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[000295] DEE, John. A TRUE & FAITHFUL RELATION OF WHAT PASSED FOR MANY YEARS BETWEEN DR JOHN DEE (A MATHEMATICIAN OF GREAT FAME IN Q.ELIZ. AND KING JAMES THEIR REIGNES) AND SOME SPIRITS: TENDING (HAD IT SUCCEEDED) TO A GENERAL ALTERATION OF MOST STATES AND KINGDOMES IN THE W. Glasgow: Antonine Pub. Co. Ltd./

Golden Dragon Press, 1974. Full-Leather. Very Good Folio, 448 pp + 46 pp of Actio Tertia + 4 pp of publisher's notes. Full polished calf w/ blind stamped designs on boards, raised bands and red leather title plate to spine, gilt title, etc. to spine. Edition limited to 500 copies. It comes with its original decorated slipcase! Light rubbing to covers. A Fine copy of the most beautiful of the Dee facsimiles.

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John Dee first edition limited edition

 


Manly P. Hall

AN ENCYCLOPEDIC OUTLINE OF MASONIC, HERMETIC, QABBALISTIC AND ROSICRUCIAN SYMBOLICAL PHILOSOPHY: BEING AN INTERPRETATION OF THE SECRET TEACHINGS CONCEALED WITHIN THE RITUALS, ALLEGORIES AND MYSTERIES OF ALL AGES

True First Edition, the subscribers edition (limited to 550 Copies), this being number 35.
An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, Being an Interpretation of the Secret Teachings Concealed within the Rituals, Allegories and Mysteries of All Ages by Manly P. Hall. Profusely illustrated, including many color plates by J. Augustus Knapp, vellum-backed batik boards, morocco spine label, top edges gilt, wooden slipcase with cloth and batik covering.


This is a good representation of the legendary work by the occultist Manly P. Hall, compiling the secret knowledge of the ages. Signed by Hall on the limitation page. This copy was never personally dedicated to a subscriber. Printed by John Henry Nash, San Francisco by H.S. Crocker Company 1928.
The leather title label on spine with gold gilt lettering is worn as is common to this edition and as shown in the pictures provided. The wooden slip case has some shelf wear but is in very good structural condition.

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Manly P. Hall


AN ENCYCLOPEDIC OUTLINE OF MASONIC, HERMETIC, QABBALISTIC AND ROSICRUCIAN SYMBOLICAL PHILOSOPHY: BEING AN INTERPRETATION OF THE SECRET TEACHINGS CONCEALED WITHIN THE RITUALS, ALLEGORIES AND MYSTERIES OF ALL AGES
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The King Solomon Edition (limited to 550 Copies), this being number 456.
Signed by Manly Palmer Hall


Printed for Manly P. Hall by H. S. Crocker, San Francisco, 1928. J. Augustus Knapp (illustrator). Limited/Numbered edition. Elephant Folio. The book is HUGE (about 12.5" x 19" inches) with 49 full unique hand painted color plates, numerous rare black and white illustrations culled from ancient esoteric works, (blue) roman page numbers and orange rubrics (large initial letters), watermarked paper that reads "Alexandra Japan Made in U.S.A." and a lovely elephant hide like paper-hardcover with slipcase.
Condition: The book is in very good condition, appears almost unread, there are however a few minor defects. The title plate on the spine shows wear (with some pieces missing), which is common to all the early editions of Mr. Hall’s book. A double plate, between pages LVI and LVII, is slightly pulled away from the binding at the bottom of the page, and in the margin of one plate, between pages C and CI, there is a short tear at the top and one at the bottom (each about 1 cm). None of the pages have creases, writing, or moisture damage. The binding is intact and solid.
There were five printings in 1928 of Manly P. Hall's Secret Teachings of all Ages.
Here's a snippet from the introduction written by Hall.
'The pre-publication sale of this book has been without known precedent in book history. The subscription list for the first edition of 550 copies was entirely closed a year before the manuscript was placed in the printer's hands. The second, or King Solomon, edition, consisting of 550 copies, and the third, or Theosophical, edition, consisting of 200 copies, were sold before the finished volume was received from the printer. For so ambitious a production, this constitutes a unique achievement. The credit for this extraordinary sales program belongs to Mrs. Maud F. Galigher, who had as her ideal not to sell the book in the commercial sense of the word but to place it in the hands of those particularly interested in the subject matter it contains. Valuable assistance in this respect was also rendered by numerous friends who had attended my lectures and who without compensation undertook and successfully accomplished the distribution of the book.'
Two later editions "The Rosicrucian Edition" (100 copies) and the "Fifth Edition" (800 copies) were published in 1928.
This gives us a total of
First (Subscriber's) Edition 550
King Solomon Edition 550

