WAITE, Arthur Edward.
Title The Book of Black Magic And of Pacts. Including the Rites and Mysteries of Goëtic Theurgy, Sorcery and Infernal Necromancy. With Illustrations.
Seller ID 71055
George Redway. Privately Printed. FIRST EDITION OF ONLY 500 COPIES. Large octavo (250 x 190mm) Original black buckram, silver titles to upper cover and spine, recased with original spine laid down and original endpapers retained. Top edge gilt, xvi, 296pp, pp + pp. adverts. Frontispiece with original tissue guard and 9 further full page plates on variously coloured papers - all present as called for in Binder's Instructions. With many magical illustrations and diagrams throughout the text. Pages 296 and 270 professionally replace by photocopies. Some rubbing to extremeties with corners worn, prelims sl. soiled, bookplate very neatly removed from front pastedown, small ink BS17 and tiny initials CA to reverse of title which is otherwise a blank page. SCARCE. VG. The work has two parts: The Literature of Ceremonial Magic and The Complete Grimoire. The Book contains most of the texts of rare grimoires collected together for the first time. The title 'Black Magic' was not Waite's idea, but the publishers in order to attract more customers. Needless to say this first edition is very rarely seen and very sought after. Coumont [W3.5]; Gilbert [A14]
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