Midian Books – Latest Update – March 2011

Some fascinating items in the latest list from Midian Books…

Read on past the break for full details.
Midian Books
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Woodville
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Derbyshire
DE11 7HY
England

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Greetings

Firstly, a note on postal issues. Due to ‘homeland security’, packages to the US can be subjected to lengthy delays clearing customs. As this is beyond my control I would ask US customers to please be patient in this regard. On a related note, recently several packages to the US and European countries have arrived damaged (one looked like it had been run over by a truck – completely destroyed). I believe my postage rates to be reasonable and I always obtain proof of posting. However, the methods I send by carry standard insurance of GBP41.00 only. If you wish to insure your items for the full value, please get in contact and I’ll will let you know the additional charge. In the past I have made good will gestures of refunding the full amount but this is no longer viable.

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New titles available now:

THE AUTHENTIC RED DRAGON/THE BLACK HEN
Translated from the French Edition of 1521
by Joshua A. Wentworth, With an Introduction by Silens Manus
1st 2011 208pp Teitan Press small hardback. Ltd. ed. 800 copies.
Le Véritable Dragon Rouge, or as it is more commonly known, Le Dragon Rouge (The Red Dragon) is one of the most notorious of the little books of black magic known as grimoires. This Teitan Press publication includes a complete facsimile of the earliest known edition – a French printing that is dated 1521 (although it was probably actually published in the early 1800s) – along with a complete English translation by Joshua A. Wentworth. It is prefaced with a thoughtful and sometimes humorous Introduction by Silens Manus.
The text of Le Dragon Rouge is typical of grimoires of the time, and is clearly related to the Grand Grimoire. Its anonymous author claims that the work is derived from the wisdom of the legendary King Solomon, and then sets down instructions for the creation of a number of magical implements: blasting rod (wand), talisman and magic circle, that are to be used to summon the demon “Lucifugé Rofocale,” who is then bound over to serve the sorcerer. In the process a great many sub-demons are named, and their attributes listed. This is followed by a series of magic spells or recipes for various purposes; from making oneself invisible, to winning the affections of another, to the cure of various common ailments. The book ends with a chart of lucky and unlucky days and a short version of the treasure-finding text known as La Poule Noire (The Black Hen). Le Dragon Rouge was very popular in early nineteenth century France, going through a number of clandestine and semi-clandestine printings, and is still said to be one of the most highly revered magic texts in certain Voodoo circles in Haiti. £36.50

PANDORA’S MANSION
Journal of the Black School Volume One
1st 2011 84pp Dark Harvest Occult Publications paperback. Illus. Ltd. ed. 209 copies.
A collective of diabolical writings and art, Pandora’s Mansion is the vessel for the Black School of magic. Contents: 1. The Formula of Dispersion – A.W. Dray, 2. Satanic Magic – Frank Charles Murphy, 3. Niger Corporeum Sexual Sorcery of the Black Body – Wendigo V° (Order of the Voltec), 4. Glimpses in the Abyss (Excerpts from the Chamber of Diseases) – Jarrad Dickson, Art by Dante Miel. £24.00

TUBELO’S GREEN FIRE
Shani Oates
2010 288pp Mandrake hardback in d/w. Signed and sigillised by the author. A special limited hardback edition of the title issued last year. Mythos, Ethos, Female, Male & Priestly Mysteries of The Clan of Tubal Cain. £25.00

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Available shortly:

ECPYROSIS: THE BEST OF STARFIRE VOLUME ONE
The Best of Starfire Volume One
The first issue of Starfire was published in 1986, and the fifth issue appeared in 1994. The contents of this best of collection include: Going Beyond by Michael Staley – an essay on non-duality, Cults of Cthulhu by Peter Smith – an essay on H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Gnosis, The Babalon Working consists of two parts: Belovèd of Babalon by Michael Staley – a study of Jack Parsons; and The Book of Babalon by Jack Parsons – his detailed account of the Babalon Workng which he performed with Marjorie Cameron and L. Ron Hubbard, Zos: The New Flesh of Desire by Gavin Semple – an examination of the sorcery of Austin Osman Spare and much more. £25.00