Theosophical Edition 200
Rosicrucian Edition 100
Fifth Edition 800
Total 2200 Copies
The next printing (Sixth edition) was in 1936 with black and white plates instead of the marvelous colored illustrations by J. Augustus Knapp.
The King Solomon edition is very rare and much sought after due to its association with King Solomon and Freemasonry.
The book itself is one of the most beautiful occult productions ever made and it covers a wide range of esoteric doctrines.


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PLEASE NOTE: This book will be shipped from the U.S. Insured shipping within the U.S. is Free. A good-will shipping discount, with the seller absorbing part of the cost, will be provided to international destinations. The international insured express shipping charge to be paid by the buyer will be only 250 USD, with the seller absorbing the remainder. [This is a very large and very heavy book, a little under 25 pounds securely packed!].

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[000300] Eliphas Levi (Translated by A. E. Waite). The History of Magic. London: William Rider & Son Ltd,, 1913. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Extremely Rare White Cloth blind stamped binding with title in gold. Top edge gilt. Translated with Waite's Preface and many notes. In fine, clean and tight condition, with some dirt accumulation. An important book on the History of Magic. Binding protected by removable plastic cover [Gilbert B32 binding variant]. More Pictures Click Here SOLD


 


[000243] Faivre, Antoine. The Eternal Hermes. U.S.: Phanes Press., 1995. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good ISBN: 0933999534. Rare hardcover edition. A standard book on Hermes. Subscribers edition. Former owners name in ink on front and back end page. sold

 

 


 

[000321] Farmer, John S; . Twixt Two Worlds: A Narrative of The Life and Work of William Eglington. London: The Psychological Press, 1886. Illustrated with engraved portrait frontispiece of the author and 8 full page chromolithographic plates depicting 3 stages of Materialisation, Apparitions, Spirit Lights, etc., tissue guards. Decorated hardcover binding. The binding has a lot of wear, the spine has some cracks and the hinge papers are cracked, however it is quite firm. The text is nice with some foxing throughout, but generally clean. A rare and important work. kr 2,800.00 - approx. 578 USD

 


 

 

 

[379] Hartmann, Franz, The Life of … Paracelsus and the Substance of his Teachings …, George Redway, London, MDCCCLXXXVII [1887]. First edition. Brown cloth binding. Very good condition, with general wear to the binding, a small sticker removed from the spine. Hinge paper slightly cracked, but the binding is firm. Inside generally clean. Rare.
1437 DKK – Approx. 300 USD


[000304] Mead, G.R.S.,. The Gnostic John the Baptizer; Selections from the Mandaean John-Book Together with Studies of John and Christian Origins, the Slavonic Josephus' Account of John and Jesus, and John and the Fourth Gospel Proem.. London: John M. Watkins, 1924. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good Very Good with rubbing to covers and slight foxing to fist few pages. kr 950.00 - approx. 185 USD


Pancoast, S., Blue and Red Light or Light and its Rays as Medicine [The Kabbala], Philadelphia: J. M. Stoddart & Co., 1877. Decorated cloth binding. Very Good condition. Binding firm and bright with a few wear marks on the back cover. Hinge paper slightly cracked. Text clean except first 24 pages which have some moist shadow residue. Text printed in blue with red text boarders – very nice. Colour frontpiece illustration and significant illustrations in text + fold out. 312 pages.

This is a significant early very rare occult revival work on subjects such as Kabbalah, Light and Medicine all combined. Pancoast M.D., was at one time physician to Madam Blavatsky. More Pictures Click Here 1300 DKK - approx. 235 USD

 


[000239] Skinner, J. Ralston. Key to the Hebrew-Egyptian Mystery in the Source of Measures. Philadelphia: David McKay Company, Hard Cover. Poor [1931, limited edition of 500 copies, not stated], Hardcover, Full edition including the addenda. kr 500.00 - approx. 97 USD

 

 


 

STENRING, Knut (Translator), Rabbi Akiba Ben Joseph, S ( Introduction by Arthur Edward Waite ) The Book Of Formation or Sepher Yetzirah Including the 32 Paths of Wisdom, their Correspondences with the Hebrew Alphabet and the Tarot Symbols.

