Philosophy

  • # 34960

    CROWLEY, Aleister

    Magick in theory and practice

    Edison, N.J. : Castle Books, 1991. Octavo, boards in dustjacket (spine sunned), pp. xxviii; 426, edges browned, a very good copy. Modern edition of one of Crowley’s rarest occult works.

  • # 34961

    SUTIN, Lawrence

    Do what thou wilt : a life of Aleister Crowley

    New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2000 (reprint). Octavo, boards in dustjacket, remainder mark to lower edge, pp. viii; 484, light handling wear, illustrated.

  • # 34707

    KANGXI, Emperor of China (1654-1722); BALLER, F. W. (translator)

    The Sacred Edict. With a translation of the colloquial rendering

    Shanghai : American Presbyterian Mission Press, 1907. Second edition, revised. Octavo, half calf over pebbled cloth (scuffed), contrasting Morocco title labels lettered in gilt, marbled edges, pp. viii; 216, internally clean, a very good copy. The Sacred edict (Shengyu) is a series of maxims for proper conduct issued by the Kangxi emperor in 1670. This …

  • # 33963

    BARBIER, Laetitia

    Tarot and Divination Cards : a visual archive

    New York : Abrams, 2021. Small quarto, illustrated boards, pp. 400, extensively illustrated. New copy. Used for self-exploration or divination, Tarot has, for more than a 500 years, been the most popular and accessible of all esoteric tools, looming large in today’s mainstream culture. Why? Because the cards are inexpensive and easy to carry-a perfect …

  • # 33517

    RUSKIN, John (1819-1900); [CAREW-SMYTH, Ponsonby May, 1860-1939]

    [BALLARAT; ART] Sesame and lilies.

    Orpington, Kent : George Allen, 1891. Twelfth edition. Octavo (180 mm), original limp burgundy leather with gilt decoration, spine lettered in gilt (frayed at tail); all edges gilt; first blank inscribed in ink ‘Ballarat W[omen’s]. School of Art, 1892. Prize awarded to Miss May Anderson for excellence in home drawing. P. M. Carew-Smyth‘; pp. xi, …

  • # 32714

    RUSKIN, John (1819-1900); DATILLO RUBBO, Antonio (1870 - 1955)

    Sesame and lilies. (Antonio Dattilo Rubbo’s copy with self-portrait)

    London : George Allen, 1901. Complete edition (fifty-second thousand). Octavo, gilt-lettered green cloth (edges rubbed), pp. xxxviii; 228, lacking the front free endpaper. Preliminary blank with large pencil signature ‘A Datillo Rubbo) with a small pencil sketch being a self-portrait of the artist folding an artist’s case. Sesame and lilies is comprised of two lectures …

  • # 30892

    BIRNIE, Richard (1808-1888)

    Essays: social, moral, and political. (Presentation copy from the author)

    / By Richard Birnie, Esq., M.A., Barrister-at-Law. [Selected and reprinted from “The Australasian”]. Melbourne : Alex M’Kinley & Co., Printers & Publishers, 61 Queen Street, 1879. Octavo (187 mm), publisher’s gilt-stamped red cloth over boards (scattered ink marks and small stains), spine lettered in gilt (softened at ends); a presentation copy from the author, inscribed …

  • # 30841

    BIRNIE, Richard (1808-1888)

    Essays: social, moral, and political.

    / By Richard Birnie, Esq., M.A., Barrister-at-Law. [Selected and reprinted from “The Australasian”]. Melbourne : Alex M’Kinley & Co., Printers & Publishers, 61 Queen Street, 1879. Octavo (187 mm), publisher’s gilt-stamped tan cloth over boards (scattered ink marks and small stains), spine lettered in gilt (a little darkened); pp vii, [1 blank], 222, [1 publisher’s …

  • # 30673

    WEBER, Johann Adam (1611-1686)

    [BINDING] Discursus curiosi et fructuosi, ad praecipuas totius litteraturae humanae scientias illustrandas accomodati, …

    [Salzburg : J.B. Mayr, 1690?]. Octavo, contemporary binding of painted vellum, gilt ornamentation, upper panel with central image of a statue of the Madonna and Child and legend ‘Monastery Ettalensis Fundatrix’ (Ettal Abbey, or Kloster Ettal, is a Benedictine monastery situated near Oberammergau in Bavaria, founded in 1330; the statue of the Madonna and Child is said to …

  • # 30127

    HOLCOMBE, W. H.

