Black Edition – 2018 Edition: a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered examples in Royal format 234 x 156mm, bound in beautifully grained black recycled leather fibers, with black foil blocking to the front and spine, black end papers, with red head and tail bands. 90gsm white paper stock. Book is in fine unread condition.
About this book:
November 2018 marks ten years since the first publication of Gemma Gary’s first book, and the title which launched Troy Books; Traditional Witchcraft – A Cornish Book of Ways. To mark the occasion, Troy Books is delighted to offer a celebratory tenth anniversary edition, with revisions to the text and layout, and a new introduction giving an insight into the backstory which led to the writing of this popular title.
The tenth anniversary reissue of Traditional Witchcraft – A Cornish Book of Ways is to be launched with the release of a Black Edition, with standard hardcover and paperbacks to follow.
Traditional Witchcraft – A Cornish Book of Ways is a 21st century version of traditional Cornish witchcraft, of the kind recorded by Hunt, Bottrell and others. This is no neo-pagan or modern wiccan manual, but rather a deep drawing up into modern times of some of the ancient practices of lore and magic practiced by the white witches, charmers, conjurers and pellars of the Cornish villages. Their presence was still current when the 18th and 19th century antiquarians and collectors recorded them, and, although the 20th century largely put paid to their activities, nevertheless their lore never completely disappeared, and it continues to provide inspiration for practitioners today. Gemma draws on this knowledge, not only from published material, but also from the experiences and workings of ‘wise women’ and country witches living today.
Topics include the Cunning Path, the Dead and the Underworld (Fairy Faith), the Bucca, Places of Power in the villages and landscape, the Tools used by Cunning Folk (working versions of what can be seen, for example, in the Museum of Witchcraft), Village cunning, substances and charms, and Rites of the Year’s Round. This book gathers much material together, some of which has not been seen in print before, and thus provides a sourcebook of magical workings in Cornwall today, which will be an invaluable reference
Cheryl Straffon – Meyn Mamvro
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