Man, Myth & Magic (encyclopedia)

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First Edition Cover. Painting by Austin Osman Spare

Man, Myth & Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural is an encyclopedia of the supernatural, including magic, mythology and religion. It was edited by Richard Cavendish. The art director was Brian Innes, former percussionist of The Temperance Seven.

Man, Myth & Magic was originally published as a British weekly magazine by Purnell and Sons. Publication commenced in 1970, and continued for 112 issues spanning 1,000 articles with some 5,000 illustrations, many of them in full colour. Purnell also sold binders for gathering the installments into seven volumes, plus one additional binder for the magazine covers.

In 1970 BPC Publishing Ltd put out a very popular hardcover set condensing all 112 magazines into a 24 volume set.[1] It was reprinted as a 21 volume revised edition by Marshall Cavendish in 1995 (ISBN 9781854357311).[2]

More than two hundred academics and specialists contributed to the magazine, and wrote in a generally accessible style.

The editorial board consisted of:


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  2. ^ "Man, Myth and Magic: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mythology, Religion and the Unknown (21 Volume Set) (9781854357311) Richard Cavendish, Amanda Harman, Brian Innes Books". Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cottie Arthur Burland Information". Gale Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology. / Gale. Retrieved 6 June 2013.