An Encyclopaedia of Occultism
New Hyde Park: University Books, 1960. Small quarto in slipcase. The slipcase has a minor small smear on the bottom of the front paste down, trace rubbing, else fine. Book itself has quarter red cloth boards, red topstain, pristine—appears unread. 440 pages. Second edition. Near fine.
A Compendium of Information on the Occult Sciences, Occult Personalities, Psychic Science, Magic, Demonology, Spiritism, Mysticism, and Metaphysics. Comprehensive illustrated edition. The first reference work of its kind, originally published in 1920. Beautiful vintage reprint of an occult classic in superior condition.
"A generation ago it was the fashion to sneer at the occult sciences. But today, men of science in the foremost files of thought have placed them on the dissecting slab as fit subjects for careful examination . . . For example the fad of ghostly appearances is proven, whatever may be their nature, hallucinatory or otherwise, gold has been manufactured, if in small quantities, the theory of thought transference is justified, and hypnotism is utilised in ordinary medical practice."