LW de Laurence Scarce 1915 Editon of the 635+ Pages "The Great Book of Magical Art, Hindoo Magic and Indian Occultism
L. W. de Laurence [ Lauron William de Laurence] was an American author and publisher of occult and spiritual topics. He was born on 20 March 1868 at Ravenna, Ohio, and died on 11 September 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 68. He was the owner of the publishing company, De Laurence, Scott & Co. and was an early pioneer in establishing a spiritual, magical, and occult supply mail order house located in Chicago, Illinois. His very successful mail order business of distributing domain books such as “Secrets of the Psalms” and “Pow-Wows or the Long Lost Friend” had a great and lasting effect on the southern African American urban hoodoo community, as well as on the development of Obeah in Jamaica. Laurence advertised himself as “THE LARGEST PUBLISHERS AND SELLERS OF OCCULT AND SPIRITUAL BOOKS IN THE WORLD”.
In early 1930 he was consecrated a bishop by the Spiritualist Arthur Edward Leighton, a bishop of the American Catholic Church, founded by Joseph René Vilatte. One surprising result of de Laurence's consecration was that it helped influence the move of some black spiritualist churches towards a more traditional view of Christianity.
Laurence is both revered and mocked by modern day occultists. He has been accused of plagaiarism of several popular turn of the century occult books, but has been hailed for his “The Master Key” and his prolific “New Thought” as well as writing or co-writing numerous other related topic books.
Laurence is still influencing modern day occultists with his publications. Over his career he wrote or co-wrote some 27 books on the occult and related topics. Many of his original works have gone through numerous reprints and today can often be found in paperback. Currently the Jamaica Customs  prohibits all publications of de Laurence Scott and Company of Chicago in the United States of America relating to divination, magic, cultism or supernatural arts.
First published in 1909 and having gone through fourteen  editions by 1939, the “Great Book of Magical Art, Hindu Magic, and East Indian Occultism and the Book of Secret Hindu, Ceremonial, and Talismanic Magic” is still influencing modern day Occultist. Early editions of his book are sought after by avid collectors of the Occult and Magic. This book is the scarce 12th edition with the printing taking place in 1915. Normally this edition is never seen by most modern day collectors, as many seek out the more attainable 1939 edition which is bound in a rich red cover with heavy gold lettering.
The Magic & Occult book covers a wide variety of topics in its extensive 635+ pages and has well over 60 pages of photos, prints, drawings, diagrams, and occult charts. The Contents Include: The King and the Disciple; The Great Spirit; Natural Magic; Alchemy Magic; Talismanic Magic; Mummial and Magical Attraction; Cabalistical Magic; Mysterious Secrets of the Cabala; The Book of Secrets; Ancient Biographia;The Ethics of Paganism; Spiritualism and Religion; Lessons in Adeptship; Magic and Sorcery; Astral Influence; Philosophy of Disease and Medicine; Medieval Philosophy and Theology; Vampirism; Witchcraft and Black Art; The Mystery of Breath; The Symbol of Jewels; Dreams and Visions; and a Glossary. This book contains many interesting sections such as:"Of The Composition Of Perfumes Attributed To The Planets; Of The Mixtures Of Natural Things one with another, and the Production of Monsters; History of Ka Lama Moomtaj's Universal Medicine; The Great Virtues Of Numbers, as well in natural as in Super-natural Things; Images of the Dragon's Head and Dragon's Tail; Of Witchcraft in Particular; Of The Speech Of Angel's, and their speaking among themselves, and with us; How The Cabbalists draw forth the names of Angels from Sacred Writ, and of the Seventy-Two Angels that bear the names of God, with the Tables of Ziruph, and the Commutations of Names and Numbers.
The book is heavily bound in a rich deep blue faux leather jacket and has large and bold gold lettering and additional gold enhancing the outside pages.
The 1915 edition Magic & Occcult Book is in great condition with the pages being clean throughout, a tight binding with only a hint of wear, and the outside jacket gold lettering showing almost no wear. For accuracy sake, one page, has a small piece of tape on it [P.222] and the front cover corners have just barely started to come a bit undone, though a easy minor restoration fix.
The scarce 1915 edition was the 12th reprint in six years of this popular Magic & Occult Book by L. W. de Laurence and is almost impossible to find. It is a must for the serious magic and occult book collector.
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