This is a rare and important work in the history of Wicca, here in its signed, hand-numbered first edition, issued in 1936. Gerald Gardner was an amateur archaeologist and anthropologist, with a pervading interest in magical and ritual knives. This book is the result of his research on the keris, a Malay dagger with magical powers; Gardner himself lived for several decades in Johore, Malaya, (now Johor, present day Malaysia). He used his job as a way to explore native religion and secret rites. This book is a perfect gift for the Wiccan with a penchant for craft history, or for the collector whose passion for witchcraft covers ritual tools.
Keris and Other Malay Weapons, by G.B. Gardner (edited by B. Lumsden Milne) Singapore: Progressive Publishing Company, 1936, Limited first edition, hand-numbered 108 of 150 copies featuring author’s inscription. 4to, 11.5" x 9", 138pp. Navy blue, silk-lined slipcase. Publisher’s original brown cloth, titled in black to front board. Bumping and shelf wear to corners and head and base of spine, with some cosmetic fraying to spine. Bookseller's label tp pastedown. Internally clean with slight browning commensurate with age, with closed tears to top of Author’s foreword and table of contents. Features several black-and-white illustrations and photographs of subject. A strong copy of a rare and fascinating study by the father of modern witchcraft.