from his fellow members of the Society of Magnetism. Caillet 5062. Crabtree 306 (erroneously cites a second edition with a different title). Duveen, Bibliotheca Alchemica et Chemica, p.289. $250.
HENINGER Jr., S.K. TOUCHES OF SWEET HARMONY, Pythagorean Cosmology and Renaissance Poetics... San Marino: The Huntington Library, (1974). 8vo, xvii, (1), 446pp, 52 b/w text illus. throughout. Publ. navy boards with silver vignette and lettering at spine, 1/4-inch chip at spine head, light pencil notations throughout, otherwise a very good copy. ¶ First Edition of this fine scholarly study. $150.
HERMES TRISMEGISTUS. (with Iamlichus & Proclus). MERCURII TRISMEGISTI PYMANDER, De Potestate et Sapienta Dei. Eiusdem Asclepius, De Voluntate Dei... Iamblichus De Mysteriius Aegyptiorum... Proclus in Platonicum Alcibiadem... De Sacrificio & Magia... Basle: Mich. Isingrinium, August, 1532. Sm. 8vo, 480 [i.e. 460], (4)pp. Contemp. boards covered in vellum (with ms on inside), old library stamps on title, occasional staining and worming (not affecting text). ¶ Early edition of the Pymander and Asclepius, attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, together with texts by Proclus, Iamblichus and Porphyry. The Asclepius of Hermes was translated by Apuleius and the other works by Marsilio Ficino. Adams H-345. STC, German, 398. Rosenthal, Bib. Magica, 445. Not in Bib. Esoterica; Caillet; De Guaita; Durling; Duveen; Ferguson; Manly P. Hall Catalogue. OCLC notes 2 copies in the US and 3 abroad.
¶ One of the most influential works on philosophy ever printed, the “Pymander of Hermes” is the foundation stone of an intellectual movement which was to have profound influence in the European Renaissance. It is neither an alchemical, astrological or magical text and has nothing to say about ways of operating in the physical warld. It is, rather, a philosophical mystical text whose object is enlightenment rather than power. The manuscript, known as the “Corpus Hermeticum,” was brought to Florence from Macedonia about 1460 by a monk named Leonardo da Pistoia. The mansucript was presented to Cosimo de Medici who engaged Marsilio Ficino to translate it from the Greek into Latin. The first edition was printed at Treviso in 1471. Ficino titled his translation of the 14 treatises “Pimander,” but actually that is the title of only the first treatise of the corpus, which gives an account of the creation of the world. Hermes, a mythical name associated with a class of gnostic revelations, was for the Renaissance scholars a real person, an Egyptian priest who had lived in remote antiquity. Like the Hellenic Greeks, they looked to the past for the foundation of truth. Thus Ficino, finding traces of Platonic thought, saw Hermes as the source, while in fact the writings probably date from early Christian times. In 1614 Isaac Casaubon proved the hermetic writings date from the first through third centuries A.D. as the Greek is late Hellenic and the doctrine is drawn directly from Plato, the Stoics and Persian thought. See: Yates, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition. $2500.
(Hermetic philosophy). THE PYMANDER OF HERMES. With a Preface by the Editor [W. Wynn Westcott]. London: Theosophical Publishing Society, 1894. 8vo, 117, (1)pp, plate of the emerald tablet printed in green. Blue cloth, gilt. Owners’s name of title. Very good. ¶ The Everard translation of 17 tracts attributed to Hermes Tirsmegistes (or Thoth, in the Egyptian language). Vol. II of the Collectanea Hermetica, edited by W.W. Westcott. $75.
HIGGINS, Godfrey. HORAE SABBATICAE. Or, an Attempt to Correct Certain Superstitious and Vulgar Errors Respecting the Sabbath. New York: Peter Eckler, (1893). 8vo, 81, (1), (10 ads)pp. Brown cloth, lettered in gilt, mild wear to extremities, book plate on front paste-down, text uniformly browned, with occasional mild soiling, otherwise a very good copy. ¶ Higgins (1773-1833) investigated the history of religious beliefs in his Celtic Druids and the monumental Anacalypsis. $100.
HIGGINS, Godfrey. THE CELTIC DRUIDS; or, an Attempt to shew that the Druids were the Priests of Oriental Colonies who emigrated from India, and were the Introducers of the First or Cadmean System of Letters, and the Builders of Stonehenge, of Carnac, and of other Cyclopean Works, in Asia and Europe. London: Rowland Hunter, 1829. Large 4to, (4), xcvii, 324pp, engraved title (dated 1827), 47 plates of which several are folding and 7 vignettes at the end of each chapter. Later buckram, leather label. Very good. ¶ First Edition of one of the basic studies on the subject, approached mainly from a linguistical and historical aspect. Of particular interest are the chapters on the comparative Hebrew, Sanskrit, Latin & Druid alphabets and on Genesis. Higgins (1773-1833) investigated the history of religious beliefs and designed this work as an introduction to his major opus on religious origins; it is strongly influenced by his studies on phallic worship. The plates and the vignettes show ancient monuments. $500.
HOGART, Ron. Charles, ed. - Manly P. Hall. ALCHEMY, A Comprehensive Bibliography of the Manly P. Hall Collection of Books and Manuscripts Including related Material on Rosicrucianism and the Writings of Jacob Boehme. Introduction by Manly P. Hall. Los Angeles: Philosophical Research Society, 1986. 4to, xiv, (4), 314pp. Cloth, illus. throughout in b/w & color, gilt title. Fine. ¶ Thorough bibliographical catalogue of Mr Hall’s amazing collection of rare alchemical books and manuscripts, now in the Getty Research Library. 164 books and 245 manuscripts are described with full collations, history, provenance, etc., and historical annotations. 1000 copies printed. $135.
[HUDSON, Abisha]. SEX MYTHOLOGY. Including an Account of the Masculine Cross. London: Privately Printed, 1898. 8vo, (2), 64pp, title in red & black. Brown boards, white shelfback. Boards lightly rubbed & dampstained, back pastedown dampstained, very good. ¶ One of an edition limited to 200 copies. Hudson discusses the phallic symbolism behind the cross and the fertility cults which adopted it. This is apparently the first discussion of the phallic and Yonijic remains found in California. Some authors attribute the volume to Hargrave Jennings (1817?-1890), who claimed to be the first explorer in many fields of occult and sexual learning and wrote Phallicism, Celestial and Terrestrial… (1884). Cf. Goodland p.294 for the attribution to Hudson. Not located in NUC or BMC. $75.
[HUDSON, Abisha]. SEX MYTHOLOGY. Including an Account of the Masculine Cross. London: Privately Printed, 1898. 8vo, (2), 64pp, title in red & black. Brown boards, white shelfback. Boards lightly rubbed & dampstained, back pastedown dampstained, very good. ¶ One of an edition limited to 200 copies. Hudson discusses the phallic symbolism behind the cross and the fertility cults which adopted it. This is apparently the first discussion of the phallic and Yonijic remains found in California. Some authors attribute the volume to Hargrave Jennings (1817?-1890), who claimed to be the first explorer in many fields of occult and sexual learning and wrote Phallicism, Celestial and Terrestrial… (1884). Cf. Goodland p.294 for the attribution to Hudson. Not located in NUC or BMC. $75.
[HUDSON, Abisha S]. SEX MYTHOLOGY. Including an Account of the Masculine Cross. London: Privately Printed, 1898. 8vo, (2), 64pp, title in red & black. Brown boards, white shelfback. Very good. ¶ One of an edition limited to 200 copies. Hudson discusses the phallic symbolism behind the cross and the fertility cults which adopted it. This is apparently the first discussion of the phallic and Yonijic remains found in California. Some authors attribute the volume to Hargrave Jennings (1817?-1890), who claimed to be the first explorer in many fields of occult and sexual learning and wrote Phallicism, Celestial and Terrestrial… (1884). Cf. Goodland p.294 for the attribution to Hudson. Not located in NUC or BMC. $85.
HUSSAIN, Ahmed, et al. A REPORT ON THREE EXPERIMENTAL FIRE-WALKS. London: University of London Council for Psychical Investigation, 1938. 8vo, 8pp, plus 2 photographic plates. Brown paper wrappers, faded and stained, marginal foxing, pages folded on lower quarter of text throughout, fair. ¶ University of London Council for Psychical Investigation, Bulletin IV. From the library of Hereward Carrington (without indication). Scarce. $75.
(Huysmans). JORIS-KARL HUYSMANS, du Naturalisme au Satanisme et a Dieu. Paris: Bibliotheque Nationale, 1979. Small 4to. Wraps. $25.
HYDE, Lawrence. ISIS AND OSIRIS. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1948. 8vo, 231pp. Cloth, dust jacket, fine in very good dj. ¶ First American Edition. $45.
JENNINGS, Hargrave. ONE OF THE THIRTY: A Strange History, Now for the First Time Told London: John Camden Hotten, [n.d., ca. 1871]. 8vo, (6), 359pp, frontis. plus illus. in the text. Orig. blue cloth stamped in gilt and silver. Expertly recased. Very good. ¶ First Edition. It is not generally known that the illustrations were drawn by Cruikshank. Gardner, Bibliotheca Rosicruciana, 345: “The work is a collection of fine tales founded on Mystical Rosicrucian truths, of a terrifying character.” Wolff 3648. Not in Bleiler; not in Cohn. $300.
JONES, Frank N., ed. AN EXHIBITION OF BLACK AND WHITE MAGIC. Baltimore: Peabody Institute Library, 1960. 4to, (31)pp. Illus. staplebound wrappers, light edge-wear, otherwise very good. ¶ Exhibition catalogue of books and other objects associated with witchcraft and magic. Includes bibliograhy. $25.
JOUBERT, [Laurent]. TRAITE DU RIS, contentant son essance, ses causes, et mervelheus effais, curieusemant recerchés, raisonnés & observés…Item, La cause morale du Ris de Democrite, expliquee & temognee par Hippocras. Plus, Un Dialogue sur la Cacographie Fransaise, avec des Annotacions sur l’orthographie de M. Joubert. Paris: Nicolas Chesneau, 1579. 8vo, (30), 407, (6), woodcut plate of author’s portrait. 17th-cent. calf, spine lettered in gilt, morocco label. Joints just cracking but sound, foot of spine gone, lettering on label gone, light wear to margin of last 5 ff, 1 signature barely starting, signature erased from title, bookseller’s description tipped to back paste-down, still a very good copy. ¶ First Edition of this highly rare volume. The treatise on laughter appeared for the first time in 1560, with a different title, and is written, according to Michaud, “d’un maniere assez licensieuse.” More celebrated, though, is the study of French orthography, one of many French attempts at its reform, in the guise of dialogue between a Frenchman, Fransais, and a German, Wolfgang. The title and spelling throughout the dialogue reflect Joubert’s innovations. Laurtent Joubert (1529-1582) studied medicine at Paris, Padua, Turin and Bologna, taking the degree of M.D. at Montpellier in 1558, where he succeeded Rondelet to the chair of anatomy. Hirsch writes that he was “one of the most famous representatives of the medical faculty during the 16th century.” He was hysician to the kings Henri II and Henri IV. Bibliotheca Esoterica 60653 (“fort rare”). BM French p.246. Brunet III, 574-5. Caillet 5627. De Guaita 427. See Nina Catach, L’Orthographe Franćcaise ą l’Epoque de la Renaissance, pp191-4. No edition of this work has been at auction in recent years. $3750.
JUNG, C[arl] G[ustav] DIE PSYCHOLOGIE DER EBERTRAGUNG Erlautert anhand einer Alchemistischen Bilderserie. Zurich: Rascher, 1946. 8vo, xii, 282, (2)pp, with 121 alchemical plates. Orig. cloth, dust jacket. Very nice. ¶ First Edition of Jung’s Psychology of Transference, Interpreted by Means of a Series of Alchemic Pictures. Grinstein 17423. $125.
KAIGH, Frederick. WITCHCRAFT AND MAGIC OF AFRICA. With a Forword by Montague Summers. London: Richard Lesley, (1947). 8vo, xxv, 159pp, frontispiece, 13 b&w photo-plates. Siena cloth, black lettered, very good. ¶ First Edition of a study of African tribal medicine and witchcraft. $30.
KALLENBERG, Friedrich. OFFENBARUNGEN DES SIDERISCHEN PENDELS. Die Leben Ausströmende Photographie und Handschrift. Diessen vor München: Jos. C. Huber, 1921. 8vo, 143pp, 35 b&w photo-plates, 20 diagrams, 2 facsimiles. Green cloth, gilt letteed, mild toning to leaf perimeters, tight, bright, internally clean, otherwise fine. ¶ “Revelation of the Astral (sidereal) Pendulum,” second edition, originally issued 1913, with a new foreword by the author. $45.
KELLOGG, J.C. “666” OR THE BRAND OF HELL. The Mark of the Beast. Tacoma: Whole Gospel Crusaders of America, 1932. 8vo, 56, (6 adv.)pp, frontispiece. Quarter cloth over orange wrappers, blue lettered, owner’s stamps and sig., offset at pp30-31, otherwise very good. ¶ “The Cowboy Evangelist” warns against the rising influence of the devil and communism. Second edition. $20.
KENDRICK, T.D. THE DRUIDS. A Study in Keltic Prehistory. New York: R. V. Coleman, n.d., . 8vo, xiv, (2), 227pp, frontispiece, 50 b&w illus. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, mild-lt. foxing throughout, mild wear and soiling, owner’s signature, otherwise very good. ¶ First American Edition with cancelled title, from the sheets of the London, Methuen, 1927 first issue. $35.
KERNOT, Henry. BIBLIOTHECA DIABOLICA: Being a Choice Selection of the Most Valuable Books Relating to the Devil; his Origin, Greatness, and Influence... with Some Curious Volumes on Dreams and Astrology. Mansfield Centre: Martino Publishing, n.d. 8vo, 40pp, cloth, fine copy. ¶ Reprint of the scarce original edition of New York, 1874. Kernot chronologically lists about 400 books on the subject, most with brief annotations. Not in Besterman. Catalogue of the Cornell Witchcraft Collection Z5761.K39. $40.
