Troy Books

Welcome to Troy Books

We are an independent publisher specialising in the traditions of operative magic, ceremonial occultism, witchcraft, regional folklore and custom. Our books are presented in formats ranging from unlimited paperbacks to limited edition fine bindings.

Introducing Troy Esoterica; our new outlet for esoteric arts and artefacts including the new talismanic jewellery range by Gemma Gary, and other ritual and magical items and ephemera.

Please also checkout our Redbubble shop featuring artwork and illustrations by Gemma Gary. These are drawn from a number of Troy’s titles and are available as a selection of art prints and other products.

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New Title:


The Owl’s Eye

Historical Charms and Spells from
Traditional Fortune Telling Books

Corinne Boyer

The Owl’s Eye is a collection of one hundred and forty two charms, spells and procedures that have been taken out of historic fortune telling books. Fortune telling books have been a part of European and American popular magic since the seventeenth century, with some even earlier examples surviving. Along with traditional fortune telling information such as how to read palms and interpret playing cards, around two thirds of the books also contained divinatory charms and spells. Though some of these are represented in dictionaries of superstitions and different folklore collections, many of them remain unknown and have never before been brought together all in one book for ease of reading.

The dates of the forty books utilized in this work range from 1685-1935 or so. Though the early books referenced for this project all came from England and a few from Scotland, most of the sources (29 out of 40) are actually from the United States, with the earliest being from 1841. These books therefore influenced American folk magic and also contributed to the belief in different superstitions, as many of the books additionally contained various beliefs and omens scattered in numerous sections throughout the text…..

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New Title:


Little Key of
Rabbi Solomon

Raphael (Robert T. Cross)

The Little Key of Rabbi Solomon, the handwritten manuscript of Raphael/Robert T. Cross (1850-1923) was published in hectographic facsimile in 1897. For the first time since its original publication, it reappeared in 2023 as part of the Troy Books edition of Lemegeton Clavicula Salomonis – The Little Key of Solomon. Due to interest in the original hectographic edition, we are pleased to offer this exceedingly rare book, reproduced in facsimile from the only known surviving copy held in Gemma Gary’s esoteric library.

Consisting of a unique iteration of the Ars Goetia and the Ars Almadel with additional magical operations for theft and for love, the hectographic manuscript of Robert T. Cross is reproduced here alongside a full transcript for clarity.

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New Title:


Zadkiel’s Dream Book


The Popular Fortune Teller

Zadkiel & Ebenezer Sibly

Zadkiel’s Dream book is a divinatory and magical guide of the kind popular in the 19th century with cunning folk, ‘white witches’ and ordinary unmarried maids alike. Within its pages are contained two books, the first of which is The Universal Dream Book by Zadkiel, the pen name of Astrologer Richard James Morrison (1795-1874) who published a popular series of 19th Century predictive almanacs. His Universal Dream Book consists of a useful and extensive alphabetical guide giving the prophetic meanings of oneiric visions. It was thus a handy bedside companion one could consult upon waking to uncover messages and portends conveyed within one’s dreams.

The second book is The Popular Fortune Teller here attributed to ‘The Great Astrologer’ Ebenezer Sibly (1751-c.1799). Herein are presented instructions in the arts of prognostication, prophesy and divination by the reading of facial characteristics, palms, moles, cards, dice, dominoes, birds and beasts, tea and coffee grounds and by pin and tablets.

Presented too are fortunate day’s weeks, months and years, superstitions, the casting of nativities, rules to know the temper, silent language and secret writing alongside a copious collection of charms, incantations and ceremonies for prophetic purposes and spells and bewitchments for love.

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New Title:


Piercing the Veil

Performing Tarot divination while
in the Lunar Astral Realm

Oscar Tusk

Embark on a journey of mystical revelation with “Piercing the Veil: Performing Tarot Divination while in the Lunar Astral Realm”. Oscar Tusk, a seasoned practitioner of the Old Craft, invites the reader to delve into the depths of Traditional Witchcraft and unlock the secrets of the Tarot like never before.

Within these pages, you’ll discover the transformative power of Tarot divination as it transcends earthly realms and ascends to the Lunar Astral. Guided by the profound symbolism of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, you’ll explore the hidden mysteries of the subconscious and navigate the ethereal landscapes of intuition and dreams.

Drawing upon ancient wisdom and modern insight, this book illuminates a path to spiritual ascent through the archetypal images of the Tarot. Paying homage to the creative genius of Pamela Colman Smith and Arthur Edward Waite, you’ll uncover the timeless truths embedded within their iconic deck.

Within these pages awaits a journey through the uncharted territories of consciousness, guided by the wisdom of the Tarot and the expertise of a seasoned practitioner. “Piercing the Veil” is your essential companion for unlocking the doors to the Lunar Astral plane and embracing a world of wonder, insight, and transformation. Are you ready to pierce the veil?

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New Paperback Edition:


The Witch Cult in
Western Europe

A Study in Anthropology

Margaret Alice Murray

In The Witch Cult in Western Europe, Anthropologist Margaret Alice Murray (1863 – 1963) presents her pioneering and seminal witch-cult theory – an enigmatic history of European witchcraft and the rituals, beliefs and practices of an ancient, secretive pre-Christian religion that persisted covertly amidst fierce Christian persecution. The witch cult hypothesised herein unveils an underground and organised old religion, devoted to the worship of a horned god and mother goddess which survived from its pre pre-Christian origins and through the hysteria of the witch trials.