William Rider & Son Limited, London, 1923. First edition. Hardcover. large 8vo. 67 pp. Original maroon cloth with black title to upper board, fold out, b&w illustrations, list of works. This book is in very good condition! Only a little tear to spine. Text clean. A bright and sound copy protected in a transparent plastic jacket. SOLD

 


[000382] [Waite, A. E.,] The Sophic Hydrolith; or, Water Stone of the Wise.
This is a privately bound photocopy version taken from A. E. Waite’s Hermetic Museum, probably made by the late Robert Lenkiewicz as it came from his collection and he was in the habit of making various versions and binding various texts for his own pleasure. Black and brown square binding with title in gold to front cover.
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Maggregor Mathers, S. L., The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage, as Delivered by Abraham the Jew unto his Son Lamech, A.D. 1458.
Translated from the Original Hebrew into the French, and now Rendered from the Latter Language into English. From a Unique and Valuable MS. in the "Bibliothèque de L'Arsenal" at Paris. By S. L. Mac Gregor-Mathers, Author of "The Kabbalah Unveiled," "The Key of Solomon," "The Tarot," etc. in Three Books, with a Special and Copious Introduction and Explanatory Notes by the Translator, and Numerous Magical Squares of Letters.


London: John M. Watkins, 1898. First edition. Large octavo (20 x 26 cm). xlviii+268pp. Publisher's black cloth, gilt magic square to upper, gilt tiltes to spine between three sets of double rules, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, white endpapers. With the rare additional illustrated title page (by Moina Mathers), decorative initials and numerous magical squares to book three. Some wear to extremities, a small tear to top of spine, otherwise clean externally with the gilt bright and sharp. Apart from a some spotting to the front endpapers, the pages are clean and fresh without writing, underlining or other marks.

-->A classic text of ceremonial magic, translated by a founding member of the Golden Dawn. It was highly inspirational to the young Aleister Crowley, who purchased his famous house Boleskine in Scotland, specifically to concentrate on the extended rituals which take at least six months of preparation. An excellent copy of a scarce title which include the additional illustrated title page by Mather’s wife. This title page has for some reason been removed from all most all copies of the first edition which makes this extremely rare. SOLD

 

 

[000293] [From inside the Order of Nine Angles]. The Black Tetrahedron. Hard Cover. Very Good this is an extremely rare text of black magic and Satanism which consists of 'Three stories of sinister magick, esoterically related…' Nice large black hardcover binding in as new condition (except for a little bump to the boards), text printed on special thick yellow paper with ribbon marker. Never published for public use. SOLD

[000298] Agrippa, Henry Cornelius. Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy of Geomancy Magical Elements of Peter de Abano Astronomical Geomancy, The Nature of Spirits.. England: Askin Publishers Ltd, 1978. Half-Leather. Fine Half-Leather, Facsimile Of 1653 Edition With New Introduction By Stephen Skinner. Hardback. 8vo. pp xvi, [xvi] 217. Fine condition. SOLD

 

 

 

 

[000249] Basilius Valentinus [Trans. A. E. Waite]. The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony. London: Vincent Stuart LTD, 1962. Very Good / Good. limited edition of 500 copies. Hardcover with d/w in transparent protective plastic. Condition: Very Good. D/W has some tears to the top and bottom of the spine and former owners name sticker to front end page. SOLD

 

 

[000297] Britten, Emma Hardinge [ed. and trans.]. GHOST LAND; OR RESEARCHES INTO THE MYSTERIES OF OCCULTISM.. Boston: By the Editor, 1876. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Good pp. (2), 484, (2). Title page printed in 4 colours. Original decorated cloth binding. The Binding is firm with general wear and some loos to upper and lower spine. A few old pen notes to front end paper which also has a slight tear, slight foxing otherwise the text is clean and very good. This book hold a special place in the history of Western esotericism not only for its relation to the Hermetic order of the Golden Dawn, The Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor and the Theosophical Society, but also because it was one of the first texts to introduce the word Occultism into English. It was thus also one of the first texts to make a distinction between spiritualism and occultism. Very Rare in 1st ed.! SOLD

 

 

 

