Now Available from Weiser Antiquarian Books:
The Mystery of the Letters and The Tree of Life
by Robert C Stein
The Mystery of the Letters and The Tree of Life is an important new contribution to Thelemic literature. It begins with an examination and analysis of the “Class A” texts of the Thelemic canon, with special emphasis on the manuscript and symbolism of The Book of the Law. The author, Robert Stein, reminds us that the prophet of Thelema, Aleister Crowley, declared that the manuscript of The Book of the Law (Liber XXXI) was unequivocally the first and final authority above all other Thelemic literature.
He surveys the mysteries and questions it poses, and encourages his readers not just to rely on a typeset version of the text, but also to study a copy of the manuscript, so as to derive a direct and personal understanding from it.
Stein then examines the symbolism of Thelema by comparison to archetypal messages expressed historically through god-forms, kabalah, trigrams (I Ching), Tree of Life models, and alphabets. He further proposes a three-dimensional Tree of Life, relates it to Tarot and the paths in Liber 231. The model originates in Liber Trigrammaton and the Cube of Space, but while based on historical material, it approaches the symbolism from a fresh perspective. The Mystery of the Letters and The Tree of Life is not an “introductory work” or a “beginner’s guide,” but a serious and challenging study of a complex subject.
The author, Robert C Stein, is a Professor Emeritus of Biology in the NY State University System, whose involvement in the study and practice of Thelema spans three decades and travels in five continents. In writing this study he has, as far as possible, approached the texts from a scientific and logical viewpoint, and in most instances has included facsimile excerpts of the pertinent material illustrating the basis of his thought.
“Blue & Gold Issue” – Limited to 418 numbered copies.
First Edition. “Blue & Gold Issue.” Maine: Black Jackal Press, 2012. Hardcover. Large 8vo. (8.75 x 6.75 inches / 220 x 170 mm), xiv + 250pp. Blue natural cloth with spine lettered in gilt, and gilt device on front board. Sewn. Printed on acid free paper. Color frontispiece and illustrations. Numerous black and white illustrations, diagrams and tables in text. This cloth-bound issue limited to 418 numbered copies. Please note the natural cloth binding may have minor flecking or variance in color. New book, Fine condition. (no jacket as issued). (41248) $60.00
“Edition Deluxe” – Limited to 31 numbered copies.
First Edition. “Edition Deluxe.” Maine: Black Jackal Press, 2012. Hardcover. Large 8vo. (8.75 x 6.75 inches / 220 x 170 mm), xiv + 250pp. Quarter black morocco leather with gilt stamping to spine, raised bands, over dark blue silk-cloth boards, housed in a black cloth slip-case. Printed on acid free paper. Color frontispiece and illustrations. Numerous black and white illustrations, diagrams and tables in text. This edition-de-luxe limited to 31 numbered copies, signed by the author on the title-page. New book and slip case, Fine condition. (41249) – PLEASE NOTE: THE DELUXE IS NOW SOLD-OUT
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Special Launch Week Offer
For one week only copies of the “Blue & Gold” issue will be available at the reduced price of $50.00 each (plus shipping) and will come with a bookplate signed by the author tipped onto the front free endpaper. This offer only applies to copies bought and paid for before midnight (US EST), Sunday April 22nd, 2012ev. Signed copies subject to availability.
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