The Occult, Witchcraft & Magic

An Illustrated History


A complete history of the occult and magic around the world, from ancient to modern times, by the author of the bestselling Monsters


ISBN: 9780500518885 Category:

Christopher Dell


Our belief in some form of magic runs throughout human history. In fact, in an increasingly rational and scientific world, the idea that occult or arcane knowledge can give us access to another, hidden reality is as strong and widespread as ever.

The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic is a lively and fascinating history of all things cryptic, mystic and other-worldly, beginning with the earliest evidence of magical thinking amid the gloom of a Palaeolithic cave, and ending in the bright light of our digital age and its newfound interest in paganism.

With hundreds of images drawn from rare and unusual sources, in-depth explorations of cross-cultural themes and profiles of key figures from the history of magic, this is a bewitching and irresistible treasury of esoteric thought that will appeal to believers and sceptics alike.

Additional information

Weight 1715 g
Dimensions 21.2 x 26.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2016
Number of pages 400
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.2 x 26.3 cm
Weight 1715 g


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Christopher Dell holds a degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, London. He has written and edited many bestselling titles on art and visual culture, including Freemasonry, Mythology, Monsters and What Makes a Masterpiece?, all published by Thames & Hudson.