Catalogue – Black Editions

Introducing Troy Books’ new ‘black series’. In honour of the tradition of magical ‘black books’ and the true meaning of ‘occult’, the black series will offer a selection of our titles, beginning with The Devil’s Dozen, in a limited edition black foil on black recycled leather binding. At once beautiful and immensely discreet, only close inspection will reveal titles and imagery, thus the black series affords a degree of privacy and the keeping of magical books hidden in plain sight.

Traditional Witchcraft

A Cornish Book of Ways

New 10th anniversary Black Edition

Available now for signed pre-order

 

November 2018 marks ten years since the first publication of Gemma Gary’s first book, and the title which launched Troy Books; Traditional Witchcraft – A Cornish Book of Ways. To mark the occasion, Troy Books is delighted to offer a celebratory tenth anniversary edition, with revisions to the text and layout, and a new introduction giving an insight into the backstory which led to the writing of this popular title.

The tenth anniversary reissue of Traditional Witchcraft – A Cornish Book of Ways is to be launched with the release of a Black Edition, with standard hardcover and paperbacks to follow.

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 Cornwall today, which will be an invaluable reference

Cheryl Straffon – Meyn Mamvro

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Available in the following editions:

Paperback Edition: gloss laminate cover

Standard Hardback Edition: The Hardback edition of Traditional Witchcraft – A Cornish Book of Ways, is presented as a claret case-binding, with black end-papers, black and red head and tail bands and with silver foil blocking to the front and spine.

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 hand numbered examples. Sold Out

Black Edition; a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered examples in Royal format 234 x 156mm, bound in beautifully grained black recycled leather fibers, with black foil blocking to the front and spine, black end papers, with red head and tail bands. 90gsm white paper stock.

Fine Edition: a limited edition of 25 hand bound copies in scarlet hand finished goat leather with gold foil blocking to the front and spine, marbled end papers, red head and tail bands and marker ribbon. Lithographic printing on 120gsm cream paper stock with sewn binding. This edition will be issued with a lined slipcase covered in red library Buckram cloth. Sold Out

Special Fine Edition: a limited edition of 5 hand bound copies in dark green fine hand polished and finished goat leather, with hand tooled raised labyrinth to the front, modelled on one of the two stone labyrinths found in The Rocky Valley, North Cornwall, gold foil blocking to the spine, marbled end papers, capped spine ends, gold marker ribbon. Lithographic printing on 120gsm cream paper stock with sewn binding. This edition will be issued with a lined slipcase covered in green library Buckram cloth. Sold Out

Size: Paperback – Demy 138 x 216mm, Hardback – Royal 234 x 156mm.

Pagination: 224 pages, profusely illustrated with new line drawings, plus 32 pages of black and white photographic plates.

In this new revised second edition much of the text has been re-written, with the introduction and the chapter exploring The Bucca being particularly expanded upon from the first edition. Of the fifty photographs presented within this book, only thirteen appeared in the first edition.

Audio book: also available in audio book format from ‘Circle of Spears’ click here

Preface

Introduction

The Cunning Path

The Dead and the Otherworld

The Bucca

Places of Power

The Tools of Cunning
The Witches’ Compass
The Hearthside Rite
The Compass Rite
The Troyl Hood
A Ritual of Closing

The Trade
The Hand of the Wise
Planetary Virtues
Magical Substances
Charm Bags
Workings of Protection
Workings of Healing
Workings of Love
Workings of Good Fortune
Workings of Spirit Magic
Workings of the Weather
Versatile Ways 158

Rites of the Moon

The Furry Nights
Candlemas
May’s Eve
Golowan
Guldize
Allantide
Montol

Initiations on the Cunning Way

A Rite of Dedication

Black Edition

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The Devils Plantation

East Anglian Lore, Witchcraft & Folk-Magic

Taking its name from the lost ‘black book’ of a famed Cambridgeshire witch, as well as plots of land sacrificed unto the spirits and the Old One himself, Nigel Pearson’s ‘The Devil’s Plantation’ guides the reader through the traditional witchcraft, old magic and folklore of East Anglia.

