New York: TarcherPerigee, 2017. Paperback, xv+352 Pages. New.
When it was first published in 1967, Richard Cavendish’s The Black Arts became an instant best-seller, and was a considerable influence on the rise of interest in Occultism within popular culture, at a time when interest in Witchcraft, Meditation and Astrology was at an all-time high. Despite its lurid title, The Black Arts was one of the first popular works to explain the wide range of Occult belief and practice – covering Astrology, Alchemy, Kabbalah, the Tarot, Ceremonial Magic and demonic pacts and many other aspects of Occult history with seriousness and scholarly insight. This new edition, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the original publication, shows that The Black Arts has lost none of its freshness of insight and Cavendish’s broad scholarship, making it a highly accessible and readable introduction to the world of the occult, its history, beliefs and practices.