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Trithemius, Johannes. Francoforti: Cyriacum Iacobum, 1550. Third Edition. 66  ll. 32mo. Full vellum with later holographic spine, bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Woodcut device on verso of last leaf. Mild staining to casing, covers splayed, blanks and endpapers renewed, pages toned, small tear on verso of leaf 47, some underlining, overall very good.
1. De fide et intellectu
2. De fide necessaria ad salutem
3. De Miraculis Infidelium
4. De scriptura sacra
5. De reprobis atq[ue] maleficis
6. De potestate malificarum
7. De permißione diuina
8. De providentia dei
Eight questions posed to Johannes Trithemius, Benedictine abbot and noted occultist, teacher of both Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa and Paracelsus, by the Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (1508-1519). Of the eight, numbers 3, 5, 6, and 7 concern witchcraft.
Interestingly, Sabin notes the following early reference to America on the recto of leaf 14 (this edition): "Rursum hic querit’ quid de illis sit hominibus catholice sentiendū. qui nouiter repertas in mari magno insulas de quibus apud cosmographos veteres nulla fit mētio inhabitant ..."
OCLC locates just one US holding. (317)
Hopkins, Alice K. Boston: Eastern Publishing Company, 1904. First Edition. 345 pp. Illustrated with frontispiece and 12 plates, illustrations and cover design by Victor Q. Searles. Pictorial grey cloth stamped in copper and silver. 20.5x15 cm. Some rubbing to covers and extremities, light toning and slight foxing along edges of text block and endpapers. Overall very good.
Only edition of the author's second novel. A story of star lore in pagan Britain, focusing on druidess Mona and her people around the birth of Christ. Romantic, and reads a bit like a pagan Dion Fortune. Not much could be found regarding Hopkins, though she does appear to have been herself a "Daughter of the Druids" and deeply involved in the study of occultism. (370)
Davies, Rev. Charles Maurice, D.D. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1875. First Edition. vi, , 406,  ad pp. Large 8vo. Brown cloth stamped in black, with gilt lettering to spine. Some wear and staining to covers, slight tears at spine, corners bumped, some mild toning. Overall very good.
Part memoir, part guide book, Mystic London is a wonderful slice of occult life in the city at the end of the 19th century. Written by a clergyman who turned to spiritualism in 1865, following the death of his son, the focus is primarily on seances, mediums, and mesmerism. Both Davies and his wife were active in the scene, and the insider's perspective makes for an enjoyable, accessible read. From the library of Eugene Wolfe (1921-2014), New Orleans hypnotist and occultist. (378)
Boguet, Henry. Drawn from various trials of many of this sect in the district of Saint Oyan de Joux commonly known as Saint Claude in the county of Burgundy, including the procedure necessary to judge in trials for witchcraft. Suffolk: John Rodker, 1929. Translated by E. Allen Ashwin. Edited by the Rev. Montague Summers. liii, 328 pp. Publisher's green vellum spine with blue boards, spine stamped in gilt. Pages printed in black and red. Slight fading to spine, head and tail slightly bumped, top of front hinge split, fading and rubbing to bottom of front cover, some minor pencil notations, light toning. Overall very good. One of 1275 copies.
Hailed by Summers as second only to the Malleus Maleficarum in terms of demonological authority and revelation. He should know: he provided the first English translation of the Maleficarum, as well as an excellent introduction to this volume. A witch hunter's delight. (375)
Hall, Manly P. Los Angeles: The Hall Publishing Company, 1929. First Edition. 96,  ll. Loose leaves in binder. Black cloth, pictorially stamped in blind. Illustrated. Light wear to covers, spine clasp loose at top, notations from previous owner on inside cover, some page holes reinforced, some internal foxing. Overall about very good.
An early and uncommon astrological work by Manly P. Hall, Canadian mystic and founder of the Philosophical Research Society. (376)
Olcott, William Tyler. New York and London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1911. First Edition. xxii, 453,  ad pp. Illustrated. Large 8vo. Red cloth with pictorial paper label, titled in gilt. Top edge gilt. Light soiling to spine, spine split between 160/161, some light toning. Overall very good.
This profusely illustrated gem tells the history of the constellations and how the stars came to be named. A truly lovely volume. Inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf. OCLC locates just 7 copies of this edition, with 3 in the US. (379)
Warner, Sylvia Townsend. New York: Viking Press, 1966. , 310 pp. With Wood Engravings by Reynolds Stone. 8vo. Quarter black cloth with red and green cloth covers, spine titled in gilt. Near fine.
Two of Sylvia Townsend Warner's most cherished novels. Includes Lolly Willowes, the Ur-novel of feminist witchery. One of 600 advance copies of the 40th anniversary edition, specially designed for friends of the author and publisher. (380)
Lees, Robert James. Leicester: Eva Lees, c.1960. Fifth Impression. Boards with gilt lettering to spine. 8vo. 19.5x12.5 cm. 388pp. In original dust jacket, clipped. Some light foxing and discolouration. Overall near fine.
An occult novel by the British spiritualist and medium whose psychic visions purportedly helped lead police to Jack the Ripper. Uncommon, even in later printings. (234)
Thurston, Katherine Cecil. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1907. , 191 pp. Black cloth, stamped in gilt and red. Illustrated. Wear, fading, and chipping to cover, lean to spine, both hinges split, internal foxing and toning, loose plate. Overall poor.
Set in Scotland, Thurston's horror tale tells of a occultist who wills his great fortune to the occult society he helped found, and of his disinherited nephew who plots revenge by appearing as the prophet the society was anticipating. Madness! (377)