This is an ancient landscape, and a melding pot for the beliefs, culture and magic of the various peoples who have inhabited it over its long history. And yet, until very recently, East Anglia has been a land ‘set apart’ and isolated amidst impassable marshes, Fens and uncleared Forests.

Thus East Anglia is a landscape in which ‘the good folk’, land drakes, land wights, meremaids, giants, spectral hounds, saintly miracles, wort Cunning, toad lore, folk magic and indeed witchcraft have been nurtured and continue to play a part in the lives of the people of what has aptly been named ‘Witch Country’.

Available in the following editions:

Paperback Edition; Matt laminated cover with 80gsm white paper stock.

Standard Hardback Edition; a ‘Blueberry’ case binding with gold foil blocking to the front and spine, 80gsm white paper stock, ‘buttermilk’ endpapers, with black head and tail bands.

Special Edition; a limited edition of 300 hand-numbered examples, bound in dark brown and beautifully grained recycled leather fibres, with gold foil blocking to the front and spine, light brown end papers, with black head and tail bands. 80gsm white paper stock. Sold Out

Black Edition; a limited edition of 200 hand-numbered examples, bound in beautifully grained black recycled leather fibers, with black foil blocking to the front and spine, red end papers, with red head and tail bands. 90gsm white paper stock.

Fine Edition; a limited edition of only 15 hand-numbered examples, in a full black goat leather hand binding with inset dark blue goat leather shield panel with a blind embossed boarder and dark blue title panel on the spine, silver foil blocking to the front and spine and hand marbled end papers. This edition will be issued with a blue library buckram slip-case, blind embossed to the front. Sold Out

Size; All editions are presented in Royal format 156 x 234mm.

Pagination: 272 pages, plus 16 pages of photographic plates plus line drawings and figures by Gemma Gary.

 

 

Dedication and Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

Chapter 1 – The Living Landscape
Echoes of the Ancestors
Graven Images
Spirits in the Landscape
The Good Folk and their Kin
Land Drakes.

Chapter 2 – Meremaids, Giants and Spectral Hounds
Maids of the Meres
Herculean Labourers
Dark and Demon Dogs.

Chapter 3 – Characters of Craft
Witch Country
Dual Faith
Witchfinder General
Mother Lakeland
Old Winter
Jabez Few
Tilly Baldrey
Using the “Eye”
A Little Learning
Daddy Witch
Try to remember……..
By Royal Appointment
Spying on the Witches
Monica English
Today’s Characters.

Chapter 4 – Speak of the Devil ……. (and He will appear)
The Devil in Cambridgeshire
Suffolk’s Stones
Norfolk’s Hills and Hollows
Liminality
Cunning and Mighty is His Nature
Men In Black.

Chapter 5 – Witch Ways
Circles of Might
Toads and Bones
Toads in Magic
With the help of the Dead
Working with Familiars
Prevention, Healing and Cure of all Ills
The Craft of Contact
The Arte of Ligature.

Chapter 6 – Green Ways
Specialist Collectors and Gatherers
The Dark Orders
Plant Lore
Arboreal Lore
Healing Lore
Some Recipes.

Chapter 7 – Folk Ways
Defence by Boiling and Bottle
Salt, Shoes and Spheres
Blood, Bones, Burning and Baking
Special Stones
The Wake of Freya
Charms of Love
St. Mark’s Eve
Curious Cures
The Tides of Life.

Chapter 8 – Three Crowns and Several Halos
Legendary regalia
East Anglian Holy Land
St. Felix
St. Fursey
St. Botolph
St. Etheldreda
St. Withburga
St. Edmund
St. Walstan
Walsingham
Petitioning the Saints.

Appendix – Removing a Witch’s Curse.
Bibliography.
Index.

Black Edition

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The Black Toad

West Country Witchcraft and Magic

Gemma Gary’s second book; The Black Toad – West Country Witchcraft and Magic, with foreword by Michael Howard, is now available in paperback and hardback editions.

