Midian Books: Latest Catalogue

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Some very interesting items in the latest catalogue from Derbyshire’s Midian Books, including some Chumbley volumes and a complete set of Starfire
Reproduced in full, here…

Midian Books
112 Hartshorne Road
Woodville
Swadlincote
Derbyshire
DE11 7HY
England

Tel: 01283 222580

http://www.midianbooks.co.uk

All prices in GBPsterling. Payment by credit card, UK cheques etc. and paypal (address j.davies@midianbooks.co.uk). Postage extra. UK. 2.00 1st item, 1.00 per additional item, maximum UK charge 8.00. Insurance extra at cost. Overseas, email for postal rates.

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Greetings

The following in stock now:

XVI
Alkistis Dimech and Peter Grey (eds)
1st 2010 280pp Scarlet Imprint h/b. Natural linen cloth, embossed cover. Printed throughout in red and black. Illus. Ltd. ed. 700 copies.
“Our civilisation is in crisis. As we confront ecological collapse, political control, wars of terror, and wars on consciousness, we are seeking emergence from this state of emergency. XVI proposes gnostic strategies for liberation. Some will consider this a dangerous and inflammatory book. It is. These provocative essays from the most radical contemporary occult thinkers reveal a creative and passionate engagement with the world. Attacks on our freedoms can lead to freedom, the sudden enlightenment, the lightning path and the initiatory crisis that the tower also represents. XVI seeks to raise magickal awareness of the unique times we find ourselves in, whilst being open to the resourcefulness and indominatable nature of the human spirit to find solutions and responses to it.
This is magick attuned to the zeitgeist. Sex, drugs, art, initiation rites, calls to arms, ritual actions, aeonic plans, revolutionary witchcraft and apocalypse converge in XVI.” A host of excellent magickians/writers and artists make this the essential purchase of 2010. £44.00

VISIONS OF ISOBEL GOWDIE
Magic, shamanism and witchcraft in 17th Century Scotland
Emma Wilby
1st 2010 616pp Sussex Academic Press trade paperback.
The confessions of Isobel Gowdie are widely recognised as the most extraordinary on record in Britain. Their descriptive power and vivid imagery have attracted considerable interest on both academic and popular levels. Among historians, the confessions are celebrated for providing a unique insight into the way fairy beliefs and witch beliefs interacted in the early modern mind; more controversially, they are also cited as evidence for the existence of Shamanistic visionary traditions, of pre-Christian origin, in Scotland in this period. On a popular level the confessions of Isobel Gowdie have, above any other British witch-trial records, influenced the formation of the ritual traditions of Wicca. The author’s discovery of the original trial records (currently being authenticated by the National Archives of Scotland), deemed lost for nearly 200 years, provides a starting point for an interdisciplinary look at the confessions and the woman behind them. £24.99

INVOCATING BY MAGIC CRYSTALS AND MIRRORS
Frederick Hockley
1st 2010 92pp Teitan small hardback. Col. illus. Numbered edition of 600 copies.
Invocating by Magic Crystals and Mirrors contains a full colour facsimile of an original manuscript by Frederick Hockley, a transcription of the text, an Introduction by R. A. Gilbert, and other related material.
Invocating by Magic Crystals and Mirrors is one of Hockley’s own writings. In it he describes the philosophy and method of “crystallomancy” (“crystal gazing” or “scrying through crystals or mirrors”), a practice which has long been associated with ritual magic. John Dee and his seer Edward Kelly were of course famous proponents of the system during the Elizabethan years, and after a period of relative obscurity it had found a new popularity in Spiritualist circles during the nineteenth century. Hockley’s is a short work, that is reproduced from an original manuscript, dated 1869, that he presented to Barbara Honywood, a well-known society Spiritualist of the time. Honywood was said to have mediumistic powers, and it seems likely that Hockley prepared and gave the manuscript to her in the hope that it would excite her interest in the process, and perhaps help induce her to act as his “seer.” £38.50

