[Item #80748] Occultism: Its Theory and Practice. Sirdar Ikbal Ali SHAH.

Occultism: Its Theory and Practice

New York: Castle Books, n.d. [1959]. First Edition. Octavo. 24cm. Publisher's terracotta cloth titled in black to spine. Dustjacket. 231pp. Cloth exceptionally clean and bright with some very light bumping and wear to extremities, in a dustjacket with a triangle of loss at the head of the spine, not interfering with text, and some fraying and wear to the lower front corners of the jacket. A very good, clean copy. Essentially a short form encyclopaedia of the occult, covering rites and rituals of various cultures through to alchemy, possession, exorcism, and of course vampires. Illustrated throughout and with appendices, one of which covers "Ancient British Laws Against The Black Art" in case one wishes to know the exact wording of King Henry I's injunction against using witchcraft as a means of murder. The author was an Indian-Afghan diplomat and author, educated in Edinburgh among other places, who did a stint working for the UK Foreign Office and penned profiles and biographies of contemporary Eastern leaders and statesmen. Shah also wrote widely on Islam and Sufic mysticism, in the hopes that the sharing of knowledge would shrink the cultural gap between East and West.

Price: $150.00

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