Authentic Thaumaturgy: A Professional Occultist on Improving the Realism of Magic Systems Used in Fantasy Simulation Games
P. E. I. Bonewits; Chaosium (1979); 1st/2nd; VG; Not Ex-Library, Not Book Club, Not Print on Demand; TP- Cream w/brown pictorial + lettering, folded w/2 staple in channel(the top one missing) very minimal edgewear/bumping, fold tight; 100pgs- Heavily illustrated, flat, clean.
An influential American Druid, liturgist, singer, songwriter (who published a number of books on the subject of Neopaganism and magic), Bonewits founded the Druidic organization Ár nDraíocht Féin, as well as the Neopagan civil rights group, the Aquarian Anti-Defamation League. Bonewits, having been heavily involved in occultism since the 1960s, graduated from U. C. Berkeley in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in Magic. As far as I can tell he was the first + only person to have ever received an academic degree in Magic from an accredited university. Bonewits also had varying degrees of involvement with mystical organizations such as Ordo Templi Orientis, Gardnerian Wicca, + the Wiccan organization New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn.
Although subtitled as being a book on "improving the realism of magic systems used in fantasy simulation games,’ Authentic Thaumaturgy is a wonderfully written primer on magic for the serious student.