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I've had a couple of collections come in recently so I need to make some space. This flash sale is split into 2 parts. The first part consists of NEW books at reduced prices (Sale price appears in RED), followed by a short list of secondhand stock at sale prices. As usual, all postage is extra. UK maximum postage is £13.00, no maximum for foreign orders, please email for quote. Firstly though, an essential new title, due in stock in the next 10 days:


THE SECRETS OF SOLOMON

A Witch's Handbook from the trial records of the Venetian Inquisition

Joseph H Peterson (ed)

1st 2018 254pp Twilight Grotto Press hardback in dustwrapper. Illustrated.

This grimoire was confiscated by the Venetian Inquisition in 1636 from practicing witches, translated here for the first time. It contains their secret techniques for dealing with the more dangerous spirits or daemons, intentionally scattered and hidden within a collection of “secrets” comprising many detailed examples. Together these provide enough clues to enable practitioners to create their own spells for working with all the spirits cataloged. It distinguishes itself as a supplement to the better known Clavicula Salomonis ("Key of Solomon"); whereas that text focuses on aerial spirits, this one focuses on chthonic spirits. This text is one of the primary original sources for the Grimorium Verum. £29.99



New titles at reduced prices. There are a limited number of each title available. When all are sold, price will return to RRP.


KHIAZMOS

Andrew Chumbley

1st 2017 88pp Xoanon. Illus. in colour. Letterpress dustwrapper. Ltd. ed. 727 copies.

Khiazmos articulates the paradoxical arcanum of Opposition - an essential dynamic force of Sabbatic Witchcraft - which animates the Art of Magic itself, through aphoristic formulae. Like the mystical formats of the riddle, parable, and koan, the book utilises strategies of arcane, recursive exposition to embody transcendent truths about magic, the spirit world, the stance of the sorcerer, and the Sabbat of the Witches. The living book, as conceived in the Vision of the Scribe, possessed the power to transcend its material corpus, and simultaneously wrote and unwrote itself as it was read, creating the titular absence of pages. The magical insights expressed through the various modalities of the book are borne of dream and the contemplative nexus informing the stance in the midst of the cross-ways, the projection of the Sorcerous 'I' beyond the point at the Circle's heart. In accord with the great magico-literary corpus of the Sabbatic Tradition, Khiazmos resounds with the voice of its author, in Speech and Silence, in Image and Sigil. Including ten automatic drawings by the Author in full colour, and featuring an Afterword by Frater A.H.I. and Soror I.S. of the Cultus Sabbati. £85.00 £70.00


A BOOK OF THE MAGI

Lore, Prayers, and Spellcraft of the Three Holy Kings

Alexander Cummins

1st 2018 120pp Reveller Press paperback.

This book traces the cult of the Magi through their lore: their history, art, legends, rituals, and devotions. It examines their political and social influences as well as their cultural and religious impact, showing them to be cast both as legitimisers of established power structures, and as figures who foment profoundly radical dissent. £13.99 £8.00


THE WITCHING OTHER

Peter Hamilton-Giles

1st 2017 160pp Atramentous Press. Evergreen colorset dust jacket, two colour foil block, red and gold, foil block to front case, head and tail bands, Napura endpapers bordering 100 gram munken cream paper, ribbon. Ltd. ed. 891 copies.

Explorations and Meditations on the Existential Witch. To propose there is something ‘other’ to the witch might seem counter-intuitive, especially so since conjugating the witch into witching suggests particular agentive actions and decisions have already been made about the topic. One where the action of witching is then further hyphenated with the other must then result in increasing this level of obfuscation to new heights. Yet in Peter Hamilton-Giles’ most explorative book to date he suggests by explicating the Witching-Other a wholly new and more profound way for understanding the witch is revealed, one which opens up the possibility for establishing an altogether more intimate and innovative relationship. This has the potential to liberate the witch icon from the shackles of history and practitioner narratives, and because of this Hamilton-Giles has preferred to concentrate on metaphysical absences than physical presences. Why this is an important re-directive proposition is that it allows individuals to move towards creating an identity which does not necessarily rely on historical location or accounts alone, but rather looks to the person’s ability to unfix or unsettle the taken for granted so as to discover progressive ways for developing a new rationale about the witch. £45.00 £25.00


THE WICKED SHALL DECAY

Charms, spells and witchcraft of old Britain

A.D. Mercer

Even after the practice of witch-hunting and persecution began to wane, malefic sorcery was greatly feared as a baneful and pernicious influence, particularly in rural areas during the 18th and 19th century. The arsenal of folk-magical armaments against such powers included charms, spells, rituals, sigils, and magical squares, as well as the use of magical herbs and words of power. Many of these practices resembled in method and materiel the very evil they were meant to combat, embodying in themselves a savour of the sinister and demonic.

