Three Famous Alchemists. Raymond Lully by A. E, Waite; Cornelius Agrippa by Lewis Spence; Theophrastus Paracelsus by W. P. Swainson. Arthur Edward WAITE, Lewis Spence, W. P. Swainson.

Three Famous Alchemists. Raymond Lully by A. E, Waite; Cornelius Agrippa by Lewis Spence; Theophrastus Paracelsus by W. P. Swainson.

London: Rider & Co, ND [ 1939 ]. First Edition, first issue. Hardcover. Small octavo. 186pp. Original canary cloth with red titling to spine, b&w illustrations. A collection of three brief biographies of alchemists, each of which was originally published separately in Rider's 'Mystics and Occultists' series in the 1920s. According to Gilbert, Waite's study of Lully "is valuable for it treatment of the psuedo-Lullian alchemical texts, which are mentioned only in passing in the standard English biography of Lull, by E. Allison Peers." Fore-edge of front board slightly rolled inward, spine a little canted and darkened, corners and spine ends lightly bruised. Page edges darkened, endpages unevenly browned, lacking rear blank (i.e. rear free-endpaper). Overall a tight, clean VG copy in VG dust jacket (Dust jacket somewhat darkened and a little discoloured, spine a little chafed at ends, not clipped. Dust jacket is now protected by a removable mylar sleeve). Item #64036

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