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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
 
 
NATURAL MAGIC: THE MAGICAL STATE OF BEING., Carroll, David and Saxe, Barry.
2 Carroll, David and Saxe, Barry. NATURAL MAGIC: THE MAGICAL STATE OF BEING.
Arbor House, New York, 1977. 
340 pp, 8vo (8 1/4" H), soft cover. ISBN 0877951527 B&w illustrations. "This book is written as an attempt to show how magic can be taken seriously....that perhaps after all magic is real....We have chosen the title 'Natural Magic' to emphasize t hat magic is our nature, and that its unfolding is part of the natural evolution of man. The case for magic....what is magic?....Freud versus Faust (the psychology of magic)....the ether, the occult, and the higher worlds....the energies o f m a g i c . . ..the magical state of being....magical medicines (Franz Mesmer and Animal Magnetism; Mesmerism and Hypnotism; Samuel Hahnemann and magic medicines)....omens, rainmaking, the End of the World....the Final Paradox (the learning of ma gi c , th e ro le o f the magus)....Such are the contents of this unique, provocative volume...." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - soft crease down lower half of front cover, minor rubbing, minor edge wear, sli gh t glu e res idu e o n spine. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
RED IRON NIGHTS.  GARRETT P.I. SERIES., Cook, Glen.
3 Cook, Glen. RED IRON NIGHTS. GARRETT P.I. SERIES.
New York ROC 1991 0451451082 / 9780451451088 1st Printing Mass Market Paperback Very Good 
270 pages, 6 13/16" H. "Blood-soaked blades had been taking their toll among the luscious lovelies in Garrett's home city of TunFaire. And though Garrett could be as civic-minded as the next guy - unless the next guy was Captain Block of the Watch - the private eye wasn't sure he really wanted to take on a serial killer psycho who did too good a carving job and never left any of the blood behind. Still, having Block pay him for his services with lots of ill-gotten government funds, and having his own partner, the Dead Man, strenuously urge him to take the case, proved an irresistible combination for Garrett. And so the top - and only - private eye around found himself lining up his allies for a search that would take him from the lowest slums to the highest estates, from confrontations with butterfly- and magic-spitting enemies to run-ins with the king of crime's wayward daughter to a final encounter with an ancient evil which had once again been loosed on his unsuspecting town." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very soft corner crease on front cover, small corner crease on rear cover - migrates into pages, light edge wear. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE SATANIC MILL., Preussler, Otfried.  Translated by Anthea Bell.
4 Preussler, Otfried. Translated by Anthea Bell. THE SATANIC MILL.
New York Macmillan 1972 0027751708 / 9780027751703 3rd Printing Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Murray Tinkelman, jacket iIllustration. 
250 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H). "(In seventeenth-century Germany), Krabat, a fourteen-year-old Wendish beggar boy, is summoned in a dream to a mysterious mill. When he awakens, an irresistible force makes him seek out a mill near the village of Schwarzkollm where he becomes apprenticed to the master. He soon discovers that the mill is actually a school for black magic and that he and the mill's journeymen are virtual prisoners. During the week they do the normal work of the mill, but on Friday nights the master initiates them into the strange rituals of the Art of Arts. The very first Friday, the master turns Krabat into a raven, a trick the boy quickly learns to do himself. Krabat completes his apprenticeship, becomes a journeyman and the master's star pupil in necromancy. But the power his new skills endow him with does not compensate for his loss of freedom. And the more he learns of the mill's dark secrets, the more determined he becomes to escape from the master's bondage. Called a masterpiece by reviewers in Germany, 'The Satanic Mill' was awarded the 1972 German Children's Book Prize." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, taped 3" tear at bottom of page 149/150, tiny light stain on top of text block. Dust jacket has very light wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, corner crease on rear flap-folds, very light rubbing/soiling. 
Price: 65.00 USD
 
 
GHOSTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES:  THE LIVING AND THE DEAD IN MEDIEVAL SOCIETY., Schmitt, Jean-Claude.  Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan.
5 Schmitt, Jean-Claude. Translated by Teresa Lavender Fagan. GHOSTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES: THE LIVING AND THE DEAD IN MEDIEVAL SOCIETY.
Chicago University of Chicago Press 1998 0226738884 / 9780226738888 Soft Cover Very Good 
290 pp, 9" H. "(E)xamines medieval religious culture and the significance of the widespread belief in ghosts, revealing the ways in which the dead and the living related to each other during the middle ages. Schmitt also discusses Augustine's influence on medieval authors; the link between dreams and autobiographical narratives; and monastic visions and folklore. Including numerous color reproductions of ghosts and ghostly trappings, this book presents a unique and intriguing look at medieval culture." Interior - soft crease at top corner of pages 80 to 140, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - one very tiny corner crease. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
6 Thorndike, Lynn. A HISTORY OF MAGIC AND EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCE. VOLUME II. DURING THE FIRST THIRTEEN CENTURIES OF OUR ERA. SECOND PRINTING WITH CORRECTIONS.
Macmillan, New York, 1929, 2nd printing with corrections. 
1036 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover (dark green cloth) - no dust jacket. VOLUME II ONLY. Major sub-headings: The Twelfth Century; The Thirteenth Century. Interior - small bookstore label on rear pastedown, very light browning to endpapers and pages, soft wrinkles to approx. page 500 to end of book, wrinkle down rear pastedown - migrates into pages. Exterior - light edge wear, browning to edges of textblock, three small water stains to top of textblock - watermark migrates down into some pages for approx. 1/4", darkening to spine and lettering, fraying/tear to cloth at top of spine, wrinkling to bottom of spine G+ 
Price: 85.00 USD
 


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