Author(s): Lewis Spence
The most famous compendium of information on the occult and the first comprehensive work of its kind, this volume originally appeared in 1920. Compiled by Lewis Spence, a scholar of occult-related topics, it organizes a truly vast amount of information into 2,500 dictionary-style entries (many of which run to several pages). These entries encompass both familiar terms ("abracadabra," "poltergeist," "spells," "vampire") and more arcane topics ("Martian language," "bottle imps," "magic darts," "tinker's talk"). Numerous profiles of historical figures with ties to the occult include John Dee, Mary Baker Eddy, and Catherine de Medici. An oft-cited resource and a classic of its genre, this remarkable compilation of history and lore offers an essential tool for a fuller understanding of occult subjects. Index.