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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.

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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.

Crowley Collection Sale

Aleister Crowley Books at Germ Books

Germ Books Crowley Collection

Crowley Collection at Germ Books : http://bit.ly/bA8qnh

Germ Books just uploaded a collection of Crowley books for sale, including 777, Konx Om Pax, I Ching, The Vision & The Voice, Vol 2 of  Collected Works, and more at great prices.

About the bookseller: GERM Books + Gallery began out of a need for a truly alternative independent bookstore that would provide access to ideologically unpopular books; books that address difficult social topics; books that don’t cater to the lockstep mentality of the current counterculture; and books that reveal who our true masters are: The UFO Overlords. GERM also has a fine selection of classic and contemporary literature, esoteric writings, conspiracy theories, UFO books, science fiction (specializing in Alt-History, Post-Apocalypse and Cyberpunk), psychology, poetry, preparedness, hippie lit, hipster lit, and the obligatory fringe bookstore titles.

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

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