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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.

New Edition: White Stains

Aleister Crowley’s “White Stains”

An entirely new edition, illustrated by Fredrik Söderberg. Printed in four colours, hardbound with dustjacket.

UPDATE! Now available for pre-order; find your regional dealer at www.edda.se

Release evening: Wednesday, September 7 · 5:00pm – 8:00pm, at:

Milliken Gallery
Luntmakargatan 78,
113 51 Stockholm
Sweden
 

“English poet-magician Aleister Crowley published White Stains in 1898, an era of intense creativity for the budding magus-to-be. The original edition of a mere 100 copies was printed in Amsterdam with the help of Leonard Smithers (publisher of Beardsley, Wilde, Burton et al). Part of the edition was later ‘appropriated’ and destroyed by English Customs officers, due to the erotic nature of the poems. In a Victorian Zeitgeist that found Oscar Wilde intensely shocking, Aleister Crowley of course took everything one step further. The virile sexual force stemming from Crowley’s pen is but one of his trademark traits here. In this early collection, we also find examples of his remarkable wit, a thorough understanding of psycho-sexual dynamics, bombastic expressions of lyrical love, as well as his beloved Swinburnean structures of classical poetry. White Stains really is Crowley at his youthful best.”

Edited and with an introduction by William Breeze. This edition contains six stunning watercolour paintings by Fredrik Söderberg, reproduced in full colour.

Edda Bok, 2011. Hardbound book with dustjacket, 128 pages, 11 x 18 cm. Limited edition of 418 numbered copies.

A limited art edition of the book will also be available for purchase at Milliken Gallery on the night of the release: 43 copies in slipcase, with a screenprint by Söderberg.

Release date: September 7, 2011.

Click here to RSVP to the Facebook event.

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/

Liber AL vel Legis : The Ultimate Deluxe Edition : $331

 

Nine copies still available out of a total of 22 printed.

Published by The Headland Press – Antiquarian and Collectable Books,  2010.
Hardcover; New; No Dust Jacket

Designed as a companion edition to The Magical and Philosophical Commentaries on The Book Of The Law, published by 93 Publishing in 1975 e.v.

 

ONLY 9/22 COPIES REMAIN AT THE RETAIL PRICE OF $331 USD

Postage and shipping charge:

International and U.S.A. $15.00

Ordering Information:

The Headland Press
P.O. Box 666
Old Greenwich CT 06870-0666 USA

Telephone Voice Mail:

203-845-8786

Anne Rice’s copy of Eye in the Triangle

The Eye in the Triangle, a biography of Aleister Crowley by Israel Regardie. From the Library of Anne Rice

The Eye in the Triangle, from the Library of Anne Rice

The Eye in the Triangle, from the Library of Anne Rice : $20 : http://bit.ly/i7K7PC

If you are looking for a good, used copy of Israel Regardie’s psychoanalytical biography of Aleister Crowley, this is it! From the library of Anne Rice, this copy may include her marginalia (if she ever read it).

If she has any other books by or about Aleister Crowley, she didn’t sell them. One might wonder whether she is familiar with Crowley, and whether this copy might have any interesting handwritten notes which point to Crowley’s influence in her novels. Probably not. But either way, this book is being sold for a great price at only $19.95, which is less than the cover price!

Whether you are a fan of Anne Rice, interested in discovering what marginalia if any might be in this volume, looking for a neat conversation piece with some interesting history, or if you are just trying to find this book at a good price, this is a good deal on a unique item.

Liber AL, Illuminated by Susan Jameson

Liber AL vel Legis: The Book of the Law, illuminated by Susan Jameson

Liber AL vel Legis: The Book of the Law, illuminated by Susan Jameson

The Book of the Law, illuminated by Susan Jameson : $444.75 : http://bit.ly/adX1hA

This certainly one of the most impressive editions of The Book of the Law/ Liber Al vel Legis, ever published. The transcribed chapters of the Book of the Law have an elaborate illuminated border drawn on each page by artist Susan E. Jameson, around the text in full colour. Each page has a different illuminated border, with some striking art work, rich in symbolic content, and offering an initiated interpretation of the text. In addition to the illuminated text, there is a facsimile of Crowley’s original manuscript of Liber Al, in red ink, at the rear of the book. Unlike most editions of the Book of the Law, which are quite small, this has been published in a large format, with A4 sized pages, which makes it all the more impressive, with the stunning illuminated artwork, featuring on every single-sided page. This very rare edition of this important grimoire, would make a magnificent addition to any Thelemic or occult library. It is highly sought after, and becoming increasingly hard to find.

Neptune Press, London, 2004. First Edition Thus. Limited to 500 copies – hand numbered #247. Hardcover Very Good + No Jacket (as issued) Large 4to, green gilt titled cloth, title page printed in red & black, facsimile of Crowley’s writing of Liber Al in red ink at the rear of the book. Measures: 28.5 cm x 22 cm (11″ x 9″)

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.