THE BOOK OF GOLD (LE LIVRE D’OR
A 17th Century Magical Grimoire of Amulets, Charms, Prayers, Sigils and Spells Using the Biblical Psalms of King David
David Rankine and Paul Harry Barron
1st 2010 296pp Avalonia Press.
Le Livre d’Or (The Book of Gold) is a unique 17th century French magical work comprising numerous amulets, charms, prayers, spells and sigils for working with the Biblical Book of the Psalms of King David. Written in a simple style akin to a medieval Book of Secrets combined with magical practices from the ancient world, Le Livre d’Or brings together practices which have their roots in major works from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Cairo Genizah, to the Greek Magical Papyri and Sepher Shimmush Tehillim (Magical Use of the Psalms).
Now translated into English for the first time, this text demonstrates the significance of the Psalms as a unifying and vital thread throughout the development of Western magic. Le Livre d’Or was originally bound as part of Lansdowne MS 1202 with a 17th century French copy of the most important of grimoires, the Key of Solomon. Available in two versions:
Paperback £19.99
Hardback in dustwrapper £45.00

HEKATE, HER SACRED FIRES
Sorita D’Este (ed)
1st 2010 308pp Avalonia Books A4 paperback. Prof. illus.
A Unique Collection of essays, prose and artwork from around the world exploring the mysteries and sharing visions of the torchbearing triple Goddess of the Crossroads. £24.99

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Latest secondhand acquisitions:

100701. FRATER ACHAD: LIBER XXI
1993 30pp Side Real A5 h/b. Cloth backed decorative boards. VG+. Ltd. ed. 107/310. An excerpt from his magical diary. Also contains “Thinking Backwards.” £25.00

100702. ANON: THE GRAND GRIMOIRE
2nd. Ed. 2004 122pp Trident Press small h/b. Full black kidskin. Gilt titles. VG. Ltd. ed. 97/1000. £75.00

100703. ANON: GRIMOIRIUM VERUM
2nd. Ed. 1997 86pp Trident Press h/b. Full black leather. Gilt titles. Slipcase. VG+. Ltd. ed. 500 copies, this one un-numbered. £275.00

100704. ANDREW CHUMBLEY: AZOETIA
2002 365pp Xoanon. Illus. Hollen green cloth boards, gilt stamped. VG+. Ltd. ed. 248/484. This is the Sethos edition. £475.00

100705. ANDREW CHUMBLEY: QUTUB
1st 1995 80pp Fulgur/Xoanon. 11 illus. VG in VG d/w. Limited to 500 copies in standard edition. Poem of 72 verses based on Yatukih Sorcery of Ancient Persia, the Yezidic cult of Shaitan & the widdershin dance of the Sufi. Includes extensive commentary plus the Rite of the Opposer and a full glossary. £150.00

100706. ANDREW CHUMBLEY: OPUSCULA MAGICA VOL. 1
Deluxe ed. 2010 152pp Three Hands Press. Illus. Quarter Morocco and charcoal cloth, in slipcase. NEW. Opuscula Volume One contains nine essays written between 1990 and 2003, including one previously unpublished. This volume also includes an Author’s Introduction never before published, as well as an expanded version of the interview with Chumbley in The Cauldron. The essays reflect a degree of magical insight, clarity of vision, and creativity seldom equaled in occult writing to this day. £149.99

100707. ALEISTER CROWLEY: GOLDEN TWIGS
1st 1988 152pp Teitan Press. Frontis. VG+ in VG+ d/w . A collection of eight tales, dramatising themes from James Frazer’s The Golden Bough (hence the title). £35.00

100708. ALEISTER CROWLEY: THE STRATAGEM
1st thus 1990 108pp Temple Press. Illus. VG+ in VG+ d/w. Includes the Stratagem, The Testament of Magdalen Blair, His Secret Sin and Which Things are an Allegory. £25.00

100709. [ALEISTER CROWLEY] CHARLES CAMMELL: THE MAN, THE MAGE, THE POET
1996 230pp Black Books trade p/b. VG. Facsimilie of the 1951 edition. £8.00

100710. GUSTAV DAVIDSON: A DICTIONARY OF ANGELS
Rpt. 1990s 386pp Free Press trade p/b. Illus. VG. Useful reference guide, includes all the fallen Angels. £8.00