The Black Toad explores potent examples of the folk-ceremonial magical practices and witchcraft of the south-west of England; dealing especially with Devon and the author’s homeland of Cornwall. Within the West Country, the popular belief in witchcraft and its attendant charms, magical practices and traditions continued to be observed and survived long after such ways had faded in most other parts of the British Isles.

Described within The Black Toad is a collection of some of the fascinating magical practices and lore of the West Country’s cunning folk and early modern witches; ways that have survived and evolved within the rarefied Craft of the area’s modern day witchcraft practitioners of the old persuasion. As this book affirms, these ways of the Old Craft and Cunning Arte include a belief in and working relationship with the spirit forces of the land,

“For all those who are interested in learning about the Old Path as it is taught and practiced today by West Country witches this book of practical magic and sorcery will be a revelation. As the late Cecil Williamson, founder of the witchcraft museum in Boscastle, North Cornwall and a modern cunning man himself, said and Gemma Gary’s excellent book proves – “It still goes on today.”

Michael Howard

Available in the following editions:

The book is available in the following editions: All editions are Royal format 234 x 156mm. 264 pages with 16 pages of black and white photo plates.

Paperback Edition; Gloss laminate cover

Standard Hardback Edition; Buttermilk 120gsm matt, textured dust jacket over a black case binding with gold foil blocking to spine, 90gsm white paper stock, red endpapers, with red head and tail bands.

Special Edition; a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered examples, bound in black and beautifully grained recycled leather fibres material, with gold foil blocking to the front and spine, 90gsm white paper stock, red endpapers, with red head and tail bands. Sold Out

Black Edition; a limited edition of 200 hand-numbered examples, bound in beautifully grained black recycled leather fibers, with black foil blocking to the front and spine, black end papers, with red head and tail bands. 90gsm white paper stock.

Fine Edition; a limited edition of 15 hand bound examples bound in red goat leather with gold foil blocking to the front and spine. This edition will be issued within a fully lined black library buckram slip-case, blind embossed to the front. Sold Out

Size; Royal format 234 x 156mm

Pagination;  264 pages illustrated with line drawings, plus 16 pages of black and white photographic plates.

Contents:

Acknowledgements.

Introduction to the 2nd. and 1st. Editions.

Chapter 1. Hallowing the Compass
Tools
Calling the Directions
Content of the Rite
Closing Statement & Thanksgiving
Honouring the Directions
Opening/Dismissing the Compass
Place of Working
Examples.

Chapter 2. WandCrafting
What is a Wand?
Aspects of Traditional Tree Lore
Dryads
Types of Wood
Some Native Trees
Cutting Wood for Magical Purposes
Creating your Wand
Finishing Off your Wand
A Hallowing Rite.

Chapter 3. SpellCrafting.
What is a Spell?
Verbal Charms and Chants
Herbal Magic and Wortcunning
Simples, Potions, Oils and Lotions
Elemental & Nature Magic.

Chapter 4. Censing the Sacred.
History & Background
Practical Applications of Incense
Incense Burning
Incense Materials
Incense Blending
Formulae
A Rite of Offering.

Chapter 5. Entering the Twilyte.
Some Definitions
Personal Protection
Focus and Attention
Accumulating Power
Trance Working
Soul Flight or Transvection.

Chapter 6. SpiritWorking.
Spirits of the Natural World
Spirits of Home and Hearth
Concerning Familiars
The Fetch Body
The Ancestors and the Mighty Dead
The Elvenkind or Faerie Folk.

Chapter 7. Approaching the Powers.
The God
King of the Wildwood
Walking the Way
The Lord of the Mound
Entering the Maze
The Master of Light
Calling the Master
The Goddess
The Great Queen
Addressing the Dame
The Black Goddess
Watching the Stars Below
Approaching the Power
A Rite of Self-Dedication to the Old Power.

Selected Bibliography and Suggested Reading List.

Black Edition

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Treading the Mill

Workings in Traditional Witchcraft

‘Treading the Mill’ by Nigel Pearson is the third of our titles to receive the black series treatment.

First published as ‘Treading the Mill – Practical Craft Working in Modern Traditional Witchcraft’, this new edition of Nigel G. Pearson’s popular book is presented with a new chapter, revised text and is complimented with photography from the author and new imagery.