Accessing a diverse array of historical and folkloric sources, A.D. Mercer's The Wicked Shall Decay gathers together a collection of obscure British magic featuring curses, anti-witchcraft spells and hedges against malevolent power. Greatly treasured in their day for their efficacy, these rites document a widespread tradition of ‘dark folk magic’ of value to the research of both scholar and esoteric practitioner alike.

HARDBACK £42.99 £35.00


VENEFICIUM

Magic, Witchcraft and the Poison Path

Daniel A. Schulke

Second Revised Edition 2018 192pp Three Hands Press. Illus.

Veneficium’s principal concern is the intersection of magic and poison, originating in remotest antiquity and reaching into the occult traditions of present day. Beyond their functions as agents of bodily harm, poisons have also served as gateways of religious ecstasy, occult knowledge, and sensorial aberration, as well as the basis of cures. Allied with Samael, the Edenic serpent of first transgression whose name in some interpretations is ‘Venom of God’, this facet of magic wends through the rites of ancient Sumer and Egypt, through European Necromancy, Alchemy, the arcane the rites of the Witches’ Sabbath, and modern-day folk magic.

The second edition of Veneficium contains the first edition in its entirety, but there are some notable expansions and evolutions: A new typographic design for the entire book, to be used for the whole of the trilogy, Slight expansions of certain chapters, One additional chapter, Additional images, An index.

HARDBACK £39.99 £33.00


THIRTEEN PATHWAYS OF OCCULT HERBALISM

Daniel Schulke

1st 2017 144pp Three Hands Press. Illus. by Benjamin Vierling

Daniel A. Schulke’s forthcoming work “The Green Mysteries (Arcana Viridia)”, due to be released December 2017, is an occult herbal 25 years in the making. Meticulously illustrated with over 250 original images by renowned artist Benjamin Vierling, its primary rubric is that of an original occult pharmacopeia written from the perspective of a contemporary magical herbalist. As a whole the book emerges principally from the discipline of Occult Herbalism, which encompasses the knowledge and use of the magical, spiritual, and folkloric dimensions of plants.

HARDBACK £29.99 £22.00


THE LUMINOUS STONE

Lucifer in Western Esotericism

Michael Howard and Daniel Schulke (eds)

1st 2016 156pp Three Hands Press. Illus.

The nine essays found within The Luminous Stone examine the evolution of the light-bringer in both traditional and contemporary occult contexts, shedding light on the Luciferic magical philosophies of such occult orders as the Fraternitas Saturni, the Order of the Morning Star, and the Cultus Sabbati, as well as the eroto-salvific Christianity promulgated by the Abbé Boullan. Also examined is the concept of Lucifer as the Witches’ God, present both in folklore and in the modern witchcraft revival, as well as his link with individual revelation, and the nature of the critical interplay between Light and Darkness necessary of Luciferian illuminism. Contributors to this third volume in the Western Esotericism in Context series include Frater U:.D:., Robert Fitzgerald, Michael Howard, Ethan Doyle White, Fredrik Eytzinger, Richard Gavin, Raven Grimassi, Lee Morgan, and Madeline LeDespenser.

HARDBACK £44.99 £35.00


A ROSE VEILED IN BLACK

Art and Arcana of Our Lady Babalon

Edited by Robert Fitzgerald and Daniel A. Schulke

1st 2016 264pp Three Hands Press h/b in d/w. Illus. inc. col. Ltd. ed. 1092 copies.

