The Rites of Modern Occult Magic by Francis King


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'A fascinating account of the events and personalities involved in the renaissance of medieval magic and alchemy, from the late nineteenth century to the 1970's.
Francis King tells the story of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an organisation whose activities and teachings were instrumental in the revival of ritual magic in the United Kingdom and United States. 
The early development of the Rosicrucian legend is detailed, as is Masonic Rosicrucianism in England and Scotland. The occult roots of American Spiritualism and the origins of Theosophy with Madame Blavatsky are explored. King also researches Yeats' magical training and practices, his relationships with Aleister Crowley and MacGregor Mathers.'

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1971. First US edition. Hardcover. 224pp. 8 illustrations. Bookplate of Pat Lowe to inside front board, jacket creased, otherwise a near-fine copy.