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Due in May. Paid reservations taken now. NB. The price quoted is the pre-publication price, which WILL rise. Order now to secure:

OPUSCULA MAGICA Volume II: Essays on Witchcraft and Crooked Path Sorcery
Andrew Chumbley
1st 2011 128pp Three Hands Press hardback in dustwrapper. Illus.
Opuscula Volume Two contains ten essays written between 1992 and 2000, including one previously unpublished. Expanding upon themes developed in Opuscula Volume I, the book also treats Crooked Path Sorcery, a transcendental ethos of traditional witchcraft having parallels in such traditions as Petro Voudon. Also new in this volume is an Author’s Preface, as well as Robert Fitzgerald’s rare 1996 interview with Chumbley in Esoterra. The 1999 article ‘Gnosis For the Flesh Eternal’ appears here for the first time, being a much-expanded version of ‘Wisdom For the New Flesh’ which first appeared in Starfire. For this second volume, we have also included nine Azoëtia-era illustrations which have never before seen print. Available in two editions:
Standard hardback £34.99
Deluxe edition in slipcase £125.00

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A selection of latest acquisitions. Follow the link below for some images of featured items

http://www.midianbooks.co.uk/featured.html

110301. ANON: ARARITA
1st 2010 104pp Exploration-5 Publishing hardback. Purple/Blue cloth. No d/w as issued. Printed to archival quality using the Giclée process (usually used for reproducing fine art prints) on 148gsm Mohawk paper chosen for its pleasant “feel” and texture. The sheets of the book are folded by hand, hand sewn, and finally hand bound, the front board being blocked with title and symbolic design using genuine gold, rather than an imitation gold coloured shiny foil. NM. Ltd. ed. 11/250. Elaborations on the Star Saphire by a traveler in darkness. The Star Sapphire Ritual was first published as Chapter 36 in the Book of Lies and is an exposition of OTO sex magick. £150.00

110302. MICHAEL AQUINO: THE BOOK OF COMING FORTH BY NIGHT
2nd. Edition 1976 approx 100pp Temple of Set A4 p/b. Perspex covers, VG. Ltd. ed. 49/100. Founded in 1975 during a schism from The Church of Satan, this is Aquino’s scarce received work, originally issued internally. The first section is a facsimile of Aquino’s hand written original version, followed by a commentary and analysis, all printed on one side of the page only. This copy is particularly notable for having a signed and inscribed message underneath the limitation. “For Forry, with admiration and affection. Xeper. Michael A. Aquino. July 14th, XI.” Though not explicitly stated, “Forry” is Forrest Ackerman, founder of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. The inscription is beautifully written and matches the style of the facsimile manuscript. A rare association item. £895.00

110303. MARY BLIGH BOND: AVERNUS
1st 1924 320pp Basil Blackwell. Red lettering on black boards. Slight sunning. Page edges mildy spotted, text nice and tight, VG. Extremely rare novel based on the author’s psychic experiences. The daughter of psychic researcher/archaeologist Frederick Bligh Bond, Mary was also a friend of Dion Fortune, designing the dustwrapper for Fortune’s novel The Demon Lover. £355.00

110304. JEREMY CHRISTNER: KOSMOLOGY
1st 2005 48pp Ixaxaar A5 stapled booklet. NM. Manual of Luciferian philosophy. £25.00

110305. JEREMY CHRISTNER: LANTERNS OF WISDOM FROM THE FIRMAMENT
Podium edition 2009 92pp Lux Ferous. Illus. Black “leatherette” binding. NM. Ltd. ed. 4/27. Signed and sigillised in silver inside front board “My his lantern ever guide you through the night, Ave Sophia Xner December 2009”. Ophitic scripture, prayers and meditations. £150.00