The Lady Babalon is one of the more enigmatic figures in the Cult of Thelema. She is a manifold deity in the sense that She is a divine harlot, an initiatrix, a creator and a destroyer. In representative form, the letters of Her name encompass an heptogrammic star; yet She lies beyond mere representation, and Her star signifies only the powers of Her train and not the station of Her immanence. She is the unsignified, a cipher conveying manifestation, and yet the veritable seal of the invisible Order of Illuminated Adepts. In Her subtle and etheric anatomy flows the life-blood of the Saints – the All-Living – and in this is Her deepest mystery, for, as it is written, in the Gospels, and in Aleister Crowley's Liber 418, “The Blood is the Life.”

Twelve essays and rituals of Babalon by scholars, practitioners, and allies of Thelema, together with original art. Contributors include: Amodali, Richard Kaczynski, Barry William Hale, Caroline Wise, Robert Fitzgerald, Daniel A. Schulke and Sarah Lindsay. £44.99 £35.00


EAST ANGLIAN WITCHES AND WIZARDS

Michael Howard

1st 2017 192pp Three Hands Press.

In 1643 several men and women appeared in court at Chelmsford, Essex, charged with practicing the curious combination of ‘conjuration, magic and lechery’. The chief witness was a servant woman, Martha Hurrell, who claimed that she and a group of other people met regularly in various country houses to practice magic, together with a ‘conjuror’ or summoner of spirits described as a man ‘in black apparel with brown hair and a blackish beard.’ She was carried into the hall where the conjuror and other men ‘had the use of her body.’ The man in black ‘took up their coats’ and the women lay on top of him, saying afterwards that ‘he did them some good’. Hurrell also described how the group conjured up spirits by drawing a circle on the floor in their master’s hall and burning three candles, after which the group feasted and danced to the music of a fiddler. These rites, according to Hurrell, were ‘all of high and low order mingled together.’

In his fourth book in the Witchcraft of the British Isles series, Michael Howard examines the Craft of East Anglia, one of the richest areas of historical witchcraft and folk magic in England. From the private witch of William the Conqueror to the cunning men and women of the marshes and fens, to the Toad-witches and the appalling deeds of the witch-finders, the book is a trove of historical information on the actual folk magical practices of East Anglia.Also examined are the spirits of locality, such as Old Shuck, the spectral black dog known to haunt country lanes, and a special chapter on Imps and Familiars.

HARDBACK £34.99 £28.00

PAPERBACK £15.99 £10.00


HERE TO GO 2014

1st 2014 72pp Trapart p/b. Illus.

The catalog for the Here To Go symposium c/o Trondheim’s Meta. Morf biennale contains texts and images by the participants: Martin Palmer: Introduction, Z’EV: Transition and Trance, Alkistis Dimech: The Volant, Peter Grey: Secrecy and Revelation, Angela Edwards: The Esoteric Action and Invocation Revealed, Vicki Bennett: Consequences and Beyond, Jesper Aagaard Petersen: Operation Mindfuck, Viking Edition and Carl Abrahamsson: Paul Bowles – Expat Magic. £9.99 £5.00


VERDANT GNOSIS

Catamara Rosarium and Jenn Zahrt, PhD (eds)

1st 150pp Rubedo Press trade p/b. NEW.

Selections from the Viridis Genii Symposium. Verdant Gnosis is a poetic rendering of the Latin expression, Viridis Geniii, which refers to the collective spiritual intelligence of our botanical environment. Viridis means ‘green, verdant, growing’—all that is lush and nourishing; while genii is the origin of the words ‘genius’ and ‘genie’—the spirit, daemon, or guiding intelligence of an entity. Viridis Genii—the verdant gnosis—is thus the spiritual path of working with the intelligence of living nature. £16.99 £10.00


VERDANT GNOSIS 2

Catamara Rosarium, Marcus McCoy & Jenn Zahrt, PhD (eds)

1st 166pp Rubedo Press trade p/b. NEW.

