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THE MAGICAL ARTS: A SHORT HISTORY, Burland, C. A.
1 Burland, C. A. THE MAGICAL ARTS: A SHORT HISTORY
London Arthur Barker 1966 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
196 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H). B&w illustrations. "From the earliest time man has been fascinated by visions and dreams, and by the discovery that there were men who could, by magical powers, improve a crop or foretell the weather. As civilization grew there were demands for knowledge which would give control over other men or protection from the wiles of enemies. The study of magic and counter magic became important in the policy of states. Later magic was denounced as a work of the Devil, and then the Devil himself was demoted to become a laughing stock. Yet even nowadays there exist in the most advanced nations societies devoted to magical practices, who deal in strange rituals, and promote the interests of their membership against all enemies. A careful study shows that there is a good deal of scientific knowledge involved in the vast and complex network of 'magical' practice today. This book sets out to show some of the main lines of influence which have led to the present traditions. It treats the subject as if if were a tapestry of many strands each of which has a line of origin from which it traverses like a weft thread on the warp of universal psychological experience. This book is a short history of a complex development. It is planned as a groundwork from which the interested reader can advance to further detailed studies." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, small slight bump at top corner of both boards. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear, a few small closed tears, jacket has been laminated for protection and to prevent further deterioration over the center portion (panels, spine and flap-folds). 
Price: 32.50 USD
 
 
2 Jack, Donald. Forewords by Pierre Berton and Martin M. Hoffman, M.D. ROGUES, REBELS, AND GENIUSES: THE STORY OF CANADIAN MEDICINE.
Toronto Doubleday Canada 1981 0385155751 / 9780385155755 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
662 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs, reproductions. "(A) lively and absorbing account of more than 400 years of medicine in Canada, from the Indian shamans to the present day. Canadian doctors have made an enormous contribution to world medicine - their achievements range from the discovery of insulin to the development of the cobalt bomb. And the famouse names are here: Grenfell, Archibald, Osler, Bethune, Penfield, Selye, Banting. But, as Pierre Berton points out in his foreword, (this) is 'more than a history of Canadian medicine: in a curious way it is also a history of the Canadian nation. In his monumental examination of the place of doctors in our history, Donald Jack makes it clear that since Cartier's day medical men have been bound up in the development of the country - not only as practitioners but also as politicians, explorers, gadflies, soldiers, community leaders.' The author brings to his subject not only a depth of research but a novelist's eye for the dramatic, the humorous, and the eccentric. The medical men and women who appear in these pages, 'in their furs and shirtsleeves, bloodstained frock coats and sterilzed gowns, tell an intensely personal story of triumphant response to challenge; triumphant not least because their lives affirm the supreme value of the individual ego'." Wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor rubbing. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine, light rubbing, slight browning to top/bottom edges. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
SKY GODS:  THE SUN AND MOON IN ART AND MYTH., Komaroff, Katherine.
3 Komaroff, Katherine. SKY GODS: THE SUN AND MOON IN ART AND MYTH.
New York Universe Books 1974 0876631871 / 9780876631874 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good- 
86 pp, 11 5/8" H. B&w and colour illustrations. "Ever since the beginning of time, man has wondered about the meaning and behavior of the sun and moon. He has carefully observed their cycles and realized their importance for his own survival. The close contact with nature that ancient man enjoyed made him more conscious of their presence, whether he lived in a place constantly warmed by the sun or in a bitter cold world where the sun seemed far away. Ancient men tried to explain the meaning of this mysterious phenomenon in stories closely related to their own lives and religious beliefs. The Hindu people of India thought that the sun was a red man with four arms in a golden chariot. For the Egyptians, the sun was a great watchful eye. The North American Indians said that the moon was a great ball of light tossed into the sky by a clever creature called Raven. The Eskimos believed that the moon was a powerful hunter who often stood in front of his igloo. These stories, called myths, are handed down from generation to generation, and celebrate the great mystery of life. They are loved because of their beauty and power and also for what they tell us about people of other cultures. In 'Sky Gods', myths from India, Egypt, Africa, Japan, China, the Eskimos, and the Indians of North and South America are lucidly retold and illustrated with stunning photographs of art and artifacts from the various cultures. There is a common message behind all these stories. Although the masks, paintings, statues, and other works of art also vary - some are relatively simple, others are highly sophisticated - yet they all contain clues to a deeper understanding of the beauty and mysteriousness of the universe." Two large diagonal creases on free rear endpaper, light stain along bottom edge of rear board, very small light stain on top edge of front board, one soft corner crease. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light to moderate edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine, light rubbing and two light scuff lines on rear panel, small stain at inside bottom edge of rear panel, one small edge tear. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
4 Silvey, Diane. SPIRIT QUEST and TIME OF THE THUNDERBIRD. (KAYA AND TALA ADVENTURES.)
Toronto Dundurn Soft Cover Near Fine Joe Silvey and John Mantha. 
58 pp, 86 pp - 2 volumes 9" H. Spirit Quest (ISBN 9781550028317 - second printing, 2009 - b&w illustrations by Joe Silvey) - "Told in the tradition of rich Coast Salish legend, Diane Silvey recounts the adventures of teenaged twins Kaya and Tala as they journey into the British Columbian wilderness confronting fish and fowl, beast and phantom, on their mission to retrieve a sacred box which symbolizes the spirit of their people. They encounter wolverines, snakes and sharp-toothed fish of the deep as well as ferocious hawkmen and the evil spirits of the underworld as they and their mystical friend Y push ahead on the back on an eagle." Time of the Thunderbird (ISBN 9781550027921 - first printing, 2008 - b&w illustrations by John Mantha) - "Kaya and Tala are on a new mission to discover why the children from a village in British Columbia have disappeared. Earth dwarves are being blamed for the missing children, but the twins are sure they're not at fault. Something very sinister has happened, so the sister and brother set out with Yaket, their friend and companion, to rescue the kidnapped children. Along the way they undergo a series of tests and meet a mysterious owl, a talking rock, a cedar ogre, Aixos, the most ferocious of all sea serpents, and the Thunderbird himself!" Interiors - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exteriors - clean and bright. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
THE ART OF NORVAL MORRISSEAU., Sinclair, Lister and Pollock, Jack.
5 Sinclair, Lister and Pollock, Jack. THE ART OF NORVAL MORRISSEAU.
Toronto Methuen 1979 0458938203 / 9780458938209 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Very Good - Norval Morrisseau. Signed by artist and author.
200 pp, oblong 4to (11 1/4" H x 13 1/2" D). Signed on title page by Norval Morrisseau (in Ojibwe syllabics) and Jack Pollock. "(E)xplores the genius of an artist whose work has been influenced by symbolism and his own intrinsic spirituality. Morrisseau is one of Canada's foremost artists and the acknowledged founder of the Woodland Indian School of Artists. Although his roots lie in the Ojibway culture, his genius as a creative painter defy classification. Stories of rituals, ceremonies and magical godlike creatures come to life on canvas, as do the visions, dreams and inspirations Morrisseau experiences, because, as he tells us, a shaman-artist is endowed with special spiritual powers. More than 130 color reproductions of paintings and prints, as well as numerous drawings and other pirctures in b&w, accompanied, wherever possible, by legends and lore connected with the heritage of an ancient culture." Extra postage will be required outside of Canada and the United States for this heavy volume. Book is slightly bowed, approx. 1" of damp staining to cloth at top edge of boards not effecting text block. Dust jacket has some tiny indentations and faint line indentations on front panel, a few very small line indentations on rear panel, very light rubbing, slight toning to white lettering on spine and top letter on front panel, some minor darkening to top inside edge. 
Price: 300.00 USD
 
