A donation by a private collector in
rural New York State, "Witchcraft Magic & Alchemy" by Grillot De Givry,
translated by J. Courtenay Locke.
There are 10 plates in color and 366 illustrations
in the text. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company 1931. Printed in Great
Britain at The Ballantyne Press by Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co.,
Ltd, Colchester, London & Eton. The hardcover is 9"wide x 11 1/2"high
x 1 1/2"thick and is cloth covered in black with gold lettering on the
cover and spine. The book has shelf wear and the cover is pulling away
from the book at the flyleaf. The pages and illustrations are in good condition.
The artwork is superb!
The list of illustrations in colour: The
Hermetic Androgyne, The Good Confession and the Bad Confession, Six Pentacles
to Influence Good Spirits Favourably, The Demons Ashtaroth, Abaddon, and
Mammon, Title-Page of "La Tres Sainte Trinosophie", Old Tarots, The Hanged
Man, The Magic Mirror, Symbolism of the Operations of the Philosopher's
Stone: The Alchemic Sublimation, Symbolism of the Operations of the Philosopher's
Stone: The Three Colours of the Work.
The contents of the book, which is divided into
three parts is as follows:
Book 1 SORCERERS
Book 2 MAGICIANS
There are 395 pages. The preface of the book gives
an idea of the huge amount of information contained in the book: "This
book needs no explanatory introduction. Enough will be done in this way
by pointing out that no work of the sort has hitherto been attempted -
a fact which at first sight may well seem incredible. My own work will
therefore find its justification in the need for filling a gap and in the
eager curiosity which it should not fail to excite. The secret sciences
held a large place in the social life of times past. The documentary treasure,
moreover, which they have left behind them is immense: but the curse enshrouding
them has contributed in great measure to preventing the diffusion of this........"