London: Richard Bentley, 1846. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #O159
Quarter bound red leather, marbled boards,4 raised bands on each volume, gilt lettering on spine, minor edgewear, Notes illustrative, explanatory and critical. A critical study of the history of magic, in which the author argued that the belief in magic was often encouraged by priestly and other ruling castes as a way of keeping control of the populace. Chapter headings include 'Credibility of the Marvellous,' 'Origin of Magic,' 'Sources of Magical Knowledge,' 'Deceptions of Thaumaturgists,' 'Ventriloquism Employed in Oracles,' 'Sources of Some Oracles,' 'Books Believed to be Spirits,' 'Speaking Heads and Statues,' 'Invocations of the Dead,' 'Secrets Used in Pagan Rites' etc. Etc. Etc. The translator, Anthony Todd Thompson (1778-1849) was a renowned Scots-born MD, who worked and lectured in London. ; Vol. 1 & 2; 8vo 8" - 9" tall.