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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.

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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.