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Title:Every Man's Book of Superstitions
Price:GBP£6.00 (about USD$8.30)
Item ID:B009-4194
Publisher:A. R. Mowbray & Co. Ltd, London, 1970
Binding:Hardcover (Original Cloth)
Condition:Very Good
Dust Jacket:Good
A. R. Mowbray & Co. Ltd, 1970, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Very Good, Dust Jacket Condition: Good, First

There are very few of us indeed who, consciously or unconsciously, are not superstitious about something. We are not, perhaps, frightened today of becoming possessed by devils, witches, hobgoblins, ghosts, or other malevolent beings. And yet we still throw salt over our shoulders, buy white heather, touch wood, follow (however laughingly) our stars in the daily newspapers, and we still talk of people getting out of bed the wrong side. Did you know that children used to be buried upside down in a field to cure them of whooping cough; that touching wood is probably a relic of the prehistoric worship of tree gods; that it is extremely unlucky to stir puddings in an anti-clockwise direction (unless you happen to be a witch); or that the hair of the dog that bit you was once a literal description of a cure for the bite of a mad dog? Miss Chaundler's book, rich in anecdote and source material, is a fascinating examination of the ancient and not-so-ancient superstitions which are found in this country. It is incredible to think that our forefathers could resign themselves to a death in the family should a robin peck against the closed window of a house. And yet superstitions about animals and birds still persist. How many albatrosses have been killed by seamen? Would there be a general outcry if it was suggested that the ravens should be cleared out of the Tower of London? And if so, at what level in the human mind should we seek the answers? Size: Octavo (standard book size). 174 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Dust Jacket is fully intact, no tears or chips, but carries signs of wear to top and bottom edges, corners etc. Price clipped inside book. Gilt titles spine. green cloth; illustrated by b/w. drawings. Includes bibliography & index. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Magic, Paranormal & Occult; Superstitions ; Witches; Charms; Myths, Legends & Folklore. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 4194.
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