000306] CHAMBERS, TH. S.. The Craft of thy Caduceus. Written for Thought Values. By "Exact Thinker", London 6 Walton Place, S.W. 3, "Thought Values". . First Edition. Good 108 pp. with many illustrations. Limited edition of 1000 Copies, large format card covers. Examination of mysteries of the religions of ancient Egyptian, Assyria, India, freemasonry with other references. Ben Fernee has stated about the book that 'the author would appear to be in the maniac laughter mode of a quite serious form of insanity which makes for one of the most obscure and bizarre texts ever encountered.' I can only agree. A real rare find of a very obscure occult text! The book is in overall very good condition + a letter signed by the author is included. SOLD

 

 

 

[000328] Crowley, Aleister
The legendary "The Red Equinox" published by Mandrake and Holmes 1992 in a limited edition of 50 copies. This set contains The Equinox Volume 1 Number 1 to 10 + Volume 3 Number 1 in. 6 books/volumes made in the highest quality bindings + slipcase - truly stunning! I have been told that not even 50 were made, because the cost was too high. A very rare item. The condition is excellent. SOLD

 

 

 

 

000281] Dee, John. ORDINES DESCENDENS. Descending Hierarchies Haudquaquam Licit Mihi Esse. 2007. First Edition. Soft Cover. As New 1st ed. 2007 98pp (printed single sided) Published Anonymously. No ISBN. Ltd. ed. 200 copies. SOLD

 

 

 

[000250] Eirenaeus Philalethes & others [Trans. A. E. Waite]. Collectanea Chemica. London: Vincent Stuart LTD, 1963. Hard Cover. Very Good / Good. limited edition of 500 copies. Hardcover with d/w in transparent protective plastic Condition: Very Good. D/W, former owners name sticker to front end page. SOLD

 

 

 

[000383] Freher, D.A.; Three tables of Man. His Creation, Fall and Regeneration revealed in three elaborate diagrams, Edited and with coloured versions of these tables by Adam McLean.
Limited edition of 60 signed and numbered large format A4 hardbound copies. 33 pages. 3 complex coloured diagrams. Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks Series no. 31

 

 

 

[000319] Hartmann, Franz;. THE PRINCIPLES OF ASTROLOGICAL GEOMANCY. THE ART OF DIVINING BY PUNCTUATION, ACCORDING TO CORNELIUS AGRIPPA AND OTHERS, WITH AN APPENDIX CONTAINING 2048 ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS.. William Rider, 1913. Hard Cover. The blue decorated Hardcover binding has been wrapped in (now old) transparent plastic. The binding has general wear; there is an ex-libris bookplate inside front cover and numbers in pen crossed out. The text is clean with some foxing and a few pencil marks. Generally good condition. SOLD

 

 

[378] Håkansson, Håkan, Seeing the Word: John Dee and Renaissance Occultism, Lunds Universitet, Ugglan Minervaserien 2, first edition, 2001. Very good condition with a few marks of wear to the soft cover binding.
This is one of the most important John Dee studies to date and is highly recommended, however the book is extremely difficult to find. SOLD

 

 

 

[000331] KUNTZ, Darcy, (Edited and Introductory notes by) (Signed).
The Ancient Texts of the Golden Rosicrucians, Volume I Book I: The Rosicrucian Exposed [Der Rosenkreuzer in seiner Blosse ] Book II: The Laws of the Fraternity of the Rosie Cross.

The Golden Dawn Research Trust, Austin TX, 2007. Hardcover. 8vo. 192 pp. Bound in red linen with gilt titling to spine and upper board, emerald green endpapers, bibliography. Signed and numbered by Darcy Küntz and accompanied by his hand-drawn sigil on the limitation page. Translated from the German by W.J. Songhurst; the Greek translated by Adam Forrest; and the Latin by John Michael Greer. Book II is Themis Aurea: The Laws of the Fraternity of the Rosie Cross by Michael Maier. Newly revised into modern English by Darcy Küntz; the Greek translated by Adam Forrest; and the Latin by James Hume. Edited with an Introduction by Darcy Küntz. NEW book. First edition strictly limited to 250 copies. SOLD

 

 

 

[000329] MATHERS, S. Liddell MacGregor (Transl. & ed.), [Solomon]
The Key of Solomon the King. (Clavicula Salomonis). Now first
Translated and Edited from Ancient MSS in the British Museum.
Published by George Redway, London, 1889.

