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Browse our occult section for first editions and rare books relating to the spirituality, alchemy, witchcraft and magic, including works by Aleister Crowley and Harry Houdini.

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  1. The Physical Phenomena of Mysticism.
    First edition, first impression, scarce: "1500 copies were printed" (d'Arch Smith). Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 104519

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  2. Where Witchcraft Lives.
    First edition, first impression of the first book by "the mother of modern pagan witchcraft" (ODNB), most likely early state binding with the blocking in gilt rather than black. Doreen Valiente (1922 Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 111530

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  3. The Great Beast.
    First edition thus. Symonds met Crowley in 1946, the year before the author's death, and impressed him sufficiently to be appointed his literary executor; this work combines two of Symonds's earlier biographical studies, The Great Beast (1952) and The Magic of Aleister Crowley (1958), with a "mass of material" that had come... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 108478

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  4. Houdini and Conan Doyle.
    First edition, first printing. Houdini and Conan Doyle were close friends until falling out over the escapist's openly professed disdain for spiritualism. Uncommon in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 107597

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  5. A Note on Religion.
    First and only separate edition of Haggard's notorious exposition of his syncretistic personal religion, originally appended to his autobiography, The Days of My Life, published posthumously in 1926. "Haggard had absorbed from theosophy two doctrines firmly rejected by orthodox Christianity: reincarnation and the law of... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106661

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  6. Liber Lucis.
    First and only edition of this xeroxed typescript periodical, "subsequent issues of these occasional papers will be of strictly limited edition" (publisher's note in Issue I). A very scarce complete set: Copac records only one location in British and Irish institutional libraries (a complete set at the Warburg Institute),... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 107963

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  7. The Sword of Song. Called by Christians The Book of The Beast.
    First edition, first printing, one of just three copies printed on vellum for Crowley's own use. A major presentation copy inscribed by Crowley on the initial blank, in a mixture of letters and symbols: "An XIX [the Sun in 8 degrees 15 minutes Libra, the Moon in 0 degrees Cancer, i.e. in Thelemic dating, 2 October 1923]... Learn More
    £37,500

    Stock Code: 107816

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  8. Tales of Three Hemispheres.
    First UK edition, first impression, using the sheets of the American edition (published by Luce in Boston in 1919); most uncommon in the jacket, whose blurb describes this as "a collection of twelve fantastic stories, nearly all Oriental, or semi-Oriental". Dunsany (1878-1957) was "unquestionably one of the most important... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 106480

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  9. Essays on Physiognomy.
    Reprint of the defence by Lavater - "the last of the descriptive physiognomists" (Garrison & Morton) - of the pseudo-science of physiognomy, more correctly pathognomy, "the age old quest for the art how to know men" (Hunter & MacAlpine). Lavater's work was first published in German in 1772 and enjoyed widespread success... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 100644

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  10. L'Incredulité scavante, et la credulité ignorante:
    First edition, a reply to Gabriel Naudé's sceptical Apologie pour tous les grands personnages, qui ont été faussement soupçonnés de magie, recently republished in 1669. Jacques de Chevanes (c.16081678) of Autun had personal experience of a witch-hunt in Burgundy in 1648/9, and he includes extracts from a 1670 interview... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 84955

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  11. Lo!
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US the same year. Perhaps Fort's most popular work, this is his third published non-fiction book, in which he is widely credited as having coined the term teleportation. Charles Fort (1874 Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 88854

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  12. The Romance of William of Palerne:
    First edition thus, no 1 in the extra series of publication by the Early English Text Society (formed 1864). The French verse romance was composed c. 1200, commissioned by Countess Yolande (who is generally identified to be Yolande, daughter of Baldwin IV, Count of Hainaut). The English poem in alliterative verse, commissioned... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 68780

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  13. Les Propheties.
    Interest in Nostradamus was revived in France after the unexpected death of Louis XIII in 1743 and the unpopular ascent of Cardinal Mazarin: 25 editions came out in France between 1644 and 1650. The first complete edition of The Prophecies was published after Nostradamus's death in 1568. The reference in the title here to... Learn More
    £1,850

    Stock Code: 62943

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  14. Death & the Dreamer; [together with] Gods of the People
    First editions, first impressions. Presentation copies, both inscribed to the literary critic Desmond McCarthy by the author on the front free endpapers, DATD "For Desmond McCarthy, with affectionate wishes, D. Saurat", and GOTP, "To our dear Desmond, our chosen chief, with love from all, D. Saurat, 2 Apr. 1947". Laid in... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 76557

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  15. The Eagle's Gift.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Amy, with all the best, Carlos Castaneda". The recipient, Amy Wallace, was the author of The Sorcerer's Apprentice: My life with Carlos Castaneda. Books inscribed by Castaneda are scarce. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 67878

    signed

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  16. An Open Letter to Lord Beaverbrook.
    First edition of Crowley's pseudonymous self-defence against the lurid accusations made against him in a series of Sunday Express articles, arising from his activities in the abbey of Thelema, at Cefal Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 51263

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