110306. JEREMY CHRISTNER: LANTERNS OF WISDOM FROM THE FIRMAMENT
1st 2009 92pp Lux Ferous small p/b. Illus. NM. Ltd. ed. 31/72, numbered inside rear cover. £30.00

110307. ALEISTER CROWLEY: THE BOOK OF THOTH
1st edition, second issue. 1944/2007 Weiser. Half leather over papered boards with Egyptian design. VG+. The history of this item is fascinating. Found in a printer’s crate in the Noel Fitzgerald collection were 11 complete sets of unbound sheets for the first edition Book of Thoth. In 2007 Weiser sourced binding material as close to the original edition as possible, includer Niger leather and facsimile Egyptian patterned paper. The result is this magnificent recreation. Not a reprint, but a second issue of the first edition. Ltd. ed. 11 copies only. Limitation plate tipped into inside front board. This copy comes with significant extras. As the original sheets were not signed as in the first edition, an original two page holograph letter from Crowley to Frieda Harris is included. Very good condition, this is a short and chatty letter, signed Aleister. Also included is a four page booklet detailing how this edition came into being. This is printed on original mould made paper that was found along with the printed sheets. In addition this particular copy also includes the 40pp Weiser catalogue which originally advertised this book along with other rare Thoth related material. Another significant extra is an original 20pp catalogue for the exhibition of Thoth Tarot art from 1941. VG+ condition, though as with most copies, this has a clipped title page, removing the gallery details (this was done by Frieda Harris at Crowley’s behest). A wonderful collection. £2650.00

110308. [ALEISTER CROWLEY] ‘PRINCE ARIEL’: THE RIDDLE OF SEBRA
1st nd 1980s 32pp small stapled booklet, VG+. Prolegomena to any future analysis. Scarce study offering a solution to the riddle of Liber Al 220, 2:76. £25.00

110309. [ALEISTER CROWLEY] COLIN D. CAMPBELL: A CONCORDANCE TO THE HOLY BOOKS OF THELEMA
1st 2008 347pp Teitan Press. NM in NM d/w. Ltd. ed. 174/418. A reference guide for serious study of Crowley’s core works. Foreword by Richard Kaczynski. £25.00

110310. [ALEISTER CROWLEY] R.T. COLE: CROWLEY’S GHOST
1st 2007 8pp Black Flag A5 stapled booklet. Illus. in colour. NM. This is actually an extract from “Thelema Revisited”, the author’s book on Crowley at Cefalu. £5.00

110311. KENNETH GRANT: THE NINTH ARCH
Deluxe ed. 2002 603pp Starfire. Quarter Goatskin, handmade paper covered boards. 16pp photos. VG+ in VG+ d/w. Ltd. ed. 32/97, signed by Kenneth and Steffi Grant. The final volume in the Typhonian trilogies, this is mainly comprised of The Book of the Spider, with extensive commentary. £595.00

110312. [KENNETH GRANT] JOURNAL AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY VOL. 55
1935 486pp Yale University Press. Ex. Lib University of Chicago. Illus. some underlining. NB pp136-163 neatly removed. Usual labels else VG. Bound volume of the journal. This volume has the 30pp article “The Black Magic in China known as Ku” by Feng and Shryock, referenced by Grant in Hecate’s Fountain. Also includes articles on Arabic magic bowls, magic holly in Japanese literature etc.. £75.00

110313. PETER GREY: THE RED GODDESS
Devotee Edition 2008 260pp Scarlet Imprint. Quarter bound in Black Moroccan goat, red silk covered boards. Hand marbled endpapers. Housed in red lined black slipcase. Inscribed and signed by author. Ltd. ed. 20/49. The rarest of the Scarlet Imprint deluxes, this is the first copy I have seen come on the market. Even the standard edition is out of print, though a Rouge edition will be available later in the year. £695.00

