Man, Myth & Magic (encyclopedia)

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 surrealistic 1960s band The Temperance Seven.[1]

First Edition Cover. Painting by Austin Osman Spare

Man, Myth & Magic was originally published by BPC Publishing, Ltd. as a partwork, a limited British weekly magazine intended to be collected as a whole. The printer was Purnell & Sons, Leeds. 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.[2] It was reprinted as a 21 volume revised edition by Marshall Cavendish in 1995 (ISBN 9781854357311).[3] The material has been sold to Cavendish Square Publishing, which has published ten volumes of the material reorganized into books according to subject, including Witches and Witchcraft as well as Beliefs, Rituals, and Symbols of Ancient Greece and Rome.[4] Cavendish Square revised the encyclopaedia into a five volume library bound set, in 2014.[5]

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

The editorial board consisted of:


  1. Obituary Brian Innes
  2. "Man, Myth and Magic". Retro-Reading. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  3. "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.
  4. "Cavendish Square Products". Cavendish Square Publishing. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  5. Library Set
  6. "Cottie Arthur Burland Information". Gale Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology. / Gale. Retrieved 6 June 2013.