Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mastering Witchcraft by Paul Huson

Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks, And Covens by Paul Huson 1970

First Edition Hardcover published by Putnam. 254 pages

Very Good condition w/ minor imperfections (red ink spot on inside front cover, small stain on pgs 31 and 35) Slight edge wear, but corners are still sharp. No Dust Jacket, front cover is embossed with a witches wheel of the year. A very nice edition of this book.

So I saw this book on ebay today with 2 sales above $150, so I felt I should pull the book off the shelf and give it a look. This book is not currently for sale, but from our private library. (of course nearly anything has its price!)

Paul Huson is an English born author who has written many books on the Occult, Magick, Tarot, and Paganism. This, his first book, is still in print today. The appeal, I think, is the quality of the 1970 edition. As I stated earlier, The all black hardcover is embossed on the front with a Witches Wheel of the Year, and also features the Title and Author printed in red on the spine.

There are many illustrations in the book, some hand drawn, giving it a "book of shadows" feel without playing up its kitsch.

Table of Contents:
1 First Steps
2 Preliminary Preparations
3 Divination
4 Spells for Lovers
5 Countermagic and Protection
6 Vengeance and Attack
7 The Coven and How To Form One
Appendix 1 The Planetary Hours
Appendix 2 Glossary of Witch Words and Terms