Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, 1948, first edition, paperback, 8vo, pp (x) + 336
In this book, the author draws on a number of texts from the early medieval period, but particularly the Leechbook and the Lacnunga, to explore the nature of Anglo-Saxon magic and medical practices in the pre-Christian and early Christian periods. The book is divided into 2 parts. In the first, the author looks at the sources and at the nature and rituals of magic in its historical and social context. In the second, specific charms, spells and treatments are analysed in relation to their origins, derivations, ingredients and applications. The book concludes with an appendix of prayers used as charm formulas, a glossary of plant names and a bibliography. (For contents see photos)
Good condition. Cover is grubby and spine is sun-darkened. There are also some creases to cover and a short tear at the base of the spine. Corners are bumped. Internally, pages are clean with no underlining or annotations.