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The Occult, Witchcraft & Magic

An Illustrated History

Christopher Dell


A complete history of the occult and magic around the world, from ancient to modern times, by the author of the bestselling Monsters

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Our belief in some form of magic runs throughout human history. In fact, in an increasingly rational and scientific world, the idea that occult or arcane knowledge can give us access to another, hidden reality is as strong and widespread as ever.

The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic is a lively and fascinating history of all things cryptic, mystic and other-worldly, beginning with the earliest evidence of magical thinking amid the gloom of a Palaeolithic cave, and ending in the bright light of our digital age and its newfound interest in paganism.

With hundreds of images drawn from rare and unusual sources, in-depth explorations of cross-cultural themes and profiles of key figures from the history of magic, this is a bewitching and irresistible treasury of esoteric thought that will appeal to believers and sceptics alike.

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'Handsomely assembled … an entertaining tour through this sprawling and tangled history'
Daily Telegraph

'Sumptuously illustrated … pithy text'
Sunday Telegraph

'A lively and fascinating history of all things cryptic, mystic and other-worldly'
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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.4 x 20.2 cm

Extent: 400 pp

Publication date: 22 September 2016

ISBN: 9780500518885

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Ancient Magic • 2. Greek or Roman Magic • 3. Northern Magic • 4. Medieval Magic • 5. Renaissance Magic • 6. World of Magic • 7. Enlightenment Magic 8. The Magic Revival • 9. Modern Magic

About the Author

Christopher Dell holds a degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London. He has written and edited many bestselling titles on art and visual culture, including Freemasonry, Mythology, Monsters and What Makes a Masterpiece?, all published by Thames & Hudson.

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