Keris - Gerald Gardner
This is a rare and important work in the history of Wicca, here in first paperback edition, issued in 1936 only shortly after the hardback edition. 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. Its full title is Keris and Other Malay Weapons, by G.B. Gardner (edited by B. Lumsden Milne).
Edition. Singapore: Progressive Publishing Company. 1936. Paperback Edition (using the same sheets as the hardback edition distributed a handful of months earlier). 138pp.
Volume and condition. 11.5" x 9" Publisher's original pale orange card covers, titled in black to the frontpanel. Minor edgewear, most notably to the lower 2 inches of the spinepanel, where there is some cosmetic loss. Some fading of colour and a hintof dustiness, overall a surprisingly strong and attractive copy of what is anexceedingly fragile printing of a rare work. Internally clean, ink ownershipsignature of A. Keir to top right hand corner of title page.