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Aradia. or The Gospel of the Witches of Italy.
David Nutt, London 1899 - Hardcover. small octavo. xviii + 133 pp + 3 pp (publisher's catalogue). Original olive cloth with gilt title to spine and white printed title etc to front cover, top edge gilt, appendix. Leland's Aradia is often cited as the starting point of the twentieth century witchcraft revival. It comprises a translation of an Italian manuscript, the 'Vangelo' (or witches' 'Gospel' of the title) and an account of the history, beliefs, rituals and practices of an ancient witchcraft tradition that Leland claimed had survived clandestinely in Tuscany throughout the centuries. The central figure of the cult was Goddess Aradia, who according to the tradition came to earth to teach witchcraft to the peasantry as a defense against their oppressors. Leland's "Aradia" came to be a major influence on the development of modern wiccan and neo-pagan thought, and is said to have been extensively used by Gerald Gardner. Edges, corners and spine ends lightly rubbed with very slight loss to upper spine, but otherwise binding is sound and bright. Toning and some light foxing to page edges and endpapers, paper slightly browned, text unmarked. Overall condition is better than VG. Quite scarce, particularly in such nice condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Weiser Antiquarian Books, Inc.]
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