First edition, limited to 500 numbered copies – subscribers edition. With the ownership bookplate of Montague Summers on the front pastedown.
There are annotations, mainly highlighting lines and ticks, all in pencil through the first half of the book which we believe to be by Montague Summers. Laid in is a sheet with symbols in pencil - also probably done by Montague. Plate 13/14 is loose but present. There are short weevil lines in the body of the book. These are narrow of course and the longest are 2.5cm.They do not affect the use of the book i.e. text is not obscured. Quarter red and black buckram binding without lettering. This has a split at the top of the front spine crease, the black tips are rubbed at the corners and there is some wear to the spine. Quite a firm copy with contents in reasonable condition. Overall a good copy of this very rare item from the library of a noted author in the field of magic/witchcraft/occultism. SOLD

 

 

 

[000299] MACGREGOR MATHERS, S. L.. The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage, as Delivered by Abraham the Jew unto his Son Lamech, A.D. 1458. . London: John M. Watkins, 1898. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Translated from the Original Hebrew into the French, and now Rendered from the Latter Language into English. From a Unique and Valuable MS. in the "Bibliothèque de L'Arsenal" at Paris. By S. L. MacGregor - Mathers, Author of "The Kabbalah Unveiled," "The Key of Solomon," "The Tarot," etc. in Three Books, with a Special and Copious Introduction and Explanatory Notes by the Translator, and Numerous Magical Squares of Letters. London: John M. Watkins, 1898. First edition. Large octavo (20 x 26 cm). xlviii+268pp. Publisher's black cloth, gilt magic square to upper, gilt tiltes to spine between three sets of double rules, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, white endpapers. This copy does not have the additional illustrated title page by Moina Mathers which is only found in a few copies (see the other copy of the book we have for sale). Some wear to extremities, otherwise a very clean and firm copy [One of the best we have seen]. Very rare! SOLD

 

 

 

[000327] Massey, Gerald; . Ancient Egypt the Light of the World: a Work of Reclamation and Restitution in Twelve Books;. London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1907. Cloth. Good Original large red/brown and black cloth bindings. First Edition of 500 copies. Volume I: [viii], 544 pages + 11 in-text illustrations. Volume II: [viii], (545) - 944 pages + 4 in-text illustrations. Both volumes have some rubbing and they have at one point suffered some water accumulation, which has left some traces. Besides from that the text is clean, volume two has never been cut open. The work of Gerald Massey was very extensive and this work represents his final word on the origins of mythology, religion and language, which influenced most esoteric circles and studies of the day, including H. P. Blavatsky's the Secret Doctrine. Contents: I. Sign Language and Mythology as Primitive Modes of Representation; II. Totemism, Tattoo and Fetishism as Forms of Sign-Languag e - Fetishim; III. Elemental and Ancestral Spirits, or the Gods and the Glorified; IV. Egyptian Book of the Dead and the Mysteries of Amenta; V. The Sign-Language of Astronomical Mythology - The Primitive African Paradise - Egyptian Wisdom - The Drowning of the Dragon; VI. The Sign-Language of Astronomical Mythology. Part II. - Horns of the Double Horizon - The Making of Amenta - The Irish Amenta - The Mount of Glory; VII. Egyptian Wisdom and the Hebrew Genesis; VIII. The Egyptian Wisdom in other Jewish Writings; IX. The Ark, The Deluge, and the World's Great Year; X. The Exodus from Egypt and the Desert of Amenta - The Seed of Ysiraal - The Title of Pharaoh; XI. Egyptian Wisdom in the Revelation of John the Divine; XII. The Jesus-Legend traced in Egypt for Ten Thousand Years - Child-Horus - The Jesus-Legend in Rome - The Egypto-Gnostic Jesus - Double Horus, or Jesus and the Christ - The Mysteries and Miracles - Jesus in the Mount - Sut and Horus as Historic Characters in the Canonical Gospels - The Group in Bethany - The Founders of the Kingdom - The Last Supper: the Crucifixion and the Resurrection - The Resurrection from Amenta - The Sayings of Jesus; Appendix; Index. SOLD

 

 

[000252] Mcintosh, Christofer. Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival. U.S.: Weiser, 1974. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good / Good. Very Good, D/W has slight loss of paper to upper spine, the D/W is now protected in transparent plastic “mylar”. A nice copy of the standard scholarly work on Eliphas Levi. First US edition. SOLD

 

 


 

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