KIESEWETTER, Carl [Karl]. FRANZ ANTON MESMER’S LEBEN UND LEHRE. Nebst einer Vorgeschichte des Mesmerismus, Hypnotismus und Somnambulismus. Leipzig: Max Spohr, 1893. 8vo, 180pp. Half calf over cloth, red calf label, a very good copy. ¶ First Edition. “Kiesewetter’s chief contribution... is an interesting prehistory of animal magnetism which describes practices and phenomena centuries before Mesmer” (Crabtree). Kiesewelter was a renowned author and sexologist. Crabtree 1348. Scarce. $225.
(KINGSFORD, Anna). MAITLAND, Edward. ANNA KINGSFORD. Her Life, Letters, Diary and Work, by Her Collaborator... Illustrated with Portraits, Views and Facsimiles. In Two Volumes..., Third Edition, Edited by Samuel Hopgood Hart. London: John M. Watkins, 1913. 2 vols, 8vo, xxiii, (1), 442pp, photo-grav. frontisportrait, 6 hors-text plates; vii, (1), 466pp, photo-grav. frontisportrait, 8 hors-texte plates, 1 text illus. Publ. blue cloth, gilt-lettered spines, light wear at extremities, scattered light pencil underlinings at vol. II, otherwise a very good set. ¶ Third edition of this detailed biography one of the major figures in the theosophical movement, first published in 1896, and re-issued the same year. Anna Bonus Kingsford (1846-88) chose to attend medical school not for the love of humanity (“I do not love men and women. I dislike them too much to care to do them any good”) but, first, to demonstrate that the training was acquirable without the practice of vivisection; and, second, to qualify herself to learn about the vegetarian diet, she having, under the tutelage of her brother, “adopted the Pythagorean regimen of abstinence from flesh-food, with such manifest advantage to herself, physically and mentally, as to lead her to see in it the only effectual means to world’s redemption, whether as regards men themselves or the animals” (Maitland, Life of Anna Kingsford I, p.21). She apparently led a life separate from her husaband, Rev. Algernon Kingsford, and devoted the majority of her time to her writings on theosophy. Her doctoral thesis, De l’ Alimentation Végétale chez l’ Homme., created something of a stir in Paris, and she was soon elected vice-president of the London Vegetarian Society. Lecturing and writing incessantly on the subject, her interests included the anti-vivesection movement and Theosophy. Though her sympathies turned increasingly toward Catholicism, she is remembered for her contributions in Theosophy, having founded the Hermetic Society and finally becoming president of the Theosophical Society in 1883. Her early death, resulting from pneumonia she caught while working at Pasteur’s laboratory, elicited harsh comments in the press about the value of vegetarianism. $125.
KIRCHENHOFFER, H[erman]. (trans.). THE BOOK OF FATE, Formerly in the Possession of Napoleon, Late Emperor of France; and Now First Rendered Into English, from a German Translation, on an Ancient Egyptian Manuscript, Found in the Year 1801, by M. Sonnini, in One of the Royal Tombs, Near Mount Libycus, in Upper Egypt... The Twenty-Second Edition. London: Printed for M. Arnold, 1832. 8vo, xxxiv, (1), 64 [numbered in pairs to 32], (1 ad)pp, large engr. folding chart, measuring 38.5 by 47 cm (15 by 18 inches). Contemp. quarter green cloth over rose boards, printed label at upper board, spine lettered in gilt, light wear and soiling at boards, armorial bookplate, neat tape repairs and reinforcements at verso chart, occasional mild embrowning, a good copy. ¶ Later printing of this English translation which first appeared in 1822. In the style of a parlor game, the folding chart lists 32 “questions which may be put to the oracle and which will be truly answered according to the hieroglyphic indications of the planet,” along with a quadrille chart of symbols arrayed across 1024 squares. This popular little text was regularly re-issued through the mid 19th century. With detailed instructions for use of the oracle chart. Cf. Caillet 5767. Cf. Dorbon-Aine 2374. $275.
KIRCHER, Athanasius. MAGNES SIVE DE ARTE MAGNETICA Opus Tripartitum quo Universa Magnetis Natura, eiusque in omnibus Scientiis & Artibus usus, nova methodo explicatur: ac praeterea e viribus & prodigiosis effectibus Magneticarum, aliarumque abditarum Naturae motionum in Elementis, Lapidibus, Plantis, Animalibus, elucescentium, multa hucusque incognita Naturae arcana, per Physica, Medica, Chymica, & Mathematica omnis gemneris Experimenta recluduntur. Editio Tertia. Ab ipso authore recognita, emendataque, ac multis novorum Experimentorum problematis aucta. Rome: Sumptibus Blasii Deversin, & Zanobii Masotti, 1654. Folio, (38), 614, (12 index)pp, title in red and black with large engr. vignette, ornamental woodcut devices throughout, 32 full-page engraved plates, over 150 woodcut text illustrations. Modern quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt-tooled spine to period style, lacking additional engr. title, last 2 leaves of principal text, and several leaves of the index (4 leaves of which have been misbound as part of the preliminaries), marginal repairs and reinforcement to early leaves, larger tears to a few leaves, dampstains at outer leaves, light foxing throughout, some scattered soiling, occasional marginalia and ink doodlings, still a fairly good copy, with all 32 full-page engravings in good condition. ¶ Third and best edition, the first in folio, expanded and corrected by the author; the first edition appeared in 1641. The main interest of this volume lies in Kircher’s reflections on electricity, magnetism and astronomy; it includes the first use of the word “electromagnetism.” Kircher regarded magnetism not only in the narrow sense as first defined by Gilbert in De Magnete (1600) which influenced him considerably, but also in the wider sense of animal magnetism, love, music, and even the religious attraction of God. This edition contains many observations and experiments not in the first two editions. In 1633 Kircher was appointed to succeed Kepler as mathematician to the Hapsburg Court; his friends in Avignon, notably Peiresc, did their best to alter this with petitions to the Pope and, when Kircher’s boat was blown off course and landed him in Rome, he was amazed to find that he was expected. The Pope gave him a special commission to study hieroglyphics at the Roman College, which was the center of the Jesuit Order; it was from there that he travelled extensively and then settled into a professorship of mathematics, later beginning the publication of his massive major works that were to be printed every 3 or 4 years. During this period he also assembled a collection notable for its classical antiquities. Caillet 5780. Merrill 6. $3750.
KIRCHER, Athanasius. MUSURGIA UNIVERSALIS sive Ars Magna consoni et dissoni in X libros digesta… Rome: Heirs of Francisco Corbelleti, 1650. 2 vols. in one, folio, (20), ‘690’(i.e.692); (2), 462, (36, index)pp, additional allegorical title (contemp. ownership incription at head, slight loss at gutter where previous detached & remounted on stub), portrait of Achduke Leopold William of Austria, and allegorical frontispiece to vol. 2 (numbered plate 11 & 12), & 21 engraved plates on 20 sheets (numbered to 23, plate 4 & 5 on one sheet, 2 plates folding), woodcut diagrams & illus. in the text (some full-page, one folding, one cropped), muscial notations, woodcut tabels, errata leaf at end. Mid 20th cent. full sprinkled calf. A few plates shaved at fore-edge, occasional light soiling, overall a very good, bright copy. ¶ First Edition, of Kircher’s chief work on music. Conceived and written as a universal encyclopaedia on the subject, this work is, therefore, important as a compendium of knowledge up to Kircher’s time rather than for any substantial originality. He correlates the field of music with other areas of knowledge, and gives theoretical discussions of accoustics, the nature of sound, birdsong, organs of hearing and speech, musical instruments, therapeutic qualities of music, etc. with musical examples from Monteverdi, Palestrina, Gesualdo, Allegri, etc. The work is of great importance in defining areas of research and for inspiring subsequent scholars in specialised areas, and it can be justly called a cornerstone in musical literature and one of Kircher’s most imprtant works. Caillet 5785. De Backer-Sommervogel IV, 1051. Eitner V, 369. Gregory & Bartlett 135. Hirsch I, 266. Merill 8. Poggendorf I, 1259. Wolffheim 732. $10,000.
[KIRCHER, Athanasius]. PHONURGIA NOVA, sive Conjugium Mechanico-Physicum Artis & naturoe paranympha phonosophia concinnatum; quČ universa sonorum natura, proprietas, vires effectuúmq[ue] prodigiosorum causoe, novČ & multiplici experimentorum exhibitio ; Rudolphum Dreherr, Campidonoe. Campidonae: Rudolphum Dreherr, 1673. Sm. folio, with half-title, additional engraved title by Felix Cheurier, title-page vignette, dedicatory portrait of the emperor Leopold by Franz Herman, 2 full-page engravings, 16 half-page plates, numerous engavings & woodcut illustrations throughout; (xlii), 229, (16)pp. Early 20th cent. quarter calf, marbled boards. Water-stained throughout, still a very serviceable copy. ¶ First Edition of the first European book devoted entirely to acoustics. The Phonurgia treats the science and applications of sound, amplification, echoes, and the means of projecting the human voice; also the sounds (shown on musical scale) emitted by other animals, the anatomy of the voice organs, and many other details. As he did in the Musurgia, Kircher here describes and illustrates many bizarre and curious inventions like talking statues, an Aeolian tuba and lyre, eavesdropping devices and odd-shaped trumpets. This work was, in part, Kircher’s response to Samuel Morland, fellow of the Royal Society, who claimed in the Phil. Trans. to have invented the megaphone or speaking-trumpet. Several testimonies from Kircher’s admirers, such as James Gibbs and Gaspar Schott, are here appended to the work defending Kircher’s claim as the inventor of the tuba stentorophonic, as Morland called it. Kircher had indeed written on the device in the Musurgia and had been using the speaking trumpet for years at the shrine of Mentorella to call people to service. The fronstipeice to the work is a veritable pandemonium of mythological music-making. Caillet 5789. Merrill, Athanasius Kircher, 25. Sommervogel IV, 1068. $3500.
KLUGE, Carl Alexand[er] Ferdin[and]. VERSUCH EINER DARSTELLUNG ANIMALISCHEN MAGNETISMUS ALS HEILMITTEL. Berlin: C. Salfield, 1811. 8vo, (2), xiv, 612, (4), engraved title-page. Quarter calf, morocco label, speckled paper boards. A nearly fine copy. ¶ First Edition of a classic work in animal magnetism. Kluge (1782-1844), head surgeon at the Pepiniere in Berlin, was one of the most important medical teachers in Berlin. With animal magnetism much in vogue in the early nineteenth century, he became interested in its therapeutical application and tried to free the subject from charlatanry. In this textbook for physicians he deals with both theory and practice of mesmerism, being “the first to publish a systematic treatise on magnetism, although he himself seems to have made only a few experiments” (Dingwall, Abnormal Hypnotic Phenomena, II, pp.52 & 122). Goethe had read Kluge's work carefully and published a lengthy review. Crabtree 235 notes: "One of the most researched and widely read early German works on animal magnetism. In some way Kluge's book could be seen as a bibliographical essay on the subject…" Tinterow p.70; Cf. Ellenberger, Discovery of the Unconscious, pp.77-8. Gartrell 1194. Tinterow, Foundations of Hypnosis, p.581. $550.
KNORR, Christian, Baron von Rosenroth, translator. KABBALA DENUDATA seu Doctrina Hebraeorum Transcendentalis et Metaphysica… Sulzbach: Abraham Lichtenthaler, 1677 & Frankfurt: Joannes David Zunner, 1677-1684. 4 vols, sm. 4to, text in Latin & Hebrew, (34), 740; (2), 38, (2), 598; 312, (8), 255, (1); 478pp, engraved allegorical title in vol. I, frontispiece in vol. II & 17 folding plates. Full mottled calf, spines gilt, tapes stains to joints, text block quite browned as usual. Very good copy. ¶ First Edition of the most complete work on the Cabala and a classic in the history both of Jewish and of Christian mysticism. Bibliotheca Esoterica 2395 notes that it almost always lacks two treatises, Liber de Port Coelorum and Adumbration Kabbalae Christiane; our copy includes the latter. Ad Franck (La Kabbale) wrote that a more complete and exact work on the Cabala does not exist. Brunet III, 657. Caillet 5851. Scholem 668. $12,500.
KORNMANN, Henri. SIBYLLA TRIG-ANDRIANA SEU DE VIRGINITATE, VIRGINUM STATU ET JURE TRACTATUS JUCUNDUS: Ex Jure Naturali, Divino, Canonico & Civili; Scriptoribus Ecclesiasticis & Profanis, in Gratiam Physicorum, Medicorum, Theologorum & Juridocorum Paratus [with] LINEA AMORIS SIVE COMMENTARIUS [with] DE ANNULO TRIPLICI. Coloniae: Petri Marteau 1765. 3 vols in one, 8vo, 423pp, separate titlepages with engraved vignettes, head- tailpieces. Contemp. full mottled calf, gilt lettering to pale green calf spine label, raised bands, gilt dec. compartments, gilt tooled edges, red-stained edges, corners worn to boards, sm loss to headcap, occasional mild foxing, unobtrusive worming to gutter margins of pp130-344, otherwise a tight, crisp, very good copy. ¶ Editio Nova Diligenter Correcta of Kornmann’s three rare tracts on women, a marvelous Association Copy belonging to the late, great scholar of erotica G. Legman, who has signed and dated the ffep. ¶ Kornmann (ca.1580-1620), a lawyer, here offers his counsel and a plethora of curious, sacred and profane information on the rights and duties of women and the rules and conduct of women in matters of love and sex based upon classical writings, theology, superstition, magic, popular folklore, and his own unusual, rather modern opinions. Thus while we are presented with positive views of women in the arts, diplomacy, and military service, we also learn that when a virgin picks the first fruit of a tree, the tree is doomed; of the role of succubi and incubi; the best colors for women to wear; and what parts of the human body are ruled by the zodiac sign Virgo, the virgin. At once erotic, medical and occult, the tracts were an immediate success when initially published in Frankfurt, 1610, and continued to be so through six later 17th century editions. All, including the edition under notice, are rare. Though Gay considers this book “singulier sont bizarres et ridicules,” it is nonetheless a fascinating, compelling volume. Gay-Lemonnyer 1113-1114. Caillet 5829. Wellcome I, 3582. $600.
LA BARRE, Weston. THE NARCOTIC COMPLEX OF THE NEW WORLD. (Indianappolis): Bobbs-Merrill, (1964). 4to, pp.125-138, very good. ¶ Reprint from Diogenes, Vo. 48, Winter, 1964, from Bobbs-Merrill Reprint Series no. A-429. $45.