With a new introduction for the second edition, and the original introduction, the book’s chapters are arranged as follows:

Hallowing the Compass; Tools, Calling the Directions, Content of the Rite, Closing Statement & Thanksgiving, Honouring the Directions, Opening/Dismissing the Compass, Place of Working, Examples. Wand Crafting; What is a Wand? Aspects of Traditional Tree Lore, Dryads, Types of Wood, Some Native Trees, Cutting Wood for Magical Purposes, Creating your Wand, Finishing Off your Wand, A Hallowing Rite. Spell Crafting. What is a Spell? Verbal Charms and Chants, Herbal Magic and Wortcunning, Simples, Potions, Oils and Lotions, Elemental & Nature Magic. Censing the Sacred; History & Background, Practical Applications of Incense, Incense Burning, Incense Materials, Incense Blending, Formulae, A Rite of Offering. Entering the Twilyte; Some Definitions, Personal Protection, Focus and Attention, Accumulating Power, Trance Working, Soul Flight or Transvection. Spirit Working; Spirits of the Natural World, Spirits of Home and Hearth, Concerning Familiars, The Fetch Body, The Ancestors and the Mighty Dead, The Elvenkind or Faerie Folk. Approaching the Powers; The God, King of the Wildwood, Walking the Way, The Lord of the Mound, Entering the Maze, The Master of Light, Calling the Master, The Goddess, The Great Queen, Addressing the Dame, The Black Goddess, Watching the Stars Below, Approaching the Power, A Rite of Self-Dedication to the Old Power. Selected Bibliography and Suggested Reading List.

Available in the following editions:

Paperback Edition; Gloss laminate cover

Standard Hardback Edition; Buttermilk 120gsm matt, textured dust jacket over a black case binding with gold foil blocking to spine, 90gsm white paper stock, red endpapers, with red head and tail bands.

Special Edition; a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered examples, bound in black and beautifully grained recycled leather fibers material, with gold foil blocking to the front and spine, 90gsm white paper stock, red endpapers, with red head and tail bands. Sold Out

Black Edition; a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered examples in Royal format 234 x 156mm, bound in beautifully grained black recycled leather fibres, with black foil blocking to the front and spine, red end papers, with red head and tail bands. 90gsm white paper stock.

Fine Edition; a limited edition of 15 hand bound examples bound in red goat leather with gold foil blocking to the front and spine. This edition will be issued within a fully lined black library buckram slip-case, blind embossed to the front. Sold Out

Size; All editions are Royal format 234 x 156mm. 264 pages with 16 pages of black and white photo plates.

Pagination;  264 pages illustrated with line drawings, plus 16 pages of black and white photographic plates.

Contents:

Acknowledgements.

Introduction to the 2nd. and 1st. Editions.

Chapter 1. Hallowing the Compass
Tools
Calling the Directions
Content of the Rite
Closing Statement & Thanksgiving
Honouring the Directions
Opening/Dismissing the Compass
Place of Working
Examples.

Chapter 2. WandCrafting
What is a Wand?
Aspects of Traditional Tree Lore
Dryads
Types of Wood
Some Native Trees
Cutting Wood for Magical Purposes
Creating your Wand
Finishing Off your Wand
A Hallowing Rite.

Chapter 3. SpellCrafting.
What is a Spell?
Verbal Charms and Chants
Herbal Magic and Wortcunning
Simples, Potions, Oils and Lotions
Elemental & Nature Magic.

Chapter 4. Censing the Sacred.
History & Background
Practical Applications of Incense
Incense Burning
Incense Materials
Incense Blending
Formulae
A Rite of Offering.

Chapter 5. Entering the Twilyte.
Some Definitions
Personal Protection
Focus and Attention
Accumulating Power
Trance Working
Soul Flight or Transvection.

Chapter 6. SpiritWorking.
Spirits of the Natural World
Spirits of Home and Hearth
Concerning Familiars
The Fetch Body
The Ancestors and the Mighty Dead
The Elvenkind or Faerie Folk.

