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Bardon, Franz (Gerhard Hanswille, trans.; Kenneth Johnson, ed.)
Frabato, the Magician An Occult Novel
Merkur Publishing Inc., Salt Lake City UT, 1995.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine and upper board titles and decorations; 173pp., with 8pp. of monochrome plates. Minor wear. Dustwrapper with an old price sticker to the rear panel. Near fine. Though cast in the form of a novel, "Frabato, The Magician" is in fact the spiritual autobiography of Franz Bardon, one of the Twentieth Century's greatest Hermetic adepts. Frabato was the author's stage name during his career as a performing magician, and it is Frabato who occupies centre stage in the novel as well. Set in Dresden, Germany, in the early 1930s, the story chronicles Frabato's magical battles with the members of a powerful and dangerous black lodge, his escape from Germany during the final desperate days of the Weimar Republic, and the beginning of the spiritual mission which was to culminate in Franz Bardon's classic book on Hermetic magic. More than an occult novel, "Frabato, The Magician" is itself a work of magic which illuminates Bardon's other books as well as providing a revealing look into the dark occult forces which lay behind the rise of the Third Reich.
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Barton, Blanche
The Secret Life of a Satanist: The Authorized Biography of Anton LaVey
Feral House, Los Angeles, 1990.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo; black boards with red gilt spine titling and lower board subject's name; 262pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear to dustwrapper edges. Otherwise near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Churtin, Tobias
Aleister Crowley The Biography
Watkins Publishing, London, 2011.
First edition. Octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine-titling; 474pp., with 16pp. of monochrome and full-colour plates. Very minor wear. Dustwrapper. Near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. "Crowley had the advantage over biographers; he could look into himself. There he found a perfect daisy three parts crazy. Most biographers have looked at him, seen a reputation black as pitch, writ in granite, and rushed to the conclusion that the 'Great Beast' was no less than four parts wicked with not a daisy in sight. Aleister Crowley has been buried under a tsunami of abuse with nothing pushing up from beneath: a life not written, but written over. ..Crowley volunteered for demonic service and if his reputation looks like St Sebastian punctured by the arrows of martyrdom it only goes to show what a kinky masochist Crowley was.. It is a powerful image, sanctified by time and for a biographer, perhaps insuperable. But have we not heard all this before - at a witch trial? As Crowley observed: " The more religious people are, the more they believe in Black Magic". The bright new but turned-out-to-be damned apocalyptic 20th century still nursed a streak of medieval fear to its chromium bosom - fear of heresy, the Devil, the dark, the damned; knowledge, science - and sex... How are we to understand who Crowley really was, and what he really achieved, if, as we shall discover, the legend is largely a libel? Ask the man. He left us clues." - Tobias Churtin
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Cleary, Collin (Greg Johnson, ed.)
Summoning the Gods Essays on Paganism in a God-forsaken World
Counter-Currents Publishing Ltd., San Francisco CA, 2011.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 198pp. Minor wear. Near fine in like dustwrapper. Neo-paganism is the attempt to revive the polytheistic religions of old Europe. But how? Can one just invent or reinvent an authentic, living faith? Or are modern neo-pagans just engaged in elaborate role-playing games? In "Summoning the Gods", Collin Cleary argues that the gods have not died or forsaken us so much as we have died to or forsaken them. Modern civilization - including much of modern neo-paganism - springs from a mindset that closes man off to the divine and traps us in a world of our own creations. Drawing upon sources from Taoism to Heidegger, Collin Cleary describes how we can attain an attitude of openness that may allow the gods to return. In these nine wide-ranging essays, Collin Cleary also explores the Nordic pagan tradition, Tantrism, the writings of Alain de Benoist, Karl Maria Wiligut, and Alejandro Jodorowski, and Patrick McGoohan's classic television series The Prisoner. Cleary's essays are models of how to combine clarity and wit with spiritual depth and intellectual sophistication. The writings of Collin Cleary are an excellent example of the way in which old European paganism continues to question our contemporaries in a thought-provoking way. Written with elegance, his work abounds in original points of view. Jung compared the absence of the gods to a dry riverbed: their shapes remain, but devoid of the energy and substance that would make them live among us as they used to. What we await is the energy and substance to flow once more into the forms. The words of Collin Cleary, his thoughts and ideas, constitute the kind of fresh and vital energy that is needed to effect the renewal of the gods in our contemporary world.
