"NICHOLAS CULPEPER - BOOKSERVICE" PT 1 : Catalogue
Nicholas Culpeper's death Wed 9th Feb 2011e.v. has me now open my Archive to share with our Members some of my earlist correspondence with Nicholas.
Briefly, I first encountered a tiny listing for his "MAIL ORDER BOOKSERVICE" in the DEC. 1981e.v. "AQUARIAN ARROW JOURNAL".
From FEB. 1982e.v. I became a regular customer of his incredible "BOOKSERVICE", my Crowley Collection a beneficiary of his ever-generous efforts and ability to supply rare Titles I requested.
His 'mailorder only' Catalogues on average were tightly typed 8 foolscap pages and were totally marvellous! Troves of detailed Book information.
I'll work my way through my full set collection of these to Post pages of interest occasionally for those who never experienced his friendship.
Also I'll compile a "PERSONAL MEMOIR" of our time over the last 3 decades.
Farewell Nicholas, my very dear dedicated friend...
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Following the sad, tragic demise of Nicholas Culpeper on Wed. 9th FEB. 2011 my personal Archive remains open to share with Lashtal Members more of my correspondence from Nicholas.
Australia's domestic retail Book Market during the 1980s was dominated by the following occult literature Specialists :
"THE MYSTICAL BOOKSHOP" - Melbourne, Victoria.
"ESOTERIC BOOK SERVICES" - Sydney, New South Wales.
"VIRGIL'S MAGICAL BOOKS" - Canberra, A.C.T.
"HEPTAGRAM BOOKS : MAIL ORDER" - Perth, Western Australia.
"THE MAGIC CIRCLE BOOKSTORE" - Brisbane, Queensland.
Indeed, it was a rare week not to have a chunky Mail Order Book Catalogue appear in my letterbox to investigate published esotericism...
BUT, above all these was the always special thrill of receiving a regular "CULPEPER CATALOGUE" from Essex, England detailing his selection of Aleister Crowley Titles for sale!
Therefore please, in the spirit of fraternal devotion, share with me that 'special thrill' again after 27 years of purchasing wonderful Books from Nicholas Culpeper Esq.
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With Nicholas Culpeper's departure from this planet on Wed 9th FEB. 2011ev. and his imminent funeral tommorow 22nd at Cambridge Crematorium hence Widdington wake it remains for me to share with you further examples of his amazing "Mail Order Book Catalogues".
By 1986ev. he began to issue these three times a year at a standard six typed foolscap pages, containing the always eclectic mix of whatever passed across his desk at the time during that four month period.
My records indicate I would routinely forward Nicholas one hundred U.K. pound Bank-Cheque Drafts to enable him to service my personal "Wants List" along with requests for Titles from these Catalogues.
The ultimate outcome being weighty International Airmail parcels arriving for me from Essex with breathtaking contents.
( And, NO... over three decades I never 'lost' one package in transit, I guess the Ibis Headed One vouchsafed their arrival, ha, ha. )
Members have made mention of his mysterious ability to discover and make available obscure 'Aleister C. Ephemera'. This uncanny skill has never really been explained. These long and unusual "Ephemera Lists" of mere mentions of Crowley in print likewise fascinated me...
So now, raise a two-fingersful shotglass of "Chivas Regal" for me lads, as a wish-you-well toast at the farewell Widdington wake of Nicholas Culpeper Esq!
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CLICK LINKS for 4 CATALOGUE PAGES : 1986ev. 1989ev. 1990ev.
After the funeral and wake of Nicholas Culpeper, that saw him away on a final spectral motorcycle journey to his eternal reward as permanent custodian of the Library Celestial, we who are left behind can continue to discuss his life and influence...
Incidentally, as of DEC. 1990e.v. a typical 'small parcel' I often received in Australia from Nicholas, say two large hardbacks, four paperbacks and a selection of half dozen 'pamphlet style' Titles would incur Postage of : Surface Mail - 5 GBP. or Airmail - 14 GBP.
He'd Invoice me and comment "... you're lucky these items available, will hold parcel on shelf for 6 weeks until you reply re Postage, cheers N.C."
Amazingly my files record most of my packages from Nicholas travelled by Surface Mail - by sea in ships!
So, obviously an aspect of the delightful experience of buying Books from him 20 years ago was - 'waiting for my ship to come in' ha, ha!
( And come in they DID. )
Onwards from APRIL 1991e.v. Nicholas changed his "Mail Order Book Catalogue" format to - eight A4 crease-folded pages. These cost him 60p to Airmail to Australia.
You will notice he even flirted with 'Alphabetism' listing the Authors from A through W over the eight typed pages, with half-page of mixed late entries tacked at the end.
He even began issuing with these Catalogues seperate four-page spreadsheets specifically for "PAPERBACKS" - Large format / non-fiction and fiction. These Lists alone well worth the price of a Stamp and all combed assiduously believe me!...
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CLICK LINKS for : 3 Catalogue Pages : 1991ev. 1992ev and a "Wants List"