Chapter 7. Approaching the Powers.
The God
King of the Wildwood
Walking the Way
The Lord of the Mound
Entering the Maze
The Master of Light
Calling the Master
The Goddess
The Great Queen
Addressing the Dame
The Black Goddess
Watching the Stars Below
Approaching the Power
A Rite of Self-Dedication to the Old Power.

Selected Bibliography and Suggested Reading List.

Black Edition

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The Charmers’ Psalter

2nd Edition

The Psalms, mysterious in their origins and possibly far pre-dating their appearance within Judeo-Christian Scripture, have a long history of magical use. We encounter the Psalms within the rites and talismanic magic of the grimoires, and their prolific employment within Charming, Cunning and folk-magical tradition. Herein the methods of their use are varied and incorporate magical acts of utterance, inscription, bottling, burning, sprinkling, pouring and burial in conjunction with various substances and materials.

Serving a vast array of needs, principally for healing, protection and the averting of evil, but also long employed within acts of cursing, the Psalms are an established feature of traditional operative magic yet also an indicium of engaging with the world of spirit, the divine and the unseen:

Whilst the traditional magical uses of the Psalms may appear to be almost entirely for the serving of material needs and desires, rather than for purposes of spiritual advancement, they are possessed of great beauty, and in one’s recourse to them in times of distress and great difficulty there is to be attained a moment of contemplative comfort, and an acknowledgement of the immanence of the divine presence; turned to for spiritual strength and assistance.”

(From the Introduction and Manner of Use)

The Charmers’ Psalter is born from a personal working collection of magical Psalms and other verbal charms, here presented in a convenient ‘pocket book’ format (105mm x 148mm), so that it may always be on hand to the contemporary Charmer for reference should need of it arise.

Available in the following editions:

All editions: 105mm x 148mm

Paperback Edition: gloss laminate cover

Standard Hardback Edition: a rust coloured case binding in cloth with gold foil blocking to the front and spine, black endpapers, with black head and tail bands printed on 80gsm white paper stock.

Black Edition; a limited edition of 200 hand-numbered examples in Royal format 234 x 156mm, bound in beautifully grained black recycled leather fibers, with black foil blocking to the front and spine, black end papers, with black head and tail bands. 90gsm white paper stock.

Pagination: 120 pages

Introduction and Manner of Use

The Magical Psalms
For the Exorcism & Blessing of the Working Ground
For the Opening of the Rites and Workings of the Wise
For Blessing
In Thanks for Blessings & Answers Received
To Avert Evil
To Defend against Enemies & Return Curses
For Safety Amidst Evil
Against Slander
To Expose Slanderers, Liars and Persecutors
To Undo the Damage Caused by Slanderers
Against Evil, Plotting & Vengeful Enemies
Against Evil Spirits and People
Against persecution
Against Magic
For Peace
For Fear
For Reconciliation
For Joy and to Dispel Melancholy
To Hasten the Healing of the Sick
Blood Stopping
For Broken Bones
For all Physical Injuries
For Aches and Pains
For Aches in the Head or Back
For the Eyes
For Money and Material Needs
Against Poverty
For Success in Business
To be Fortunate
For the Respect of High Persons
For Power
To Cause Love
To Curse Enemies & Oppressors
To Strike Enemies with Terror
For Vengeance upon Enemies
To Punish the Harmful
To Return Evil upon Enemies
For the Destruction of Enemies & Gain-Seeking Persecutors
To Kill Enemies
To Raise Dark Assistance against Enemies

Other Verbal Charms
For Toothache
To Charm a Sprain
For Bone-Setting
For Blood-Stopping
For a Burn or Scald
To Charm Warts
For Illness in General
Against Epidemics
A Witches’ Herb-Gathering Charm for Healing Purposes
A Herb-Gathering Charm for Pimpernel against Witchcraft
A Herb-Gathering Charm for Vervain
A Morning Charm against Thieves & Enemies
A Suffolk Charm Against Thieves
A Scotch Charm to Protect the Household by Night
Protection from Assault
A Welsh Cursing Charm

Black Edition

£22.00 plus shipping

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