LA CHAMBRE, [Marin Cureau de]. L’ARTE DEL CONOSCERE GLI UOMINI… Venice: Alvise Pavino, 1700. 12mo, (22), 387, (9)pp, engraved title of the author measuring a bust. Crude modern library cloth, old marbled wrappers preserved. ¶ Only Italian edition of a popular physiognomy, first published in Paris in 1659. La Chambre (1593/4-1669), an adversary of Descartes, was one of the first to write in French on science and philosophy. Bibliotheca Magica 337. This edition not in Caillet or Bibliotheca Esoterica. NUC notes only the DNLM copy (see Krivatsy 3011). $350.
LAING, S. A MODERN ZOROASTRIAN. London: Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 1898. 8vo, xiv, 274pp. Half quarter deep purple calf over lilac pebbled cloth, gilt lettering and dec. compartments, marbled endpapers, bookplate, some spotting to rear board, otherwise near fine. ¶ Beautifully bound copy of Laing’s 1888 work treating the ancient Persian religion of Zoroaster. 11th printing. $100.
LANGIE, Andre. CRYPTOGRAPHY. London: Constable & Company, 1922. 8vo, vii, (1), 192pp, numerous tables in the text. Green cloth, spine worn, otherwise good. ¶ First edition in English, translated from De la Cryptographie, Paris 1918. “It is a very thorough treatment of the best-known systems of cryptography, stressing processes of cipeherment, method of deciphering, and giving considerable information concerning the history of the science, and a bibliogrpahical list” (Galland p.108). $85.
LATHIS. L’ORGANISTE ATHEE. (Paris): College de ‘Pataphysique, XCI (1964). Sm sq 8vo, 60, (4)pp. Illus. wrappers, very good. ¶ First Edition, limited to 199 examples sur Papier ą Musique de Luxe, this being copy 137. With half-title decoration by Adrien Posé. “The Collége de 'Pataphysique was established, in memory of Alfred Jarry, to advance the ‘Science of Imaginary Solutions’, to further the study of exceptions to the rule and to develop original thought having no practical application”(G.J. Dearson). CollŹge members included Raymond Queneau, Jacques Prevert, Max Ernst, René Clair, Boris Vian, Jean Ferry etc. Goudemare 328. $75.
(Leland). PENNELL, Elizabeth Robins. CHARLES GODFREY LELAND. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1906. 2 vols, 8vo, (2), xiv, 420, (2); (8), 472pp. Half red morocco over marbled boards, marbled endpapers. Light external wear, light scuffing to boards, otherwise very good, with the rubber stamp of Charles Muses. ¶ Biography of the author and editor Chas Godfret Leland (1824-1903 ) who wrote on gypsy lore and language, Indian legends, mystical and occult knowledge, as well as his popular collections of dialect humor. $100.
LERMINA, Jules. HISTOIRES INCROYABLES. Dessins de Amédée Denisse. Paris: L. Boulanger, (1885). 8vo, iv, 320pp, 6 b&w plates. Original illus. wrappers, neatly rebacked w/binder’s tape, some edgewear, soiling, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition. Jules Lermina (1839-1915) was a journalist imprisoned for his strong anti- Second Empire political reportage who turned to writing social novels after his release that were supported by Dumas; he penned a number of Monte Cristo sequels. Later influenced by Poe and Eugene Sue, he wrote, under the pseudonym William Cobb, Mysteries of New York, Marien, and Wolves of Paris. Soon, however, his novels turned to the fantastic and occult, the first of which - the volume under notice, a collection of six “incredible stories” - would later have an influence upon Lautréamont in his Poesies. Though a popular novelist, he never gave up defending his political ideals, writing The A.B.C. of the Libertarian in 1906. ¶ Of illustrator Amédée Denisse little is known but in 1888 he conceived, designed and drew an illustration for a photo-rocket, thought to be the first of it’s kind: a 12-lens camera fitted beneath a rocket's nose cone; after the film was exposed the camera and rocket would parachute back to Earth. His illustrations here are appropriately and stylishly eerie, reminescent of Felician Rops and Odilon Redon. Of note is his illustration for the story Maison Tranquille: in a strange laboratory, two men and a child inhale from gas-filled bottles an unknown substance to marvelous mental effect. Rare; only five copies of this first edition located in OCLA/KVK, the sole edition with Denisse’s illustrations. Thieme p.138.
LILLY, William. AN INTRODUCTION TO ASTROLOGY: With Numerous Emendations, Adapted to the Improved State of the Science in the Present Day, [with] A GRAMMAR OF ASTROLOGY and Tables for Calculating Nativities by Zadkiel. London: George Bell & Sons, 1893. 8vo, xiv, 492, 64, (ads 12)pp, with numerous charts, and a fold-out facsimile engraving of the Great Plague published by Lilly in 1651. Red cloth, gilt, spine damaged at top, internally very good. ¶ Modern edition of Lilly’s Introduction to Astrology, first published in 1647. From the library of Hereward Carrington (without indication). Cf. Gardener 693. $85.
LORD-DRAKE, Maud. PSYCHIC LIGHT. The Continuity of Law and Life. Kansas City: Frank T. Riley, 1904. 8vo, 598, (2), vii pp, frontisportrait, 1 illus., plus 5 b/w plates. Red cloth, lettered in gilt, light wear to extremites, 2-inch tear along upper hinge, marginal tears through page 25, otherwise a very good copy. ¶ First Edition. Not in Crabtree. $30.
(LUCANUS, Ocellus). (TAURUS). (MATERNUS, Julius Maternus). (PROCLUS). TAYLOR, Thomas (trans). ON THE NATURE OF THE UNIVERSE... ON THE ETERNITY OF THE WORLD... OF THE THEMA MUNDI; in Which the Positions of the Stars at the Commencement of the Several Mundane Periods is Given. SELECT THEOREMS ON THE PERPETUITY OF TIME... Introductory Preface by Manly P. Hall. Los Angeles: The Philosophical Research Society, (1976). 8vo, (6), xi, (1 blank), 96pp, frontispiece. Publ. red cloth, gilt lettering at spine, a few marginal pencil notes and underlinings, a very good copy. ¶ Facsimile reprint of Thomas Taylor's original translations, first published at London in 1831. $35.
MACFALL, Haldane. THE HOUSE OF THE SORCERER. Being an Account of Certain Things That Chanced Therein. Here Set Down by… Boston: Richard G. Badger, 1900. 8vo, 233pp, frontispiece. Black cloth, mustard lettering, untrimmed, a very good+ copy. ¶ First U.S. Edition, an abridgement of the author’s first book, The Wooings of Jezebel Pettyfer issued in Britain in 1898, a famed picaresque novel with a West Indian setting featuring the “reckless, unmoral and delightful” heroine Barbadian Black. George Meredith stated that this novel was the finest of his generation, but “ought never to have been written” (Starrett, Buried Caesars). Bleiler (1948), p.187. $85.
MACHEN, Arthur. THE BOWMEN and Other Legends of the War. With an Introduction by the Author. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1915. 8vo, v, 77, (2,ads) pp. Original light brown boards with illustration of bowman’s profile in a matching dust jacket. Deco Bookplate and 1918 signature of Hanel Long, discrete bookseller label, jacket lightly chipped. A very good copy. ¶ First American Edition of this collection of short fiction, and first publication in book form of the famous title story. When it first appeared in The Evening News in 1914, “The Bowmen”, a controversial story about a ghostly medieval soldier, received much attention and greatly increased Machen’s following. Goldstone & Sweetser 14d. $175.
MAETERLINCK, Maurice. LE TEMPLE ENSEVELI. Paris: BibliothŹque Charpentier, 1902. 18mo, (6), 309pp. Pale yellow wrappers, lettered with decor. border in black, inscrpt. at half-title, light wear at spine, wrappers slightly chipped with 1-inch tear along lower spine edge, light, mostly marginal embrowning, otherwise a very good, unopened copy. ¶ Inscribed by the author. First Edition, first printing, the chapters entitled “Le Mystere de la Justice” and “La Chance” having appeared earlier in the Revue de Paris. A major figure in the Symbolist movement, Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949) made his reputation as a dramatist and essayist. The present essays display his interest in mysticism and the occult, most characteristic of the author’s later years. From the library of Edouard Champion. Caillet 6953. Talvart & Place 14A. $250.
MAGRE, Maurice. LA PORTE DU MYSTERE. Poesies. Paris: BibliothŹque Charpentier/EugŹne Fasquelle, 1924. 16mo, 282, (2ads)pp. Pale yellow wrappers, lettered with decor. border in black, inscrpt. at ffep, wrappers slightly chipped, light marginal embrowning, a very good copy. ¶ First Edition, warmly inscribed by the author to fellow poet and founder of the literary review Vers et Prose, Paul Fort. Described as a “familier des fumeries,” by Liedekerke, Maurice Magre was a companion of Claude Farrere whose books and poems tended to focus on drugs and lurid topics.
(MALLARME). (SOULA, Camille). LA POESIE ET LA PENSEE DE STEPHANE MALLARME. Essai sur l’Hermetisme Mallarmeen. Paris: Edouard Champion, (1926). 8vo, 100, (4)pp. Half navy morocco over marbled boards, orig. wrappers bound-in, spine lettered in gilt, t.e.g., very mild wear to spine ends, a nearly fine copy. ¶ First Edition, one of 30 deluxe copies printed on fine lafuma paper, with 5 letters from the author to noted Parisian publisher Edouard Champion, written between 13 March and 24 May, 1926, along with a contemporary review, all neatly tipped-in. Camille Soula’s brief essay on the Hermetic aspects of Stephane Mallarme’s poetry is followed by a selection of 7 poems with accompanying close readings and commentary. $450.
MANAS, John H. DIVINATION. Ancient and Modern. An Historical, Archaeological and Philosophical Approach to Seership and Christian Religion. New York: Pythagorean Society, 1947. 8vo, xxii, 298pp, 55 b&w illus. Gray cloth, blue lettered, dust jacket, very good in near so dj. ¶ First Edition, Signed by the Author. $40.
MARECHAL, Joseph. STUDIES IN THE PSYCHOLOGY THE MYSTICS. Translated, with an Introductory Foreword, by Algar Thorold. London: Burns Oates & Washbourne, (1927). 8vo, viii, 344pp. Dark green cloth, gilt. Very good. ¶ First Edition in English of an early study of mystical states of mind; with a chapter of Islamic mysticism mainly devoted to Hallaj $175.
MASON, Eveleen Laura. HIERO-SALEM: The Vision of Peace, a Fiction founded on ideals which are grounded in THE REAL, that is greater than the greatest of all human ideals, Illustrated. Boston: J.G. Cupples Company, . Sm. 4to, xi, 508, (2 ads)pp, 9 silhouette illustrations. Early ownership stamp on title-page otherwise fine & bright in decorative cloth. ¶ First Edition. Occult fiction by the author of numerous other metaphysical titles. Wright III 3633. Bleiler. Checklist of Science-Fiction & Supernatural Fiction p.135. $125.
(Masonry). VIBERT, Lionel. THE RARE BOOKS OF FREEMASONRY. London: Bookman’s Journal, 1923. 8vo, 41pp, (3, ads). Cloth, gilt title, bookplatevery good copy. ¶ First Edition, arranged chronologicaly from 1722 to 189l. $75.
MASSEY, Gerald. A BOOK OF THE BEGINNINGS. Containing an Attempt to Recover and Reconstitute the Lost Origines of the Myths and Mysteries, Types and Symbols, Religion and Language, with Egypt for the Mouthpiece and Africa as the Birthplace... London: Williams and Norgate, 1881. 2 vols, 4to, viii, 503; (8), 684pp, 2 plates facsimile Egyptian zodiac (after Kircher), text illus. Orig. publisher’s maroon cloth bordered in black, gilt spine, bookplate, light wear and soiling, mild marginal browning, otherwise a very good, clean set. ¶ First Edition. Volume I - Egyptian Origines in the British Isles. Volume II - Egyptian Origines in the Hebrew, Akkado-Assyrian and Maori. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica. Not in Caillet. $500.
MAVROGORDATO, Alex. J. THE STRUCTURE OF CIVILIZATION. Being a Study of the Continuity of History in Combination With Progress Demonstrated by the Interrelations of Speech, Art, and Writing With the Aid of a Diagram. London: Heath Cranton, (1940). 4to, 64pp, diagrams. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, mild wear, a few sm spots, otherwise fine in dj with chips at spine extremes, edges and corners. ¶ First Edition. “In The Structure of Civilization the reader will find an answer to the question What is the meaning of life?” (from the wrappers). $125.
MEAD, G.R.S. THRICE-GREATEST HERMES. Studies in Hellenistic Theosophy and Gnosis. Being a Translation of the Extant Sermons and Fragments of the Trismegistic Literature, with Prolegomena, Commentaries, and Notes. Volume I. - Prolegomena. London and Benares: Theosophical Publishing, 1906. 8vo, xv, 481pp. Green cloth, gilt lettered, some wear to extremities, scattered foxing, half-title semi-loose, sm tear to fore edge of pp.137-148, stain to rear board, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition, first printing. Volume One only. Pritchard 32. $60.
[MEHEGAN, G. A. de]. ORIGINE, PROGRES, ET DECADENCE DE L’ IDOLATRIE. Paris: Paul-Denys Brocas, 1757. 8vo, 24, 252, (4)pp. Full mottled calf, gilt lettered and ornamented spine, owner’s inscription, wear to spine extremities, corners, a few leaves water-stained at lower corner, otherwise a tight, very good copy. ¶ First Edition. Historical survey of the origins, rise and fall of idolatry in the ancient world. Scarce; not in OCLC, not Caillet. Barbier III, 749. $250.
MITCHELL, J.A. LIFE’S FAIRY TALES. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1892. 8vo, (8), 117pp, frontispiece, b/w illus. throughout. Blue pictorial cloth, light wear to extremities, bookplate & bookseller’s label to fpep, very good. ¶ First Edition. Contents include: The Belle and the Seal, Why the Ocean is Colder at Some Places Than at Others, The Average Dog and the Usual Man, The Adventures of Two Criminals, and many other late 19th century Twilight Zone-like tales. Wright 3771. $50.
