By Lewis Spence
The main well-known compendium of data at the occult and the 1st complete paintings of its type, this quantity initially seemed in 1920. Subtitled "A Compendium of knowledge at the Occult Sciences, Occult Personalities, Psychic technological know-how, Magic, Demonology, Spiritism, Mysticism and Metaphysics," it was once compiled by way of Lewis Spence, the writer of diverse books on folklore, mythology and occult-related matters. Its 2,500 dictionary-style entries (many of which run to a number of pages) variety from famous phrases ("abracadabra," "poltergeist," "spells," "vampire") to extra arcane issues, and contain listings for historic figures with ties to the occult comparable to Nostradamus, John Dee, Mary Baker Eddy, and Catherine de Medici. An oft-cited source and a vintage of its style, this variation provides to get pleasure from an quick and lasting reputation.
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