100711. DRAGON ROUGE: CORRESPONDENCE COURSE
nd. 2000s 6 A4 stapled leaflets. VG. This is the complete magic course 1 from the Dragon Rouge group. Consists of 6 “letters”, double sided A4 sheets stapled at the corner, varying from 8 to 12pp. Each letter covers a specific topic, with the option in the last letter to progress to the first degree. Unique opportunity to study internal documents. £35.00

100712. MAUREEN DUFFY: THE EROTIC WORLD OF FAERY
1st 1972 352pp Hodder & Stoughton. 24pp photos. VG in VG d/w. Interesting study of the erotic undercurrents of much faerie lore. £18.00

100713. GERALD GARDNER: THE MEANING OF WITCHCRAFT
Rpt. 1971 288pp Aquarian. 4 illus. plus frontis. VG+ n VG+ d/w. £20.00

100714. W.G. GRAY: THE ROLLRIGHT RITUAL
1st 1975 166pp Helios. 8pp photos. White d/w sl. soiled else VG in VG d/w. Account of a ritual performed at the Rollright stone circle in the Cotswolds. £30.00

100715. W.G. GRAY: SEASONAL OCCULT RITUALS
1st 1970 122pp Aquarian. All page edges spotted, sl. chips to edges of d/w else VG in VG d/w. A complete guide to quarterly rituals. £20.00

100716. MICHAEL HARRISON: THE ROOTS OF WITCHCRAFT
1st 1973 278pp Muller. 32pp photos. VG in VG d/w. A good study which includes an interesting section on what the author believes is the Basque-derived ‘language of the witches.’ £12.00

100717. PAUL HUSON: MASTERING WITCHCRAFT
1st US 1970 254pp Putnam. Illus. Page edges sl. spotted, minor water stain on edge of last few pages else VG in VG d/w. A practical guide for witches, warlocks and covens. Scarce and highly rated title. £45.00

100718. ISYA JOSEPH: DEVIL WORSHIP
1996 222pp Black Books trade p/b. VG. The sacred books and traditions of the Yezidis. Facsimilie of the 1919 edition. £8.00

100719. EVA POCS & GABOR KLANICZAY: DEMONS, SPIRITS, WITCHES
3 vol. set. 2005-8, 294, 284 & 350pp CEU Press. VG+ in VG+ d/ws. Volume 1 is dedicated to essays on Communicating with Spirits, Volume 2 deals with Christian Demonology and Popular Mythology and Volume 3 looks at Witchcraft Mythologies and Persecutions. An essential collection of academic essays. All 3 vols. £75.00

100720. E.A. KOETTING & BARON DE PRINCE: THE SPIDER AND THE GREEN BUTTERFLY
1st 2009 145pp Eternal Ascent h/b. Laminated boards. NM. Now out of print. NB. This copy had 3 blank pages due to a printing error. These pages have been replaced with tipped in scanned copies. £45.00

100721. W.E. LIDDELL: THE PICKINGILL PAPERS
1st 1994 174pp Capall Bann trade p/b. Sl. marked at edges else VG. Collection of articles on the origins of the Gardnerian craft that were originally published in the Cauldron. £5.00

100722. STEPHEN MACE: STEALING THE FIRE FROM HEAVEN
4th. ed. 1984 106pp Privately Printed A4 book. Illus. Sl. marked covers else VG. A technique for creating individual systems of sorcery, based on the writings of Austin Osman Spare. Revised and enlarged from the previous edition. £20.00

100723. VICTOR NEUBURG; THE TRIUMPH OF PAN
1991 181pp Skoob h/b in slipcase. VG. Ltd. ed. 500 copies. Magical poems. £20.00

100724. JOSEPH PETERSON (ed): GRIMORIUM VERUM
2007 240pp Creatspace trade p/b. Illus. NM. The most definitive edition to date, with full translation, plus the French and Italian texts. £19.95

100725. MILO RIGAUD: VE-VE
2002 592pp French & European Publications A4 paperback. Prof. illus. Sl. knocked at edges else VG+. Trilingual edition. Scarce collection of voodoo veves, reproduced full page. Includes text in 3 languages (English thankfully being one of them!). £85.00

