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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.

Aleister Crowley, The Golden Dawn, and Buddhism

Aleister Crowley, the Golden Dawn, and Buddhism: Writings of Gerald Yorke: Trade Edition

Trade Edition : $50

Aleister Crowley, The Golden Dawn and Buddhism: Reminiscences and Writings of Gerald Yorke : http://weiserantiquarian.com/Gerald_Yorke_Page/

Aleister Crowley, The Golden Dawn and Buddhism comprises a series of 20 essays by Gerald Joseph Yorke, set down over a thirty-year time-span. For four years, from 1928 onwards, Gerald Yorke was one of Aleister Crowley’s closest associates, studying with him, acting as his agent, working on his publications, and participating in his magical ceremonies. During that time he also investigated the path of the mystic through a series of “magical retirements” in the course of which he invoked his “Holy Guardian Angel” whilst tramping alone across the deserts of North Africa, and practiced yoga and meditation in the solitude of a cave on the Welsh coast. When he and Crowley fell out in 1932, Yorke set out for China, where he travelled, studied Buddhism, and worked as a Reuter’s correspondent for some three years. On his return to England he resumed contact with Crowley, but as a friend rather than a follower, and after Crowley’s death in 1947 Yorke was one of the handful of people who laboured to preserve the legacy of “The Beast.” In the process he assembled one of the most significant collections of Crowleyana and occult-related books and documents in the world and remained fascinated by the subject, even though on a personal level he had rejected the occult in favour of Buddhism. Immensely knowledgeable, he gave freely of his time and thought, and was instrumental in the publication of many of the most important works of his times on the occult, yoga and Buddhism.

Gerald Yorke’s interests are reflected in the essays and lectures which are published together here for the first time. Most of these pieces were groundbreaking: his short memoir of Crowley was the first sympathetic biographical piece of any length to be published after The Beast’s death, and his essay on Crowley’s O.T.O. and sexual occultism is the first clear account of the subject in the English language. His essays on ritual magic are unique in their matter-of-factness and sanity, and his writings on the Golden Dawn arguably mark the beginnings of historical research into that group. He also wrote knowledgeably on subjects such as Yoga, Tantra, Mantra and Zen at a time long before they had become common terms in the West.

Aleister Crowley, The Golden Dawn and Buddhism: the Writings of Gerald Yorke

Edition Deluxe : $250

Above all, Yorke’s essays offer a rare blend of straightforward scholarship and genuine first-hand experience. He had known Crowley as few others, and had learned directly from him the principals and practice of magic. Gerald Yorke sifted through a vast archive of then-unpublished Golden Dawn material, and was acquainted with a number of former associates of the Order; he had also studied and practiced yoga, meditation, and aspects of the tantras at a level unimaginable to most Western practitioners of his time. And he wrote on all of these topics with his characteristic wit and good humour.

The essays are accompanied by a biographical Introduction by Keith Richmond, a Reminiscence by Timothy d’Arch Smith, and a revised version of Yorke’s Crowley Bibliography by Clive Harper. The book concludes with a lengthy Interview with Gerald Yorke by David Tibet, undertaken shortly before Yorke’s death in 1983.

For complete information and online orders visit: http://weiserantiquarian.com/Gerald_Yorke_Page/

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.

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.

Perdurabo, expanded, revised, and SIGNED!

Perdurabo SIGNED : $25 : http://bit.ly/d7pmPW

This is an incredible price at $5 less than retail for the new book, and it’s SIGNED!

Perdurabo. The Life of Aleister Crowley, by Richard Kaczynski. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 2010. Revised and Expanded Edition. Hardcover. Large 8vo. viii + 706pp. Black cloth with silver gilt-stamped author and title to spine. References, notes and index. Illustrations. The new edition of Richard Kaczynski’s highly regarded biography of Aleister Crowley. The revisions are substantial and this new edition has been widely lauded as the best Crowley biography to date, with many speculating that it will come to be seen as the definitive study of “the Beast.” NEW BOOK, Fine in Fine dustjacket.

Perdurabo Readings

Richard Kaczynski reads from 'Perdurabo' in episode 8 of Speech in the Silence podcast

Speech in the Silence Podcast

Don’t miss Richard Kaczynski reading two passages from the newly expanded and revised Perdurabo on the Speech in the Silence podcast, episode #8.

About this new edition, Dr. Marco Pasi (Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics) writes:

“Dr. Kaczynski has been able to uncover a host of previously unexplored sources which cast new light on Crowley’s life and works. Some are presented here for the first time in this revised edition. It is an achievement that deserves praise and I am sure the book . . . will be used by scholars and students for many years to come as an indispensable reference work.”

Avant-garde jazz musician John Zorn also praises this volume:

“Meticulously researched and brilliantly written, Perdurabo is a revealing and unflinching look at the complex, enigmatic and always controversial figure known to us as Aleister Crowley. . . . Kaczynski has written one of the most enjoyable and riveting reads in recent memory. Newly revised and expanded this is the definitive Crowley biography.”

As a reminder, this book is now available for pre-order:

Perdurabo hardcover : $20 : http://bit.ly/d7bmsW

This will be available August 10, 2010, but is available now for pre-order.

The name “Aleister Crowley” instantly conjures visions of diabolic ceremonies and orgiastic indulgences—and while the sardonic Crowley would perhaps be the last to challenge such a view, he was also much more than “the Beast,” as this authoritative biography shows. Perdurabo (the magical name Crowley chose when inducted into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) traces Crowley’s remarkable journey from his birth as the only son of a wealthy lay preacher to his death in a boarding house as the world’s foremost authority on magick. Along the way, he rebels against his conservative religious upbringing; befriends famous artists, writers, and philosophers (and becomes a poet himself ); is attacked for his practice of “the black arts”; and teaches that science and magick can work together. While seeking to spread his infamous philosophy of “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” Crowley becomes one of the most notorious figures of his day. Based on Richard Kaczynski’s twenty years of research, and including previously unpublished biographical details, Perdurabo paints a memorable portrait of the man who inspired the counterculture and influenced generations of artists, punks, wiccans, and other denizens of the demimonde.

Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., is the author of The Weiser Concise Guide to Aleister Crowley, editor/annotator of a forthcoming edition of Crowley’s Sword of Song, and co-editor with Hymenaeus Beta of The Revival of Magick and Other Essays. He has been a student of the Western hermetic tradition since 1978, and has lectured internationally on these topics since 1990. His writing has appeared in numerous magazines (High Times, The Magical Link, Neshamah, Cheth, Mezlim, Eidolon, Different Worlds) and books (Concordance to the Holy Books of Thelema, The Golden Dawn Sourcebook, Rebels and Devils, People of the Earth). A research scientist and statistician with the VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center, Kaczynski is also affiliated with Yale University’s School of Medicine (Department of Psychiatry). He lives in Ellicott City, MD.