MOLITOR, Johannes Horatius. TRACTATUS DE THERMIS Artificialibus Septem Mineralium Planetarum,
in quo... quaestiones celebres thermas nostras attingentes solvuntur, ac quomodo corpus ante usum illarum praeparandum explicatur... Cum duplici Indice Capitum & Rerum. Jena: Excudebat Samuel Krebs, 1676. 12mo, (22), 72, (10 index), (36 aphorisms)pp, additional engr. title, woodcut devices throughout. Contemp. vellum, manuscript title, small worm holes at extremities, early manuscript notes at front paste-down, light foxing, a good copy. ¶ Only edition - rare. Carrere, Eaux Minerales. I, 222: “L’Auteur apprend a faire des bains artificiels avec des metaux prepares aux heures planetaires; mais il fait un secret de la preparation des metaux & des doses auxquelles il les enploye. Il pretned que les effets de ces bains, dans les maladies, sont plus efficaces, que ceux des bains naturels. Il regne, dans cet Ouvrage, beaucoup de superstition & de charlatanerie.” Not in Duveen Balneology. OCLC notes Wellcome and an imperfect copy at the NLM. Our copy is complete with the full set of concluding aphorisms. $1000.
MOLL, Albert. HYPNOTISM: Including a Study of the Chief Points of Psycho-Therapeutics and Occultism… Translated from the Fourth Enlarged Edition by Arthur F. Hopkirk. New York: Scribner & Welford, 1890. 8vo, xii, 410, 8 (ads)pp. Orig. red cloth, front board lettered in gilt. Light wear & slight repair to spine, signature to endpaper, otherwise very good. ¶ First American edition, based on the second German edition, and the first in the Contemporary Science Series, edited by Havelock Ellis. After expressing thanks to his co-workers, August Forel and Max Dessoir, in the preface, Moll describes the history of hypnotism in Germany and France, examines methods of hypnotism, and credits the mesmerists as the discoverers of post-hypnotic suggestion. He also examines the possibility of simulating the hypnotic state and points out errors in experiments that have been cited as confirmation of the existence of a magnetic field. Albert Moll (b.1862) introduced hypnotic psychotherapy into Germany, wrote several works on hypnosis, and was this century’s chief advocate of scientific investigations of the occult. Crabtree 1240 (first Ger. ed.). Not in Caillet. $75.
MOOKERJEE, Ajit. TANTRA ART. Its Philosophy & Physics. New Delhi - New York: Kumar, (1966). 4to, 152pp, frontispiece, 96 plates in color and b&w, misc. text illus. Red cloth, gilt lettered, gilt vignette, dust jacket, lt wear, mild soiling, red owner’s stamp to upper edge, otherwise near fine in very good dj. ¶ First Edition. $75.
[MORE, Hannah]. AN ESTIMATE OF THE RELIGION OF THE FASHIONABLE WORLD. By One of the Laity. Philadelphia: Printed by William Young, 1795. 8vo, 101, (1 as contents)pp. Disbound, lacking p.2 of contents, otherwise very good. ¶ Fourth edition (second American Edition), originally issued 1791. Hannah More (1745-1833) was a British evangelical philanthropist and influential abolutionist who played a key role in the Sunday School movement of Christian education. The work under notice was one of the many religious tracts she wrote during the 1790s, here decrying “the polite and fashionable” who neglect Christian duties, and detailing the symptoms of the decline of Christianity, not the least of which is a lack of Christian education. Evans 29103. $45.
MORE, Henry. PHILOSOPHICALL POEMS, A Platonick Song of the Soul; Treating of, The Life of the Soul, Her Immortalitie, The Sleep of the Soul, the Unitie of Souls, and Memorie after Death. Cambridge: Roger Daniel, 1647. 8vo, (28), 218, (8), 219-253 (1, blank), (3), 255 (as “225”)-298, (2), 299-436pp, errata leaf. Woodcut head- & tailpieces, separate chapter titles,numerous woodcut text illus. Full mottled calf (?c.19th C), ruled overall in blind, incl. dentelles; red-tinted edges. Ink inscription on verso of free front endpaper, B8 remargined; front cover expertly re-hinged at an early date, back joint at foot of spine starting slightly, but sound. A bright copy with armorial bookplate of Edward Dalton on front paste-down. ¶ First collected edition. “More belonged to that little band of Christian Platonists which was formed at Cambridge in the middle of the seventeenth century, and the distinctive traits of their school of thought are perhaps best brought out in his writings” (DNB). He was fascinated by the occult science of such men as Van Helmont and believed in witchcraft, which he considered “evidence of the reality of the unseen world.” He was the only one of the Cambridge Platonists to publish extensively. Hayward 94. Wing M2670. $1750.
MYER, Isaac - Solomon Ben Yehudah Ibn Gebirol. QABALAH. The Philosophical Writings of Solomon Ben Yehudah Ibn Gebirol or Avicebron and Their Connection with the Hebrew Qabbalah and Sepher ha-Zohar, with remarks upon the antiquity and content of the latter, and translations of selected passages of the same. Also An Ancient Lodge of Initiates, translated from the Zohar... Philadelphia: The Author, 1888. Folio, xxiv, 499pp, plates. Green cloth, gilt stamped red calf spine label. Very good, uncut copy. ¶ First Edition, first issue, one of only 150 copies printed. $850.
NAUDE, G[abriel]. INSTRUCTION A LA FRANCE sur la Verité de l'Histoire des FrŹres de la Roze-Croix... A Paris: Chez Franćois Julliot, au troisiemme pillier de la Grande Salle du Palais, 1623. 8vo, (24), 117, (1 blank) pp, printer's device at title, side-notes, woodcut headpieces and initials. Contemp. limp vellum over paste-paper boards, traces of manuscript title at spine, early printed bookplate mounted recto ffep, later bibliographical note and bookseller label verso ffep, contemp. library inscript. at top margin title, light, marginal dampstain at preliminary leaves, encroaching on headline, a very good, clean copy. ¶ First Edition. Gabriel Naudé (1600-1653) served as physician to Louis XIII, and as librarian to Cardinals de Bagni and Barberini at Rome, and later to Cardinal Mazarin at Paris. Scouring Europe over the course of ten years, he helped Mazarin establish his magnificent library, acquiring some 40,000 volumes along with a vast trove of precious manuscripts. “Un des savants les plus distingués de son temps”(Michaud), Naudé was better equipped to evaluate the “Rosicrucian Scare” in France than some of his more hysterical compatriots. He tells us in the Instruction a la France that in 1623 placards appeared in Paris heralding the arrival of the Rosicrucian Brethren, and speaks of a “hurricane” of rumor blowing through France at the news. Naudé was “certainly right in thinking that these rumours were deliberately spread with the intention of creating a sensation or a scare” (Frances Yates, The Rosicrucian Enlightement). In the dark fashion of the day, other works appeared in 1623 seeking to brand the Rosicrucians as witches, among them La Doctrine Curieuse des Beaux Esprits de ce Temps by the Jesuit Franćois Garasse, and the anonymous Effroyables Pactions Faites entre le Diable et les Pretendus Invisibles. Better informed, “Naudé attempted to provide a calm exposition of the doctrines of the manifestoes and his own evaluations of these” (Manly Hall Cat.). In the present work he gives evidence “that the Rosicrucian manifestoes were widely read outside Germany and were being taken as prophecy of a coming new enlightenment, a still futher advance after the age of the Renaissance” (Yates). He provides a list of authors, including John Dee, Trithemius, and Paracelsus, among others, of whose teachings he believes the Rosicrucians approve, thus locating their interests firmly in the Hermetic tradition. Oxford mathematicians of the Merton school are also cited by Naudé as congenial to the Brethren. Though he is careful to conclude the present work in orthodox agreement with the Jesuits about the pernicious influence of the Rosicrucians, Naudé's view was certainly more complex. Two years later, in 1625 he published the Apologie, in which he defends a host of learned men, ancient and modern, from the charge of black magic (goetia), including those very advocates of Hermeticism which he had singled out in the Instruction. It is reasonable to conclude with Yates that “Naudé seems to have believed that important mathematical scientific activities lay behind the good magic of the Rosicrucian movement.” ¶ The title page contains a contemporary inscription from the Jesuit College in Paris; a later printed bookplate mounted at the front fly leaf is illustrated with a square divided in four parts inscribed within a circle and surrounded by the letters “F” “O” “U” “R.” A very scarce work, and a fascinating document emanating from the complex period of transition from Renaissance Hermeticism to Cartesian rationalism and mathematically based inquiries. Caillet 7924: “Le plus précieux ouvrage que l’on possŹde pour les révélations des mystŹres philosophiques et hermétiques des FrŹres de la Rose Croix.” De Guaita 756 & 1649: “Tres rare.” Dorbon-Aine 3228. Gardner 477. Manly Hall Catalogue 118. Ouvaroff 1527. Chapter VIII of Yates’ The Rosicrucian Enlightement is devoted to The Rosicrucian Scare in France; Thorndike VII, p.301ff gives a detailed exposition of Naudé’s 1625 Apologie. $3000.
NEEDHAM, Joseph. SCIENCE AND CIVILIZATION IN CHINA. Volume 5 Chemistry and Chemical Techology. Part II; Spagyrical Discovery and Invention: Magisteries of Gold and Immortality. Cambridge: Univ. Press, 1974. 4to, profusely illustrated, quarter black buckram, dust-jackets, fine. ¶ First printing $100.
NITZE, William A. THE CASTLE OF THE GRAIL. AN IRISH ANALOGUE. Reprinted from “Studies in Honor of A. Marshall Elliott,” Vol. I. n.p. n.d. 4to, pp.19- 51. Orig. printed wrappers, previous owner’s signature on the front cover, a good copy. $20.
O’DONNELL, Elliott. BYWAYS OF GHOST-LAND. London: William Rider and Son, 1911. 8vo, (6), 246pp. Blue cloth, spine ends worn, corners bumped, some light soiling and occasional pencil notations, otherwise good. With pages from two newspapers with articles relating to ghosts laid in: The Two Worlds, 1926; American Weekly, 1938. ¶ From the library of Hereward Carrington (without indication). $100.
OBRY, J[ean]-B[aptiste]-F[rancois]. DU NIRVANA BOUDDHIQUE, en Réponse a M. Barthélemy Saint-Hilaire, par... Membre de l’Académie d’Amiens. Memoire lu a cette Académie, dans ses Séances des 14 et 28 Mars 1863. Paris: Auguste Durand, 1863. 8vo, 240pp. Quarter vellum over marbled boards, gilt spine with black morocco label, orig. rose printed wrappers preserved, light wear, bookplates and dealer label at front paste-down, occasional mild, mostly marginal, foxing, a very good copy. ¶ First Edition. The author of several works on ancient metaphysical doctrines among the Aryans, Persians, and Hebrews, Jean-Baptiste-Francois Obry here replies to the celebrated polymath Barthélemy Saint-Hilaire whose seminal work, Le Bouddha et Sa Religion, appeared three years earlier in 1860.
(Occult). MYSTIC MAGAZINE. Vol. I, No. I. November 1930. New York: Fawcett, 1930. 4to, 98pp. Color Illus. wrappers, very good. ¶ Premiere issue of the classic periodical on mysticism, spiritualism and the occult sciences. Evocative full color cover illustration by Al Wilson. $50.
(Occult - Erotica). L’AMOUR ET LA MAGIE. Paris: Georges-Anquetil, 1926. 8vo, 447, (9 ads)pp, frontispiece by Felicien Rops, title bordered in red with red owl vignette, 45 b/w illus., 1 hors texte plate. Quarter blue cloth, covered in dark blue paper, light edge-wear, paper chipped near spine at upper board, light marginal embrowning, minor edge tears pp. 9-32, pencil marginalia at a few leaves, otherwise a good copy. ¶ First Edition. This potpourri of the erotic-esoteric includes chapters entitled “La Revolte des Eves,” “Le Sens Esoterique du Mythe de Venus,” “L’Amour et les Sciences Divinatoires,” and “Les Amours Fantomales, Mystiques, Sataniques, Vampirique et Desincarnees.” Including two plates with illustrations by Felicien Rops. $275.
OLLIVER, C. W. AN ANALYSIS OF MAGIC & WITCHCRAFT, A Retrospective Introduction to the Study of Modern Metapsychics. London: Rider & Co., [n.d., ca. 1928]. 8vo, xi, (1), 244pp, frontispiece, numerous illustrations, plus 7 addl. plates, with extensive bibliography. Red cloth, minor wear to spine ends & corners, some soiling and fading, offsets to front and rear endpapers, some marginal pencil notations, a good copy. ¶ First Edition. With a 1931 New York Times Book Review clipping & an article from The Occult Review laid in. From the estate of Hereward Carrington (without indication). $45.
OMICRON. THE MILLENNIUM In Its Three Hundreth Centenary. Written in the Year 1847 of the Satanic State of the Fallen World. London: L. Houghton, 1847. 8vo, xvi, 81, (1)pp. Publisher’s blue-green cloth, title in gilt, blind stamped border on boards. a.e.g. Very nice copy. ¶ A crazed play in verse on the coming Millennium. The pseudonymous author wrote several works on the millenarian theme. $125.
PALMARIUS, Petrus (Le Paulmier de Grentemesnil, Jacques). LAPIS PHILOSOPHICUS DOGMATICORUM. Quo paracelsista Libauius restitutur. Scholae medicae Parisiensis iudicum de chymicis declaratur, censura adulteria & fraudes parachymicorum defenditur, asserto verae alchemiae honore. Adiecta est historia laeprosae mulieris persanatae. Paris: David Doulceur, 1609. 8vo, 16 leaves, 160 pages, 6 leaves. With a woodcut vignette of Mercury on title. Contemp. vellum, early owner’s inscription at the bottom of the title-page (partly pasted over). Very good. ¶ First Edition. A rare work by the French physician Pierre Le Paulmier (1568-1610), attacking Paracelsus and Libavius and ostensibly supporting the old medicine and pharmacy of the Paris school. However, he favored chemical preparations and the fifth essence. Chapter XI is titled “Alchymiae necessitas in medendo eiusque beneficia.” Ferguson gives a detailed account of the reception of this book by the Medical Faculty of Paris. All the authorities quote this 1609 edition only, but Ferguson believed that the book had already been published in 1608. Caillet 8269: “Traité d’Alchimie trŹs rare”. Duveen, p.447. Ferguson II, p.163. Partington II, p.269. Thorndike VI, pp.251-52. Verginelli 237. Not in BL or NUC. $1250.