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Dowswell, Paul (with Susan Greenwood)
The Amazing World of Witches: Discover the Spellbinding History of Witches, Wizardry, Magic and Mystery
Lorenz Books, London, 2003.
Hardcover; quarto; illustrated boards and endpapers; 63pp., colour illustrations. Minor wear; frayed board corners and slight rubbing to cover. Otherwise very good to near fine. No dustwrapper. Witchcraft. You know - for kids.
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Drury, Nevill and Gregory Tillet
The Occult Source Book
Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1978.
Octavo paperback; 236pp., monochrome illustrations. Well-toned and spotted text block and page edges; spotting to early pages; creased spine and wear to cover edges and corners. Very good.
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Faulks, Philippa and Robert L.D. Cooper
The Masonic Magician The Life and Death of Count Cagliostro and his Egyptian Rite
Watkins Publishing, London, 2008.
Hardcover, octavo, 317pp., monochrome and colour plates. Dustwrapper. New. Remainder. Miracle-worker or man of straw? Count Alessandro Cagliostro was a cult figure of European society in the tumultuous years leading to the French Revolution. An alchemist, healer and Freemason, he inspired both wild devotion and savage ridicule - and novels by Alexander Dumas, a drama by Goethe and Mozart's opera, The Magic Flute. Cagliostro's sincere belief in the magical powers, including immortality, conferred by his Egyptian Rite of Freemasonry won him fame, but made him dangerous enemies, too. His celebrated travels through the Middle East and the capitals of Europe ended abruptly in Rome in 1789, where he was arrested by the Inquisition and condemned to death for heresy. The Masonic Magician tells Cagliostro's extraordinary story, complete with the first English translation of the Egyptian Rite ever published. The authors examine the case made against him, that he was an impostor as well as a heretic, and finds that the Roman Church, and history itself, have done him a terrible injustice. This engaging account, drawing on remarkable new documentary evidence, shows that the man condemned was a genuine visionary and true champion of Freemasonry. His teachings have much to reveal to us today not just of the mysteries of Freemasonry, but of the mysterious hostility the movement continues to attract.
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"Frater Albertus Spagyricus" (Albert Richard Riedel)
Gently I Answered And Said...
Paracelsus Research Society, Kansas City MO, 1978.
Octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine and upper board titles; 74pp., on buff stock, each page with decorative borders, with a monochrome frontispiece. Minor wear; boards lightly rubbed with some minor edgewear and softening to the spine extremities; mild offset to the text block edges; signed and numbered in ink to the limitations page. Dustwrapper is well rubbed and edgeworn; light chipping to the spine panel extremities; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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Givry, Emile Grillot de
Illustrated Anthology of Sorcery, Magic and Alchemy
Mallard Press/BDD Promotional Book Company Inc., New York NY, 1991.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 394pp., with a monochrome frontispiece, 9 plates likewise and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; some minor scraping to the spine heel; light offset to the endpapers. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. Emile Grillot de Givry wrote and translated many hermetic and occult works; this was the first to be translated into English and is the largest and finest collection of the iconography of occultism. Some 376 illustrations were selected by the author from manuscripts, rare books, private collections and museums. Those selected are the most curious, characteristic and rare graphics depicting sorcery, magic, astrology, cheiromancy, cartomancy and alchemy - the universe of the occult. The dates of the sources range from the Middle Ages to the eve of the nineteenth century. Excellent commentary accompanies the illustrations.
