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Modern Magic

Modern Magic


Schele De Vere, Maximilian. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1873. 466 pp. + [2] adverts. 12mo. Brown pictorial cloth stamped in black with gilt spine. Some soiling to cloth, spine severely frayed at head and tail of spine, corners bumped, extremities rubbed. Foxing on edges of text block and some internal foxing as well. Overall very good.

A scarce, sympathetic work on witchcraft, divination, ghosts, dreams, and black and white magic (amongst other hot topics.)

Maximilian Schele de Vere was a Swedish-born academic who, after coming to the US in 1842, worked as a professor modern languages at the University of Virginia from 1845 until 1895. He published widely on a number of subjects, though this is his only occult work. Toole Stott 241 (incorrectly as the work of Charles De Vere, the magic shop owner.)

Contains the chapters:
i. Witchcraft
ii. Black and white magic
iii. Dreams
iv. Visions
v. Ghosts
vi. Divination
vii. Possession
viii. Magnetism
ix. Miraculous cures
x. Mysticism.

No copies of the 1873 edition found on WorldCat, though there's definitely one at Cornell.

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