While Murray’s theories of witchcraft as an organised and surviving pagan religion have been discredited by subsequent research, her work vividly depicts the old and widely held beliefs, ideas and traditions surrounding witches which, naturally, may have long informed the operations of individuals and sporadic groups attempting to undertake a practice of witchcraft historically, and into the present. Many of her own more innovative ideas too have been hugely influential and have provided the blueprints to various modern day witchcraft traditions, leading to Margaret Murray being referred to, justifiably, as the ‘Grandmother of Wicca.’

The Witch Cult in Western Europe thus remains a valuable sourcebook for practitioners and students of the witch’s craft today.

Paperback Edition now available

New Title:


A Complete System of Magic

The Manual of a Nineteenth-Century

British Cunning Man

William Dawson Bellhouse

Edited and introduced by

Daniel Harms

Few examples of the manuals of the 19th century cunning folk survive, although these magicians were very much a vital part of British culture at the time.

This is the grimoire of William Dawson Bellhouse, a cunning man active in Liverpool and Leeds in the mid-nineteenth century who sought to transform lives with electricity and magic.

Enter a world of witch bottles, wax poppets, and spirit summoning…

A Complete System of Magic details practices and methods for such operations as charms, spells and rituals for healing, love, to return things lost or stolen, to discover thieves, protection from evil influences and malefic witchcraft, counter curses, and procedures for the conjuration of spirits and visions. Employed within these acts are such things as talismans, magical characters, words of power and the materia magica of plants and animals. Published previously as part of the Society of Esoteric Endeavour’s superb and highly sought after box set, this second edition by Troy Books features a new introduction, editing and extensive notes by Daniel Harms, along with a new foreword by Dr. Phil Legard……

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New Editions:



A Dark Devotional

Val Thomas

This Hallowtide, we are delighted to bring you all a very special new title from Val Thomas: Hallowtide – A Dark Devotional.

Hallowtide: A Dark Devotional explores the sacred days between Hallowe’en and Martinmas. It is a moment of the year which offers a deep well of dark magic. As the leaves yellow and fall, and pavements and forest tracks are covered in fairy gold, much that is strange and disturbing, yet exquisitely beautiful, emerges from the swirling mists. In the darkness, surrounded by the scent of decay, we feel keenly our own mortality and the presence of those who have died recently or long ago: family members, distant ancestors, friends and beloved animal companions. By indulging our emotions at this time, we embrace life with greater intensity. The book casts its spell through personal memories and reflections on joy and loss, woven together with a little of the history and folklore of these holy days. It includes spells, recipes and pathworkings. There are also nine Dark Devotions, powerful, tried-and-tested rituals which can be adapted to suit the tastes of the various streams of witchcraft and magical practice. They are perfect for the dark times but most are suitable for working throughout the year. Beautifully illustrated by Alice Kerridge-Crick, this book will make you laugh, cry, reflect on life and loss and embrace the melancholy of the season while always acknowledging that renewal, growth and blossoming will return.

Paperback and Dust Jacketed Hardback Editions in stock & available to order

New Title:


The Quest for Bega

Spirit Chaser

Alex Langstone

Originally published in 2012, this new edition of Spirit Chaser features a foreword by Ogham Grove author and prolific Glastonbury artist, Yuri Leitch. Plus, a brand-new preface, some amendments and new information by the Author.

Spirit Chaser is the true story of a spiritual quest that turned into an inspirational occult pilgrimage. In June 1989, the author began following a series of psychic messages and significant synchronicity that led him to discover the enigmatic mystery of St Bega, the sacredness of the British landscape and ultimately to experience the divine reality of the Celtic tradition of mysticism, miracles, and magic. Spirit Chaser takes us on a magnificent journey into the twilight past of seventh century Britain and Ireland, and on a contemporary expedition of re-enchantment. This ultimately led into the heart of a modern-day quest, which uncovered the mystery that is the Sancta Bega, the sacred ring at the mystical centre of the British Isles.

“A glimpse into the spiritual worlds that overlay our landscape.” The Whitehaven News

“Well researched. Engaging. Fascinating.”

Special Edition available now to pre-order

New Title:


Under the Dragon Root

A Folk Grimoire of Occult Plant Lore

& Practicum

Corinne Boyer

We are delighted to be announcing Under the Dragon Root – A Folk Grimoire of Occult – Plant Lore & Practicum, this is the final offering in a trilogy by Corinne Boyer.

This long-awaited book brings twenty plants from the Witches’ Garden into the light, along with their accumulated folklore, folk medicine and historical magical uses, particularly from the past three hundred years out of North Western Europe, though some information is much older.

This book brings together folklore and uses of the plants in an inspiring and yet engaging manner. The plants are organized by season similar to the other books, with the author’s own wisdom and personal recipes included at the end of each chapter. Under the Dragon Root has copious footnotes and is exhaustively researched, including source material from fields such as history of pharmacy, grimoire magic, traditional witchcraft, folklore collections from the Victorian era, divinatory methodology and Swedish folk magic…

Standard Hardback available now to order

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