This edition is in great shape for a book that will be turning 50 soon. The front cover is slightly bowed outward, but this could probably be corrected with a little weight. A previous owner's name is neatly written in pen in the front cover. The end papers show some slight discoloration on the corners were the blue of the binding is coming through. The interior is clean and unmarked. And most importantly, it still has a whiff of that wonderful old book smell. I really appreciate the striking simplicity of the cover design. It is worthy of display. Altogether, this is a handsome vintage presentation of an important work made all the more special by the historical significance of this particular edition.
Up for sale is the 1972 Sangreal hardcover edition of Aleister Crowley's or, if you prefer: Mahatma Guru Sri Paramahansa Shivaji's Eight Lectures on Yoga. Besides being clear, informative, and thoughtful this book may also be Crowley's funniest - making it a joy to read. Sangreal Foundation out of Dallas, Texas produced the first edition since the first edition of this important work. Under the guidance of Israel Regardie, Sangreal published a handful of important Crowley works (Book 4, Yoga, Vision & Voice) in the late 60s and early 70s, a time when there was very little quality occult material being produced. These editions were the forerunners of the great occult revival of the 70s and it is difficult to imagine what the modern occult landscape would look like if Regardie's editions had not revitalized interest in the writings of Aleister Crowley. (I mean Mamahatma Guru Sri P-jazz Shivaji).
Anecdotes depuis la destruction de l'Empire Romain en Occident, jusqu'à nos jours - 1769 1st Edition
Anecdotes Italiennes depuis la destruction de l'Empire Romain en Occident, jusqu'à nos jours. by Anonyme [Jean-Francois de CASTRIES de LACROIX]
Chez Vincent, Imprimeur-Libraire
1769 1st Edition | Text in French
Translated to 'Italian Anecdotes Since The Destruction Of The Roman Empire In The West, Until Today'.
Full leather bound in Good condition with marbled boards and a little splitting of the front board beginning in the bottom of the spine. Good condition only with shelf wear and some tears to blank end papers.
Folk-Lore from Adams County Illinois - 1st Edition 1935
Folk-Lore from Adams County Illinois
by Hyatt, Harry Middleton | Published by The Alma Egan Hyatt Foundation
First Edition 1935
Octavo, xvi, 723 pages plus one page advertisement, bound in publisher's black cloth covered boards lettered in gilt on spine. Previous owner's name, moderate rubbing and wear, damp staining, numerous small losses and tears, some of which have been repaired, binding rubbed and soiled, marginalia in pencil, else in good condition.
Folklore From Adams County Illinois" contains hundreds of simple spells, folk-magical beliefs, herb-based medical remedies, riddling rhymes, and folkloric tales. It consists of 10,949 entries on 723 pages, including an index. It was self-published by Hyatt in two editions, the first in 1935, and the second in 1965. Both editions were released under the imprint "Memoirs of the Alma C. Hyatt Foundation." Alma C. Hyatt was his wife. The second edition contains a lengthy illustrated appreciation of the then-late Alma Hyatt, in which Mr. Hyatt explains to the world what an inspiration she was to him.
The section of "Folklore From Adams County Illinois" that deals with witchcraft is the most useful part of the book. It is comprised of brief quotes from unnamed local folks to whom Hyatt assigned cultural ascriptions (e.g. "Irish," "German," "Negro," etc.) so that one can place the speakers in the traditions from which they come. Unfortunately, as Hyatt explains in his preface, the material was edited and "omission of Negro dialect means that colored folk speak the same language as their white neighbors" with the exception of "a small vocabulary peculiar to themselves [of which] examples occur frequently in the text." Even more inexplicably, all "lore definitely Jewish was excluded [and] the same is true of three or four Indian [Native American] sayings." Furthermore, Greeks and Italians living in the area, according to Hyatt, "are newcomers, and have not been approached for folk-lore." Such egregious editorial deletions blemish what would otherwise be a balanced representation of folk-magical practices in Illinois at that time, but if one keeps these exclusions in mind, "Folklore From Adams County Illinois" is still a valuable document. The lengthy section on African-American hoodoo spells, and the unique quality of these spells, is what led Hyatt to undertake his later, more massive, work of hoodoo folk-magic collection in the South.