(Paracelsus). PARACELSUS IN DER BIBLIOTHECA PHILOSOPHICA HERMETICA. Amsterdam. Ausstellung zum 500. Geburtsjahr des Theophrastus Bombast von Hohenheim, Paracelsus genannt. Amsterdam: In de Pelikaan, 1993. 4to, 87pp, highly illustrated & with folding plate. Orig. stiff red wrappers. $45
PARACELSUS. THREE BOOKS OF PHILOSOPHY Written to the Athenians: By… Paracelsus… With an Explicatory Table Alphabetically Designed; Wherein the Hard Words That Are Found in This Author, and in the Foregoing Preface of Osw: Collius, Are Explained. Done into English… by a Young Seeker of Truth and Holiness. London: M.S. for L. Lloyd, 1657. 12mo, (2), 70pp (pp.68 & 69 misnumbered). Red cloth, paper label. Browned, bookplate, embossed stamp to title, corner of last few leaves chewed, otherwise very good. ¶ First appearance in English of the Philosphia ad Athenienses, a collection of gnostic ideas attributed to Paracelsus. The publisher, Lodowick Lloyd, was the most important publisher of Jacob Böhme in England. Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica Catalogue 11. Sudhoff 378. Wing C-7023 lists it as part of the works of Croll. $1200.
(Paracelsus). PACHTER, Henry M. MAGIC INTO SCIENCE. The Story of Paracelus. New York: Henry Schuman, 1951. 8vo, grey and salomon colored cloth in dust jacket. Very good. $20.
(PARACELSUS). TELEPNEF, Basilio de. PARACELSUS. A Genius Amidst a Troubled World. A Short Essay on the Life and the Main Works of this Great Physician, Scientist and Philosopher. St. Gallen: Zollikofer, (1945). 12mo, 93pp, frontisportrait, plus 1 folding map. Tan boards, lettered in brown, dust jacket, very mild bumping to corners, otherwise a fine copy in like dj. ¶ First Edition. With a map tracing Paracelsus’ peregrinations throughout Europe between 1512 and 1524. $50.
PARACELSUS, Theophrastus. SAMTLICHE WERKE, Nach der 10Bändigen Huserschen Gesamtlausgabe (1589-1591) zum Erstenmal in Neuzeitliches Deutsch Ubersetzt. Mit Einleitung, Biogtraphie, Literaturangaben und Erlärenden Anmerkungen Versehen von Dr. Bernhard Aschner. Jena: Gustav Fischer, 1926-28. 2 vols, large 8vo, lxiv, 1012; L, 910pp. Orig. gilt stamped blue cloth. Very good set. ¶ First Edition - two further volumes were published by 1932. A commendable anthology of Paracelsean writings, based on the Huser Quarto edition, and brought into modern German. “…intended to bring Paracelsean therapy, unduly forgotten, into the orbit of the modern practitioner. It is a work of considerable value, also for its notes on the herbs and drugs recommnded by Paracelsus” (Pagel, Paracelsus, p.33). The translator, Bernhard Aschner, was a distinguished endocrinologist, the first to keep hypophysectomized dogs indefinitely alive and to demonstrate that they would develop genital hypoplasia. Waller 20084. Cf. Garrison-Morton 1162. $150.
PARSONS, Albert Ross. NEW LIGHT FROM THE GREAT PYRAMID. New York: The Metaphysical Publishing Co., 1893. 8vo, xvi, 420, (4 ads), illus., color plate, folding plate at the end. Orig. cloth, gilt title & astronomical diagram on front cover. Spine ends a little worn, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition. $200.
PARTRIDGE, John. MIKROPANASTRON [in Greek] OR AN ASTROLOGICAL VADE MECUM. Briefly Teaching the whole Art of Astrology, Viz. Questions, Nativities, with all its Parts, and the whole Doctrine of Elections, never so Comprised, nor Compiled before; so that the young Student may learn as much here as in the great Volumes of Guido, Haly, or Origanus... London: for William Bromwich, 1679. 12mo, (2), (22 prelim), (1), (14 charts), (3), (4 table), 348pp, engr. frontisportrait, charts and diagrams throughout. Later full diced calf, gilt borders, gilt spine with contrasting morocco labels, mild edge-wear, labels chipped, faint dampstaining to upper board, 1-1/2 inch section at bottom edge of upper board scuffed, owner sig., occasional light soiling and embrowning, a good, crisp copy. ¶ First Edition. A shoemaker’s apprentice, John Partridge (1644-1715) procured a bible and some reference books when he was 18 and taught himself enough Latin to read the works of astrological writers. He later mastered Hebrew and Greek, his first published work being A Hebrew Calendar. The present work was published shortly thereafter and “contains a most effusive dedication to Sir Geo. Wharton”(Gardner 909). The revived interest in political prophesies during the later 17th century secured Partridge’s fame and fortune through the publishing of almanacs. “The most daring and successful compilers, such as Lilly, Wharton, Gadbury, and Partridge, committed themselves to a dangerously partisan position, and all risked imprisonment and even execution”(Capp, English Almanacs, p.35). With regard to astrological practice, Partridge eventually “championed the reformed system of the Italian monk, Placidus de Titis”(Capp, English Almanacs, p.183) “His chief work, ‘Defectio Geniturarum, being an Essay towards the reviving and proving the true Old Principles of Astrology’... remains one of the most elaborate systematic treatises on the subject” (DNB). Wing P-620. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica, Caillet, or La Lande. $1750.
PATON, Lewis Bayles. SPIRITISM AND THE CULT OF THE DEAD IN ANTIQUITY. New York: Macmillan, 1921. 8vo, ix, (5), 325pp, with index. Blue cloth, hinges broken, spine ends chipped, corners worn, text clean, with a few pencil notations, possibly in the hand of Hereward Carrington. ¶ First Edition. $30.
[PAUW, Corneille de]. RECHERCHES PHILOSOPHIQUES SUR LES EGYPTIENS ET LES CHINOIS. Par Mr. de P***. Berlin: Decker, 1773. 3 parts in 2, sm. 8vo, xxii, (2), 469; 256, 232pp, folding map of Ancient Egypt in vol. 2. Orig. full calf, gilt, corners worn, but a sound set. ¶ First Edition. Pauw (1739-99), a French philosopher & divine, proposes to show that “no two nations ever resembled each other less than the Chinese and the Egyptians” presumably in response to theories of common origins between the two peoples. He pursues his topic across the centuries and through the customs and habits of eating, working, marital practices and sexual behavior in the two cultures. Also discussed are agriculture, the arts of sculpture (with a long examination of physiognomy, particularly relevant to Pauw’s thesis), painting, ceramics, jewelry, music and poetry. Ancient writers are referenced as often as contemporary sources. Bibliotheca Esoterica 6394. Caillet 8392. $350.
PENN, Granville. THE BIOSCOPE Or Dial of Life, Explained… London: John Murray, 1814. Sm. 8vo, vi, 309, (7 ads)pp, frontispiece with moveable dial. Black straight-grained morocco gilt, morocco bookplate. Very good. ¶ With a curious volvelle frontispiece, broken into 7 stages of life, ranging from youth to vigour to decline and finally decay. Second Edition (first 1812), with the author's translation of St Paulinus's Epistle to Celantia and An Elementary View of General Chronology. Penn (1761-1844) wrote a few scientific works and published a number of competant translations from the Greek, including a work on the Greek text of the Rosetta Stone. $250.
PHOTIADES, Constantin. COUNT CAGLIOSTRO, An Authentic Story of a Mysterious Life. London: Rider & Co., 1932. 8vo, 288pp, frontisportrait, plus 3 half-tone plates. Red cloth, spine faded, slight wear at extremities, otherwise a very good copy. $50.
PHYLOS THE TIBETAN. A DWELLER ON TWO PLANETS. Or The Dividing of the Way. Los Angeles: Baumgardt, 1905 8vo, xix, 423, (1 errata)pp. Blue dec. cloth, front hinge starting, otherwise very good. ¶ Originally published 1894. $200.
PODMORE, Frank. TELEPATHIC HALLUCINATIONS: The New View of Ghosts. Illustrated. Halifax: Milner & Company, [n.d., ca. 1921]. 8vo, vii, 128pp., text illus. Red cloth gilt lettered with black ornaments, light wear, front hinge starting, owner’s signature, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition of the psychic researcher’s work asserting that telepathy is fact and that it can explain the timeless belief in ghosts. $35.
PORTAL, Frederic. LES COULEURS SYMBOLIQUES dans l’antiquité, le moyen-age et les temps modernes. Paris: Niclaus, 1938. 8vo, xii, 192, (4)pp. Original wrappers, very good. ¶ Originally published in 1837, Portal’s (1804-1876) seminal work on the symbolic interpretation of colors treats of each color in divine, sacred and profane terms in ancient and modern cultures. Caillet 8864. Bibliotheca Esoterica 3741. Cf. Birren Collection 531. $50.
PRINCE, Walter Franklin. HUMAN EXPERIENCES, Being a Report on the Results of a Questionnaire and a Discussion of Them. Boston: Boston Society for Psychic Research, 1931. 8vo, 331pp, including publication list. Brown paper wrappers, faded, ink title notation on spine, light wear to corners and edges, a few pencil notations, 3 inch tear on page 117, good copy. ¶ First part of the Boston Society’s Bulletin XIV. From the library of Hereward Carrington, without indication. $20.
PROCLUS - Thomas M. Johnson. PROCLUS’ METAPHYSICAL ELEMENTS... Translated from the Original Greek by Thos. M. Johnson, Editor of the Platonist. Osceola, Missouri, 1909. 8vo, (4), xvi, 201pp. Later black cloth, some slight stains and tears, overall very good. ¶ The midwestern neo-platonist Johnson edited The Platonist from St Louis in the 1880’s. $450.
(Psychic research) EXPERIMENTS WITH PHYSICAL MEDIUMS IN EUROPE. A Detailed Study in the Interpretation of Indicia by the Research Officer of the Boston Society for Psychic Research. Bulletin VII. Boston: Boston Society for Psychic Research, 1928. 8vo, 113pp, with two photo plates. Brown paper wrappers, ink title-notation on spine, minor wear, very good. ¶ Inscribed to Hereward Carrington by Walter Franklin Prince, member of the Boston Society for Psychic Research. $100.
PYTHAGORAS. THE GOLDEN VERSES…Translated from the Greek by N. Rowe, Esq. With a Poem on the late Glorious Successes, &c. And an Ode for the New-Years MDCCXVI. London: J. Tonson, 1732. 12mo, 36pp disbound. Very good. ¶ Second edition. Foxon R288. $100.
RAIMONDO, Annibale. OPERA DELL’ ANTICHA, & HONORATA SCIENTIA DI NOMANDIA. Specchio d’Infiniti beni, e mali che sotto il Cerchia della Luna possono all viventi intervenire... Anversa [Antwerp]: [n.p.], 1677. 8vo, 210pp, tables and copper engr. charts (?) throughout. Original wrappers, manuscript title at spine, soiled, lacking one leather tie, mild embrowning at edges, otherwise a very good, wide-margined and uncut copy. ¶ Later edition, first published at Venice in 1549. Annibale Raimondo of Verona (b. 1505 or 1506) wrote on comets, the new star of 1572, the tides, as well as composing astrological predictions in Italian annually from at least 1553 through 1565. The present work presents a system of “divination by names, the letters of which are given numerical values” and by planets and signs of the zodiac “which are again assigned numbers and related to letters of the alphabet” (Thorndike VI, p.473). Curiously, Raimondo’s Opera has the same title as a work ascribed to Gaudentius of Treviso which was placed on the Index in 1559, but survives in a manuscript copy. Gardner 1056, citing eds. 1550 and 1551. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica or Caillet. $875.
RAINE, Kathleen. YEATS, THE TAROT AND THE GOLDEN DAWN. (Dublin): The Dolmen Press, (1976). 8vo, (8), 78pp, title in red and black, 46 monochrome text illus. throughout. Pale green wrappers, lettered in red and black with illus. vignette, corners slightly bumped, owner sig. at half title, occasional discrete notations, otherwise a very good, clean copy. ¶ Second revised edition of this interesting study by the poet and noted Blake scholar, Kathleen Raine, first published in 1972. $60.
READ, John. THE ALCHEMIST In Life, Literature, and Art. London: Thomas Nelson, (1947). 8vo, black cloth in dust jacket. Very good. $75.
READ, John. THROUGH ALCHEMY TO CHEMISTRY. A Procession of Ideas & Personalities. London: G. Bell, 1961. 8vo, xvii, 206pp + plates. Cloth, dust jacket. Very good. $45.
REDGROVE, H. Stanley. ALCHEMY: ANCIENT AND MODERN, Being a Brief Account of the Alchemistic Doctrines, and their Relations, to Mysticism on the One Hand, and to Recent Discoveries in Physical Science on the Other Hand… London: Rider, 1911. 8vo, xiv, 141pp, frontispiece, 15 plates. Red cloth. Bookplate & old signature. Very good. ¶ First Edition. Redgrove was a prolific writer on alchemy who was in part responsible for the awakening of scholarly interest in medieval alchemy. This book defines many alchemic terms and reviews the contributions of many alchemists. Pritchard 2247. $50.
REDGROVE, H. Stanley. BYGONE BELIEFS, Being a Series of Excursions in the Byways of Thought. London: William Rider, 1920. 8vo, xvi, 205pp + 53 plates. Orig. cloth, gilt. Very good. ¶ First Edition. Redgrove, a prolific writer on the occult, discusses such topics as the powder of sympathy, the quest of the philosopher’s stone, the phallic element in alchemy, etc. Pritchard 2250.1. $25.
REDGROVE, H. Stanley. BYGONE BELIEFS, Being a Series of Excursions in the Byways of Thought. London: William Rider, 1920. 8vo, xvi, 205pp + 53 plates. Orig. cloth, gilt. Very good. ¶ First Edition. Redgrove, a prolific writer on the occult, discusses such topics as the powder of sympathy, the quest of the philosopher’s stone, the phallic element in alchemy, etc. Pritchard 2250.1. $20.
