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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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Miscellaneous Crowley Books for sale

Magical Record of the Beast 666

Magical Record of the Beast 666 (1972; Next Step Publishing; hardcover; some wear to dust jacket) : Edited by John Symonds and Kenneth Grant : $160

A collection of books by and about Aleister Crowley, and some others, are being sold on Facebook : http://on.fb.me/rhfstm

Below is a list of those available by and about Aleister Crowley. Contact Facebook user Martti Hill for more information.

Alexandra (Hardcover; Mandrake Press) – Aleister Crowley : $45

Magical Record of the Beast 666 (1972; Next Step Publishing; Hardcover; Some wear to Dustjacket) – Edited by John Symonds and Kenneth Grant : $160

Holy Books of Thelema (Hardcover; Previous owner’s sigils) – Aleister Crowley : $100

777 (Hardcover; 1982) – Aleister Crowley : $50

Vision and the Voice with Commentary (Hardcover) – Aleister Crowley : $160

Commentaries on the Holy Books (Hardcover) – Aleister Crowley : $150

Crowley on Christ (Hardcover; some marks by previous owner in first few pages) – Francis King/Aleister Crowley : $150

Book of Thoth (Hardcover; Kashmarin Press edition of 2000 this one left unnumbered) – Aleister Crowley : $140

Aleister Crowley The Black Magician – C.R. Cammell : $10

Clouds without Water – Aleister Crowley : $10

Confessions 1 (German version) – Aleister Crowley : $40

Liber Aleph (Aeon Press) – Aleister Crowley : $25

Liber Aleph (oversized; Level Press 1972) – Aleister Crowley : $40

Simon Iff: The Artistic Temperament (Black Moon Publishing Booklet) – Aleister Crowley : $15

Genesis of the Book of the Law Part 1 (Holmes Publishing Booklet; Seems to be very rare) – David Allen Hulse : $50

Genesis of the Book of the Law Part 2 (Holmes Publishing Booklet; Seems to be very rare) – David Allen Hulse : $50

Goetia (Hardcover; Magickal Childe; still has a Panurge sticker on the back cover from the early days of the Portland OTO scene) – Aleister Crowley : $80

More related books by other authors available in the original list here: http://on.fb.me/rhfstm

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.

The Occult Review / London Forum 1922-1940 : $12K

Occult Review 1922-1940

The Occult Review / London Forum 1922-1940 : $12K

The Occult Review / The London Forum (from July 1922-1940, some missing items) : $12,000 : http://bit.ly/ihnhOC

Includes work by Aleister Crowley; Dion Fortune; Frater Achad; Israel Regardie; Arthur Edward Waite; Aldous Huxley; Ethel Archer; Edward Maitland; Florence Farr; J.F.C. Fuller; Michael Juste; Meredith Starr; Algernon Blackwood; W.B. Crow; William Kingsland; Annie Besant; Meher Baba; Alan W. Watts; Paul Brunton; Charles King; Lewis Spence; Leo French; Edith K. Harper; H. Stanley Redgrove; E.J. Langford Garstin; Sylvan J. Muldoon; Upton Sinclair.

Missing items are:

  • 1922 January, June
  • 1927 January, June
  • 1938 October
  • 1939 January

New Weiser Antiquarian Catalog

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

http://weiserantiquarian.com/catalogeightyseven/

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.

Crowley Collection Sale

Adam Chaney is parting with some very nice Crowley books. Contact him directly to purchase. He also has some books by other authors available. See his Facebook Note for the complete list. See below for the Crowley.

Crowley, Aleister – Magic in Theory and Practice (1929 subscriber’s first edition / single volume) Very good condition, HC, dustjacket in facsimile. $350

Crowley, Aleister – Liber Aleph (1961 First Edition) Fine condition, HC w/DJ. $400

Crowley, Aleister – Moonchild (1929 First Edition) Very Good / spine slightly cocked. HC w/o DJ. $200

Crowley, Aleister, et al. – Equinox V:2 (1979 First Edition) HC w/DJ. Fine condition. $200

Crowley, Aleister – The Equinox (1974 / 10 volumes – Weiser second printing) Very Good. HC w/o DJ. $850

Crowley, Aleister – 777 (1955 Neptune Press / limited edition 1,100 copies) 1/4 Vellum – 3/4 Buckram binding w/o DJ. Very good. $200

Crowley, Aleister – 777 (No date – OTO Private Publishing / second revision) Leather bound w/o DJ. Very Good. Some shelf wear. $350

Crowley, Aleister – Snowdrops From a Curate’s Garden (1986 Teitan Press) HC w/DJ. Fine Condition. $100