8vo. (8.5 x 5.5 inches). pp.xlii + 356; ix + 387. Original cloth, stamped in blind, gilt to spine. Covered some time ago (but in late 20th century) in clear removable plastic (which gives the shiny effect in this digital image). Plastic fixed with sellotape inside pastedowns, sellotape marks offset. Armorial bookplates to front pastedowns. O/w contents clean and bright. No foxing. Binding firm and square. No inscriptions. A better than Very Good set in two volumes. Heavy books, requiring much extra postage overseas. We reduce the default shipping charge for lighter books or use it for a tracked service if books are expensive or uncommon. We pack books securely in boxes, or corrugated card or cardboard, and protect corners with bubble-wrap. Codice inventario libreria
Titolo: The Occult Sciences. The Philosophy of Magic...
Casa editrice: Richard Bentley
Data di pubblicazione: 1846
Condizione libro: Very good +
Edizione: First English language edition..
Descrizione libro Harper & Brothers, New York, 1847. First US edition. Hardcover. Two volumes. Octavo. i-xxxvi-332pp (+ivpp. blank) & vi-316pp. (+ 4pp. adverts). Original dark brown publisher's cloth, with blind-stamped embellishments to the boards and gilt titling to the spines and gilt device to front boards. Index. A critical study of the history of magic, in which the author argued that the belief in magic was often encouraged by priestly and other ruling castes as a way of keeping control of the populace. The book so offended Madame Blavatsky that she devoted several paragraphs of Isis Unveiled to mocking it and challenging Salverte's assertions. Chapter headings include 'Credibility of the Marvellous,' 'Origin of Magic,' 'Sources of Magical Knowledge,' 'Deceptions of Thaumaturgists,' 'Ventriloquism Employed in Oracles,' 'Sources of Some Oracles,' 'Books Believed to be Spirits,' 'Speaking Heads and Statues,' 'Invocations of the Dead,' 'Secrets Used in Pagan Rites' etc. etc. etc. This edition includes a biographical sketch of the author, Anne-Joseph Eusèbe Baconniére de Salverte (1771 - 1839), based on a funeral oration by Francois Arago, who like the author was a member of the French Chamber of Deputies. The translator, Anthony Todd Thompson (1778-1849) was a renowned Scots-born MD, who worked and lectured in London. Some light rubbing to the boards, which are lightly bruised at the points. Endpapers toned, with discolored patch to front endpapers of Vol. I casued by offsetting from a loosely inserted newspaper clipping. Some pale foxing throughout, most notable in preliminaries of Vol. II. Still a tight, crisp clean VG + set, and rare thus. Codice libro della libreria 56871