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michaelclarke18
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27/05/2009 7:40 pm  

A bit off topic - and probably off website too - but I was wondering if anyone had ever been offered any super items (including books, artifacts etc) that was rare, unique or at a great price......and turned the deal or purchase down?

I think mine would be getting offered a complete Weiser edition of the Equinox (volume 1, parts 1-10, published in 1972, including the Blue Equinox) all for 210 UK pounds....and I said no. And it wasn't that long ago either and I am still kicking myself!

Anybody else missed out on some great purchases?


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28/05/2009 4:28 pm  
"michaelclarke18" wrote:
a complete Weiser edition of the Equinox (volume 1, parts 1-10, published in 1972

Ditto, $60.


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michaelclarke18
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28/05/2009 6:51 pm  

$60 is damn cheap!


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 Anonymous
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29/05/2009 12:25 am  

Would items previously stolen from own library and my buying them back count as bargain?


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 Anonymous
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29/05/2009 2:30 am  

Many of us (I loosely categorize "us" as Registered Users) would probably have a number of such stories relating to Crowley items that have slipped through our fingers. I certainly have my share. One in particular is a Dr. John Dee item that will still cause the heel of my foot to occasionally contract- rigidly- and provide a swift kick to my backside:

1st Edition (1659) A True and Faithful Relation...... I could not commit on this one even with seller offering a payment plan of $100 a month for 8 months- it was around '91-'92.

I have scarcely seen a handful of other copies offered since then.


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michaelclarke18
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29/05/2009 8:43 am  

I have plenty of horror stories relating to non-Crowley items, here are the worst:

First edition of Francis Barretts Magus offered to me for £400 - now worth many thousands; Chumbley's 'Grimoire of the Golden Toad' offered to me for £300 - now worth at least 2 thousand and a Chumbley unique transmission series - original text, with talisman in wooden box for £450 - now worth many thousands......that one still hurts. Ouch!

I don't care about the money side, it's just the fact that I will now never be able to own any of them.


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Michael Staley
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29/05/2009 12:57 pm  
"Camlion" wrote:
Would items previously stolen from own library and my buying them back count as bargain?

If the price you were offered them at was well below market value, then of course yes.

For instance, if someone were to offer you a sumptuous pastel by Spare for £500, then as long as you were able to overlook the fact that it was torn from your wall, how could you possibly resist such a bargain?


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kidneyhawk
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29/05/2009 2:14 pm  

as long as you were able to overlook the fact that it was torn from your wall, how could you possibly resist such a bargain?

Well, Michael, now you're making me want to steal things from MYSELF and sell them back at ridiculously low prices. I would get to jump up and down at the incredible bargains and make some extra cash. to boot! 😆


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29/05/2009 3:40 pm  

Yes... there were several signed Crowley items for $350-$1000 that a Brother and housemate advised me to invest in 18-20 years ago; he used to deal in such things to sellers like Rothschild-Berlin and Weiser Antiquarian. One was a 1st Ed. of The Stratagem, another was a 1st Ed. Moonchild with a big penis "A" in Aleister (but with the spine broken and without the dustjacket); Of course today such things are 10 times that amount. He also had Lady Frieda Harris' copy of "The Last Ritual" that he wanted to sell me for $200...


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manofwycombe
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29/05/2009 5:40 pm  

I've always thought that book collectors are a bit like fishermen ......they are happy with their "catches" but it's "the one's that got away" that they talk about for years and years ........

Clive


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29/05/2009 8:38 pm  

I wish that I would have bought Andrew Chumbley's books back when they first came out....they were in the hundreds not thousands then.


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 Anonymous
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29/05/2009 9:31 pm  

I didn't turn down any great purchase, but I have owned some signed Crowley documents that I ended up selling for less than I paid for them. Now I really wish I'd kept them. 🙁


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michaelclarke18
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29/05/2009 9:57 pm  

I've always thought that book collectors are a bit like fishermen ......they are happy with their "catches" but it's "the one's that got away" that they talk about for years and years ........

Not sure about the years and years bit, as this is the only thread I have ever seen on this topic.


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30/05/2009 12:00 am  
"michaelclarke18" wrote:
Not sure about the years and years bit, as this is the only thread I have ever seen on this topic.

If there's one person on this site who can speak with real authority about book collectors, it's manofwycombe!

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 Anonymous
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31/05/2009 4:16 am  

For me it's about letting go of volumes I should have kept in my library!


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