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1 Sanskrit Fortune Teller's Manual
Nepal Quarter Morocco Box Good 
Visually compelling antique from the Himalayas. Circa 1700. 38 leaves, or 72 pp., with 38 color illustrations -- one on the top of every opening of the vertically bound book. The text is at least partly in Sanskrit, with some in another language or dialect -- possibly colloquial Newari, which is spoken in Nepal. Almost certainly a divination tool akin to tarot cards. One verse within has been translated as: "By the sight of Parvati one destroys the sins that were previously done. By her (?) favor one attains desired success and the destruction of enemies." Section headings are all in Sanskrit and a few have been translated, including: "For one who asks about news of someone who is on a journey", "For one who asks about news of someone who is ill", "For one who asks about news of love", and "For one who asks about news of home". Below each of these headings comes the fortune-teller's response, always beginning with, "Oh question asker". The answers, alas, appear mostly to be in this other tongue, and thus remain as of now a mystery to us. What isn't a mystery is the wondrous exotic imagery, of stylized figures, possibly Gods, with a bow and arrow, on an elephant, with clubs or other weapons, on a chariot, or the strange animals. The palette is primarily earthy deep reds and greens -- this might be something that is accentuated with the aging of the leaves. Quarter Morocco box measures 25 by 17 cm, and has well for the book proper. The book has suffered smoke damage on its exterior -- the kind that is very commonplace of books of this age, given how homes were heated at the time. Chipping of corners on many leaves. Some wormholing, which we would regard as minor overall in this instance. Some occasionally blotching out of the lettering. Still, the images are intact and almost all the text is legible. 
Price: 3500.00 USD
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2 Fersen, Eugene Science of Being
New York J. F. Tapley Co. 1923 First edition Faux Alligator Very Good 
New Age philosophy, lesson plan and elaborate spiritual therapy before there was a "New Age", all built on the notion of a Universal Life Energy. 8vo. 17.5 by 10.5 cm. 329, [2] pp. Striking illustrations and letter devices throughout the text, with gilt used generously to heighten both. Also, the swastika is an omnipresent symbol, but here it predates the appropriation of the symbol by the Nazis and has nothing to do with that movement. Eugene Fersen was born Baron Eugene Fersen to a Russian Grand Duchess, according to a website that seeks to promote his ideas. He had developed his Science of Being, the ideas expounded upon in this book, by 1906. After being investigated by the Justice Department for some years for alleged radicalism, he managed to become a U.S. citizen in 1923. According to the same website, he was a much sought-after lecturer for the rest of his life, and an influence on Rudolf Steiner. He died in 1956. Book condition: edge fraying of silk endpapers. Rubbing of faux alligator surface along edges and at spine extremities. Edge roughness to a prelim blank leaf. Handwriting of prior owner, in part, handsomely done, on prelim blank leaf. A few leaves with flattened creases from prior dog-earing. Overall, clean and an appealing copy. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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