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A CHRISTMAS LETTER - Witches and Warlocks, Biddle, Moncure
1 Biddle, Moncure A CHRISTMAS LETTER - Witches and Warlocks
Philadelphia Moncure Biddle & Company 1943 First Edition Paperback Very Good+ 
61 pages; Clean and tight in original tan printed wrappers. Frontispiece and five additional b&w full page illustrations. Several in text illustrations based on early woodblock prints. Printed at the press of George Buchanan under the direction of Joseph A. Gutekunst. Moncure Biddle, from the famous Philadelphia Biddle family, was an investment banker. a famous bibliophile, a connoisseur of editions of the classics and, by reputation, an eccentric. During the 1940s Biddle published an annual "Christmas Letter" on a topic of literary or bibliographic interest. This book, issued for Christmas 1943, addresses Witches and Witchcraft, particularly as portrayed in fifteenth and sixteenth century works and is dedicated to Frank Packard. 
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LA MAGIA NEL MEDIOEVO, Kieckhefer, Richard
2 Kieckhefer, Richard LA MAGIA NEL MEDIOEVO
Rome Editori Laterza 1993 Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good- dust jacket 8vo 
Book is clean and tight in dustjacket with 2 telephone numbers written on the inside front flap. "La magia nel Medioevo è un grande edificio dottrinale e un territorio antropologico di grande interesse storico. Kieckhefer racconta un mondo pullulante di maghi e stregoni, curatori e streghe." ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds in Two Volumes, MacKay, Charles
3 MacKay, Charles Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds in Two Volumes
London G. Routledge & Co. 1856 Third Edition Hardcover Very Good 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
viii, 303 ; iv, 322 pages; Two volumes in original light brown cloth with decorative blindstamping to boards and stamping in gilt at spines. Contents clean and secure, cloth chipped at spine ends, one chip lower mid-spine of Volume II, Volume I lacks ffep. An attractive early edition of this classic sensational exposition. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is an early study of crowd psychology by Scottish journalist Charles Mackay. There are three major sections - "National Delusions", "Peculiar Follies", and "Philosophical Delusions". Some of the topics Mackay addresses include: alchemy, crusades, duels, economic bubbles, fortune-telling, haunted houses, the influence of politics and religion on the shapes of beards and hair, prophecies, religious relics, etc. Particularly apropos in this age of "fake news" and ridiculous conspiracy theories. 
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THE LAST OF THE GNOSTIC MASTERS - A Novel, Spivey, Thomas Sawyer
4 Spivey, Thomas Sawyer THE LAST OF THE GNOSTIC MASTERS - A Novel
Beverley Hills Thomas Sawyer Spivey 1926 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
Lightly rubbed at head of spine, Former owner's name and address on ffep (small), else clean, tight, very nice copy of the scarce First Edition of this esoteric novel. Thomas Sawyer Spivey was born in 1856 at Shawneetown, Illinois. He later attended college at the Enfield College that his grandfather, also named Thomas Sawyer Spivey, had founded years before and where one of his classmates was William Jennings Bryan. In an eight page article 'Mark Twain in Shawneetown, Illinois, Home of Tom Sawyer and Colonel Sellers' by James Bruce Anderson of Simpson College the author makes a good case for Shawneetown (rather than Hannibal, MO) as the model for St. Petersburg in the novel Tom Sawyer. Anderson states that as a boy young Tom Sawyer Spivey lived with his grandmother, Lucy Street, and earlier spent much of his childhood on the farm of his uncle Thomas Jefferson Spivey and Aunt Sallie (Smyth). It was at the Riverside Hotel in Shawneetown, that a steamboat pilot, Samuel Clements (Mark Twain), became acquainted with an interesting youngster named Thomas Sawyer Spivey. In the preface to Tom Sawyer, Twain says "[Tom] is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew..." Thomas Sawyer Spivey asserted the he was one of these three boys, the others being Larry Green and Hayes McCallan. Thomas Sawyer Spivey became a prolific writer during his tenure as president of the Victor Safe and Lock Co. Among the books he authored are: The Last of the Gnostic Masters: A Novel; The Awakening of the Sixth Sense; Visible