A most curious and mystical alchemical tract originally published in 1608. The edition for the Kindle is based on the English edition of 1649.
This book gathers together a wealth of detail concerning every aspect of the traditional Japanese home, from fixtures and fittings to structural plans and layouts. Illustrated throughout with over three hundred line-drawings, it is must-have book for anyone interested in traditional Japanese architecture.
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In this remarkable work, O.M. Hueffer casts both a searching and sympathetic eye upon witchcraft through the ages. “I have attempted nothing so ambitious as a large-scale Ordnance Map of Witchland,” he writes, “rather I have endeavoured to produce a picture from which a general impression may be gained. I have chosen, that is to say, from the enormous mass of material only so much as seemed necessary for my immediate purpose, and on my lack of judgment be the blame for any undesirable hiatus. I have sought, again, to show whence the witch came and why, as well as what she was and is; to point out, further, how necessary she is and must be to the happiness of mankind, and how great the responsibility of those who, disbelieving in her themselves, seek to infect others with their scepticism. We have few picturesque excrescences left upon this age of smoothly-running machine-wheels, certainly we cannot spare one of the most time-honoured and romantic of any.”
The sixteen chapters are as follows:
I. On a Possible Revival of Witchcraft
II. A Sabbath-General
III. The Origins of the Witch
IV. The Half-Way Worlds
V. The Witch’s Attributes
VI. Some Representative English Witches
VII. The Witch of Antiquity
VIII. The Witch in Greece and Rome
IX. The From Paganism to Christianity
X. The Witch-Bull and Its Effects
XI. The Later Persecutions in England
XII. Persecutions in Scotland
XIII. Other Persecutions
XIV. Philtres, Charms and Potions
XV. The Witch in Fiction
XVI. Some Witches of To-Day
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“One story of us is continuous. It is the story of our struggle to recapture the Garden of Eden, meaning by that a state of existence free from the doom of toil.”
So writes Garet Garret in this brilliant and far-sighted exploration of the consequences of advancing technology and industry.
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Of science-fiction, that is. Tales that are strange, thoughtful, speculative, and humorous, by a largely-forgotten man from the golden age of the genre.
The thirteen tales are:
Fee of the Frontier
Manners of the Age
This World Must Die!
Outbreak of Peace
The Transmutation of Muddles
The Envoy, Her
Let There be Light
The Talkative Tree
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“Dunraven Bleak, the managing editor of The Evening Balloon, sat at his desk in the center of the local-room, under a furious cone of electric light. It was six o’clock of a warm summer afternoon: he was filling his pipe and turning over the pages of the Final edition of the paper, which had just come up from the press-room. After the turmoil of the day the room had quieted, most of the reporters had left, and the shaded lamps shone upon empty tables and a floor strewn ankle-deep with papers. Nearby sat the city editor, checking over the list of assignments for the next morning. From an adjoining kennel issued occasional deep groans and a strong whiff of savage shag tobacco, blown outward by the droning gust of an electric fan. These proved that the cartoonist (a man whose sprightly drawings were born to an obbligato of vehement blasphemy) was at work within.”
So begins this droll, scathing, fantastic, and charming satire of prohibition and do-gooding tyranny. The Pan-Antis seem bent on banning everything. Even fermentable fruit and vegetables. It is enough for a man to be dragged off to the asylum if he is suspected of even thinking about having a drink. Against this, an underground movement foments unrest—and ferments not a little wine too.
The edition from Owlfoot Press includes prohibition-era illustrations by James Montgomery Flagg, as exemplified above.
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The four dark tales here gathered represent Gothic at its literary high-point. Inexorable doom, cursed life, a grim setting, and nameless horror all find their place. The crown of these stories is perhaps the first, “The Headsman”, a long and well-woven tale of life gone awry. The second, “The Iron Shroud”, shows a Romantic-Gothic fascination with the medieval, and has its own take on the motif of time ticking away and walls closing in. The third, “Horror: A True Tale”, is the epitome of Gothic fiction: an old mansion, a hideous visitation, and a blighted life. The fourth, called “The Thirteenth”, is set, like the first, in Germany, and imparts in the reader the dread sense that, whatever may ensue, a happy ending is not to be found.
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A charming set of folktales gathered from Bohemia to the Russian Steppes, beautifully translated by A.H. Wratislaw.
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A full list of contents is as follows:
I.—Long, Broad, and Sharpsight
II.—‘The Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Allknow’
IV.—Intelligence and Luck
VII.—George With the Goat
IX.—The Four Brothers
X.—The Three Lemons
XII.—The Golden Spinster
XIII.—Are You Angry?
Upper and Lower Lusatian Stories
XIV.—Right Always Remains Right
XV.—Little Red Hood
XVI.—Cudgel, Bestir Yourself!
XVIII.—The Spirit of a Buried Man
XIX.—The Pale Maiden
White Russian Stories
XXI.—The Frost, the Sun, and the Wind
XXIII.—The Wonderful Boys
Little Russian Stories (From Galicia)
XXIV.—God Knows How to Punish Man
XXV.—The Good Children
XXVI.—The Devil and the Gipsy
XXVII.—God and the Devil
Little Russian Stories (From South Russia)
XXVIII.—The Beautiful Damsel and the Wicked Old Woman
XXIX.—The Snake and the Princess
XXX.—Transformation Into a Nightingale and a Cuckoo
XXXI.—Transmigration of the Soul
Great Russian Stories
XXXIV.—Ilya of Murom and Nightingale the Robber
XXXV.—The Lord God as an Old Man
XXXVIII.—The Golden Apples and the Nine Peahens
XXXIX.—The Language of Animals
XL.—The Lame Fox
XLI.—The Sons’ Oath to Their Dying Father
XLII.—The Wonderful Hair
XLIII.—The Dragon and the Prince
Serbian Stories From Bosnia
XLVI.—The Two Brothers
Serbian Stories From Carniola
XLVII.—The Origin of Man
XLIX.—Kurent the Preserver
L.—Kurent and Man
LI.—The Hundred-Leaved Rose
LIII.—The Daughter of the King of the Vilas
LIV.—The Wonder-Working Lock
LVII.—The Friendship of a Vila and of the Months
LVIII.—The Fisherman’s Son
LIX.—The White Snake
This book brings together two works. The first, by Henry Thomas Hamblin, consists of a twelve-week course aimed at developing will-power, mental and spiritual awareness, optimism, success, prosperity, harmony, and peace of mind through techniques of meditation, visualisation, and willed affirmation and denial. The second, by Dion Fortune, gives valuable instruction on how to understand the signs of psychic attack, and how to protect against and overcome it. Together these works provide a rounded course in self-mastery that will transform and strengthen one’s life, mind, and soul.