SPARE, Austin Osman

SPARE, Austin Osman. From the Inferno to Zos: the Writing and Images (Vol. 1 only, of 3)

Seattle, First Impressions, 1993.

£150

Folio (trade hard cover edition). “From the Inferno to the Zos”: (16), 30 p.; blank leaf; “A Book of Satyrs”: (32) p.; blank leaf; “The Book of Pleasure”: (4), 59, (1) p.; frontispiece; “The Focus of Life”: (8), 44, (2) p.; blank leaf;  “Anathema of Zos”: 21 (1) p.; “Automatic Drawing…”: (68) p.; “A Bibliography…”: (16) p.; “Exhibition Catalogues”: (18) p.; “Exhibition of Paintings”: (6) p.; ” Catalogue of…”: (2) p.; “Miscellany”: (6) p.. Gilt-stamped motives and title to front cover and spine. A fine copy.

SPARE, Austin Osman

SPARE, Austin Osman. The Witches’ Sabbath and Axiomata

London, Fulgur, 1992.

£300

Folio. 2 vols in 1. xii, 19, 21, x p., with two colour frontispieces and several full-page illustrations throughout. Limited edition (copy No. 393 of 956). With a specially printed bookmark. Black coated cloth over boards with gilt-stamped centrepieces on covers reproducing stylised male and female sexual organs. Original dust jacket with gilt-stamped centrepieces repeated. A fine copy.

CROWLEY & SPARE

CROWLEY, Alesiter, and Austin Osman SPARE. “Now for Reality” The Focus of Life: The Mutterings of Aãos: written and illustrated by Austin Osman Spare. Poems by Aleister Crowley.

Mandrake Press Ltd., 1990.

£200

Folio. Limited edition of 1000 copies (No. 17). 78 p., with frontispiece, half-title, illustrated title-page, and 12 other illustrations. Black buckram over boards, gilt title to spine and original illustrated dust jacket. With a booklet in memory of Spare, published by the Atlantis Bookshop for an exhibition held there in 2006, on the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death. A fine copy.

 

MACPHAIL, Ian (Ed.)

MACPHAIL, Ian (Ed.). Alchemy and the Occult; A Catalogue of Books and Manuscripts from the Collection of Paul and Mary Mellon Given to Yale University Library

New Haven, Yale University Library, 1968.

£1000

Folio. 4 vols in two labeled slipcase covered in blue coated cloth. Quarter cream coated cloth and blue coated cloth over boards. Dark blue morocco labels on spines with gilt lettering. Internally untouched; crisp, fresh and clean. Very light shelfmark to the bottom of the cases. Heavy books. A sumptuous, fine copy.

TROWBRIDGE, W. R. H.

TROWBRIDGE, W. R. H.. Cagliostro. The splendour and Misery of a Master of Magic

London, Chapman and Hall, 1910.

£65

8vo, pp. xv, 311 (1), with half title, title in red and black, engraved frontispiece portrait and tissue paper guard, and numerous illustrations. Deckled edges. Publishers’ coated cloth gilt, a little worn to caps of spine and cover corners. Tender hinges, as well as text block. A good copy. 

THOMAS & PAVITT

THOMAS, William & Kate PAVITT. The Book of Talismans, Amulets and Zodiacal Gems

London, William Rider & Son, 1914.

£75

8vo, pp. xix, 292., with coloured frontispiece and tissue paper guard, and ten plates. From the library of Dr. F. B. Lorch, acquired on “29 Dec 1950”, as stamped on the front pastedown. Publisher’s coated cloth gilt. Binding slightly worn. A very good copy.

IAMBLICHUS

IAMBLICHUS (GALE, Thomas, Tr.)De Mysteriis Liber

Oxford, E Theatro Sheldoniano, 1678.

£850

Folio. pp. (40), 316, (8). Title page with engraved vignette, double-column text (Latin and Greek). Title slightly soiled, very light age yellowing throughout. Generally clean and fresh. Marbled pastedowns and fore-edge. Bookplates of Richard Fort, Read Hall, and of C. E. De M. K. (initials). Contemporary full calf gilt, decorated turn-ins, spine richly decorated with floral motif and divided in 6 compartments. Red morocco label. Some slight wear on covers and corners.

ESTC R13749.

WEBSTER, John

WEBSTER, John. The Displaying of supposed Witchcraft Wherein is affirmed that there are many sorts of Deceivers and Impostors . . . But that there is a corporeal league made betwixt the Devil and the Witch . . .

London, Jonas More, 1677.

£4250

FIRST EDITION. Quarto, pp. (16) 346 (4). Roman letter with italic. Slight tear to corner of Bb1 with no text loss, hole Cc4 with minor text loss, still a good clean copy, bound in brown calf, red gilt title piece, slightly worn. Ex libris Spottiswoode, 1900.

Dedicating the work to neighbours in Yorkshire as a placatory text to halt spurious rumours and misunderstanding concerning devilish matters, Webster provides an overview of censure concerning the treatment of apparitions and witchcraft and describes witches and their deeds. He adopts a rational approach and insists that all evidence in support of sorcery should be subjected to the same scientific scrutiny as employed by the likes of Newton and Locke. After all, what need was there to suspect the handiwork of the devil in any miracle, when ‘Mr Boyle’ . . . was able . . . ‘to manifest the great and wonderful virtues that God had endowed stones, minerals, plants and roots withal’.

Wing W 1230.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, JohnThe Great Beast. The Life and Magick of Aleister Crowley

 London, Macdonald, 1971.

£500

FRIST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 413. Bound in paper over boards with gilt title to spine. Original dust jacket in very good condition. Inscribed by the author on front endpaper: “photos of AC, pre 1914, by Arnold Gerte”. Annotated and underlined throughout by Symonds. Verso of rear free endpaper and part of pastedown full annotated in reference to p. 153. A very good copy.