Evolution; The Seven Sons of Ballyhack; Jane and I; The Hoosier Widow; Dr. Paul McKim; Lavius Egyptus, or The Unveiling of The Pythagorean Senate; Lavius Egyptus: Lectures in the Pythagorean Senate in the Temple of the Oracle of Dodona [second in series]; The Caverns of Crail; and many others. After the sale of the Victor Safe and Lock Company, Thomas Sawyer Spivey and his wife Dorothy Kleine relocated to Beverly Hills, California, where they purchased a home and Tom wrote several more books, many of an esoteric nature. After a number of years, they retired to Shawneetown and purchased the old Pool farm overlooking Shawneetown. Spivey built himself a fireproof library where he enjoyed the many interesting and valuable books he had collected throughout his life, which ended in 1938. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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5 Spivey, Thomas Sawyer THE LAST OF THE GNOSTIC MASTERS - A Novel
Beverley Hills Thomas Sawyer Spivey 1926 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 
Lightly rubbed at head of spine, Former owner's name and address on ffep (small), else clean, tight, very nice copy of the scarce First Edition of this esoteric novel. Thomas Sawyer Spivey was born in 1856 at Shawneetown, Illinois. He later attended college at the Enfield College that his grandfather, also named Thomas Sawyer Spivey, had founded years before and where one of his classmates was William Jennings Bryan. In an eight page article 'Mark Twain in Shawneetown, Illinois, Home of Tom Sawyer and Colonel Sellers' by James Bruce Anderson of Simpson College the author makes a good case for Shawneetown (rather than Hannibal, MO) as the model for St. Petersburg in the novel Tom Sawyer. Anderson states that as a boy young Tom Sawyer Spivey lived with his grandmother, Lucy Street, and earlier spent much of his childhood on the farm of his uncle Thomas Jefferson Spivey and Aunt Sallie (Smyth). It was at the Riverside Hotel in Shawneetown, that a steamboat pilot, Samuel Clements (Mark Twain), became acquainted with an interesting youngster named Thomas Sawyer Spivey. In the preface to Tom Sawyer, Twain says "[Tom] is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew..." Thomas Sawyer Spivey asserted the he was one of these three boys, the others being Larry Green and Hayes McCallan. Thomas Sawyer Spivey became a prolific writer during his tenure as president of the Victor Safe and Lock Co. Among the books he authored are: The Last of the Gnostic Masters: A Novel; The Awakening of the Sixth Sense; Visible Evolution; The Seven Sons of Ballyhack; Jane and I; The Hoosier Widow; Dr. Paul McKim; Lavius Egyptus, or The Unveiling of The Pythagorean Senate; Lavius Egyptus: Lectures in the Pythagorean Senate in the Temple of the Oracle of Dodona [second in series]; The Caverns of Crail; and many others. After the sale of the Victor Safe and Lock Company, Thomas Sawyer Spivey and his wife Dorothy Kleine relocated to Beverly Hills, California, where they purchased a home and Tom wrote several more books, many of an esoteric nature. After a number of years, they retired to Shawneetown and purchased the old Pool farm overlooking Shawneetown. Spivey built himself a fireproof library where he enjoyed the many interesting and valuable books he had collected throughout his life, which ended in 1938. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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PHRENOLOGY, OR THE DOCTRINE OF THE MENTAL PHENOMENA -  Two Volumes Bound in One, Spurzheim, J. G.
6 Spurzheim, J. G. PHRENOLOGY, OR THE DOCTRINE OF THE MENTAL PHENOMENA - Two Volumes Bound in One
New York Harper & Brothers 1846 Hardcover Good 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
554 pages; Contents clean and tight in original cloth binding of olive cloth with decorative blindstamping, minor wear at spine ends. Frontispiece (scrape affecting one image), former owner's name on ffep, lacking rear free endpaper and plates (supplied in modern facsimiles). Johann Gaspar Spurzheim (1776–1832) was a German physician who became one of the chief proponents of phrenology, which was developed c. 1800 by Franz Joseph Gall (1758–1828). Spurzheim made many alterations to Gall's phrenological system, including an increase in the number of "organs", as well as its organization into a hierarchical system. Spurzheim also used images and busts to illustrate the craniographic approach of phrenology. 
