Read on below the break for the latest list from the always interesting Midian Books, including much to appeal to the Typhonians here.
The England’s Hidden Reverse, signed by the great Sandy Robertson and many others, is especially interesting!
112 Hartshorne Road
Tel: 01283 222580
All prices in GBPsterling. Payment by credit card, UK cheques etc. and paypal (address firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
For those of you not yet aware, Kenneth Grant passed away on January 15th this year, details here: http://www.starfirepublishing.co.uk/main_frames_page.htm. There is little I can add to the growing tributes other than to say that it was Grant that first enticed me to delve deeper into the realms of occultism (and collecting rare books), his influence on my thought patterns is undeniable….
I will mention again The Occult Conference 2011. Tickets are selling fast, don’t leave it til the last minute. Details as follows:
THE OCCULT CONFERENCE 2011
12th March 2011
The Grail Centre, 24 Chilkwell St, Glastonbury
This years Occult Conference will be held at the Grail Centre, 24 Chilkwell St, in Glastonbury – a great location within walking distance of Glastonbury Tor and the Chalice Well Gardens.
This is a one day event taking and tickets for the day are £20 – this entitles you to access to the market and all the talks that will be going on throughout the day. The market will be open to people not attending the talks free of cost – however donations will be greatly appreciated.
Sponsored by The Occult Consultancy and The Saint Martha Botanica.
Peter Grey and Alkistis Dimech, founders of Scarlet
Jake Stratton Kent, author of numerous books including his new work Geosophia
DHR Balthazaar, Rootworker and author of Gnostic Conjure, a hoodoo and rootwork blog
Paul Weston – will be lecturing on “Jack Parsons and the Nag Hammadi Plasmate. Babalon: Perfect Mind.”
Kim Huggens – The Truth About Zombies. Or: How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse.
Full details and tickets sales via:
The following two titles due in the next couple of weeks:
PALO MAYOMBE, THE GARDEN OF BLOOD AND BONES
Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold
1st 2011 240pp Scarlet Imprint. Gunpowder grey book cloth stamped with an elegant bone white design. 4 colour plates plus illus. Ltd. ed. 639 copies.
Palo Mayombe – The Garden of Blood and Bones is an initiates account of this much maligned religion and cult whose central nigromantic mystery is the prenda, the cauldron containing the human skull or bones, re-animated by living spirit.
Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold traces the roots of Palo Mayombe back to Kongolese sorcery, the warrior and leopard societies, and the impact of the Portugese Mission. The original African faith is carried in chains across the abysmal waters of Kalunga and it flowers in Cuba as a New World Creole religion and cult. Yet Palo Mayombe can only be truly understood in the light of a highly developed African cosmology.
In drawing parallels with both the Ancient Greek practices of Necromancy and Nigromancy, and the Grimoire tradition, Nicholaj also illuminates the Western Tradition, showing what we have lost in our denial of the dead and the cult of the ancestors. The magical head of Palo Mayombe in it’s three legged iron cauldron has implications for understanding our own histories, whether Odin, Baphomet, Bran, John the Baptist or Orpheus. The Misa Espiritual suggests one way in which we can reforge that vital connection and resurrect both our dead and ourselves.
In Palo Mayombe the golden vein of fire still transmits the ancestral wisdom and transforms the Paleros into true spiritual warriors who are the walking dead.
The Garden of Blood and Bones gives explicit detail of the workings of Palo Mayombe for good and ill. The method of divination, the herbs, animals, trees and plants, powders, baths and waters, the songs and chants. It presents a complete living system one which embraces both the arts of healing and resurrection, and those that remove life.
This is a serious study which confronts the sinister and violent aspects of the cult, but rather than purveying lurid sensationalism expresses the deep dignity and integrity of its nature.
This is a book written from inside the cult, and will serve as a guide for practising Paleros and those seeking initiation, not simply a Western audience. With access to rare materials, pamphlets, booklets and unpublished field notes, this is the most comprehensive study of Palo Mayombe to date. Santeros and practitioners of Vodou will also find much to ponder within these pages.
Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold is an anthropologist and psychologist who over the course of the last fifteen years been studying, both academically and practically, African and Afro-derived cults in the New World. This has led to a multiplicity of initiations into Vodou, both from Benin and Haiti, Santeria, Kimbanda, Palo Mayombe and Ifá. He makes part of the council of elders in the Ogboni society of Abeokuta, Nigeria. He has for the last decade lived in Brazil where his studies and involvement in traditional forms of metaphysics, faith, cult and witchcraft is a constant theme in his life. £39.00
This title will also be available in a Bibliotheque Rouge paperback edition.
THE BLOODY SACRIFICE
A Personal Experience of Contemporary Blood Rites
1st 2010 155pp Mandrake trade p/b.
Charlotte Rodgers is a non denominational magickal practitioner and an animist, and The Bloody Sacrifice is the story of her work with blood. It chronicles her use of road kill and blood in art, ritualised scarification and tattoo work, and the use of venous and menstrual blood in magick. Also included are Charlotte’s interviews with tattoo artists; priests from belief systems which utilise blood sacrifice; artists who use their own HIV positive blood as a medium; and those who use mortifications and body modification to effect changes in consciousness and self.
All here share a common bond of talent combined with an ability to articulate their beliefs. For example Louis Martinie, a priest in the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple. Martinie has integrated his Tibetan Buddhist beliefs into his Voodoo practice and in doing so shows how personal spiritual evolution can effect change within a syncretic religion.
As a blood related illness affected various parts of Charlotte’s life, she was given a chance to explore blood ritual in a very different way. Documenting this part of her journey gives an understanding of AIDS, HIV and HCV, and its effect on spirituality and contemporary blood rites.
Blood Ritual, with all its history, baggage and dangers holds a power to create change. Whether this power is held within blood and how much impact is created merely by our perception is for the reader to decide. The Bloody Sacrifice is an honest, modern and thought provoking personal insight into an ancient aspect of our spirituality and creativity. £10.99
Latest acquisitions, a selection of rare books (general list to follow):
110201. ANON: GRIMOIRIUM VERUM
1997 Trident. Illus. NM in NM d/w. This edition includes an appendix, The Book of the Black Serpent. Previously unpublished, it supplements the Demonology in Grimoirium Verum in addition to making a rare tract on Angelology available. £65.00
110202. LOUIS BRETON: DEMONOGRAPHIA, THE FOUNTAINHEAD OF DIABOLIC PORTRAITURE
Deluxe edition 107pp Trident Books. Prof. illus. Full black goatskin, gilt titling to front board and spine. Two marker ribbons. NM. Demonographia is the complete collection of the Louis Breton diabolic portraiture issued in the 1863 edition of Dictionnaire Infernal (see item 110225). More than 60 demons and magical visages are represented. All of the original descriptions for each image were translated from the French. £135.00
110203. LOUIS BRETON: DEMONOGRAPHIA, THE FOUNTAINHEAD OF DIABOLIC PORTRAITURE
Proof copy 107pp Trident Books. Prof. illus. NM in NM d/w. This proof copy differs slightly from the regular version in that it is a larger format and the images have been printed on only one side of the page. £65.00
110204. JOHN COUGHLIN: A CTHULHIAN GRIMOIRE OF DREAMWORK
1st 2006 67pp Waning Moon. Quarter leather with green snakeskin effect paper covered boards. Marbled endpapers. Illus. NM. Ltd ed. 17/23, hand signed and numbered by the author in green. £250.00
110205. ALEISTER CROWLEY: MAGICK IN THEORY AND PRACTICE