This second volume includes material by Daniel Schulke, Jesse Hathaway on the Mandragora etc. £16.99 £10.00


VERDANT GNOSIS 3

Catamara Rosarium, Marcus McCoy and Jenn Zahrt (eds)

1st 2017 152pp Rubedo Press trade p/b. Illus. The third in the series. Contents include: Plants Used in Cursing Magic: Northwestern Traditions in Folk Practices by Corinne Boyer, Symphonica: Black Henbane and the Choirs of the Dead by Cody Dickerson, Putting the Root Back into Footwork by Demetrius Lacroix, Appalachian Roots: The Folk Magical and Medicinal uses of Plant Roots in Appalachia by Rebecca Beyer etc. Also features original artwork by Willow Davidson, Jason Scott, and Morgan Singer. £18.99 £10.00


WYRD VOLUME 1

March 2017 88pp paperback. Illustrated. Ltd. ed. 750 copies.

Cody Dickerson — Braucherei or Hexerei?, Rory Maclean — All Abristle, Corinne Boyer — Seeds in the Folk Magic of Europe, Robert Hull — By Reflection: Imitatio Dei, Daniel Schulke — Sexual Aspects of Sabbatic Witchcraft, Martin Duffy — The Mechanics of the Witch-Doll, Lee Morgan — The Erosion of Cultural Memory. Artwork by: John Kleckner, Claude Mahmood, David Herrerias. £20.00 £10.00


WYRD VOLUME 2

Autumnal Equinox 2017 72pp paperback/ Illustrated. Ltd. ed. 750 copies.

Michael Howard — By the Dark Light of Lilith’s Lantern, Raven Grimassi — Mystical Initiation – What is It?, Melissa Seims — The Coven of Atho, Fredrik Eytzinger — Tomb and Womb: The Stellar Lore of the Aztecs, Martin Duffy — The Mechanics of the Witch-Doll, part 2, G. St. Michael Nottingham — Interpreting Alchemical Iconography. Artwork by: David Herrerias, Marzena Ablewska-Lech, David Gremard Romero, Kain Morganmeer. £20.00 £10.00

 



Secondhand titles.


120614. SYDNEY ANGLO (ED): THE DAMNED ART

1st 1977 258 277pp Routledge & Kegan Paul. Top of pages sl. spotted else VG in VG d/w. Scholarly essays in the literature of witchcraft. Includes material on Malleus Maleficarum, The Discoverie of Witchcraft, Daemonologie etc. £45.00 £30.00


S180720. FRANCIS BARREST: THE MAGUS

2007 316pp Nonsuch trade p/b. Illus. Sl. bent else VG. The celestial intelligencer, being a complete system of occult philosophy. £3.00


S180708. CHARLES BOWNESS: THE WITCHES GOSPEL

1st 1979 160pp Hale. Illus. VG+ in VG+ (protected) d/w. £6.00


170805. WALTER BURKERT: SAVAGE ENERGIES

2013 110pp University of Chicago Press trade p/b. NM. Five essays dealing with the relationships between sacrificial ritual and myth in ancient Greece. £10.00 £5.00


130906. MICHAEL BERTIAUX: VUDU CARTOGRAPHY

Deluxe edition 2010 192pp Fulgur. Bound in half Morocco with buckram-cloth boards. Illus. inc. col. Housed in slipcase. VG+. Ltd. ed. 37/88. Vudu Cartography explores the mysteries of Vudu through chants, oracles, seances and a symbolic system of images. Fulgur postcard of Bertiaux artwork loosely inserted. £295.00 £240.00


171107. [CATALOGUE] DE LAURENCE’S CATALOG

1st nd 1940s 420pp A4 paperback. Illus. Spine and edges chipped, pages browned, minor annotations (usually “X’ next to an item of interest and some prices amended). Overall VG. A veritable treasure trove of occult books, talismans, potions and self-improvement guides. Heavily illustrated. Always difficult to accurately date but probably from the late 1940s. £100.00 £50.00


S180719. MARC CRAMER: THE DEVIL WITHIN

1st 1980 314pp W.H. Allen. VG in VG d/w. Study of demoniacal possession. £3.00


180522. [ALEISTER CROWLEY] SCOTT MICHAELSON: PORTABLE DARKNESS

2007 293pp Solar trade p/b. NM. An Aleister Crowley reader. £6.00 £3.00


S1806113. NEVILL DRURY: THE OCCULT EXPERIENCE

1st 1987 Hale hardback. Illustrated. NM in sleeve protected dust wrapper.The Farrars, Michael Bertiaux, Rosaleen Norton, Michael Aquino and many more occult celebrities. £6.00


