New York: Macmillan, 1948. First US Edition. Cloth. Eliza Butler, or Elsie (1885-1959) as she was more generally known, was born in Bardsea, Lancashire, into an old Irish family. She learnt German initially from her Norwegian governess, and was sent at the age of 11 to a private school in Hanover. From there, at the age of 15, she went on to a college in Paris for British, American and French girls and, at 18, moved on to a reform college in household management in the Harz region of Germany at Reifenstein. At the age of 21, she entered Newnham College for Women in the University of Cambridge. After working in hospitals, she taught at Cambridge [the Schröder Professor of German] and in 1936 became a professor at the University of Manchester. Her works include a trilogy on ritual magic and the occult, especially in the Faust legend (1948–1952).
This literary historical study explores the lives and mythologies of many mystics and magicians history and literature including Madame Blavatsky, Gilles de Rais, Solomon, Christ, Rasputin, Zoroaster, Merlin, Simon Magus, Faust, etc. She traces the development of magick with pre-Christian religious and mystic philosophers, in medieval sorcerers and alchemists, through the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century occult revival. One of the early women occult scholars along with Margarat Murray. Very Good. No Dustjacket. Minor shelf/edge wear, else tight, bright, and unmarred. Black publisher's cloth, gilt to spine. 8vo. 281pp. Illus. (b/w plates). Item #10360