Title: The Mirror of Magic, 1948. First Edition
Author: Kurt, Seligmann
Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York
A scarce first edition of Seligmann's Mirror of Magic, being a heavily condensed history of magical ideas and practices.
From Ancient Mesopotamia, Rome, Persia, and more, to the secret societies and Masonic orders in the 18th century, Seligmann provides a profusely illustrated history of magic. He draws from numerous sources and texts by authors such as Collin de Plancy, Giambattista de Porta and more, with over 200 illustrations.
Whether it is divination, demonology, alchemy, historic figures of the esoteric world, or even the magical arts, Seligmann has made sure to provide a streamlined and at times complex dive into the subject, making this text a sublime encyclopedia of the occult.
1 volumes in Quarto, 504 pages
Pages 381 to 396 are lacking, missing the sections of metoposcopy and physiognomy, with one leaf from another edition. The two blank leaves at the end are also missing
On note of condition, this volume is in poor condition, with a number of points to address. The binding is heavily worn down, with stianing on the front, and the spine is significantly worn down without any title present. The pages are largely clean, with little to no staining.