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An Encyclopaedia of Occultism
     

An Encyclopaedia of Occultism

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by Lewis Spence
 

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The most famous compendium of information on the occult and the first comprehensive work of its kind, this volume originally appeared in 1920. Subtitled "A Compendium of Information on the Occult Sciences, Occult Personalities, Psychic Science, Magic, Demonology, Spiritism, Mysticism and Metaphysics," it was compiled by Lewis Spence, the author of numerous books

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The most famous compendium of information on the occult and the first comprehensive work of its kind, this volume originally appeared in 1920. Subtitled "A Compendium of Information on the Occult Sciences, Occult Personalities, Psychic Science, Magic, Demonology, Spiritism, Mysticism and Metaphysics," it was compiled by Lewis Spence, the author of numerous books on folklore, mythology and occult-related subjects. Its 2,500 dictionary-style entries (many of which run to several pages) range from well-known terms ("abracadabra," "poltergeist," "spells," "vampire") to more arcane topics, and include listings for historical figures with ties to the occult such as Nostradamus, John Dee, Mary Baker Eddy, and Catherine de Medici. An oft-cited resource and a classic of its genre, this edition promises to enjoy an instant and lasting popularity.

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ISBN-13:
9780486426136
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
06/09/2003
Series:
Dover Occult Series
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.95(d)

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An Encyclopaedia of Occultism 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Mike_From_OR More than 1 year ago
If statements such as "His origin is obscure, but early legends concerning [Merlin] agree that he was the offspring of Satan." would cause you to doubt the quality of Mr. Spence's research, then this book is not for you. On the other hand, if you can accept that some entries in this 90+ year old publication contain information that conflicts with New Age conceptions or might otherwise be considered passe, you will not find a more wide-ranging and scholarly treatment of the occult anywhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Information giving in this book is incorrectly written. Sounds more like a Christian point of view. Wiccan's are NOT devil worshipers, and Merlin was not a child of Satan. This book was not researched when written.