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Recueil précieux de la Maçonnerie Adonhiramite. (Première et seconde partie) - bound with La vraie Maçonnerie d'Adoption; Précédée de quelques Reflexions sur les Loges irrégulières & sur la Société civile, [Guillemain de Saint Victor, Louis]
7 [Guillemain de Saint Victor, Louis] Recueil précieux de la Maçonnerie Adonhiramite. (Première et seconde partie) - bound with La vraie Maçonnerie d'Adoption; Précédée de quelques Reflexions sur les Loges irrégulières & sur la Société civile
"Philadelphie" [i.e. Paris] chez Philarèthe, rue de l'Equerre, à l'Aplomb 1787 Softcover Very Good 16mo 
128; 149; 142 pages; Three volumes, in strictly contemporary blue paper wrappers, stiffened with printer's waste (from an eighteenth century French law book). Uncut edges, all three half titles present. Generally an excellent set, and a rare survival in fragile contemporary wrappers. (Minor spotting to a a couple of preliminary leaves, rubbing to the old paper slips with manuscript titles in ink on the spines). A complete set of this significant French Masonic title. Details: Vol. 1 : Recueil précieux de la maçonnerie adonhiramite, 128 pages, contenant les catéchismes des quatre premiers grades, l'ouverture et clôture des différentes Loges, l'Instruction de la Table, les Santés générales & particulières, ainsi que les devoirs des premiers Officiers en charge ; enrichi d'une infinité de Demandes & de Réponses symboliques, de l'Explication des Emblêmes & d'un grand nombre de Notes aussi curieuses qu'utiles, dédié aux maçons instruits, par un Chevalier de tous les Ordres Maçoniques ; Vol. 2 : Recueil précieux de la maçonnerie adonhiramite, 149 pages, contenant les trois Points de la Maçonnerie Ecossoise, le Chevalier de l'Orient & le vrai Rose-Croix, qui n'ont jamais été imprimés ; précédés des trois Elus & suivis du Noachite, ou le Chevalier Prussien, traduit de l'Allemand ; enrichi d'un abrégé de l'Histoire de ces Grades ; Vol. 3 : La Vraie maçonnerie d'adoption, 142 pages, précédée de quelques réflexions sur les Loges irrégulières & sur la société civile, avec des notes critiques et philosophiques ; et suivie de cantiques maçonniques ; dédiée aux dames. Par un Chevalier de tous les Ordres Maçonniques. According Ligou (Dictionary of Freemasonry, PUF), the first edition appeared in 1781 in 4 volumes. There were editions following in 1783, 5, 6 & 1787; all these have the main title divided (like ours) into two volumes, and sometimes accompanied by 'La Vraie maçonnerie ...' (as ours is). The 1781 first edition is quite rare. Our 1787 set is unusual in its state of preservation uncut in eighteenth century blue paper wrappers. It is an "ordinary" set, without the rare engraved folding plates present in only a few copies. Ours does have a folding typographic table. The "Philadelphie" imprint is fictitious -- almost certainly this was printed and sold in Paris. In fact, at least two of our volumes are likely counterfeit editions -- (with printer's fleurons on the title pages not as described by Fesch, and lacking a hyphen in the final word of the imprint: "A Philadelphie, chez Philarèthe, rue de l'Equerre, à l'Aplomb" -- (rather than "A-plomb" -- as found in the third volume of our set). Also, the first volume of our set has a peculiar printing mistake in the title page, with a backward-facing letter "E" substituted for the "R" in "Maçonnerie." [Ours exactly matches the copy digitized by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which also appears to be bound in old wrappers -- with the exception that our copy, unlike the Munich copy, retains its original half title page). The main title's reference to "Maçonnerie Adonhiramite" concerns Adoniram, the son of Abda -- who was the tax collector In the united Kingdom of Israel for over forty years. In addition to those duties, Adoniram was in charge of conscripted timber cutters during the building of King Solomon's temple. [see I Kings 5:13,14]. A central allegory of Masonic ritual concentrates on the building of the Temple of Solomon. An uncommon set, in its original binding. 
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