The occult, witchcraft & magic : an illustrated history / Christopher Dell.

  • Dell, Christopher, 1976-
  • Books

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Occult, witchcraft and magic


From the earliest Paleolithic cave rituals, magic has gripped the imagination. Magic and magicians appear in early Babylonian texts, the Bible, Judaism and Islam. Secret words, spells and incantations lie at the heart of every mythological tradition. Today, magic means many things: contemporary Wicca is practised widely as a modern pagan religion in Europe and the US; 'magic' also evokes the cathartic rituals of Chaos magic, but stretches to include the non-spiritual, rapid-fire sleight of hand performed by slick stage magicians who fill vast arenas. The book is packed with authoritative text and a huge and inspired selection of images, chosen from unusual and hidden sources. The material is presented in 100 entries, and includes some of the best-known representations of magic and the occult from around the world.


London : Thames & Hudson, 2016.

Physical description

399 pages : illustrations (some colour), music, portraits ; 27 cm


Ancient magic -- Greek & Roman magic -- Northern magic -- Medieval magic -- Renaissance magic -- World of magic -- Enlightenment magic -- The magic revival -- Modern magic -- Magical places to visit.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Where to find it

  • LocationStatus
    History of Medicine
    BVA /DEL
    Open shelves

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  • 0500518882
  • 9780500518885