Troy Books has made Gemma Gary's first book; Traditional Witchcraft A Cornish Book of Ways, with a new introduction, available in three limited editions to collectors.
"Traditional Witchcraft - A Cornish Book of Ways is a 21st century version of traditional Cornish witchcraft, of the kind recorded by Hunt, Bottrell and others. This is no neo-pagan or modern wiccan manual, but rather a deep drawing up into modern times of some of the ancient practices of lore and magic practiced by the white witches, charmers, conjurers and pellars of the Cornish villages. Their presence was still current when the 18th and 19th century antiquarians and collectors recorded them, and, although the 20th century largely put paid to their activities, nevertheless their lore never completely disappeared, and it continues to provide inspiration for practitioners today. Gemma draws on this knowledge, not only from published material, but also from the experiences and workings of ‘wise women’ and country witches living today.
Topics include the Cunning Path, the Dead and the Underworld (Fairy Faith), the Bucca, Places of Power in the villages and landscape, the Tools used by Cunning Folk (working versions of what can be seen, for example, in the Museum of Witchcraft), Village cunning, substances and charms, and Rites of the Year’s Round. This book gathers much material together, some of which has not been seen in print before, and thus provides a sourcebook of magical workings in
today, which will be an invaluable
Cheryl Straffon - Meyn Mamvro
"First published in 2008, this is a revised and expanded second edition of the author's well received book on modern Cornish traditional witchcraft. As Gemma Gary says in her new preface, there is no 'set in stone' organized witch tradition in Cornwall and folk magic practices have always been unique to their individual practitioners. However in this excellent book she has managed to expertly draw together a workable new tradition from historical sources and the surviving rites, charms and folk customs of
and the West Country. It provides a valuable resource and guide for beginners
interested in practising Trad Craft. However this reviewer is sure that
experienced practitioners will also learn from its contents. Cornwall
Very highly recommended." Mike Howard – The Cauldron
A special edition, bound in green cloth with copper foil blocking to the front and spine, black end papers and red head and tail bands. Lithographic printing on 120gsm cream paper stock with sewn binding. Limited to 250 signed and hand numbered examples.
A fine edition, hand bound in scarlet hand finished goat leather with gold foil blocking to the front and spine, marbled end papers, red head and tail bands and green marker ribbon. Lithographic printing on 120gsm cream paper stock with sewn binding. Limited to 25 signed and hand numbered examples. This edition will be issued with a lined marbled slipcase.
A Special Fine Edition, hand bound in dark green fine hand polished and finished goat leather, with hand tooled raised labyrinth to the front, modeled on one of the two stone labyrinths found in The Rocky Valley, North Cornwall, gold foil blocking to the spine, marbled end papers, red head and tail bands, red marker ribbon, gilded edges and serpent motifs hand painted by the author. Lithographic printing on 120gsm cream paper stock with sewn binding. Limited to 5 signed and hand numbered examples. This edition will be issued with a lined marbled slipcase
The leather used in the hand binding of our fine and special fine editions are bought via 'Fair Trade' and are from free range animals. Only Sumac and other organic materials are used within the tanning process. The goatskin used for the fine edition of this book is tanned and finished by drumming and hand finishing. The special fine edition goatskins are hand polished and finished. The natural character of each skin is maintained, no pigment finishes are added and no grain correction is made.
Please Note: Troy Books anticipates the Special Edition will ship in approximately 4 weeks and the Fine and Special Fine Edition in 6 - 8 weeks.