Magic, An Occult Primer

David Conway's seminal book on magical theory and practice


David Conway


Jonathan Cape, London, 1972
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Printing Details

First edition. Hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 16cm, 286pp.

A seminal book from the 1970s. The book is divided into two sections: Magical Theory and Magical Practice. Magical Theory presents a very concise accounting of the philosophy behind magic. Conway begins with a exposé of magic within the confines of natural law, taking the time to meticulously find corollary for the basis of magic. He then takes us into an exposition of the Kabbalah and broader cosmological concerns. Conway drills down into daily practice and further explores the basic training necessary for a magician in this day and age. Magical Practice begins with the preparations necessary for the practice of magic. Conway begins this section with several tables of correspondences that will prove helpful to even the advanced magician. He continues with an examination of the timing of rituals as well as the place and ritual equipment necessary for rites. Conway then provides master rituals presented for both Kabbalistic and Egyptian approaches. He also presents detail on astral projection, talismanic magic, and prophecy.


The book itself is in very good condition but with tanning and a little spotting to the page edges. The main body of text is very clean. The wrapper is a little rubbed to the edges, it has been price-clipped and has a little spotted foxing to the flaps.

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