 
6 St. Alcorn, Lloyd. DREAMQUEST TRILOGY. 1. HALBERD, DREAM WARRIOR. 2. ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS. 3. THE SERPENT MOUND. 3 VOLUMES.
Signet/NAL, (Scarborough, Ontario, 1987, 2nd printing/1988, 2nd printing/1989, 2nd printing). 
253 pp, 252 pp, 253 pp, paperbacks - 3 volumes. "Halberd, Viking swordsman and shaman in the Dream World, had seen a vision he could not deny, his brother Valdane slain at the hands of his own cursed wife. And now, Halberd and his giant warrior companion must take up the quest for bloody vengeance in a distant land. No one but a Dream Walker like Halberd could hope to avenge his brother's honour and so he left his Viking homeland behind, sailing through unknown seas in search of the dreaded witch, only to face the perils of storms, angry gods, warriors enslaved in death - and the immortal minions of Hel!" Interiors - Book 1 has previous owner's initials and date at top of first page, store stamp at bottom of first page, Book 2 has large dog ear at top of page 21 - otherwise books are clean and tight. Exteriors - light edge wear, small areas of surface paper loss at top back corner of Book 3 and at top of spine of Book 1, Book 3 has soft creases/wrinkles to front cover, spines are flat and uncreased. VG 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE NINE SONGS:  A STUDY OF SHAMANISM IN ANCIENT CHINA., Waley, Arthur.  (Ch'u Yuan.)
7 Waley, Arthur. (Ch'u Yuan.) THE NINE SONGS: A STUDY OF SHAMANISM IN ANCIENT CHINA.
George Allen and Unwin, London, 1956, second impression. 
64 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "....the Nine Songs (third century B.C.), (have been) recognized by the Chinese as shaman songs since the second century A.D. These are not only of striking beauty as poetry, but also throw much light on a form of religion widely spread in the whole of the Far East. In this little book Mr. Waley translates the poems with a commentary telling what is known of the various deities whom the shamans served, and also in an introduction gives a g eneral account of shamanism in early China. The book is chiefly intended for lovers of poetry and students of comparative religion. But in order to make it of use to sinologues the author has given all references to the sources, and some b r i e f p h i lological notes. The Songs are also of importance to students of contemporary China; for Ch'u Yuan, to whom they are traditionally attributed, may almost be said to have taken, in Soviet China, the place of Confucius as a national cu lt ur e- he r o. " S mall label from book store on front paste, previous owner's chop (stamp) on free front endpaper, small chop also on title page, minor browning to pages, light fading to top/bottom edges of boards and on spine, small bump at top of sp ine , m in or ed ge wear, tiny dint on bottom edge of rear board. Dust jacket has been clipped, light browning on spine and flap-folds - also at edges, tiny chips and wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds - tape at bottom insi de o f sp ine. Ve ry G ood -/V ery Go od- 
Price: 45.00 USD
 


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