REGNIER, L.R. [Louis Raoul]. HYPNOTISME et Croyances Anciennes. Paris: Bureaux du ProgrŹs…, 1891. 8vo, xxiii, 221, (2)pp, plates & illus. throughout. Modern cloth, orig. wrappers bound in, signature to fly-leaf, a nearly fine copy. ¶ First Edition of an escellent history of hypnotism focusing especially on its role in religious and occult lore. Includes a synoptic bibliography. “Regnier was a follower of Charcot’s Salpetriere school of hypnotism. His tgreatise is divided into two parts: an introduction describing the nature and effects of hypnotism, with several photographic plates illustrating subjects under hypnosis; and the main section, which is concerned with the history of hypnotism, particularly those traces of hypnotism found in anciente religious and occult lore” (Norman). Caillet 9235. Crabtree 1303. Norman 1820 $150.
REICHENBACH, K.F. von. DER SENSITIVE MENSCH und Sein Verhalten zum Ode. Eine Reihe Experimentellen Untersuchungen über ihre gegenseitigen Kräfte und Eigenschaften mit Rücksicht auf die praktische Bedeutung, Welche sie für Physik, Shemie, Mineralogie, Botanik, Physiologie, Heilkunde, Gerichtliche Medizin, Rechtskunde, Kriegswesen, Erziehung, Psychologie, Theologie, Irrenwesen, Kunst, Gewerbe, Häusliche Zustände, Menschenkentniss und das Gesellschaftliche Leben im Weitesten Anfange Haben. [Bound with] WER IST SENSITIVE, WER NICHT? Oder Kurze Anleitung, Sensitive Manschen mit Leichtigkeit zu Finden. Vienna: N.p., 1856. Stuttgart: J.G. Cotta, 1854-55. 2 vols, lv, (1), 838; xxx, 758 + 70pp. Quarter brown calf, brown cloth boards, gilt lettered, autograph notes and signature, mild wear and rubbing to spine, some sunning to boards, mild-light foxing throughout, overall a very good, attactive set from the library of Robert Dale Owen, with his signature on both title-pages and annotations. ¶ First Editions. Reichenbach (1788-1869) began his career as a chemist (he was the first to isolate kerosene, creosote, and paraffin), metalurgist, and expert on the chemical analysis of meteorites. In 1844, he believed that he had discovered that certain “sensitive” individuals, mostly women, could detect physical stimuli under conditions in which they would not be detectable to normal sense. A series of experiments confirmed to him the existence of a radiating universal force permeating all nature which he called “Od” after Odin, the Norse god. While he had many detrators, the great psychologist, Gustav Flechner, was not unsympathetic and though he was puzzled by some of Reichenbach’s demonstrations, he could detect no fraud. Often associated with Mesmer’s theories of animal magnetism, Reichenbach discouraged such and much of his work was seized upon by anti-spiritualists as providing a natuaral explanation for supernatural phenomena. The present work, which he spent ten years of his life researching, is a continuation and reworking, based upon further studies, of his earlier work, Physikalisch-physiologische Untersuchungen über die Dynamide des Magnetismus (1850), known in its English translation as Physico-Physiological Researches..., or Researches on Magnetism(1851). Who is Sensitive, Who is Not? deals in detail with the Odic force and those gifted thus. This set was previously owned by Robert Dale Owen, the minister, parapsychologist and spiritualist who has provided signed, hand-written notes. The present volumes, cornerstone works of psychical research, continue to be highly influential works in the field. The Sensitive Man is rare, Who Is Sensitive rarer still and has never been translated into English; it is fortunate that it is bound into this set. Crabtree 727, 770. DSB XI, p.360. $650.
REINACH, Salomon. CULTS, MYTHS AND RELIGIONS. Translated by Elizabeth Post. London: Davis Nutt, 1912. 8vo, xiv, 209, (2)pp as publisher’s advert. Black cloth, gilt lettered, stamped ruled borders, owners’ signatures, occasional underlinings, notary public embossed stamp on half-title, wear at extremities, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition in English. Reinach (1858-1932) wrote extensively on ancient religious beliefs and practices; originally written in French and published in three volumes 1908-1912, the present volume is one of his more enduring works on the subject. Scarce. $125.
RICHMOND, Almon Benson WHAT I SAW AT CASSADAGA LAKE: A REVIEW OF THE SEYBERT COMMISSIONERS’ REPORT. Boston: Colby & Rich, 1888. 8vo, 244pp, frontispiece, with 2 illustrations. Brown cloth, gilt spine, very minor wear to spine ends & corners, offsetting from newspaper clippings pasted to front endpapers & tipped-in facing dedication, evidence of other clippings removed through page 7, and on rear paste-down, pencil notes and scribblings through page 7, marginal notations and underlinings in pencil throughout. A flawed copy with covers and gilding in quite nice condition, however. ¶ First Edition. A report on the authenticity of spiritualism funded by the philanthropist Henry Seybert who funded a chair of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania on the condition that they investigate spiritualism. S.Weir Mitchell was among the commissioners. Crabtree 1218. $65.
ROBERT, [Louis-Josephe-Marie]. ESSAI SUR LA MEGALANTHROPOGENESIE, ou l’Art de Faire des Enfans d’esprit, qui deviennnent de grands-hommes; suivi des traits physiognomoniques propres a les faire reconnaitre, décrits par Lavater. Paris: Debray & Ant. Bailleul, an X, 1801. 8vo, 240pp. Uncut copy in modern boards. Very good. ¶ First Edition. The author, a doctor, wrote several books on medicine and hot springs. The present work, of an “esprit original,” proposes the breeding of exceptional children through the marriage of one exceptional man to a like woman. The author wonders, “what if Frederick the Great had had children with Semiramis?” He discusses the education of these children, their eventual marriages, as well as their physical and moral characteristics. He also suggests embalming them upon their deaths for the edification of the sensual populace. Quérard VIII, p.71. INED 3855. Not in NUC or BLC. $375.
ROBILLET, H. (ed.). ALBUM MEMORIAL EN SOUVENIR DE SA MAGNIFICENCE LE BARON MOLLET. (Paris): Collége de ‘Pataphysique, XCII (1965). 8vo, 28, (4)pp, 26 b&w photo-illus. Printed wrappers, photo-illus. dust jacket, fine in very good dj. ¶ First Edition, one of 333 numbered exemplaires de luxe with cover printed in violet, this being copy 298. “The Collége de 'Pataphysique was established, in memory of Alfred Jarry, to advance the ‘Science of Imaginary Solutions,’ to further the study of exceptions to the rule and to develop original thought having no practical application”(G.J. Dearson). College members included Raymond Queneau, Jacques Prevert, Max Ernst, René Clair, Boris Vian, Jean Ferry etc. Includes a reproduced sketch of the Baron by Max Ernst. With an advertising card for Le Théatre Neuf’s Hommage au Théatre Décadent et Symboliste production of Aurier’s Irénée laid in. $125.
ROBILLET, H. (ed.). DOSSIER DE LA DRAGONNE. Déchiffré et Provisoirement Commenté par Maurice Saillet s Avec la Collaboration de J.H. Sainmont. Paris: Cahiers du Collége de ‘Pataphysique, XCII (1965). Tall 8vo, 136, (1)pp, 1 foldout facsimile, misc. b&w illus. Black wrappers, gilt lettered, chips at spine extremes, otherwise very good. ¶ Dossier No. 27. "Remarquable dossier consacré ą Jarry, permettant une lecture plus cohérente de la 'Dragonne' - Indispensable ą tout amateur de Jarry" (Goudemare 190). “The Collége de 'Pataphysique was established, in memory of Alfred Jarry, to advance the ‘Science of Imaginary Solutions,’ to further the study of exceptions to the rule and to develop original thought having no practical application”(G.J. Dearson). CollŹge members included Raymond Queneau, Jacques Prevert, Max Ernst, René Clair, Boris Vian, Jean Ferry, etc. $65.
ROBILLET, H. (ed.). SUBSIDIA PATAPHYSICA. No. 3-4. Paris: Cahiers du Collége de ‘Pataphysique, (1967). Narrow 8vo, 238pp on salmon-colored paper, misc. b&w photo-illus. plates, some foldout, misc. b&w text illus. Illus. wrappers, sm tear at joint corner upper wrapper, otherwise very good. ¶ Troisiéme & Nouvelle Série, one of 222 copies sur papier tuile de coĎmy, this being copy 155. “The Collége de 'Pataphysique was established, in memory of Alfred Jarry, to advance the ‘Science of Imaginary Solutions’, to further the study of exceptions to the rule and to develop original thought having no practical application”(G.J. Dearson). CollŹge members included Raymond Queneau, Jacques Prevert, Max Ernst, René Clair, Boris Vian, Jean Ferry etc. Editor Henri Robillot was the publisher of Vian’s “Vernon Sullivan” novels. $40.
ROCCO, Sha [pseud. of Abisha S. Hudson]. THE MASCULINE CROSS and Ancient Sex Worship. New York: Commonwealth Co., . Small 8vo, 65pp, illustrations & cuts. Original red cloth, gilt, name & notes on endpapers, a very good copy. ¶ A study of the phallic symbolism of the cross in ancient religions. First in 1874. See Goodland p.294. $35.
ROGET DE BELLOGUET, Dominique Franćois, baron. LES CIMMERIENS. publié par les Soins de M. Alfred Maury et Henri Gaidoz. Paris: Maisonneuve, 1873. 8vo, xii, 119 pp. Full polished calf, red morocco labels, by Bedford, rebacked, retaining the orig. backstrip, book-plate, very good. ¶ A detailed study exploring several theories and literary sources about the origin of the Cimmerii – an ancient people of the far North-West of Europe, spoken of by Homer and Herodotus. Vol. IV, complete in itself, in the scholarly series Ethnologie Gauloise all by de Belloguet (1796-1872), this final volume being posthumous. $60.
(ROUSSEL, Raymond). FERRY, Jean. UNE AUTRE ETUDE SUR RAYMOND ROUSSEL. (Paris): CollŹge de ‘Pataphysique, XCI (1964). 4to, 48, (6)pp, frontispiece, misc. b&w margin illus. Yellow wrappers, green lettered, toning, spotting, stains, otherwise internally clean, a good copy. ¶ First Edition, one of 555 examples sur Simillimi-Chiffon sous couverture jaune canari, this being copy 325. “The Collége de 'Pataphysique was established, in memory of Alfred Jarry, to advance the ‘Science of Imaginary Solutions,’ to further the study of exceptions to the rule and to develop original thought having no practical application”(G.J. Dearson). CollŹge members included Raymond Queneau, Jacques Prevert, Max Ernst, René Clair, Boris Vian, Jean Ferry etc. With two flyers from Collége de Pataphysique laid in. Goudemare 330. $65.
RUDHYAR, [Dane]. RHAPSODIES (PremiŹre Série). Ottawa: Imprimerie Beauregard, 1919. 8vo, (189)pp, frontisportrait inserted. Orig. printed wrappers. Very good copy. ¶ First Edition of Rudhyar’s first book of poetry, and second book. $200.
[RUDHYAR, Dane]. Danield CheniviŹre. CLAUDE DEBUSSY & SON OEUVRE Paris: Durand, 1913. 8vo, 45 (3)pp. Printed wrappers, a very good, unopened copy. ¶ Rudhyar’s first book, written under his natal name, Daniel CheniviŹre. This is a later printing, as a footnote to the last page notes Debussy’s death in 1918. $35.
[SAINT-MARTIN, Louis Claude de]. DES ERREURS ET DE LA VERITE, ou les Hommes rappellés au Principe universel de la Science. Par un Ph[ilosophe] Inc[onnu]. Premiere Partie [only]. Edinburgh, 1782. 8vo, (4), 8, 263; (2), 435pp. Later marbled boards backed in pebbled cloth. Very good. ¶ The first part of the most important work of the famed Philosophe Inconnu, first published in 1775 and accompanied by the chevalier de Suze’s Suite des Erreurs et de la Vérité (Salomonopolis: Androphile, 1784). St. Martin (1743-1803), former law student and military man, wrote this ardent attack on materialism based on gnostic ideas in four short months in 1774. During the revolution he was banned from Paris, but continued to advocate his spiritualistic ideas, calling himself – referring to the social isolation – the “Robinson Crusoe of Spiritualism”. Bibliotheca Esoterica 4309. Caillet III, 9769. De Guaita 931 & 932. The first volume lacks the second part of 284pp. $250.
SALVERTE, Eusebe. DES SCIENCES OCCULTES ou Essai sur la Magie, Les Prodiges et les Miracles. Paris: Sedillot, 1829. 2 vols, 8vo, xxiii, 412; (4), 382, (2)pp. Cloth backed marbled boards. Occacional spotting, otherwise a very good set. ¶ First Edition. A scholary account of a variety of subjects in which the author attempts to scientifically explain supernatural phenomena; includes interesting material on conjuring, juggling, ventriliquism, fire resistance, speaking heads and statues, etc. There is a section on electricty and magnetism among the ancients. “A detailed and fairly scholary work, written from an apparently non-partisan standpoint” (MacIntosh). Bibliotheca Esoterica 4382. Caillet 9867. Wheeler Gift Cat. 852. Cf. Mottelay pp.9-10 etc. Toole Stott, Conjuring, 1175. $375.
SAVAGE, Minot J. PSYCHICS: FACTS AND THEORIES. Boston: Arena Publishing, 1893. 8vo, x, (5)-153, (1), (8 ads)pp. Blue cloth gilt, scattered staining, spine caps and upper edge of front cover chipped, corners rubbed, light waterstain in upper margin throughout, extending 2 inches downward to text on page 53 only, marginal pencil notations, otherwise good. ¶ First Edition. “Savage was a minister of the Unitarian church and an early member of the American Society for Psychical Research. This is his first book on psychical research” (Crabtree 1353). $25.
SCHEUDT, J.V. L’INCUBE OU LE SATYRE. PoŹme Rabelaisien en Douze Chants pour l’Esbadissement des Belles et Honnestes Dames, des Pages et des Amis de la GaĒté. Publié d’Apres le Manuscrit Original par… Illustrations de Ohon. Paris: n.p., 1909. Narrow 8vo, iii, 144pp, misc. tailpieces. Original printed wrappers, vignette, very good. ¶ DeuxiŹme edition, limited to 100 copies, this being copy no.50. A most curious volume, unrecorded in the standard references. Not in OCLC/KVK, nor Bibliothéque National. $250.
