“PAUL CHRISTIAN” [IE CHRISTIAN PITOIS]: HISTOIRE DE LA MAGIE, DU MONDE SURNATUREL ET DE LA FATALITE A TRAVERS LES TEMPS ET LES PEUPLES, Paris, Furne, Jouvet et Cie, , 1st edition, 16 engraved plates by E Bayard + numerous illustrations in text as called for, viii, 668pp + index and list of plates, contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards, recased, inner joints weak; Napoleon ordered the Vatican to be raided of all esoteric knowledge and Christian was one of three charged with that duty
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