Hermetica, Leechdoms, Magick, Wortcunning & Assorted Arcana

You may be interested in Weiser Antiquarian Book Catalogue #105: Hermetica, Leechdoms, Magick, Wortcunning & Assorted Arcana.

“Welcome to this, the one hundred and fifth of our on-line catalogues, this being another of our “Miscellany” catalogues showcasing a selection of second-hand and rare books from different areas of our stock.

It is typically varied but includes an unusual selection of core works on early British healing and magical traditions, our main source of knowledge for the Anglo-Saxon magical traditions. The works include Oswald Cockayne’s, massive 3 volume collection: Leechdoms, Wortcunning and Starcraft of Early England (1864-1866), J. H. G. Grattan, & Charles Singer’s Anglo-Saxon Magic and Medicine (1952), and Godfrid Storms’ major study: Anglo-Saxon Magic (1948). A modern echo of aspects of this tradition is to be found in the works of Andrew Chumbley, here represented by three books, his One. The Grimoire of the Golden Toad (2000 – this copy with all the related inserts), Azoëtia (2002, the Sethos Edition, with an original letter by Chumbley included), and the posthumously-published Satyr’s Sermon (2009). Other, different aspects of British folk and magical traditions can be found in rarities such as Robert Kirk, and Andrew Lang’s The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns, & Fairies (1893), Daniel Defoe’s The Secrets of the Invisible World Disclos’d. Or, an Universal History of Apparitions Sacred and Prophane (1729), and Austin Osman Spare’s The Witches’ Sabbath [&] Axiomata (1992).

The subjects of alchemy and hermetica are represented by a good selection of works from Adam McLean’s well-regarded Magnum Opus Hermetic Sourceworks series, and individual works such as Benedictus Figulus’ A Golden and Blessed Casket of Nature’s Marvels and Eirenaeus Philalethes’ Collectanea Chemica. Rarities include Arthur Edward Waite’s copy of Paul Vulliaud’s Traduction intégrale du Siphra Di-Tzeniutha (1930), an unusually clean copy of Anna Kingsford, & Edward Maitland’s (Eds) The Hermetic Works: The Virgin of the World of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus (1885), the first edition of S. L. MacGregor Mathers’, The Tarot, Its Occult Signification, Use in Fortune-telling, and Method of Play (1888), and the much more recent, but nonetheless scarce and very sought-after work by David Keenan, England’s Hidden Reverse: Coil, Current 93, Nurse With Wound – A Secret History of the Esoteric Underground (2003, with CD).

More curious works include Edward L. Gardner’s well-intentioned but very misguided, Fairies. The Cottingley Photographs and Their Sequel (1945), and two different editions of “L. W. de Laurence’s” The Illustrated Key To The Tarot, a work that was quite literally a direct theft from A. E. Waite, with de Laurence simply changing the title slightly, and replacing Waite’s name with his own! John Harvey Treat’s The Catacombs of Rome (1907) gets special mention as it contains one of the first publications of a then recently-discovered blasphemous representation of the Crucifixion, with a donkey headed man on the cross, which ironically was then (and may still be) the earliest known representation of the event. Of course there are many other interesting and unusual works, with topics as diverse as Codes and Kabbalah, Dion Fortune and Fairies, Grimoires and Ghosts, Santeria and Tantra, Tibetan Grammar and Theosophy, Gnosticism and Witchcraft, and even an etymological dictionary of the type and vintage that would have been used by Francis Barrett and his circle. ” [via]