A History of Magic and Experimental Science


Complete in 8 volumes

Thorndike, Lynn. New York and London: Columbia University Press, 1964. 1st edition, various printings. Cloth with gilt titling. 8vo. Near fine.

An extraordinary, complete set detailing the ancient and modern history of magic, prophecy, alchemy and other matters of the occult. Cloth with gold lettering and a blind-stamped device to each cover. Shelf wear and gentle edge wear, with some signs of browsing within. A very scarce set, with else fine interiors.


Lynn Thorndike Born (24 July 1882, in Lynn, Massachusetts, USA – Died 28 December 1965, Columbia University Club, New York City) was an American historian of medieval science and alchemy.[1][2] He was the son of a clergyman, Edward R. Thorndike, and the younger brother of Ashley Horace Thorndike, an American educator and expert on William Shakespeare, and Edward Lee Thorndike, known for being the father of modern educational psychology.


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