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Howard, Michael
The Occult Conspiracy The secret history of mystics, Templars, Masons and occult societies
Rider & Co. Ltd./Century Hutchinson Ltd., Surry Hills NSW, 1989.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 196pp., with many monochrome illustrations and 8pp. of plates likewise. Minor wear; slightly rolled; spine heel softened; text block edges toned and spotted; some light spotting to the preliminaries. Dustwrapper rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. It is a little-known fact that for thousands of years secret societies and occult groups - guardians of ancient esoteric wisdom - have exercised a strong and often crucial influence on the destiny of nations. As Freemasons, Knights Templar, and Rosicrucians they affected the course of the French and American revolutions as well as the overthrow of the medieval order. Inevitably, the true ideals and esoteric practices of these societies have at times been perverted by self-serving individuals. The Nazis, of course, but also the British security forces, the founding fathers of America, and the Vatican have all had a part - for good or ill - in the occult conspiracy. The author explores these connections, tracing occult influences in politics and statecraft from the time of ancient Egypt to the present. He sheds light on these influences in government and in the lives of many well-known figures, including Frederick the Great, John Dee, Francis Bacon, Benjamin Franklin, Comte Cagliostro, Helen Blavatsky, Rasputin, and Woodrow Wilson. Reading The Occult Conspiracy, we are left with little doubt that the secret societies - largely ignored by orthodox historians and persecuted throughout history - have survived and continue to operate powerfully in world affairs today.
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Ingalese, Isabella
Occult Philosophy
Newcastle Publishing, Hollywood CA, 1980.
Paperback, octavo; 321pp. Minor wear; toned and spotted text block edges; slightly sunned and toned spine panel, rubbing; wear to cover edges and corners. Good to very good.
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Purucker, G. de (A.Trevor Barker, ed.)
Fundamentals of the Esoteric Philosophy
Rider & Co., London, 1932.
First edition. Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and blind-ruled upper board; 555pp. (+ 16pp. of adverts, largely unopened), with monochrome diagrams. Mild wear; shaken; spine extremities softened; text block and page edges mildly toned; a large stain to the upper board; previous owner's name in pencil to the flyleaf. No dustwrapper. Very good.
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Regardie, Israel
The Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic
New Falcon Publications, Tempe AZ, 1994.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 784pp., with three monochrome portrait frontispieces, 8pp. of colour plates and many monochrome illustrations. Very mild wear only. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. Israel Regardie says of the Golden Dawn .."Initiation is the preparation for immortality. Man is only potentially immortal. Immortality is acquired when the purely human part of him becomes allied to that spiritual essence which was never created, was never born, and shall never die. It is to effect this spiritual bond with the highest, that the Golden Dawn owes all its rituals and practical magical work".
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Roberts, Susan
The Magician of the Golden Dawn The Story of Aleister Crowley
Contemporary Books Inc., Chicago IL, 1978.
Hardcover, octavo, 337pp. Light spotting to text block edges; else fine in like dustwrapper (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Aleister Crowley was considered the most powerful and notorious magician who ever lived - the self-proclaimed "Great Beast" and tabloid "King of Depravity", he was also hailed as the great regenerator of a dying world. Yeats was a member of his order, Maugham wrote a book about him and Rodin was a friend. This work is based on Crowley's personal papers, diaries and correspondence made available to a biographer for the first time and the dramatised biography presents Crowley in his dual roles of man and magician.
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Tompkins, Peter
The Magic of Obelisks
Harper & Row, New York, 1981.
Hardcover, quarto; blue cloth boards with gilt spine titling and illustrated endpapers; 470pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; spotting to text block edges; rubbing to dustwrapper with wear and chipping to edges; board edges slightly rubbed. Very good with wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This incomparable book explores the entire history of man's association with obelisks: the many early and current theories about them and their magical and physical properties; the adventures encountered in engineering and moving 300 ton monoliths; their association with sexual rites and the hermetic wisdom of ancient Egypt; and their suspected influence on and connection with many secret societies and historic figures - Freemasons, Knights Templar, Rosicrucians, Illuminati, Ficino, Pico, Dee, Bruno, Kircher, Cagliostro, Saint Germain, and Crowley. Peter Tompkins believed that this book was the culmination of a lifetime of research into the wisdom of the ancients and in the end, believed that the ancient Egyptians used the obelisk as a symbol for manifest divinity, and magic as the means for communing with it.
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Vinci, Leo
Gmicalzoma! An Enochian Dictionary It Means What It Says When You Know What It Means
Regency Press, London, 1976.
First edition. Hardcover, octavo, 88pp., b/w illustrations to front and rear endpapers and pastedowns. Minor toning and spotting to text block edges. Illustrated boards. Near fine.
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