The History and Practice of Magic ( 2 Volumes ). Jean Baptiste, Christian Pitois, Paul . CHRISTIAN, James Kirkup, supplementary Ross Nichols, Mir Bashir Charles Richard Cammell, Julian Shaw, Margery Lawrence, Gerald Yorke, Edited Julian Shaw.
The History and Practice of Magic ( 2 Volumes ).
The History and Practice of Magic ( 2 Volumes ).

The History and Practice of Magic ( 2 Volumes ).

London: Forge Press, 1952. First English Language Edition. Hardcover. Large octavos. Two volumes (complete set). Consecutively paginated: xxxii, 1-324pp; & (iv) 325-622pp. Original green cloth with gilt title and author to spines, supplementary articles, notes, list of books for reference, a few small illustrations in green, text printed in dark brown, title page printed in green and brown. The first edition of this fully revised, modern English translation, of a work originally published in France in 1870 under the title "Historie de la Magie, du monde Surnaturel et de la fatalité à travers les Temps et les Peuples." The original edition soon became considered as a standard reference work, and was amongst those favorably cited by Mme. Blavatsky in her "Secret Doctrine." This new English-language edition was put together with the assistance of many of the leading British occultists of the time (two of whom had been personal friends of Aleister Crowley) and includes revisions and supplementary articles by Mir Bashir, Margery Lawrence, and Julian Shaw and emendations and notes by Charles R. Cammell, Lewis Spence, Gerald Yorke, and Edward Whybrow. The work is divided into seven main parts: the first part, "At the Gates of the Supernatural" has 13 Chapters exploring ideas of magic in all ages and cultures; the second Part "The Mysteries of the Pyramids", focuses on Egypt, with much on initiation etc. and traces the influence of Egyptian ritual from antiquity to modern times, Freemasonry, etc.; the third part is on The Ancient Oracles, the Sibyls and the Fates, and is largely devoted to prophecy, oracles etc.; the Fourth Part deals with "Magic from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the end of the Middle Ages," the Fifth Part with "Supernatural Sciences and Curiosities" (material on witches, fairies, etc.); the Sixth Part the "General Theory of the Horoscope," and The Seventh Part "The General Keys of Astrology." This first British edition is overall far superior quality to the Citadel Press printing which followed a decade or so later. Cloth a bit rubbed overall with darkening to the spine, and edges of boards, spine ends and corners bumped and chafed with a few tiny chips and tears at spine ends, pages lightly toned but text is fresh and unmarked. One inch closed tear at upper front gutter and lower rear gutter (Vol. I only). Overall a tight, clean about G+ set (no dust jackets). Uncommon in a complete set. NOTE: Two volume, heavy set will require additional shipping for overseas orders. Item #69503

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