110314. NATHAN J. JOHNSON & ROBERT J. WALLIS: GALDRBOK
2005 398pp Wykeham Press trade p/b. Illus. NM. Practical Heathen runecraft, shamanism and magic. £18.00

110315. ASENATH MASON: THE BOOK OF MEPHISTO
1st 2006 74pp Edition Roter Drache trade p/b. Illus. NM. A grimoire of the Faustian tradition. The author is head of the Polish Lodge Magan, formerly a part of the Dragon Rouge. £10.00

110316. ASENATH MASON: NECRONOMICON GNOSIS
1st 2007 approx 160pp Edition Roter Drache trade p/b. Illus. NM. A practical guide to Necronomicon magic of the Cthulhu mythos. £15.00

110317. STEPHEN SENNITT (ed): DARK DOCTRINES, THE NOX ANTHOLOGY
1st 1991 160pp New World Images trade p/b. Illus. VG+. Ltd. ed. 93/750. Signed by editors Stephen Sennitt and Gareth Hewitson-May. Nox was a small but vitally important magazine in the development of ideas first expounded by Grant and his followers. This anthology includes original writings and art (not reprints from the mag. as sometimes stated) by the likes of Linda Falorio, Phil Hine, Ramsey Dukes, Genesis P-Orridge etc. £125.00

110318. NIKOLAS & ZEENA SCHRECK: DEMONS OF THE FLESH
1st 2002 398pp Creation trade p/b. Illus. VG+. An unaccountably scarce title, the authors, after starting The Voice of the Storm and offering sex magick initiation, seem to have disappeared from the occult scene… £50.00

110319. FRATER SHIVA: INSIDE SOLAR LODGE OUTSIDE THE LAW
1st 2007 184pp Teitan Press. 8pp photos. VG+ in VG+ d/w. The story of the Solar Lodge group by one of its key players. Out of print. £95.00

110320. AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE: CONJURATION SKETCH
nd 8 1/2 x 11inches pencil sketch, unsigned. Two rust marks at top of image where page was removed from sketchbook, one rust mark imposes slightly on image. Overall VG+ condition, uncreased. Page from a sketchbook, from the Frank Letchford collection. Consists of three images; the main image on the right of the page appears to be one of Spare’s pendulous hermaphrodites sitting on the shoulders of a demon with a crescent moon in between. Top left image is a female figure in profile. Most interesting is the image at lower left, which is a self portrait with the word ‘conjuration’ written in pencil above it. Spare appears to be conjuring using a statue or figurine. A nice piece. £895.00

110321. AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE: AOS/VERA WAINWRIGHT 3 VOL. SET
2007 3 vols. IHO landscape hardbacks. Illus. Black faux leather binding with blind stamped spare design. NM. Ltd. ed. 8/59. Comprises 3 uniform volumes:
Drawings by Austin Osman Spare for V.S.W., A drawing book of 24 images drawn by Spare for Vera in 1944 when Spare visited her in Helston, Cornwall. The title page has a image by Spare of his (horned) head merging upwards into a profile of Vera Wainwright. The original cover of the drawing book carrying Spare’s inscription to Wainwright is also reproduced
Vera Wainwright and Austin Osman Spare, Poems and Masks. 44pp Poems and masks was initially published by the Toucan Press in 1968, the same Channel Island publisher which issued Gull’s Beak and Black to Black by Kenneth Grant. The biographical note and introduction to this edition plus that of the second US edition are reproduced as are the poems plus 8 additional ones, previously unpublished. Spare’s illustrations are reproduced together with other relevant vignettes and illustrations, though the original illustrations are carefully identified thus.
Vera Wainwright and Austin Spare, Poetry and Art, 80pp. A 2pp illustrated article discusses Spare’s use of the mask icon in his philosophy whilst further testament to its significance in Spare’s circle is here testified to by the inclusion of a short story by Frederick Carter edited and provided an introduction for Spare’s Focus of Life. The story, illustrated with vignettes of Spare’s use of masks in his art. A yarn of an artistic genius who moves from wax work faces to major art fraud revealing occult mysteries relating to Rosicrucianism and Shakespeare.
Spare and Wainwright planned to publish together a monthly magazine to be called “Art and Letter”. Spare’s design for a title page including hoped for contributors is reproduced plus some relevant letters from Wainwright to Spare. Then follow 8 short stories by Wainwright; some are very short indeed, literary vignettes really. These are far more explicitly occult than her poems. They are by no means cosy with two describing the perception of indescribable horror. In another an enigmatic stranger proves to be a nature spirit. Suitable illustrations supplied by Spare to Wainwright including a very fine satyr’s head. One drawing featuring a wrecked cart axle forming a crucifix with a tree with a crow torn to pieces in the foreground explicitly illustrates the last story presented “Corporate Worship”. In this enigmatic tale the narrator eschews prayer in church to worship in nature only to find the vicar, who is also some form of animal spirit, leading her in prayer there. A further section reproduces Spare’s drafts for Poems and Masks. Mostly very rough but with some striking, quite finished, faces that were not used, despite them being far more married to the text than those that were.
Loosely inserted is an original handwritten letter from Wainwright to Spare and also a cheque signed by Spare. £225.00

