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Shadows of Life and Thought - A.E. Waite (1st ed.)


A.E. Waite was a giant of the later Christianised Golden Dawn magical groupings, a hugely important occult scholar, and a significant historian of freemasonry. Occultists know him best for his Christian ritual magic and for his Rider-Waite tarot deck, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. Waite was a man of letters who lived in London and the home counties, and his life was a story of publishing, writing, ritual and research.  Some loved Waite, some hated him. Here the man relates his life in his own words, from the magic to the publishing. Full title: Shadows of Life and Thought: the Autobiography of Arthur Edward Waite.


Edition. London: Selwyn and Blount. 1938. First Edition.288pp. + 8pp. advertisements.


Volume and condition. 9" x 6" Publisher's original blue cloth titled and decorated in gilt to spine and front board. Darkening of the cloth at the spine, with some dulling of the gilt, a few stains and spots of bleaching here and there, and some signs of light wear. Essentially a good, solid copy of an important autobiography. Internally clean with some light browning in places. A Times Bookshop label is pasted in at the rear. £180