100726. JONATHAN ROPER (ed): CHARMS, CHARMERS AND CHARMING
1st 2009 294pp Palgrave Macmillan h/b. No d/w as issued. VG+. Excellent, academic study. Features 19 essays, including material by Eva Pocs, Swedish snakebite charms, charming in Serbia, Lithuania, Russia etc. £50.00

100727. DONALD TYSON: LIBER LILITH
Deluxe ed. 2006 317pp Starfire. Col. Frontis. by Stafford Stone. Bound in red cloth with sword motif in white on front bd. Housed in red slipcase. NM. Ltd. ed. 58/81, signed by author. Liber Lilith is a powerful and disturbing book which charts the disintegration of a German occultist, Karl Steiger, who in mysterious circumstances comes across an ancient Gnostic grimoire, long considered lost. This contains the stunning revelation that it was Lilith, Queen of Hell and Mother of all Demons, who fashioned Adam from the clay of the earth, and who visited Eve in the form of a great serpent to teach her the secret wisdom of Heaven. The grimoire reveals in seductive detail a system of sex magic taught to mankind by Lilith, by which she may be summoned as a lover and teacher. The book opens with an introduction by the editor of Steiger’s journal, and follows with a reproduction of the grimoire itself. Next comes the working journal of Steiger, revealing the progress of the ill-starred occultist as he discovers this lost necromantic grimoire, steeps himself in its shadows, and is beguiled by the glamours of Lilith. He is compelled to put into practice the obscene rituals as set out in the grimoire, and he gradually succumbs to madness as Lilith answers his call and he is enmeshed ever deeper in her dark and sinister web. £165.00

100728. VEXIOR: PANPARADOX
Deluxe ed. 2009 196pp Ixaxaar. Full black Goatskin. Inlaid Pan sigil to front board and spine. Black endpapers. Leather marker. VG+. Lt ed. 16/50. Anti-cosmic, Chaos-gnostic, Satanic philosophy and mysticism around the misrepresented contemptuous god and black magical Chaos-philosophy. Includes illustrations and rituals. £325.00

100729. DON WEBB: MYSTERIES OF THE TEMPLE OF SET
1st 2004 96pp Runa Rave trade p/b. Sl. marked at edges else VG. The inner teachings of the left hand path. £12.00

100730. DON WEBB: UNCLE SETNAKT’S GUIDE TO THE LEFT HAND PATH
1st 1999 120pp Runa Rave trade p/b. Sl. marked at edges else VG. £12.00

JOURNALS

100731. THE CAULDRON 128
May 2008 48pp A4 stapled magazine. Illus. Sl. creased covers else VG. Includes the witches of Canewdon, The Equinox bookshop, Serbian witchcraft etc. £5.00

100732. THE CAULDRON 129
August 2008 48pp A4 stapled magazine. Illus. Sl. creased covers else VG. Includes an interview and full page illus. by Daniel Shulke, the Gogmagog giants, The Sussex workings of Alex Sanders etc. £5.00

100733. THE CAULDRON 130
Nov 2008 52pp A4 stapled magazine. Illus. Sl. creased covers else VG. Includes an interview with Shani Oates, The Blood Compact of the Witching cup by Daniel Schulke etc. £5.00

100734. THE CAULDRON 131
Feb 2009 52pp A4 stapled magazine. Illus. Sl. creased covers (small piece missing bottom corner) else VG. Includes the Shod Stang, riddles of the 1734 tradition etc. £5.00

100735. STARFIRE COMPLETE SET
1986-1998 7 A4 journals, first 2 issues staple bound. Prof. illus. All VG condition. Technically Volume 1 issues 1 to 5 and volume 2 issues 1 and 2. Latest issue can be bought for a discounted £10 if buying with this set (though I presumed that anyone interested would already have the latest issue). What can be said of Starfire? An essential publication containing a wealth of significant material including much on Crowley, Lam, Grant, the Esoteric Order of Dagon, Jack Parsons and Austin Osman Spare etc. etc. Later issues had material by Andrew Chumbley. The set £295.00

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