110322. AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE: AOS, A CELEBRATION
1st 2006 96pp IHO 4to p/b. Illus. Card covers. Glassine style d/w not present, else VG. A companion to the above book, this title was presented at the event to mark the 50th. anniversary of Spare’s death. Another excellent collection, including essays by Alan Moore, Ossian Brown, Robert Ansell, Michael Staley and many more. £150.00

110323. AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE: EXISTENCE 1886 – 1956
1st 2006 96pp IHO 4to p/b. Illus. Card covers, glassine style dustwrapper sl. creased at top edge else VG+. Issued in an edition of 80 to mark the 50th anniversary of Spare’s death, this is one of the extra copies that does not have the name of the recipient highlighted in red. Excellent collection of rare writings, essays, letters and art. Includes several ‘vibratory portraits’ reproduced in colour. £175.00

110324. [AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE] OSWELL BLAKESTON: AOS, BLACK MAGICIAN
Proof copy 2007 162pp trade p/b with translucent d/w. prof. illus. inc. col. NM. Issued in 2007 as a limited edition of 125 copies, this proof copies differs in two respects. Firstly, the green card covers are lacking the book title but more significantly the d/w has been specially printed with the book title and the note “Proof copy for Ben Fernee” (owner of Caduceus Books). The book is signed and dedicated on the half title page “For Ben, best wishes Tony” (Tony Naylor). Foreword and introductory notes by Clive Harper. A rare collection of articles, memoirs and fiction by Blakeston, all relating to Spare. Also includes a number of colour reproductions. Extremely scarce. £195.00

110325. [AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE] THE COLLECTED WORKS OF AUSTIN OSMAN SPARE
1st 1982 approx 160pp The Sorcerer’s Apprentice 4to. Card boards, black taped spine. Prof. illus. Some pages starting to come loose else VG. Ltd. ed. 386/481, numbered in silver pen on 1st page. Edited by Chris Bray with an introduction by Peter Carroll on the sorcery of Spare. Includes facsimile of all Spare’s major works; Earth Inferno, Book of Pleasure, Anathema of Zos etc. This copy bears the ex libris plate of the author Eric Towers. £50.00

110326. TEMPLE OV BLOOD: TALES OF SINISTER INFLUENCE
1st 2006 72pp Ixaxaar A5 stapled booklet. Six tales illustrating the Temple ov Blood philosophy. £12.00

110327. “VICTOR VORONOV” (ed): LIBER NIGRI SOLIS
1st 2009 271pp Octavia Press trade p/b. Illus. NM. An Aeonic Astrochymical Grimoire of the Black Sun. Expanding on the gnosis expounded in Liber Niger Legionis, this work combines the occult, magical and initiatory work of two esoteric orders: the Arcanum Ordo Nigri Solis and the Ordo Hermeticum Sinistrum. Presenting the mythic imagery of the Black Sun along with its alchemical and astrological aspects and significances, this grimoire includes a concise system of esoteric correspondences suitable for work with the Black Sun. £50.00

