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A System of Magick or a History of the Black Art
J. Roberts, London 1727 - Being an historical account of mankind's most early dealing with the devil; and how the acquaintance on both sides first began. Contemporary calf neatly rebacked some time ago with the original spine laid back down. Frontis and title slightly browned, scattered light foxing and browning. A clean, attractive copy of the first edition. An interesting work, embodying Defoe's late fascination with the spirit world. Amidst his discussion of the Devil's dealings with mankind, Defoe goes to great pains to separate the magicians of old - the scholars, mathematicians and astronomers of the ancient world - with the mountebanks and actual Devil dealers of the present day. Not marked as such, but from the great Sperber collection of magic books. (12), 403pp. Graesse D352 Size: Octavo (8vo). Previous owner's book-plate inside front cover. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Magic, Paranormal & Occult; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 044459. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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