Shopping Spree in Dear Old London
At very short notice (found out today) I will almost certainly be spending the weekend in London before heading down to a business meeting in Plymouth on Monday morn.
Although I'm a Brit, and a Londoner to boot, I have not lived near London for decades and only get to visit the "Smoke" very infrequently. I have been living in Chicago for 6 years now so this is a rare treat.
Can Blighty based site members recommend any decent occult book stores or occult supplies stores in London????
I know I could Google "Occult Stores London" - but I did this last time and wasted my time going to 3 wicca / new age type stores before finally finding a decent occult bookshop in a lane full of book shops off the Charring Cross road. No offense to Wiccan's or New Agers but they dont carry much of interest to a Thelemite.
By no means an expert on this but i think i can reliably point you towards:
Atlantis Books, Museum Street
I can personally vouch for this one as having a good stock of in print items as well as a good selection of 2nd hand (some firsts,etc) with very friendly and understanding staff (hi Geraldine if your here)
Treadwells, Covent Garden - http://www.treadwells-london.com/
Both frequently mentioned on this very site.
I haven't been to London in 10 years, but it was in 1999 that I bought my first Crowley book (The Book of Thoth) at Watkins Books, 19 Cecil Court, Charing Cross Rd. I remember it was a really good store with heaps of Crowely works. A fellow in the OTO I met some years later told me that Crowley used to sell a lot of his first editions there back in the day, but I don't know if that's a fact or not... Anyway, I have fond memories of the place as it began me on my wonderful adventure into the world of Thelema.
Don't forget Borders Books and Music between Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road tube stations. Decent selection of occult including Crowley titles.
One could combine this with a break in the Fitzroy Tavern and then walk over to Museum Street where Atlantis is.
And since we are already close to the British Museum, the museum bookshop usually holds a decent array of titles on mythology, history, religious studies and other topics of a more general interest.
Waterstone's Booksellers near Picadilly Circus is said to be the largest bookstore in Europe, but the occult section is rather weak.
Happy shopping - when going to London, bring some money. 😉
Without wishing to blow my own trumpet ( if such a thing is possible?), you are most welcome to come and browse my large stock of first edition Crowley and other occult/esoteric books at our shop in Kensington (www.harringtonbooks.co.uk) - no obligation to buy of course!
All the best,
Off shopping now.
don't forget treadwells in covent garden! Rare volumes at excellent prices!
Thanks to all the above for the info.
I had a very good trip.
I managed to pick up a new first ed of Hekates Fountain from Watkins (cost me 150 quid but worth it!)
Plus a nice used copy of Darkside of Eden and Beyond The Circles of TIme - one from Treadwells and the other From Atlantis.
A VERY special thanks to Blair at Harrington Books. They have the most wonderful collection of Crowley first editions, plus other gems. I saw a handwritten note from the Beast berating an errant student, a first edition of rare poetry with a handwritten dedication from uncle Al to Denis Wheatley. Firsts of the Equinox, BOL, etc. Amazing! Sadly but not unexpectedly (and even deservedly) many of these gems were waaayy beyond my budget for the trip.
Blair was happy to spend 45 minutes showing me his Crowleyana collection - plus many other interesting pre-thelemic rare works and first eds. Top man!
One thing I couldn't resist though and just had to be bought! I love occult art and Harringtons had 3 of the Carfax Monographs!!!
I got #1 - Rosy Cross print number 40 of 100.
ALso #2 - Tree Of Life print number 42 of 100
And #5 - Vinum Sabbati print number 23 of 100.
Beacuse each copy was inked by hand no one is even sure if the full 100 were ever produced (or so I read). They are amazing and in wonderful condition!
All are signed (1&2 by Steffi grant - 5 by Kenneth Grant) - each all so includes a full essay on the occult meaning within each image.
All are being mounted and framed proffessionaly and will be a prized addition to the occult art on my temple walls.
All in all a perfect trip (not to mention I gourged on Curry - I like the USA but you just cant find a decent Indian for love or money!)
Thanks Again all.
Thanks for sharing that. Sounds like a very Kenneth Grant weekend!
The prints do sound amazing.
Thanks for the kind words Serpentarius - you're most welcome anytime!
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