This is a first edition hardcover. Published in 2002 by Starfire Publications. Book is in near fine condition in like dust jacket. Light shelf wear else fine! Click on images tab above for more pictures.
One of only 1000 copies published.
Starfire Publishing, London, 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. Large 8vo. xxxviii + 604pp. The ‘standard’ or ‘trade’ issue of the first edition limited to 903 copies bound in black Wibalin cloth. Colour frontispiece of an artwork in pastel by Austin Osman Spare. 26 black and white plates of work by Kenneth & Steffi Grant, Pete Smith, Hiruyuli Fukuda, Alfred Floki, Brian Ward, Ellerina Mortier, Mark Bell, Morn Morgan, Sidney Sime and Judith Page. A coloured plate bound in at the rear reproduces the front panel designs of the dustwrappers of the nine books which make up Grant’s three trilogies. Index, glossary and appendices.
“The Ninth Arch” contains the text and commentary on the “Book of the Spider,” a ‘received’ text revealed to members of the Nu Isis Lodge of Grant’s Typhonian O.T.O. The work completes Grant’s trilogy of trilogies (The Magical Revival, Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God, & Cults of the Shadow) + (Nightside of Eden, Outside the Circles of Time, Hecate’s Fountain) + (Outer Gateways, Beyond the Mauve Zone, Ninth Arch).
The Ninth Arch is an extended analysis of and commentary upon Liber OKBISh, The Book of the Spider, a transmitted text which was received in the course of Workings of the New Isis Lodge in the 1950s. Grant’s novella Against the Light (Starfire Publishing, London, 1997) cast some of the themes of Liber OKBISh into fictional form.The New Isis Lodge was the final name given to a magical group developed by Kenneth and Steffi Grant over several years in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The main body of work by New Isis Lodge extended over the years 1955 to 1962, and it was on the basis of his experiences within this Lodge that Grant was later to publish his monumental series of nine volumes which has come to be known as the Typhonian Trilogies.