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Was sadly disappointed by this, was looking forward to finally having an illustrated work on magical history but for some reason this left me cold. I would have liked more about the materials, and more interesting stories not just a general academic run through, it all felt a bit a dry, sorry.
An excellent work on the history of magic from its earliest prehistoric roots to modern day practices. Packed with interesting information describing a wealth and breadth of practices from across time, societies and continents.
The mix of main text, small information boxes, pictures and two page spreads (usually depicting materials/paraphernalia associated with a certain topic/practice) was comfortably paced and always engaging.