Voodoo Fire in Haiti
Voodoo Fire in Haiti By, Richard A. Loederer. Translated from German by Desmond Ivo Vesey, published in 1935. A nonfiction firsthand account of Voodoo, as seen by Loederer, armed with only his paint brush and machete in the dark jungles of Haiti. A stunning production from the 30s, with incredible woodcuts in an art deco style. An examination of supernatural beliefs by an artist who held a series of art exhibitions using these same, fine illustrations. “This is the most atmospheric book about Haiti, its history, its legends, its superstitions and its native rites and customs ever written.” Voodoo is a religious tradition originating in West Africa, which became prominent in the New World due to the importation of African slaves. West African Vodun is the original form of the religion; Haitian Vodou and Louisiana Voodoo are its descendants in the New World.
“Don’t you realize, monsieur, that many of the workers on the sugar fiends are mere soulless carcasses, brought back to life by magic and now slaving for their master? Several times I have seen the black spirits flying overhead. I swear it; I saw this with my own eyes. No one can escape from the terrible powers of evil.”
“In Port-au-Prince, in Jeremie, in the depths of the jungle, everywhere stood the dread symbol of Voodoo. The first time I saw it was by the Massacre River. A solitary hut stood in a little clearing on the bank and in from the the hut was a pole stuck in the ground with a bleached horse skull on the top. This grisly ornament serves, according to Haitian belief, to ward of the Duppies, evil spirits of the dead.”
“..if you five long enough on this island even you wont’ be able to escape the spirits which inhabit it. They will pursue you until they catch your soul and Possess your body”
Hardcover. 274 pp. 51 Woodcuts Illustrated by the Author. Endpapers are printed green maps of Haiti and portion of Santa Domingo with tiny illustrations. Illustrated profusely by author. orange cloth with ornate flower and leaf embossed border to front left and right, sailboat with waves at middle bottom front, gilt lettering on black background on spine- light soiling and shelfwear to corners and ends.
Autobiography of a Yogi
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda with a Preface by W.Y. Evans-Wentz, published in 1956. Seventh Edition. Hardcover with original jacket with light shelfwear only.
The Diwan of Abu’L-Ala
The Diwan of Abu’l-Ala by Henry Baerlein, published in 1909. The author, a blind poet and philosopher, is considered one of the best thinkers of Medieval Islam. This work is composed of selections from his two collections of poetry, The Tinder Spark, and Unnecessary Necessity. Hardcover with light shelfwear only.
The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie
The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie by Richard Wagner with Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, published in 1910. A classsic work of Germanic Mythology. Second impression. Hardcover with heavy shelfwear, especially to the spine. All illustrated plates present and pastedowns clean and tight.
Atmagnan or Life in the Spirit
Atmagnan or Life in the Spirit by T.L. Vaswani, published in 1922. Sections Include: The Quest Through the Ages, Which Gods Shall we Worship, The Atman’s Environment, The Path of Self Realization, Back to the East, Social Mysticism, Brotherhood of the Nations, etc. etc. Hardcover with light shelfwear only.
The Book of Fate Formerly in the Possession of and Used by Napoleon
The Book of Fate Formerly in the Possession Of and Used by Napoleon, rendered into the English language by H. Kirchenhoffer, published in 1927. This is a curious divinatory occult system linked to certain Gnostic sects and discovered by Napoleons men in an Egyptian Tomb when France attempted to occupy that country. The large fold out chart, rarely found with the work is complete although detached from the book and there are tears along the fold lines…attempting to use the book without the chart is impossible and the rear portion contains area’s where experiments with the oracle system can be recorded. Much of the symbolism appears strangely Masonic such as a square and compass and human skull. There are also references to Hermetic sources in the book. Bound hardback with decorative embossing in gold-with light shelfwear and previous owners bookplate and inscription to pastedown.
The Secret Rituals of the Golden Dawn
The Secret Rituals of the Golden Dawn by R.G. Torrens, published in 1973. A beautiful copy of this work on the rituals, practices and symbols of some of the most guarded secret degree’s of the Golden Dawn system. Sections Include: The History of the Golden Dawn, The Holy Qabalah, The Ten Sephiroth, The Grade of Neophyte, The Zelator Ritual, Theoreticus Ritual, Members and Their Mottoes, etc. etc. Hardback with original pictoral jacket with some chipping to ends but in protective mylar.
The Lioness A Romance of the Riff Mountains
The Lioness A Romance of the Riff Mountains by Ferdinand Ossendowski, published in 1929. Fourth Printing. Set in North Africa. Sections Include: Along The Old Caravan Track, The Vagabond, Among Snakes, Czar Asia, In the Kasba, The Path of Misery, The Revenge, etc. Hardcover with the scarce dust jacket with light chipping to corners and ends.
The Rosicrucians and Magister Christoph Schlegel Hermetic Roots of America
The Rosicrucians and Magister Christoph Schlegel: Hermetic Roots of America by Manly P. Hall, published in 1986. Sections Include: German Foundation, The Rosicrucian Manifestoes, Rosicrucian Landmarks in the Seventeenth Through Nineteenth Centuries, Esoteric Foundations in England, etc. etc. Bound hardcover with original pictoral jacket near fine.
The Mysterious Kundalini
The Mysterious Kundalini by Vasant Rele, published in 1927. A curious work subtitled: The Physical Basis of the Kundali (Hatha) Yoga according to the present knowledge of Western anatomy and physiology. With a forward by Sir John Woodroffe who also wrote on the subject under the name Arthur Avalon. Hardcover with light shelfwear.
The Bektashi Order of Dervishes
The Bektashi Order of Dervishes by John Kingsley Birge, published in 1965. Sections Include: General Place of Dervish Orders, Place of Bektashi Orders in Turkish Life, History of Study of the Bek Order, Anatolia in the Thirteenth Century, Balim Sultan, Hurufi Doctrines, Shah Ismail, Bektashiism in Albania, etc. Hardcover, illustrated. Hardcover with light shelfwear only.
Christianity and American Freemasonry
Christianity and American Freemasonry by William Whalen, published in 1958. Sections Include: Origin of Masonry, Masonic Initiation, Scottish and York Rites, The Masonic Oaths, Other Forbidden Secret Societies, etc. etc. Hardcover with original jacket with light shelfwear.