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Weiser Antiquarian Catalog #93

Weiser Antiquarian Catalog 93

Weiser Antiquarian Catalog #93 is now available, featuring works by and about Aleister Crowley

Be sure to have a look at Weiser Antiquarian’s new catalog #93, featuring books by and about Aleister Crowley, at: http://weiserantiquarian.com/catalog

About this new catalog, Weiser writes:

Weiser Antiquarian Books is pleased to announce the release of the ninety-third of our on-line catalogues. Being number 93 it really had to be an Aleister Crowley catalogue, and a rather special one at that. For the most part the catalogue contains material from the collection of our longtime friend and customer, the late Nicholas Bishop-Culpeper (1942-2011), although it also includes works from several other collections, including those of Helen Parsons Smith, Wilfred Talbot Smith and others.

The books in the first section are all from the Bishop-Culpeper collection, and without doubt comprise the most comprehensive collection of biographical and autobiographical works pertaining to Crowley ever to be offered in one place. What makes them particularly special is that many of the books are signed, inscribed, or include letters from the author(s) or other related ephemera. Of particular importance is a proof copy of the 1969 Symonds and Grant edition of Crowley’s Confessions, that is inscribed by John Symond’s and with his manuscript corrections, and accompanied by a large and significant archive of related letters. The books in the second section are also all from the Bishop-Culpeper collection, and are mainly literary and other memoirs, all of which contain some reference to Aleister Crowley. The mainly first-person accounts in these works provided valuable source materials for many of the biographies in the first section, and some of them are quite rare, and took Nick many years to track down.

The third section of the catalogue is devoted to Crowley rarities, and comprises a mixed collection of books and ephemera. The most outstanding item would have to be a complete original typescript of Liber LXXI, …that is Crowley’s rendition of Mme. Blavatsky’s The Voice of the Silence and Commentary, with numerous manuscript corrections and insertions in Crowley’s handwriting. Other fascinating ephemeral items include a prospectus for The Equinox of the Gods with a few holograph annotations by Crowley, a receipt in Crowley’s handwriting for a copy of the rare Bagh-i-Muattar which he borrowed in the hope of republishing it, and a manuscript address list, in which Crowley has written the names and address of over 60 friends and acquaintances – including his own. Rare books in this section include a superb, signed and numbered copy of the white buckram edition of Konx om Pax; a scarce review issue of the black-bound issue of the same work; the hand-made paper edition, limited to 50 numbered copies, of The Winged Beetle; and a presentation copy of Crowley’s The High History of Good Sir Palamedes inscribed by C. Stansfeld Jones to Wilfred Talbot Smith. Also of great rarity are the Helen Parsons Smith reissue of the Karl Germer edition of The Vision and the Voice and a first edition, with original prospectus and errata sheet loosely inserted, of the Germer edtion of Magick Without Tears. The final selection contains some Crowley Curiosities, books that are in one way or another related to Aleister Crowley, although their relevance is not always obvious at first glance.

As often there are too many interesting items to detail in a short overview like this, but there are some genuinely important and unusual pieces throughout the catalogue, and we recommend that those interested scrutinise it carefully.

Grimoire of Aleister Crowley : £31

Abrahadabra Press announces their first publication

Grimoire of Aleister Crowley by Rodney Orpheus

320 pages, octavo hardcover with dust jacket
ISBN: 978-0-9569853-0-9

Grimoire of Aleister Crowley by Rodney Orpheus

Grimoire of Aleister Crowley by Rodney Orpheus : £31

This book contains rituals written by Crowley for his own magic circles, many of them unpublished during his lifetime; plus rare ancient texts that were Crowley’s own inspiration in turn.

The rituals are newly edited and explained by Rodney Orpheus.

Available for purchase directly from the publisher. Click here to order.

 

Testimonials

“..there are presently very few individuals living today who are qualified by education and experience to do [this], and even fewer with the writing talent and communication skills to bring it all to life on the printed page. Brother Orpheus is the incarnation of both these aspects of genius. Whether he is expanding upon classic Crowley rituals or creating and developing his own Thelemic ceremonies, the magician reader can be confident he or she is in good hands.”

- Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley, Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, etc.

“Rodney Orpheus, the modern Minstrel of Thelema, is back with another vibrant, creative, and irreverent effort that is sure to please and enlighten as it broadcasts the good news that the Lord of the Aeon is alive and well. This is a practical, lively, and meticulously documented manual designed for group magical workings. It admirably fulfils its task—bringing new insight to both published and unpublished rituals with diagrams and detailed instructions for movement, apparel, and Temple setup. It includes rituals from Crowley and others, and its important appendices round out an excellent work.”