1929 Subscriber’s Edition 436pp Lecram Press. Illus. Board detached from spine at rear, text internally VG. Large piece missing from top front of d/w, chipped all edges. G+ in G d/w. Not in the best condition but this copy notable for 4 newsclippings laid in relating to Crowley’s death and funeral. Three from The Express and one from the Telegaph. Dates and papers are written in pencil, along with the name of the book’s original owner, John Edwards of Magdalen College Oxford. £666.00
110206. M. GASTER: THE SWORD OF MOSES
Rpt. 1973 approx 90pp Weiser. No d/w as issued, VG. An ancient book of magic. Facsimile of the 1896 edition. Includes complete copy of the original hebrew manuscript. £25.00
110207. KENNETH GRANT: THE MAGICKAL REVIVAL
Rpt. 1991 244pp Skoob. 12pp plates. VG+ in VG+ d/w. The first volume in the Typhonian trilogies. £65.00
110208. KENNETH GRANT: CULTS OF THE SHADOW
Rpt. 1994 244pp Skoob. 16pp photos. Sl. knock to top of spine else VG in VG d/w. £85.00
110209. KENNETH GRANT: THE NIGHTSIDE OF EDEN
Rpt. 1994 304pp Skoob. 16pp photos. VG in VG d/w. £85.00
110210. KENNETH GRANT: HECATE’S FOUNTAIN
1st. 1992 288pp Skoob. 16pp photos. VG+ in VG+ d/w. £120.00
110211. KENNETH GRANT: OUTSIDE THE CIRCLES OF TIME
Deluxe edition 2008 320pp Starfire. 16pp photos inc. col. Quarter Morocco binding. Housed in slipcase. NM. Ltd ed. 26/111, signed by Kenneth and Steffi Grant. Includes the small Thoth tarot card which was loosely inserted in all deluxe copies. £350.00
110212. KENNETH GRANT: OUTSIDE THE CIRCLES OF TIME
1st 1980 316pp Muller. 16pp plates. Page edges browned (as usual). VG in VG d/w. Much material on Andahadna (Nema, Maggie Ingalls) and the received text Liber Pennae Praenumbra. £50.00
110213. KENNETH GRANT: THE NINTH ARCH
1st 2002 604pp Starfire. 16pp photos. VG+ in VG+ d/w. This copy signed by Kenneth and Steffi Grant. £275.00
110214. KENNETH GRANT: AT THE FEET OF THE GURU
Deluxe ed. 2006 134pp Starfire. Bound in quarter cloth and Himalayan handmade orange paper. 14 b/w plates. d/w art by Steffi Grant. NM in NM d/w. Ltd. ed. 16/97.
Collected for the first time as one volume are these penetrating essays on contemporary figures in Eastern Mysticism which Kenneth Grant wrote from the early 1950s onwards. Published originally in various Asian journals as well as the 1970s encyclopaedia series Man, Myth & Magic, they concern Sages such as Ramana Maharshi, Pagal Haranath, Ramakrishna, Anandamayi Ma, Sivananda, and others. At the core of these essays is the crucial insight of Advaita, a Sanskrit word meaning ‘not divided’, and associated with the Indian school of Advaita Vedanta and the work of perhaps its most famous exponent, the Sage Sri Shankacharya. £175.00
110215. KENNETH GRANT: THE OTHER CHILD
Deluxe ed. 2003 216pp Starfire. Col. Frontis. Quarter Goatskin and handmade paper covered boards. NM in NM d/w. Ltd. ed. 33/94, signed by Kenneth and Steffi Grant. Includes The Other Child, As Long as The Flesh Remains, The Talisman, Necromancy, The Amazement of Mandel and The Stellar Lode. Includes original adverts and book launch details. £275.00
110216. CHAD HENSLEY (ed): ESOTERRA
1st 2010 320pp Creation. Prof. illus. Pictorial bds, no d/w as issued. Bds bumped at top corner, mark on foredge of page block else VG. Ltd. ed. 41/50. The best articles from the US occultural magazine. Includes a rare interview with Andrew Chumbley as well as a piece by Daniel Schulke, plus Alan Moore, The Process and much more. This copy includes a signed print by Lindsey Kuhn. £95.00
110217. GARETH HEWITSON-MAY: DARK DOORWAY OF THE BEAST
1st 1992 approx 256pp New World Publishing. Illus. VG in VG d/w. The scarcest of the Typhonian related titles. Introduction by Kenneth Grant. £275.00
110218. RICHARD KACZYNSKI: PERDURABO
Deluxe ed. 2002 555pp New Falcon. Ltd. ed. 46/111. This copy has been dedicated and signed by the author in 2004. Also included is an original flyer and ticket for the signing event at The Atlantis Bookshop. £250.00
110219. DAVID KEENAN: ENGLAND’S HIDDEN REVERSE