SCHOLEM, Gershom. ON THE KABBALAH AND ITS SYMBOLISM. New York: Schocken, 1969. 8vo, v, 216pp. Illus. wrappers, white lettering on red. ¶ First edition in paper, 1969. $20.
SCHOLEM, Gershom G. MAJOR TRENDS IN JEWISH MYSTICISM. New York: Shocken, 1954. 8vo, xiv, 460pp. Printed wrappers, white lettering on grey and black. ¶ First published in 1941. $35.
SCHURE, Edouard. LES GRANDS INITIES. Esquisse de L’Histoire Secrete des Religions. Rama - Krishna - Hermes - Moēse - Orphee - Pythagore - Platon - Jesus. Paris: Perrin et Cie, 1912. 8vo, xxxii, 554pp. Quarter calf, gilt lettered, marbled boards, publisher’s ribbon, occasional penciled underlining, a few neat page repairs not affecting text, light wear, otherwise very good. ¶ Later edition from the original publisher of Schuré’s The Great Initiates, A Survey of the Secret History of Religions (1889), which Caillet highly recommends. Cf. Bibliotheca Esoterica 4453; Caillet 10031. $30.
SEABROOK, William. WITCHCRAFT. Its Power In the World Today. New York: Harcourt, Brace, (1940). 8vo, ix, 387pp. Blue cloth, yellow lettered, dust jacket, mild rubbing at spine extremes, a few small spots, otherwise near fine in very good dj. ¶ Later printing. $35.
SEWALL, Frank. SWEDENBORG, and the ‘Sapientia Angelica.’ London: Constable & Company, 1910. 8vo, vi, 128pp, including bibliography. Blind-stamped red cloth, head and tail of spine worn, a few pencil notations, otherwise very good. With two ads from the American Swedenborg Printing and Publishing Socieity laid in. ¶ From the library of Hereward Carrington (without indication). $25.
SINNETT, A[lfred]. P[ercy]. THE RATIONALE OF MESMERISM. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1892. 8vo, (5), 232, (2, blank), (4, ads)pp. Orig. cloth, light wear to extremities, front free endpaper gone, signature on title, otherwise very good. ¶ First American Edition. A general treatment of hypnotism by the theosophist Sinnett. Includes a useful bibliographical chapter. Scarce. Crabtree 1330. Tinterow 137. $100.
SMURTHWAITE, Thomas E. PRACTICAL ANTHROPOLOGY. London: Watts & Co, 1912. 8vo, 39, (1)pp & 2 folding charts at the end. Cloth, occasional foxing, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition of this study on racial classification based on different shapes of the human head, illustrated on 2 large folding charts. $40.
SNART, John. THE THESAURUS OF HORROR; OR, THE CHARNEL HOUSE EXPLORED!! Being an Historical and Philanthropic Inquisition Made for the Quondam-Blood of its Inhabitants!... With the Surest Methods of Escaping the Ineffable Horrors of Premature Interment!!... London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1817. 8vo, 175, (1 ad)pp, incl. appendix & list of errata. Disbound, foxing throughout. ¶ First Edition of a rare work by the author of An Historical Inquiry Concering apparent Death and Premature Interment (London, 1824). $450.
(Spiritualism). SPIRITUALIST HYMNAL, A New Collection of Words and Music for the Congregation and Choir, Specially Adaptged for Spirtualist Meetings. Washington, D.C.: The National Spirtualist Association, (1911). 8vo, 156 hymns with sheet music and index. Green cloth, faded, corners bumped, ink title notation on spine, 1/2-inch tear along upper edge of front cover, otherwise very good. ¶ With such old favorites as “Surely the Curtain is Lifting,” “They Hover Near,” and “The Other World.” Includes Declaration of Principles Adopted by the National Spiritualist Association, U.S.A., printed on front paste-down. From the library of Hereward Carrington (without indication). $30.
St. HILL, Katharine. HANDS OF CELEBRITIES or Studies in Palmistry. With an Introduction by Charles Rideal. Westminster: Roxburghe Press, [ca. 1898]. 8vo, 174, (1 ad)pp, frontis. & plates. Original decorated green cloth, one signature loose, very good. ¶ First Edition. Scarce study on palmistry in a wonderful period publisher’s binding. Featuring frontispiece reproduction of Hogarth’s Debates on Palmistry and illustrated with sketch reproductions of the hands of Queen Elizabeth, Lord Gladstone, Lord Coleridge, et al. $75.
STACY-JUDD, Robert B. ATLANTIS - MOTHER OF EMPIRES. Los Angeles: De Vorss, 1939. 4to, xxix, (3), 336pp with color frontispiece, 42 plates, 2 fold-out charts and numerous illustrations in the text. Cloth, very good. ¶ First Edition, inscribed by the author. This is one of 1500 numbered copies $125.
STEINER, Rudolf. THEOSOPHY, An Introduction to the Supersensible Knowledge of the World and the Destination of Man. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1910. 8vo, xix, (1), 230pp, with notes and amplifications. Green cloth, gilt, edges rubbed, with 1-inch dent near head, small stain at lower gutter throughout first half of text, some pencil notes and underlining, otherwise good. ¶ From the library of Hereward Carrington (without indication) with “Mahdah 1917” pencilled on endpaper and with book plate of prior owner Vance Thompson. $30.
SUMMERS, Montague. ESSAYS IN PETTO. London: Fortune Press, . 8vo, ix, 183pp. Buckram-backed boards, gilt. Fine. ¶ First Edition of Summer’s first book written for the Fortune Press (although he had edited others previously). Essays on Ann Radcliffe, Jane Austen, de Sade, Byron, et al. d’Arch Smith, Summers, A13, notes this is the secondary binding. d’Arch Smith, Fortune Press, 526. Ransom, Private Presses, p.282 writes that 800 copies were printed. $125.
SUNDERLIN, Charles. MYSTICISM OF RELATIVITY. Los Angeles: Charles A. Sunderlin, 1931. Tall 8vo, 22pp. Printed wrappers, good+. ¶ First (only) Edition. The author discusses the metaphysics of Einstein’s theory and the myth of the physical universe. $35.
SWAINSON, Esme. THE ADVENTURES REX & ZENDAH Oceanside, California: The Rosicrucian Fellowship, (1932). $100.
SWEDENBORG, Emanuel. HEAVEN AND ITS WONDERS AND HELL. From Things Heard and Seen. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1881. 8vo, 453, (1), (2 ads)pp, with indices. Brown cloth, gilt lettering, spine ends & corners worn, owner signature and blue rubber stamp on t-p, occasional light foxing, lacks ffep, otherwise a good copy. ¶ Seventh American edition. Hyde 1070. $45.
TAYLOR, Edward Samuel, ed. THE HISTORY OF PLAYING CARDS, With anecedotes of their Use in Conjuring, Fortune-Telling, and Card-Sharping. London: John Camden Hotten, 1865. 8vo, xiv, 529 (16, 6, 10 ads)pp, color frontispiece, 47 plates (one etched), color vignette on title. Orig. blue cloth pictorially stamped in gilt, light wear, armorial bookplate. Very good. ¶ First Edition. Published posthumously, with a preface by Hotten. The work is divided into three parts and includes a detailed history of playing cards, a study of card games, including gambling, and chapters on the use of cards for fortune telling and card tricks. $425.
TAYLOR, F. Sherwood. THE ALCHEMISTS. Founders of Modern Chemistry. New York: Henry Schuman, (1949). 8vo, green cloth in dust jacket. Very good. $30.
[TAYLOR, Isaac]. PHYSICAL THEORY OF ANOTHER LIFE. London: William Pickering, 1836. 8vo, (2), x, 321pp. Contemp. smooth calf, ruled in gilt, compartments tooled in gilt, black morocco label, a.e.g. Light rubbing to joints, 2 ctorners bumped, very good, with an armorial bookplate. ¶ First Edition of Taylor’s most speculative work, which anticipates “a scheme of duties in a future world, adapted to the assumed expansion of our powers after death” (DNB). The work was among his most popular and readable, going through more than a dozen editions by 1871. Isaac Taylor (1787-1865), son of the engraver and children’s writer of the same name, studied engraving in his youth, until he accidentally fell upon a volume on the corruption of the Christian Church. He thenceforth began collecting “patristic” (a word he invented) literature, and within a few years he was publishing widely-appreciated theolgical works, his favorite topic being inquisition into spiritual corruption in the Church. Although Taylor’s style suffered from conspicuous over-refinement, “some regarded him as the greatest English lay theologian since Coleridge” (DNB). $200.
TAYLOR, Thomas. A DISSERTATION ON THE ELEUSINIAN AND BACCHIC MYSTERIES. Amsterdam: J. Weitstein, [i.e. London, printer unknown, 1790]. 8vo, iv, 184pp. Signature of J.Nichols (the printer?) on first page of text. Disbound (in library binder), very light browning. Very good, scarcely trimmed copy. ¶ First Edition, rare. “Of all Taylor’s essays this remains the one whose value is least impaired by time. It remains unsurpassed as an expostion of mythological themes in the context of the philosophy with which they are traditionally and integrally associated” (Raine & Harper p.344). In speaking of a reprint of this rare work, Bernard Quaritch said that the thanks of all schloars are due therefore by the aid of this little volume, the philosophic reader will be enabled to form a more correct idea of the true end and design of those celberated mysteries than he could possibly hope to derive from any other source.” Balch p.6. Lowndes 2598 (giving 1791). Mellon 160. Raine & Harper p.524. Simon, Bib. Gastronomnica 509 (under title). $400.
TAYLOR, Thomas. TWO ORATIONS OF THE EMPEROR JULIAN: One to the Sovereign Sun and the other to Mother of the Gods; Translated from the Greek... [with] THE ARGUMENTS OF THE EMPEROR JULIAN AGAINST THE CHRISTIANS. Translated from the Greek Fragments Preserved by Cyril… Chicago: Hermetic Publishing Co, 1932. 2 vols, blue cloth, gilt, fine in a slightly worn slipcase. ¶ Reprints of the rare editions of 1793 and 1809, here limited to 500 copies. $65.
TAYLOR, Thomas - Aristotle. THE GREAT AND EUDEMIAN ETHICS, The Politics and Economics of Aristotle. Tr. from the Greek by Thomas Taylor. London: Printed for the Translator, 1811. 4to, viii, -535pp. Old marbled boards, rebacked in calf, gilt titles. Some spotting otherwise very. ¶ First Edition, issued as part of the works of Aristotle, reputedly in an editon of only 50 copies. Taylor (1758-1835) devoted his life to translating Greek classics with commentary, which gained him the sobriquet “The Platonist” and encouraged the continuation of the Neoplatonic tradition. “His translations represent a side of Greek thought that but for him would be unrepresented in English literature… No man’s mind was ever more thoroughly suffused with the very essence of Neoplatonism… His books remain a mighty monument of disinterested devotion to philosophic study” (Axon, Thomas Taylor the Platonist… London, 1890). His translations were the sources of Greek philosophy to Blake, Coleridge, Shelley, Emerson and other writers of the Romantic and Transcendentalist movements. Balch p.12. Raine & Harper p.526. Not in Axon. $1000.
TAYLOR, Thomas - Aristotle. THE RHETORIC, POETIC, AND NICOMACHEAN ETHICS OF ARISTOTLE. Translated from the Greek. London: Valpy for James Black & Son, 1818. 2 vols, 8vo, viii, xlvii, 351; (6), 409, (2)pp. Modern cloth backed board, gilt stamped black morocco labels. Light browning but a fine set. ¶ Second edition, first issued in 1811 as part of the Works of Aristotle in an edition of 50 copies. Taylor (1758-1835) devoted his life to translating Greek classics with commentary, which gained him the sobriquet “The Platonist” and encouraged the continuation of the Neoplatonic tradition. “His translations represent a side of Greek thought that but for him would be unrepresented in English literature… No man’s mind was ever more thoroughly suffused with the very essence of Neoplatonism… His books remain a mighty monument of disinterested devotion to philosophic study” (Axon, Thomas Taylor the Platonist… London, 1890.) His translations were the sources of Greek philosophy to Blake, Coleridge, Shelley, Emerson and other writers of the Romantic and Transcendentalist movements. Axon p.12. Balch p.14. Lowndes I, p.69. Raine & Harper p. 528. $600.
TAYLOR, Thomas - Proclus. TWO TREATISES OF PROCLUS, The Platonic Successor. London: Printed for the Translator & Sold by William Pickering, 1833. 8vo, viii, 176pp. Original green moire cloth, paper spine label, slightly faded, affecting some leaves, interesting pencil annotations throughout. ¶ First Edition, one of 250 copies. The limitation is stated on the paper spine label. Axon p.14. Balch p.20. Raine & Harper p.531. $550.
(Taylor, Thomas). RAINE, Kathleen & George Mills Harper. THOMAS TAYLOR THE PLATONIST. Selected Writings. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, (1969). 8vo, blue cloth in dust jacket. Very good. $100.
TERRIER, Docteur H. MEDIUMS ET FAKIRS. Études sur les Pouvoirs Occultes de l’Homme. Paris: Norbert Maloine, [ca. 1930]. Sm. 8vo, (6), 77, (3)pp. Printed wrappers. Very good. ¶ A brief description and attempted analysis of “the occult powers of man,” based on an evening spent by the author being entertained by three occult practitioners at a party. Terrier describes each ‘act,’ then attempts to explain the means of its execution. Not in NUC. $65.
THOMPSON, C.J.S. THE LURE AND ROMANCE OF ALCHEMY. London: George G. Harrap, 1932. 8vo, 248, (1)pp, frontispiece, 76 illus. Black cloth, gilt lettering and vignette to spine, blindstamped vignette to front board, clean, tight, very good indeed. ¶ First Edition. Pritchard 2297. $100.
