Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942)

A Selective Bibliography



The Secret Tradition in Alchemy: Its Development and Records. London: Kegan Paul,

Trench, Trubner, 1926.



A Handbook of Cartomancy, Fortune-Telling and Occult Divination. London: Redway, 1889 [5th rev. ed. 1912]



The Secret Tradition in Freemasonry. London: Rebman, 1912.

A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Ars magna latomorum) and of Cognate Instituted

Mysteries: Their Rites, Literature and History. London: Rider, 1921 (2 vols.)

Emblematic Freemasonry and the Evolution of Its Deeper Issues. London: Rider, 1925.

The Secret Tradition in Freemasonry. [Rev. ed.] London: Rider, 1937.



The Hidden Church of the Holy Graal: Its Legends and Symbolism Considered in Their

Affinity with Certain Mysteries of Initiation and Other Traces of a Secret Tradition in Christian Times. London: Rebman, 1909.

The Holy Grail, Its Legends and Symbolism: An Explanatory Survey of Their

Embodiment in Romance Literature and a Critical Study of the Interpretations Placed Thereon. London: Rider, 1933.



The Secret Doctrine in Israel: A Study of the Zohar and Its Connections. London: Rider,


The Holy Kabbalah: A Study of the Secret Tradition in Israel. London: Williams &

Norgate, 1929.



The Life of Louis Claude de Saint-Martin, the Unknown Philosopher, and the Substance

of His Transcendental Doctrine. London: Welby, 1901.

Saint-Martin the French Mystic and the Story of Modern Martinism. London: Rider,




The Real History of the Rosicrucians Founded on Their Own Manifestoes and on Facts

and Documents Collected from the Writings of Initiated Brethren. London: Redway, 1887.

The Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross. London: Rider, 1924 [revision of above title]



The Key to the Tarot: Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition under the Veil of

Divination. London: Rider, 1910 [issued with a deck of cards designed by Waite]

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot … 1911 [reprint of above title with card illustrations

reproduced in the book]


General mysticism & occult spirituality

The Occult Sciences: A Compendium of Transcendental Doctrine and Experiment,

Embracing an Account of Magical practices, of Secret Sciences in Connection to Magic, of the
Professors of Magical Arts, and of Modern Spiritualism, Mesmerism and Theosophy. London:
Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1891.

The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts. London: Redway, 1898.

Studies in Mysticism and Certain Aspects of the Secret Tradition. London: Hodder &

Stoughton, 1906.

The Book of Ceremonial Magic: The Secret Tradition in Goetia, Including the Rites and

Mysteries of Goetic Theurgy, Sorcery, and Infernal Necromancy. London: Rider,

1911 [revised edition of The book of Black magic]

The Book of Destiny, and the Art of Reading Therein. London: Rider, 1912.

Raymund Lully, Illuminated Doctor, Alchemist and Christian Mystic. London: Rider,


Lamps of Western Mysticism: Essays on the Life of the Soul in God. London: Kegan

Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1923.
                                                                                                Literary & other works


Prince Starbeam: A Tale of Fairyland. London: Burns, 1889.

The Golden Stairs: Tales from the Wonder-World. London: Theosophical Pub., 1893.

Belle and the Dragon: An Elfin Comedy. London: James Elliott, 1894.

The Collected Poems of Arthur Edward Waite. London: Rider, 1914.

Shadows of Life and Thought: A Retrospective Review in the Form of Memoirs. London:

Selwyn & Blount, 1938 [autobiography]

                                                                         Works edited &/or translated by Waite


The Mysteries of Magic: A Digest of the Writings of Eliphas Levi. London: Redway,

1886 [2nd ed., rev. & enlarged.1897]


Elfin Music: An Anthology of English Fairy Poetry. London: Scott, 1888.

Lives of Alchemystical Philosophers / [Francis Barrett]. London: Redway, 1888.


The Alchemical Writings of Edward Kelly. London: James Elliott, 1893.

Collectanea Chemica: Being Certain Select Treatises on Alchemy and Hermetic

Medicine. London: James Elliott, 1893.

A Golden and Blessed Casket of Nature’s Marvels / Figulus Benedictus. London: James

Elliott, 1893.

The Hermetic Museum Restored and Enlarged. London: James Elliott, 1893.

A Lexicon of Alchemy / Martin Ruland. London: James Elliott, 1893.

The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony / Basilius Valentinus. London: James Elliott, 1893.


The Hermetic and Alchemical Writings of Aureolus Philippus Theophrastus Bombast, of

Hohenheim, Called Paracelsus the Great. London: James Elliott, 1894 (2 vols.)

The New Pearl of Great Price / Petrus Bonus of Ferrara. London: James Elliott, 1894.


Transcendental Magic / Eliphas Levi. London: Redway, 1896.

The Turba Philosophorum; or, Assembly of the Sages. London: Redway, 1896.


The Gift of the Spirit: A Selection from the Essays of Prentice Mulford. London Redway,


Neurypnology; or, The Rationale of Nervous Sleep, Considered in Relation with Animal

Magnetism or Mesmerism / James Braid. London: Redway, 1899.

Obermann / Etienne Pivert de Senancour. London: Welby, 1903.

The Gift of Understanding: A Second Series of Essays / Prentice Mulford.. London:

Philip Wellby, 1907.

The History of Magic / Eliphas Levi. London: Rider, 1913.

The Works of Thomas Vaughn. London: Theosophical Publishing House, 1919 [based on

earlier editions of Vaughn by Waite  in 1888 & 1910].


Works about Waite

Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 1983 (1421-2)

Longman Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature, 1970.

New Encyclopedia of the Occult / John Michael Greer. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn, 2003.

Twentieth Century Authors. New York: Wilson, 1942 (1462-3)


Elisabeth Brewer. “Charles Williams and Arthur Edward Waite” in VII: An Anglo-

American Literary Review 4 (1983) 54-67.

Robert Galbreath. “Arthur Edward Waite, Occult Scholar and Christian Mystic” in

Bulletin of Bibliography 30:2 (April-June 1973) 55-61.

R. A. Gilbert. A. E. Waite: A Bibliography. Aquarian Press, 1983.

R. A. Gilbert. A. E. Waite: Magician of Many Parts. Wellingborough: Crucible, 1987.

Harold van Buren Voorhis. Arthur Edward Waite: A Checklist of His Writings, 1932.


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