Monday, September 29, 2014

Cecil Williamson book by Steve Patterson now available to buy from Museum Shop

We are really pleased to announce that you can now buy Cecil Williamson's Book of Witchcraft: A Grimoire of the Museum of Witchcraft by Steve Patterson from the Museum Shop in Boscastle but also from our online shop for £27.

This is the first book to do justice to the remarkable role played by Cecil Williamson, founder of the Museum of Witchcraft, in preserving our magical traditions. It consists of the text of his magical notebook, together with detailed notes and a biography of Cecil by Steve Patterson (whose long relationship with the Museum and profound understanding of British magic make him the ideal editor).

In his Introduction, Steve writes, “Cecil Williamson’s ‘Witchcraft’ Manuscript falls roughly into two halves; the first two sections being a collection of folklore, witchcraft, spells and charms. The final two sections are quite different, seeking to link the magic of Ancient Egypt with the witch traditions…. One could well imagine the first part as being his record of the traditions imparted to him by his informants over the museum counter, whilst the latter part was the result of his musings and observations whilst wandering around the British Museum.”

It is published by Troy Books to their usual high standard of book production, and illustrated with a wealth of black and white photographs of Cecil and the Museum in its various stages of development.


Mark said...

This really is an excellent book, cannot express how impressed I am with it - well worth the space in anyone's collection!

Carole Ballard said...

How lovely, I may buy one.
I wih I'd know you where doing this Steve Patterson, I have recording and paperwork from Cecil that you could have used, from the times that I knew Cecil

Museum of Witchcraft said...

Hi Carole
I'm sure we'd love to see anything that you have that relates to Cecil. There are always people coming here to research him and we have an extensive archive of documents that relate to him. If you feel like emailing the Museum about this then please do.
The Museum Team