Acknowledgments to Helene Hodge who had the idea of writing an up-to-date manual on geomancy, to Beverley Lawton and Christine Galea who undertook the task of typing it, and to the staff of the British Library, Museum of Mankind, Warburg Institute and the School of Oriental and African Studies, for helping in so many ways. My thanks especially to Dr Nicholas Tereshchenko, Dr Donald Laycock and to Abdurahman ben Yahya who assisted respectively with translations from French and Arabic. Lastly my thanks to Eileen Castle for bibliographic assistance.

The author and publishers are grateful to the following for permission to reproduce illustrations: Editions Bordas, Dunod, Gautheir-Villars, Paris, for Figures 2, 4 and 5 (from manuscripts in the Bibliothèque Nationale); Biblioteca Medicea-Laurenziana, Florence, for Figure 6; the British Library, London, for Figures 7, 8 and 11; Askin Publishers, London, for Figure 9; the Bodleian Library, Oxford, for Figure 10; B.P. Grimaud, Paris, for Figure 12, the Lowie Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, for Plates 1-3, from William Bascom, I fa Divination (Indiana University Press, 1969); the Frobenius-Institut, Frankfurt-am-Main, for Plate 4; Presses Universitaires de France for Plate 5, from André Caquot and Marcel Leibovici, La Divination (1968).

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