THE LEAPER BETWEEN. An Historical Study of the Toad-Bone Amulet; Its Form, Function and Praxis in Popular Magic.
Hercules, CA: Three Hands Press, 2012. Limited to 77 copies, hand-numbered of which this is number 53. A FINE FULL LEATHER COPY in black with custom end papers, gilt Toad device on front panel, and numbered. A scholarly essay by Andrew Chumbley concerning the obscure ritual of obtaining the witches' amulet known as the Toad-bone. A tenet of rural folk magicians and secret societies such as the Society of the Horseman's Word, the exacting ritual of killing a toad to obtain the bone of power has been documented in various forms and cultural milieus for two millennia, though its origin is likely far older. Focusing on extant forms in Britain and Europe, Chumbley traces the metamorphosis of the toad-bone amulet from its beginning as a talisman for controlling animals to its ultimate manifestation as a conduit of diabolic power of the 'Toad-Witch'. The first academic study of this little-known aspect of folk magic, THE LEAPER BETWEEN is here presented in unabridged form. Small 8vo. (Item ID: 15563)