S180712. MIKE DIXON-KENNEDY: EUROPEAN MYTH & LEGEND

1st 1997 272pp Blandford. VG+ in VG+ (protected) d/w. An A-Z of people and places. Useful reference. £5.00


S180711. PETER BERESFORD ELLIS: DICTIONARY OF CELTIC MYTHOLOGY

1st 1992 232pp Constable. Ills. VG+ in VG+ (protected) d/w. £5.00


S180715. J.G. FRAZER: THE GOLDEN BOUGH (ABRIDGED EDITION)

1932 756pp MacMillan. Grey cloth, black lettering and device to front board. Corners of boards bumped. Some spotting else VG. A study in magic and religion. A nice edition. £8.00


1807105. FRANZ HARTMANN: THE LIFE AND DOCTRINES OF PARACELSUS

2016 Createspace trade paperback. NM. £4.00


180314. ROSS HAMILTON: STAR MOUNDS

1st 2012 312pp North Atlantic oblong p/b. Prof. illus. NM. Legacy of a Native American mystery. Serpent mounds and star lore. £8.00 £5.00


160516. OLIVER HIBBERT: TAROT DECK AND BOOK

1st 2015 approx 60pp Von Zos hardback. Illus. in colour throughout. NM. Ltd. ed. 18/30 copies, signed by artist with eyeball device. The book contains colour reproductions of the 22 major arcana cards designed by Hibbert, plus an essay by Caroline Wise on tarot artist Pamela Colman Smith. Loosely inserted is a colour postcard featuring the painting Submerged Cathedral by Smith. This limited edition book comes with a complete 78 card tarot deck deigned by Hibbert, a psychedelically coloured set with eyeballs aplenty. Complete in box. Also includes another postcard with Hibbert art and a keyring. All materials mint. £125.00 £80.00


S1806111. MURRY HOPE: PREACTICAL CELTIC MAGIC

1987 Guild Press. Pages slightly browned else near mint in a near mint sleeve protected dust wrapper. A working guide to the magical heritage of the celtic race. £6.00


180322. E.A. KOETTING: IPSISSIMUS

1st 2011 140pp Leilah. Pictorial boards, no dust wrapper as issued. NM. For entertainment purposes only. £10.00 £5.00


140523. HANS-JOSEF KLAUK: MAGIC AND PAGANISM IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY

2000 132pp T&T Clark trade p/b. NM. An interesting dissection of the Book of Acts. Material on Simon Magus, exorcisms etc. £6.00 £3.00


S180702. CLAUDE LECOUTEUX: PHANTOM ARMIES OF THE NIGHT

2011 310pp Inner Traditions trade p/b. Illus. NM. The Wild Hunt and the ghostly processions of the undead. £6.00


S180722. DANIEL LOGAN: AMERICA BEWITCHED

1st US 1973 187pp William Morrow. VG in VG d/w. The rise of black magic and spiritism in the US. £3.00


180326. ROBERT MORGA: GRIMOIRE OF EWAZ

6th edition 104pp Lulu small p/b. Illus. NM. Shittily reproduced dark fluff from a “Master Magus” £4.00 £2.00


S180703. MARIA DE NAGLOWSKA: THE SACRED RITE OF MAGICAL LOVE

2012 124pp Inner Traditions trade paperback. NM. A ceremony of word and flesh. Novella of sex magic. £6.00


S180704. MARIA DE NAGLOWSKA: ADVANCED SEX MAGIC

2011 120pp Inner Traditions trade paperback. NM. The hanging mystery initiation. £6.00


S180705. MARIA DE NAGLOWSKA: THE LIGHT OF SEX

2010 126pp Inner Traditions trade paperback. NM. Initiation, magic and sacrament. £6.00


S180706. MARIA DE NAGLOWSKA: INITIATIC EROTICISM

2013 246pp Inner Traditions trade paperback. NM. Writings from De Naglowska’s magazine La Fleche. £8.00


171056. NIGEL PENNICK: PRACTICAL MAGIC IN THE NORTHERN TRADITION

1st 1989 288pp Aquarian. Illus. Pages quite browned else VG in VG d/w. The magic of the Norse, Germanic, Frisian and Celtic peoples. £16.00 £10.00


