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New, Rare and Interesting Items This Week at Miskatonic Books #133

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Miskatonic Books is very pleased to announce that we are now the US distributor for Hell Fire Club Books. Take a look at the current Hell Fire Club titles that we have in stock and shipping.

To see an entire list of our Hell Fire Club titles click here: HELL FIRE CLUB BOOKS

THE HOLY BOOKS OF THELEMA by Aleister Crowley (Deluxe Edition in 5 Volumes Handbound in Dark Sapphire Kid Morocco)

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One of only 156 sets produced, handbound in Dark Sapphire Kid Morocco and housed in a custom slipcase.

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law”

This special editions of the Holy Books of Thelema are being issued as five volume sets. The first three volumes are based upon Aleister Crowleys own first edition issued in 1909, the fourth volume contains other Holy Books not issued in the first edition, whilst volume five is a complete text of the Book of the Law suitable for both private and Temple use.

Originally the volumes of ‘THELEMA’ were issued one at a time as the aspirant progressed through the successive grades of the Outer College of the Order, we maintain this tradition today…

THE KEYS OF RABBI SOLOMON Translated by Edward Hunter (Limited Edition Bound in Green Forest Kidskin with English Marbled Endpapers)

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250 deluxe copies with titles stamped in gold bound in forest green kidskin with English marbled endpapers.

Book is in new unread condition

The Dispositions required of a person wishing to partake of the Secrets
of the Cabalistic Science
The Places & Times proper and Suitable for the Operation of the Great Art
Of the Matters which Serve for the Operations &
The Instruments proper & necessary for the Operations of the Art
The Influences & Secret Virtues of the Moon
Of the manner of working the Figure, Talismans, Characters
& following the Rules of the Art

Of the hours of the Day & the Night in respect to the Planets which govern them
Of the proper Perfumes suitable to the Seven Planets
Of the Oraisons, Invocations & Conjurations for the days of the week
Of the Oraisons in form of Exorcisms, to Consecrate things which serve to the Operations of the Great Art
Contents following deals in turn with the characters, precious stones, trees, perfumes etc for each of the seven planetary days of the week.

This is a scarce and important handwritten grimoire possibly copied from an earlier 18th century source, the authors own notes to the contents as well as its style suggest it is a personal copy not for circulation or even private viewing partaking of both the Solomonic grimoire tradition as well as the English ‘Cunning Man’ type of manuscript.

The ‘Edward Hunter’ of the title page may have been a Bristol based merchant and one who later had links to the Mormon groups in the United States, thus connecting two worlds between which the erudite Professor Joseph Peterson had suggested a link.

The original manuscript has remained unseen and safe in a private collection since its creation in or around the early 1830s, only once having been shown to a specialist (the alchemical scholar Adam McLean in the 1980s) and which fact is mentioned by Professor Peterson in his edition of ‘The Clavis or Key to the Magic of Solomon’ a vastly erudite work on the transmission of Solomonic magical manuscripts from Ebenezer Sibley through Frederick Holland and Frederick Hockley through to MacGregor Mathers and his late 19th century edition of ‘The Key of Solomon the King’.

LIBER PYRAMIDOS Sub Figura DCLXXI by Frater Orpheus 7’=4′ et al (Deluxe Limited Edition Quarter Bound in Burgundy Goatskin in Custom Slipcase)

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One of only 50 hand numbered box sets. 5 volumes, 4 quarter bound in burgundy goatskin, all housed in a custom slipcase.

an original annotated typescript in facsimile
introduced and commented on by

Frater Orpheus 7′ = 4′ et al
Four parts all quarter leather bound with burgundy goatskin and dark green cloth, stamped to the front with the seal of A.’.A.’. and presented in a matching leather and cloth slipcase
(300mm x 210mm x 50mm).
Aleister Crowley founded his A.’.A.’. Order in 1907 with the assistance of George Cecil Jones, in 1909 whilst on a Magical Retirement Crowley developed ‘Liber DCLXXI vel Pyramidos’ for the singular purpose of attaining a higher form of Knowledge and Conversation than he had attained previously as an Exempt Adept.

‘Pyramidos’ is thus one of the most significant rituals in the Thelemic armoury.

The four parts of this ‘Pyramidos’ study encompass: firstly a full colour facsimile in a quarter leather portfolio binding of cult film maker Kenneth Angers annotated typescript of the ritual.

Secondly an introduction to the work with a history of the typescript by its owner (Robert Flores, Frater Orpheus 7’=4′ A.’. A.’.).

Thirdly an analysis of the development of Pyramidos and its relationship to the highly secret
‘TROA’ ritual

Fourth and finally a ‘Pyramidos Experience’ (Frater 414 A.’.A.’.) or analysis of the ritual as a progression of initiatic states.

BOOK OF THE GOETIA OF SOLOMON THE KING, Being a Facsimiles of Aleister Crowley’s Own Edition (Deluxe Limited Edition Bound in Burgundy Calf)

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Deluxe binding in full smooth burgundy calf with titles gilt by hand, text printed onto high quality oyster wove paper, hand marbled endpapers. One of only 39 copies produced!

Book is in new unread condition.