- James Wasserman, author of To Perfect This Feast: A Performance Commentary on the Gnostic Mass, etc.

“In addition to gifting us with a long-needed anthology of Aleister Crowley’s group rituals, Rodney Orpheus’ “Grimoire,” with its inclusion of rituals inspired by Crowley, is also a course on how to take older texts and adapt them to one’s needs.  The cookbook-style “list of ingredients and preparation time” that precedes each ceremony handily gives aspiring ritualists a heads up on how many Fratres or Sorores are needed, how much memorization is required, and how complex the ritual equipment and staging is.  Eminently readable and (most importantly) usableGrimoire of Aleister Crowley will keep many a magical group busy for years to come.”

- Richard Kaczynski, author of Perdurabo

“With this book, Rodney Orpheus has produced the most significant Thelemic book written this century. Grimoire of Aleister Crowley adds a key missing fragment to the corpus of Crowley’s Thelemic rituals – a coherent set of group rituals which enhance personal practices and expand effective magical interaction between practitioners. Drawing on unpublished Crowley material, the author has vitalised the rituals with the spirit of Thelemic practice, rather than slavishly following standard formulae. This book is going to end up being standard reading for numerous groups,and is sure to cause a stir, and may even start a revolution.”

- David Rankine, author of The Goetia of Dr. Rudd, The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet, etc.

“This book is all purple and pleasure, a revelation of fragments of rituals by Aleister Crowley which were half concealed, expounding the mantras and the spells and propagating the essence of Thelema. Rodney Orpheus has provided an original and enchanting work for the twenty-first century which opens the gates to the palace and offers a pathway to the mysteries hidden therein. The Grimoire of Aleister Crowley is sure to become a modern classic.”

-Sorita D’Este, author of Practical Qabalah Magick & Hekate Liminal Rites

“Rodney Orpheus has here provided a wide-ranging introduction to liturgical science for 21st-century magicians, as well as collecting valuable traditional and original materials for the purposes of consummating group operations of magick. Grimoire of Aleister Crowleyhighlights the aims and innovations of the Great Beast in the field of group ceremony, and includes rituals by Crowley never previously available in book form. It should be valuable to Thelemites both within and outside of formal initiatory societies, and to students of the occult in general.”
- T Polyphilus, Ep. Gn.

 

Grimoire of Aleister Crowley

Contents

  • Introduction by Lon Milo DuQuette
  • Preface
  • A Note on Safety
  • The Ritual of the Mark of the Beast
  • The Invocation of Horus
  • Invocation of the Holy Spirit
  • A Ritual to Invoke HICE
  • A Rite of Isis
  • Roots of Thelema I – A Mithraic Liturgy
  • Roots of Thelema II – The Bacchanal
  • Roots of Thelema III – Goetia
  • The Brazen Head
  • An Evocation of Bartzabel the Spirit of Mars
  • The Supreme Ritual
  • The Ritual Of Consecration Of An High Priest Of L.I.L.
  • The Ritual Of Initiation of a Thelemite
  • Breaking of Bread
  • The Mass of Babalon

Appendices

  • Rituals from Liber O
  • The 72 Spirits of the Goetia
  • Three Holy Books
  • Ritual J
  • Cakes of Light

Bibliography

Available for purchase directly from the publisher. Click here to order.

Night of Pan Books

Night of Pan Books

Night of Pan Books

The Strangest Person I have Ever Known: Aleister Crowley by Hereward Carrington. Edited and annotated by Michael Kolson : $10 : http://bit.ly/jQDBZF

A wonderful first hand account of Aleister Crowley during his New York City period (1914-1919). In addition there is a rare first hand account of Crowley’s soon to be Scarlet Woman, Leah Hirsig.

Carrington was a prolific writer on occult and psychic studies and he here provides a wonderful and warm look at Crowley.

We’re pleased to feature this recent offering from Night of Pan Books, an occult bookseller with particular specialty in books by and about Aleister Crowley.

Also check out Night Of Pan’s other offerings, listed in their recent Catalog #36, where you’ll find a number of rare and hard-to-find editions of Aleister Crowley’s works, and even first editions. also included are new books by and about Aleister Crowley.