THOURET, [Michel Augustin]. RECHERCHES ET DOUTES SUR LE MAGNÉTISME ANIMAL. Paris: Prault, 1784. 8vo, xxxvi, 251pp. Contemp. polished calf, board edges gilt, red calf label, spine tooled in gilt, marbled endpapers. Barest crack to front joint, otherwise a fine copy. ¶ First Edition. An erudite anti-mesmerist commentary written by Mesmer’s chief opponent in the Royal Society of Medicine stating that Mesmer’s doctrine consists of nothing but “pure illusion” (Caillet). Attempting to demonstrate a fundamental connection between Mesmerism and alchemy in order to prove that he was one in a long historical line of faith healers (including including Paracelsus, Kircher and Fludd) Thouret (1748-1810) unintentially provided a legitimacy to Mesmer’s theories. Blake 450. Caillet 10676. Crabtree 116. Darnton 84-85. Dureau 30-31. Norman M150. Tinterow 19 & 24. Waller 9569. $450.
THURSTON, Herbert. GHOSTS AND POLTERGEISTS. Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1954. 8vo, ix, (1), 210pp, with index. Blue cloth, spine and upper edges faded, text generally clean with occasional minor soiling, otherwise very good copy. $25.
TYRRELL, G. N. M. APPARITIONS. London: Gerald Duckworth, (1953). 8vo, 172pp, with index. Blue cloth, spine lightly worn and faded, otherwise very good. ¶ Revised Edition (first published in 1943), with an introduction by the noted Oxford Professor of Philosophy, H.H. Price. From the library of Hereward Carrington (without indication). $25.
VAN DER GON, M. C. Denier. DE MYSTERIŤN VAN MITHRAS. Gravenhage: Uitgevers-Maatschappi, 1911. 8vo, 50pp, 7 illus. Contemporary rebinding in quarter cloth, marbled boards with original front wrapper onlaid, good. ¶ First Edition of a study of the ancient oriental mystery rites surrounding the Persian god of light. $55.
[VAUGHAN, Thomas]. THE FAME AND CONFESSION OF THE FRATERNITY OF R:C: Commonly, of the Rosie Cross. With a Preface annexed thereto, and a short Declaration of their Physicall Work. By Eugenius Philalethes. London: Printed by J.M for Giles Calvert, 1652. 12mo, (70), 64pp. Mid 20th century full calf antique, edge of title slightly frayed, browning, otherwise very good. ¶ First Edition. The famed British occultist, alchemist and Rosicrucian, twin brother of the metaphysical poet Henry, published most of his esoteric works under the pseudonym “Eugenius Philalethes.” He died tragically in 1666, at the age of 44, from inhalation of mercury fumes during alchemical experiments. Ferguson pp.197 (no copy in the Young collection). Gardner, Bibliotheca Rosicruciana, 675. Pritchard 272. Wing F-350A (title entry). Yates, Rosicrucian Enlightenment. Duveen (p.598) had only a modern reprint. Not in the Manly Hall Collection. $9000.
(VAUGHAN, Thomas). WAITE, Arthur Edward. (ed. and trans.). THE MAGICAL WRITINGS OF THOMAS VAUGHAN (Eugenius Philalethes). A Verbatim Reprint of His First Four Treatises: Anthroposophia Theomagica, Anima Magica Abscondita, Magia Adamica, and the True Coelum Terrae, with the Latin Passages Translated into English, and with a Biographical Preface and Essay on the Esoteric Literature of Western Christendom... London: George Redway, 1888. Sm 4to, xxxi, (1), 164pp, decor. lettrines. White cloth, lettered in red, light soiling at boards, light wear at extremities, 3/4-inch tear along upper joint, first quire a bit loose, otherwise a good, clean copy. ¶ First Edition thus, these treatises originally appearing in 1650. A famed British occultist, alchemist and Rosicrucian, Thomas Vaughan was the twin brother of the metaphysical poet Henry, and published most of his esoteric works under the pseudonym “Eugenius Philalethes.” Born around 1612, he died tragically in 1666, from inhalation of mercury fumes during alchemical experiments. A prolific writer, Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942) once served as Grand Master of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. A translator of classic occult works, his historical writings treat of magic, divination, Kabbalistic writings, and secret societies. Caillet 11335. $150.
(Vivekananda). Christopher Isherwood (intro.) & John Yale (ed). WHAT RELIGION IS in the Words of Swami Vivekananda. With a Biographical Introduction by Christopher Isherwood. New York: Julian Press, 1962. 8vo, xxv, 224pp, frontispiece. Black cloth, silver and yellow lettered, dust jacket, margins lightly toasted, mildly soiled and toasted dj with a few small chips, overall very good. ¶ First Edition. $60.
WAITE. A.E. A BOOK OF MYSTERY AND VISION. London: Wellby, 1902. 4to, xvi, 244pp, frontispiece. Orig. cloth designed by Mary Tourtel. Light wear and soiling. Good. ¶ First Edition of this collection of Waite’s occult poetry. “It has been said that it is ‘the most successful attempt to sing the mysteries of mysticism since Blake wrote his Prophetic Books’” (publishers ad). $150.
WAITE, A. E. LAMPS OF WESTERN MYSTICISM. Essays on the Life of the Soul in God. New York: Knopf, 1923. 8vo, viii, 334pp. Original blue cloth stamped in green & gilt, a very good copy in the dust jacket. ¶ First American Edition, from the British sheets. A late work by the great occultist, summarizing his knowledge of the subject with specific reference to Western mystics such as Meister Eckhart, St. Teresa, St. John of the Cross, Molino and the Quietists etc. Gilbert A36a. $100.
WAITE, A.E. LAMPS OF WESTERN MYSTICISM. Essays on the Life of the Soul in God. London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1923. 8vo, viii, 334, (1, ads)pp. Original blue cloth lettered in gilt, dust jacket, a fine copy. ¶ First Edition. A late work by the great occultist, summarizing his knowledge of the subject with specific reference to Western mystics such as Meister Eckhart, St. Teresa, St. John of the Cross, Molino and the Quietists etc. Gilbert A36a. $100.
WAITE, Arthur Edward. SONGS AND POEMS OF FAIRYLAND, An Anthology of English Fairy Poetry. Selected and Arranged, with an Introduction by… London: Walter Scott, 1888. 8vo, 42opp. Orig. blue cloth stamped in gilt with title and fairies. Early Very good. ¶ First Edition, first issue. Waite had been invited to compile this collection for the Windsor Series of Poetical Anthologies by William Sharp, the editor of the series. Among the contributors are Poe, Richard Garnett, Thomas Lake Harris, Coleridge, Kinglsey, et al. Gilbert B2. $250.
WAITE, Arthur Edward. SONGS AND POEMS OF FAIRYLAND. An Anthology of English Fairy Poetry. Selected and Arranged, With an Introduction by… Nottingham: C.J. Welton, [n.d., ca. 188?]. 8vo, 420pp. Burgundy cloth, gilt lettering and vignette, gilt ruled borders, lt wear to extremities, otherwise near fine. ¶ Later Edition, with cancelled title, from the sheets of the London, Walter Scott, 1888 first edition. Waite had been invited to compile this collection for the Windsor Series of Poetical Anthologies by William Sharp, the editor of the series. Among the contributors are Poe, Richard Garnett, Thomas Lake Harris, Coleridge, Kinglsey, et al. This edition not in Gilbert. Scarce. $125.
(WAITE, Arthur Edward, trans.). THE HERMETIC MUSEUM, Restored and Enlarged... Now First Done into English from the Latin Original Published at Frankfort in the Year 1678. Containing Twenty-Two Most Celebrated Chemical Tracts... In Two Volumes. London: John M. Watkins, 1953. 2 vols, sm 4to, xi, (1), 357; (8), 322pp, both vols with frontispieces, and b/w illus. throughout. Publ. navy cloth, lettered in gilt, spines faded and dampstained, a few pencil notations at vol. I, otherwise a very good set. ¶ Second English edition, limited to 250 numbered copies. The present work, first published in 1893, translates the Musaeum Hermeticum Reformatum et Amplificatum, a collection of important early alchemical works, originally published at Frankfurt in 1678. A prolific writer, Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942) once served as Grand Master of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. A translator of classic occult works, his historical writings treat of magic, divination, Kabbalistic writings, and secret societies. $400.
WAITE, Arthure Edward. REAL HISTORY OF THE ROSICRUCIANS. New York: Steinerbooks, (1977). 8vo, wrappers, very good. Originally published in 1887. $25.
WALMSLEY, Edward (ed.). PHYSIOGNOMICAL PORTRAITS. One Hundred Distinguished Characters, from Undoubted Originals, engraved in the Line Manner, by the Most Eminent British Artists. London: J. Major, 1822-24. 2 vols, 4to, engraved title-page (12)pp, 100 mounted India proof plates each with 4pp of text. Half red morocco, gilt back, a very good large-paper copy. ¶ Large-paper copy with the plates in India proof state, with portrait of Beroge IV on Dante, Martin Luther, Louis XVI, Oliver Cromwell, Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, Albrecht Dürer and Petrarch are amongst those elegantly rendered by eminent engravers of the 1820s, such as Finden, Armstrong and John Wedgwood. $500.
[WARD, Arthur Sarafield]. ROHMER, Sax. THE ROMANCE OF SORCERY. New York: E.P. Dutton, n.d., . 8vo, 223pp. Red cloth, gilt letteed, gilt ruled borders, dust jacket, near fine in like dj. ¶ Second American Edition, from the sheets of the London, Methuen,1923 “second, cheaper edition” with cancelled title. $50.
WEBB, James. THE FLIGHT FROM REASON. Volume 1 of the Age of the Irrational. London: MacDonald, (1971). 8vo, xiv, 305pp, 8 b/w hors-texte plates. Quarter brown calf over marbled boards, contrasting label at spine, inscrpt. at ffep, some light pencil underlinings, otherwise a very good copy, attractively bound. ¶ First Edition of this fine academic study of the 19th century occult revival, reprinted in 1988 under the title The Occult Underground. This presentation copy has been inscribed by the author to the noted William Blake scholar, Kathleen Raine: “...who has taught me more in a few words than much reading...” With a contemporary review of the present work, laid-in. $125.
WILSON, Henry B. GHOSTS OR GOSPELS, The Methods of Spiritualism in Healing Compared with the Methods of Christ. Boonton, N.J.: The Nazarene Press 1922. 8vo, (6), 130, (2)pp. Light blue cloth, minor wear to spine ends and corners, front paste-down and endpaper darkened by 2 laid-in spiritualist tracts, a few marignal pencil notations, otherwise a very good copy. ¶ First Edition. $65.
WOLFF, Jacob and Julius Reichelt. Curiosus amuletorum scrutator, in quo de natura & attributis illorum, uti & plurimis illis, quae passim in usum tam in theoria quam praxi vocari sueverunt ac in specie de Zenechtis... cui accessit Julii Reichelti exercitatio DE AMULETIS... Francofurti & Lipsiae: apud Fridericum Groschuffium, 1692. 2 parts in one, 4to, (1), (1 blank), (10 prelim), 688, (50 index & errata)pp, title in red and black; (1), (1 blank), (5 prelim), (1 blank), 94pp, separate half-title, 8 full-page woodcut illus. Contemp. mottled calf, 5 raised bands, gilt spine with contrasting label, marbled endpapers, extremities worn, upper joint wearing through, title trimmed closely at bottom margin with partial loss of publisher and date, moderate embrowning, especially at outer leaves, otherwise a good copy. ¶ Second edition, first published at Leipzig & Jena in 1690 under the title Scrutinium Amuletorum medicum. Jacob Wolff (1642-1694), was a German physician and professor of medicine at Jena. “Very rare work, full of citations extracted from authors ancient and modern... constituting a veritable encyclopedia of the material” (Bibliotheca Esoterica). “Ouvrage reellement rare et l’un de plus importants sur les Talisman et Amulettes” (Caillet). Bibliotheca Esoterica 5303, citing the first edition of 1690. Caillet 11466.
¶ Second edition, first published at Argentorati in 1676. Julius Reichelt (1637-1719), professor of mathematics at Strassburg, was a renowned numismatist. In this study of ancient and contemporary amulets, he applied principles of astrology and cabalism and came to the conclusion that “there was no natural cause in amulets, and that they were therefore superstitious snares of the devil” (Thorndike). The amulets illustrated on the woodcut plates are nonetheless among the most striking ever to appear in a book. They are inscribed with a wide array of cabalistic devices, many utilizing the various Hebrew names for God. Brunet 22610. Caillet 11466. Thorndike VIII, p.569-70, footnote p.149. Not in Bibliotheca Esoterica. OCLC notes only 2 copies. $1850.
WORSDALE, John. CELESTIAL PHILOSOPHY, Or Genethliacal Astronomy, Containing the Only True Method of Calculating Nativities, Made Plain and Easy. London: Longman, & Co., . 8vo, 4, xx, 469, (1, errata)pp, woodcuts and tables in the text. First signature cut down, disbound. ¶ Only Edition. The Lincolnshire astrologer Worsdale wrote Genethliacal Astrology (1796), a Nativity of Napoleon (1805), and the present title which Gardner ranks as a work of high repute. Gardner, Bibliotheca Astrologica, 1322. Cf. McCaffery, Astrology, p.346. $250.
WROBLEWSKI, W. THE ART ALPHABET and Its Relation to Cosmic Principles. London: Theosophical Publishing House, (1948). 8vo, 87pp, 2 color plates, b & w illus in the text. Printed boards, green cloth spine faded and worn. ¶ First Edition of an intriguing alphabet based on a classification of basic graphic forms, giving rise to a complex symbology which pointing to a cosmic logos. Organized in the form of discussions between a student and guru, whose last message is, “By scientific thinking you will draw in divine wisdom; by artistic thinking you will give it out; this shall be the rhythmic breath of your theosophic life.” $45.
YOGANANDA, Paramhansa. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI. New York: Philosophical Library, 1946. 8vo, very good copy in very good jacket with light edge wear. ¶ First Edition of one of the most widely-read spiritual classics of the twentieth century. $1250.
YOUNG, Arthur. AXIAL-POLARITY OF MAN’S WORD-EMBODIED-IDEAS AND ITS TEACHINGS. London: Keegan Paul, Trench, 1887. 4to, x, 242, (2)pp, b&w text illus., folding plate at rear. Burgundy cloth, gilt lettered, foxing to first and last few ff and edges w/an occasional spotting, hinges starting, othewise good. ¶ First Edition. The author’s illustrated thesis on the inter-relationship of the conscious and subconscious mind. $60.