JOURNALS AND EPHEMERA

110328. (COUM related) GENESIS P-ORRIDGE: GARY GILMORE MEMORIAL SOCIETY
1977 A4 print. Chipped all edges, has been folded (sent as mail art) G only. Signed by Genesis P-Orridge and numbered 49/100. Scarce piece of mail art ephemera from the COUM days. This poster differs from the infamous “re-creation” postcard featuring Porridge, Monte Cazazza and Cosey Fanni Tutti. £95.00

110329. (COUM RELATED): SEXY CONFESSIONS OF A SHOP ASSISTANT
1976 66pp A5 magazine. Prof. illus. VG. One of Cosey Fanni Tutti’s “magazine actions.” Cosey photographed in black and white and a variety of exciting poses… £25.00

110330. DRAGON’S BLOOD NO. 5
1st 2007 56pp Lodge Magan A5 booklet. Illus. VG+. This issue dedicated to “The Adversary”. Essays on Lucifer, Loki, Kali etc. £5.00

110331. DRAGON’S BLOOD NO. 6
1st 2008 60pp Lodge Magan A5 booklet. Illus. Sl. dent in edge else VG. This issue dedicated to Lilith. £5.00

110332. DRAGON’S BLOOD NO. 7
1st 2008 50pp Lodge Magan A5 booklet. Illus. Sl. dent in edge else VG. This issue dedicated to Samael. £5.00

110333. [ORDER OF THE NINE ANGLES] CODEX SAERUS II
nd. 1990s 32pp A4 stapled booklet. VG. £6.00

110334. [ORDER OF THE NINE ANGLES] CODEX SAERUS III
nd. 1990s Rigel Press 32pp A4 stapled booklet. VG. Also called The Black Book of Satan. £6.00

110335. [ORDER OF THE NINE ANGLES] THE SINISTER TAROT
nd 2007 21 cards plus booklet. Colour images. NM. Not to be confused with the Ryan Anschauung NAOS deck, this is the Christos Beest 21 card set with accompanying small 40pp booklet. Much sought after. £125.00

110336. SOTHIS VOL. I NO III
1974 approx 138pp A4 journal. Illus. Spine badly ragged and torn, cover sl. coming loose. G+. A magazine of the new Aeon. Classic Thelemic magazine edited by Mike Mage, Jan Bailey and David Hall. Includes Crowley’s Cocaine, plus Achad’s Liber 31 and more. Includes loose insert announcing the re-appearance of the Abbey of Thelema (in Chesterfield!). £20.00

110337. SOTHIS VOL. I NO IV
1974 approx 120pp A4 journal. Illus. Spine sl. damaged else VG. Includes Jack The Ripper by Crowley plus a special supplement featuring the poems of Jack Parsons – Songs for the Witch Woman. Loosely inserted is a public apology by “Vaughan Purvis” for an article in the previous issue, plus the Abbey of Thelema announcement noted above. £35.00

110338. SOTHIS VOL. II NO I
1976 approx 100pp A4 journal. Illus. Cover and page edges badly stained, G only. This issue has a foreword by Kenneth Grant, plus Crowley’s Liber Pyramidos etc. £20.00

110339. SOTHIS VOL. II NO II
1976 approx 128pp A4 journal. Illus. VG. Includes The Elixir of Life by Crowley, plus articles by Dadaji etc. £40.00

110340. STARFIRE VOL II NO. 2
1st 1998 200pp Starfire A4 paperback. Illus. VG. Includes a substantial article by Andrew Chumbley – “Opening the Way for the Daemons of the Void”, plus material from Nicholaj Fisvold, Margaret Ingells (Nema) and more. £65.00

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