    Lazarus of Bethany. The story of his life in both worlds

    Melbourne : George Robertson, 1872. Octavo, gilt-decorated cloth (edges slightly rubbed), westamp of bookseller Davies of Stawell to title page, pp. iv; 5 – 211, pp. 36-37 stained, else clean. Uncommon Australian spiritualist work by the noted American homeopathist. ‘Dr. William H. Holcombe was born at Lynchburg, Va., May 29, 1825, of an old Virginia …

  • # 29332

    [CONFUCIUS]; POUND, Ezra (translator)

    Confucius: the unwobbling pivot & the Great digest / Pharos Number Four, Winter, 1947

    With notes and commentary on the text and the ideograms, together with Ciu Hsi’s “Preface” to the Chung Yung and Tseng’s commentary on the Testament. Norfolk, CT : New Directions, 1947. Series: Pharos no. 4, Winter 1947. Octavo (235 mm), printed magenta wrappers with yapp edges (lower wrapper lightly marked), pp 53, [11] publisher’s advertisements …

  • # 27110

    JACOB, Max (1876-1922)

    Quatre problèmes à resoudre; exercises proposés aux candidates au grade du Brevet élémentaire.

    Liège : Éditions Dynamo [1962]. Series: Brimborions, 85. Edition limited to 40 copies on vélin Astra blanc and 11 copies on Hollande vergé (this copy is on Hollande, numbered 3/11). Octavo, pictorial limp covers with portrait medallion of Max Jacob by Picasso to front, in glassine wrapper, two frontispiece portraits of the author, the first a …

  • # 22302

    Raymond of Sabunde (c.1385-1436)

    Theologia naturalis sive Liber creatura[rum] specialiter de homine [et] de natura eius in qua[n]tum homo. :[et] de his qu[a] sunt ei necessaria ad cognoscendu[m] seip[su]m [et] Deu[m] [et] om[n]e debitu[m] ad q[uo]d ho[mo] tenet[ur] et obligatur tam Deo q[uam] p[ro]ximo.

    Impressus Nurembergae : Per Anthoniu[m] koberger [sic] inibi co[n]cluem, 1502. Folio (290 x 210 mm), contemporary sheep over wooden boards (lacking clasps), elaborate blind-tooling to both boards, upper board including a panel containing abbreviated title, below it a partially remnant contemporary paper label with manuscript in red and black; A-Q8 R6; title with early (unidentified) …

  • # 23400

    LOVELL, David (editor)

    [CHRISTIANITY; SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY] Shalom

    Caulfield East, Vic. : Published by Cripac Press Pty. Ltd., vol. 1, no. 1, February 7, 1972 – vol. 1, no. 12, July 31, 1972 (but missing vol. 1, no. 9). Eleven issues, quarto, pictorial wrappers, staple bound, illustrated, all in fine condition. An obscure Melbourne fortnightly periodical published between 1972 and 1973, Shalom examined current …

  • # 19999

    NICHOLS, Dale

    A philosophy of esthetics

    Chicago : The Black Cat Press, 1938. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s blue cloth over boards (slight marks to boards, laid in print with wear to edges), xi, iii , 82, 2 pp, with engravings by Collins, Miller & Hutchings, colour, duotone, and black and white plates; print by the author laid in, internally very clean, a …

  • # 20195

    SMITH, Arthur H. (Henderson) (1845-1932)

    Chinese characteristics

    Shanghai : Printed and published at the “North China Herald” office, 1890. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth covered boards (rubbed and lightly marked), upper board with gilt pictorial device and yellow lettering and decoration, spine lettered in gilt, front hinge cracked, patterned endpapers, half-title inscribed by the original owner, an American Protestant medical missionary: …