1st 2003 303pp SAF Publishing. Pictorial bds. Prof. illus. VG+. A Secret History Of The Esoteric Underground. The definitive history of Coil, Current 93 and Nurse With Wound – a peculiarly English underground phenomenon, written with full co-operation of all three bands. Lavishly illustrated with colour and black & white photos, includes a CD of material from Nurse With Wound, Current 93 and Coil. This is notable for being Sandy Robertson’s copy, author of the classic “Aleister Crowley Scrapbook” and is heavily inscribed and signed by the author, plus David Tibet, Steve Stapleton, and the late John Balance and Peter Christopherson. All signatures were obtained at the book launch. An invite to the party is laid in along with a publishers note and other flyers. It is further signed by Sandy Robertson, with an inscription noting the date of the launch and also a note about the death of John Balance. Robertson is also mentioned in the text of the book. A unique association item. Picture of signatures available on request. £495.00
110220. E.A. KOETTING (as “ARCHAELUS BARON”): KINGDOMS OF FLAME
1st 2005 approx 160pp Ixaxaar. Illus. No d/w, as issued. VG+. Ltd. ed. 200 copies. The first and rarest Ixaxaar publication £225.00
110221. E.A. KOETTING: WORKS OF DARKNESS
1st 2007 212pp Ixaxaar. No d/w as issued. NM. Includes cards for various other Ixaxaar titles. £95.00
110222. CHARLES G. LELAND: ARADIA, THE GOSPEL OF THE WITCHES
1974 132pp C.W. Daniel. Small piece out or rear d/w else VG in G+ d/w. One of the key sources for the modern witchcraft revival. Introduction by Stewart Farrar. £30.00
110223. AUBREY MELECH: MISSA NIGER – LA MESSE NOIR
1st ed. 1986 70pp Sut Anubis trade booklet. Illus. Cover edges sl. worn, internally a few pages coming loose, else VG. Ltd. ed. 2/500, signed and numbered by author in red. A true and factual account of the principle ritual of Satanic worship. Highly sought after, for some reason. £225.00
110224. N.A.A. 218: LIBER FALXIFER
1st 2008 212pp Ixaxaar. Illus. NM in NM d/w. Ltd. ed. 169/434. The Book of the Left Handed Reaper. Senor la Muerte, the cult of death and the Qayinitic tradition. Scarce first edition. £175.00
110225. COLLIN DE PLANCY: DICTIONNAIRE INFERNAL
2nd. Ed. 1825/6 4 vols. 483pp, 491pp, 498pp and 560pp La Librairie Universelle. Quarter leather binding with gilt titles to spine, faded with rubbed hinges. Marbled endpapers. Internal text blocks sound but spotting and foxing throughout. Generally knocked at all edges, overall condition is G+. French text. The classic A-Z. The final volume has 16pp of plates but NB. This edition does not include the classic Breton images which were featured in a later edition (see item 110202). £650.00
110226. GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE: THEE PSYCHICK BIBLE
2009 544pp Feral House h/b. Illus. No d/w as issued. VG+. Ltd. ed. 999 copies. The infamous book from Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth receives an updated, expanded, corrected edition, complete with dozens of new visuals and essays. Signed by author. Also includes a DVD with TOPY films. £155.00
110227. VENGER SATANIS: CTHULHU CULT
1st. 2007 130pp Waning Moon. Ltd. ed. 25/30 copies, hand numbered and signed by author in green. £200.00
110228. DANIEL SCHULKE: ARS PHILTRON
1st 2001 146pp Xoanon. Col. frontis. No d/w as issued. Bds sl. knocked at edges else VG. Ltd. ed. 119/144. Signed and sigilised by author in silver pen on rear endpaper. This first edition has a colour frontis not present in the reprint edition. Backed with a prayer to the Queen of Succubi, Lilith. £395.00
110229. 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. 12/81, 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. £250.00
110230. DONALD TYSON: LIBER LILITH
2006 317pp Starfire trade p/b. NM. Copy of the standard edition. £45.00
110231. 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. £295.00
110232. VEXIOR: PANPARADOX
1st 2009 196pp Ixaxaar. Illus. VG+. Standard edition. £95.00