New Weiser Antiquarian Catalog

The latest catalog from Weiser Antiquarian includes numerous titles by Aleister Crowley. Don’t miss it!

http://weiserantiquarian.com/catalogeightyseven/

Liber AL vel Legis, Centennial Edition : $14

Liber AL vel Legis Centennial Edition

Liber AL vel Legis Centennial Edition : $14

Liber AL vel Legis: The Book of the Law, Centennial Hardback Edition : $14 : http://amzn.to/f6Zbny

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” This oft-misunderstood phrase, which forms the basis for Crowley’s practice of Magick, is found in The Book of the Law. Dictated to Crowley in Cairo between noon and 1 pm on three success days in April 1904, the Book of the Law is the source book and key for Crowley students and for the occult in general.

Since 2004 The Book of the Law has been available in this deluxe, hardcover edition, fittingly issued in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Liber AL vel Legis‘s transmission to Crowley.

Levi’s History of Magic, annotated by Crowley

History of Magic annotated by Aleister Crowley

Eliphas Levi's "History of Magic" annotated by Aleister Crowley: $8000

Aleister Crowley’s personal copy of The History of Magic, written by Eliphas Levi, translated to English by A.E. Waite, and heavily annotated by Aleister Crowley : $8000 :  http://bit.ly/bpp626

Be sure to click through and view additional images, which include several pages of Crowley’s interesting annotations.

London: William Rider & Son, Limited, 1913.

Octavo, 16 x 23 cm. xxxvi,[536pp].

First edition. Association copy: Aleister Crowley’s copy, signed by him and with his extensive annotations throughout the book. Original dark blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt, front board stamped in gilt and blind. Illustrated with 20 black-and-white plates, including a portrait frontispiece. Translated from the original French by A. E. Waite. Housed in a custom dark-blue, cloth-covered Solander box with a gilt-stamped leather label on the spine.

The book contains more than 180 pages bearing Crowley’s penciled annotations, many of them scornful and deprecating toward Waite’s translative efforts. Crowley has signed the book on page 304, and his initials (as A.C., 666, or A.A.) appear on pages 135, 357, and 528. Some of the pages are covered with Crowley’s commentary and esoteric symbols, and many passages have been marked with brackets and/or underlining.

Crowley’s early interest in occultism led him to seek Arthur Waite’s guidance and tutelage, and though at one point Waite and Crowley were both peers of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, they — like so many other members of that secretive society — parted ways acrimoniously, fueling a rivalry that persisted for years and that is very much in evidence in these annotations. Crowley himself claimed to be the reincarnation of Eliphas Levi, and many of his own writings were inspired by that prominent 19th Century French magician, originally known as Alphonse Louis Constant.

This book has a secondary association, having once belonged to the Anglo-Welsh composer and music critic Philip Heseltine, a.k.a. Peter Warlock, and his signature (dated 1916) appears in ink on the front paste-down. In addition to Crowley’s numerous penciled scribblings, there are more than two dozen examples of annotations (both in ink and pencil) in handwriting other than Crowley’s. The boards and joints are rubbed, the corners and spine ends are worn, and the book has a slight cigarette smoke odor. Although there are a few places where the binding is cracked and the gutter exposed, thus leaving the binding somewhat shaken, the book is still sound and is overall a most extraordinary and unique association copy.

Gems from the Equinox $50

Gems from the Equinox: Instructions by Aleister Crowley for His Own Magical Order

NEW Gems from the Equinox: $50

Gems from the Equinox : $50 : http://bit.ly/c2H0Gs

In the original ten volumes of the Equinox, Alesiter Crowley succeeded in synthesizing the aim of religion and the method of science. Israel Regardie’s selections in Gems of the Equinox make a volume that is invaluable to readers, students, and adepts. It includes material on Crowley’s magical order, magical rituals, yoga, invocations, and sex magick, among many other topics. Gems from the Equinox is a unique resource that serves as a veritable textbook for the magickal orders AA and O.T.O. Although it is written for the advanced practitioner, beginners will gain much from its many pages of wisdom, including yoga postures and breathing techniques, ceremonial rituals and meditations, an Enochian magick primer, and The Book of the Law. In Gems from the Equinox, Israel Regardie’s selections of Aleister Crowley’s writings synthesize the aim of religion and the method of science, making it invaluable to readers, students, and adepts. Gems is a must have for every student of Occultism, Mysticism, Thelema, Magick, and comparative religion.

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