S180718. STEVE RICHARDS: THE TRAVELLER’S GUIDE TO THE ASTRAL PLANE

1983 110pp Aquarian trade paperback. VG. £2.00


S180701. IDRIES SHAH: ORIENTAL MAGIC

2016 302pp ISF Publishing trade p/b. Illus. NM. The magic of Africa, the Middle and Far East. £4.00


S180717. KATON SHUAL: SEXUAL MAGICK

3rd. 1995 120pp Mandrake. VG+. £3.00


180415. MARK ALAN SMITH: THE QUEEN OF HELL

Deluxe 2010 244pp Ixaxaar. Illustrated. Full black Morocco, Trident of Witchcraft gilt stamped on front board. NM in NM slipcase. Ltd. ed. 65/81 with full page sigil and signature of author. £595.00 £450.00


180416. MARK ALAN SMITH: THE RED KING

Deluxe ed 2011 336pp Ixaxaar. Illustrated. Full bloodred goat, Cardinal Crown of Thaumiel gold s gold stamped on front board. All edges gilt. NM in NM slipcase. Ltd. ed. 15/66 with full page sigil and signature of author. £595.00 £450.00


180417. MARK ALAN SMITH: THE SCORPION GOD

Deluxe ed. 2012 416pp Primal Craft. Illustrated. Full earthen olive goat, seal of the scorpion gold stamped on front board. All edges gilt. NM in NM slipcase. Ltd. ed. 43/73 with full page sigil and signature of author. £495.00 £395.00


160527. AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE: THE BOOK OF PLEASURE

1975 60pp 93 Publishing large format h/b. Illus. Small loss to surface of spine at bottom, sl tears all edges, rubbed at corners and soiled. Overall book VG+ in G+ d/w. Ltd. ed. 924/1000. This full size facsimile edition includes an introduction by Kenneth Grant. £150.00 £100.00


170343 GREG TAYLOR (ed): DARKLORE VOL. 9

1st 2016 280pp Daily Grail. Illus. NM in NM d/w. Ltd. ed. 666 copies. Includes essays on the secrets of the cult des hachischins by Mike Jay, Blair MacKenzie Blake on opening grimoires, John Reppion on English magic and the umpteenth reprint of Fossil Angels by Alan Moore. £20.00 £10.00


150402. WALTER E.A. VAN BEK: THE DANCING DEAD

2012 345pp Oxford University Press trade p/b. NM. Study of ritual and religion among the Kapsiki/Higi of North Cameroon and Northeastern Nigeria. £10.00 £5.00


S180710. BENJAMIN WALKER: SEX AND THE SUPERNATURAL

1st US 1970 128pp Castle. Illus. d/w chipped all edges, missing flap. VG+ in poor d/w. £3.00


170569. STEPHEN R. WILK: MEDUSA

1st 2000 277pp Oxford University Press. Illus. Sl. knocked at bottom corners else VG+ in VG+ d/w. Solving the mystery of the Gorgon using an astrological approach. £25.00 £15.00


S180716. FRANCES YATES: THE ROSICRUCIAN ENLIGHTENMENT

1975 316pp paladin. Illus. Pages sl. browned, some underlining. £2.00


JOURNALS


171129. MANDRAGORE VOL. III NO. 3

1981 61pp Grove of the Star and the Snake A4 stapled journal. Illus. Hole punches near spine. Previous owner has signed and dated cover, with astrological symbols. VG. Ltd. ed. 208/210. House magazine from the famous Grove of the Star and the Snake Lodge, a thelemic group influenced by, and an influence on, Kenneth Grant. Mixture of articles, art and poetry. £35.00 £25.00


171141. SOTHIS VOL. 2 NO.1

1976 104pp A4 stapled journal. Illus. Previous owners bookplate inside front cover else VG. A magazine of the New Aeon. Includes a foreword by Kenneth Grant plus material By Mike Magee, Aleister Crowley etc. £25.00 £18.00


171142. SOTHIS VOL. 2 NO.2

1978 132pp A4 stapled journal. Illus. Some light staining to covers. Previous owners bookplate inside front cover else VG. Includes material by Dadaji plus illus. from A.C. Evans etc. £25.00 £18.00