These editions are facsimiles of Aleister Crowley’s own vellum-bound volume with annotations in his hand housed at the Warburg Institute University of London, containing copious notes, drawings of spirits and magical formulae both from Crowley’s vellum copy and from a camels-hair binding copy owned by his friend and disciple J.F.C. Fuller. –

HRILIU: Ecclesiae Gnosticae Catholicae Canon Missae by IAO131 (Deluxe Edition Bound in Vellum, Housed in a Custom Slipcase)

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One of only 31 hand bound and numbered deluxe binding of creamy English goat vellum prepared by William Cowleys (established 1860), bright yellow Kashgar silk endpapers, black and gold headbands, each copy fully hand bound and gilt
Shewing forth in dramatic form the central Sexual/Magickal Secret 
of the IX° of the
ORDO TEMPLI ORIENTIS
Written to aid all in their experience of intimate devotion,
intense worship and profound Truth!
The simplest, most direct and most powerful of all magick ceremonies is the eucharist, it is quite literally the transmutation of the material being into the divine, filling the individual with Love, leading eventually to becoming a divinity oneself…
This book is a long and profound study of
Aleister Crowleys Gnostic Mass,
the most magnificent ritual celebration of the secrets of
Invocation
Consecration
Transformation
Part I
  • General Symbolism
  • The Symbolic Dimensions of the Gnostic Mass
  • The Officers
  • Magical Energy in the Gnostic Mass
  • The Mass of Baphomet
  • The Basic Plot of the Gnostic Mass
Part II
  • A DetailedAnalysis..
  • The Furnishings of the Temple
  • The Officers
  • The Ceremony of Introit
  • The Ceremony of the Opening of the Veil
  • Of the Office of the Collects which are Eleven in Number
  • Of the Consecration of the Elements
  • Of the Office of the Anthem
  • Of the Mystic Marriage & the Consummation of the Elements
IAO131
Is the author of numerous books, journal articles and artworks
of a magickal and philosophical nature.
His books ‘Fresh Fever from the Skies’, ‘Naturalistic Occultism’
and the ‘Thelema Sutras’ stand tall in a literature which already
boasts the works of many great occult writers
including Regardie, Frater Achad and Aleister Crowley himself.
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Hand bound in midnight blue crossgrain calf. Titles gilt by hand to spine, seal of the A.’..A.’. gilt by hand to front cover. Black and gold head and tail bands, sewn throughout with scarlet moire silk endpapers.

A superb work on the magick arte with over 400 pages and diagrams, including 15 illustrations and a complete bibliography of references.

The Pyramidos Ritual is a fundamental component of Aleister Crowley’s comprehensive system of magick. This truly original magick ceremony is an effective initiation ritual and forms a cornerstone in the practice of modern Hermetic magick. The Pyramidos Ritual, based on the Neophyte initiation ceremony of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, is drawn on throughout the magical practices of the Great Beast 666, and is one of his most dynamic ceremonial compositions.

Pyramidos traces the history and development of this fundamental magical ceremony from its earliest origins in the famed Golden Dawn Cipher Documents, through Crowley’s first attempts to codify a system of magick in the Order of the Lamp of the Invisible Light to the final composition of the Pyramidos Ritual as the jewel in the crown of Crowley’s own magical order.

The Pyramidos Ceremony is included in its fully expanded form and the symbolism of the ritual is explained in detail. There is also a comprehensive examination of the Golden Dawn Neophyte Ceremony. Pyramidosis is a handbook for the performance of this central ceremony of modern Hermetic magick as well as incorporating several complete magick ceremonies which are discussed in the text.

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Large format (285 x 210 mm), all bound full leather in dark green kidskin, the leather of each copy pressed to a fine polish between glazed boards. This process carried out using an English Standing Press which applies a greater amount of pressure than a normal bookbinding press, and in which the books are left for up to a week.

Text printed in red and black inks onto high quality 120gsm Oyster Wove paper, colour frontis (scene of the Weighing of the Soul from the Papyrus of Anhai) tipped in.

Hand marbled endpapers in beautiful non-pareil, coloured to be in harmony with the overall design of the book. Front cover gilt with a design taken from the Egyptian Book of the Dead and gilt with antique gold, titling to spine by hand.
The first edition of Blackden’s reconstruction of ‘Psychostasia’, or Weighing of the Heart, the key ceremony of The Egyptian Book of the Dead, was a controversial work amongst members of the Golden Dawn and the wider esoteric community. Copies of the 1914 first edition (clothbound) are now extremely scarce.

Marcus Wolsley Blackden was a member of the Isis-Urania Temple of the Golden Dawn, who by 1897 had been initiated into the Grade of Adeptus Minor. He was a member of both versions of Florence Farr’s Sphere Groups. In 1903 both he, A.E.Waite and Rev. Ayton set about to form the ‘Holy Order of The Golden Dawn.

Blackden’s book, the ‘Ritual of the Mystery of the Judgment of the Soul’ was a reconstruction based on his own translations of Egyptian Hieroglyphs in the Papyrus of Anhai and sections from the rituals of A.E. Waite’s Holy Order of the Golden Dawn. In 1914 Waite removed his rituals for use in the Holy Order and thus he closed the Holy Order. Then he opened his own order called The Fellowship of the Rosy Cross in July 1915…This new edition is intended for use by Golden Dawn Temples and their members, esoteric historians, ritual specialists in Egyptology and the Book of the Dead.

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