Where witchcraft lives.: VALIENTE, Doreen

Where witchcraft lives.

VALIENTE, Doreen

Published by The Aquarian Press, London, 1962
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Small 8vo. pp. xi, [1], 7-112. Bound in publisherís pale gray-green cloth. The binding is clean and tight with only the most miniscule signs of bumping to the upper corner tip of the front board. The dust jacket is price clipped on the inner flap and shows spots of wear and rubbing to the extremities. The head cap of the jacket spine is chipped (15 x 13 mm). The rear jacket displays some mild soiling and a couple of small tears (sealed). An ink stamp from the U.S. distributer Wehman Bros. ("Wehman Bros. Publishers 159 Main Street Hackensack, N.J") is present in the lower margin of the title page. Interior pages are generally clean. Pages 92-93 contain a small, light manufacturing smudge. Doreen Valiente (1922-1999), often called "the mother of modern witchcraft" was a founding figure in the contemporary Wicca movement. During the 1950ís, while she served as high priestess in Gerald Gardnerís Brickett Wood coven, Valiente re-worked much of Gardnerís "Book of Shadows" liturgy into forms still used by many in the Craft today. Later Valiente led a successful fight in Britain against proposed anti-witchcraft legislation. Valienteís first book, "Where Witches Live," contains her own primary research into the folklore, witch traditions and witch trials of county Sussex. Valiente also included modern witchcraft practices. According to Ronald Hutton: "the greatest value of her first book to a historian lies in its portrayal of witch ceremonies in the very early 1960ís" [Ronald Hutton, The triumph of the moon. Oxford, 1999, p. 310]. Bookseller Inventory # 000716

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Title: Where witchcraft lives.

Publisher: The Aquarian Press, London

Publication Date: 1962

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First edition.

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