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Soon there will be a Great In The Small update, with details of the publication of my lyric book, another book, the new album—and the place and time they will all be launched. Keep your Thursdays awake.
Sikkema Jenkins & Co are hosting an exhibition of Antony Hegarty’s beautiful artwork. It ends on 31 July. GoGoGo! I love Antony’s artwork. But, then, I love everything about Antony. Click here for info.
I am OverAiwass to announce the publication of an extraordinary new volume from Teitan Press, the first publication of a facsimile of one of Aleister Crowley’s sketchbooks. Some of you may have heard of my enthusiasm for, and my collecting of, the Beast’s artwork. Keith Richmond and I have written a detailed introduction about, generally, Crowley’s art and, specifically, the period in which he did the sketches in this book. The first copies of the book come with a bookplate signed by myself and Keith. I also add two other simultaneous publications—one, again, by Teitan—which may be of interest to you all; they certainly are to me.
Weiser Antiquarian Book’s promotional text is as follows:
Now available from Weiser Antiquarian Books: Two new releases from the Teitan Press and an unusual Special Edition!
From Teitan Press
A Book of Sketches by Aleister Crowley
Introduction by Keith Richmond and David Tibet
The Teitan Press, 2013. York Beach, Maine USA: First Edition. Hardcover. Landscape format 8vo. xii + [ 45 plates each printed on rectos only]. Fine black cloth spine with gilt lettering, charcoal papered boards with gilt title and facsimile Crowley signature, full colour plates, charcoal end pages. Edition limited to 418 hand numbered copies. For the launch week only copies come with a special bookplate signed by David Tibet and Keith Richmond. Reproduces in full a series of colour and black and white sketches, mostly of women, from a sketchbook utilised by Aleister Crowley from the late 1930s to the early 1940s, and now preserved in the Yorke collection. While the 45 plates include a number of finished drawings, most are unpolished designs, possibly ‘roughs’ for later more detailed compositions. Although hardly examples of ‘high art’, they offer a fascinating glimpse of Crowley’s process of imagining his art, and the varied styles with which he experimented (some images can be viewed at www.teitanpress.com. With a five page Introduction by Crowley art aficionados David Tibet and Keith Richmond. NEW book. Launch price: $58.50 (Regular retail price: $65.00).
Also from the Teitan Press:
Edited and introduced by Dr. R.A. Gilbert
First Edition. The Teitan Press, York Beach, Maine USA: 2013. Hardcover. 8vo. xiv + 82pp. Quality red cloth with gilt facsimile alchemical design and blind stamping to upper board, gilt titling to spine, b&w frontis, appendix ‘Laws of the Brotherhood’ as published by Sincerus Renatus. Edition limited to 500 hand numbered copies. For the launch week only copies come with a special bookplate signed by the editor Dr. R. A. Gilbert. The first English language publication of this Alchemical/Rosicrucian work by Sigmund Richter that was originally published in Breslau in 1710. In appearance the work is very much that of an alchemical textbook, describing (in the symbolic/chemical terminology of the spagyrical adept) a series of operations which culminate in the creation of the Philosopher’s Stone and “all that is necessary to the Work Ordinis Minoris and Majoris.” As described by the editor, Dr. R. A. Gilbert, “The book has two distinct but related concerns. First, it sets out the stages by which the Brothers of the [Roscicrucian] Order can succeed in preparing, making and applying the Philosopher’s Stone, but at the same time it presents a sub-text that guides the brethren into a realisation that there is a more subtle purpose to the text. It is also a guide to a parallel, spiritual change that takes place within the practitioner as he progresses with his task: material transmutation is accompanied by spiritual regeneration.” The translation was probably made between 1950 and 1960 for J.W. Hamilton-Jones (1887–1965), one of a small circle of Rosicrucian enthusiasts who had founded a very private “Order of Rose +”, and editor of two alchemical works – “The Epistles of Ali Puli” (1951) and Bacstrom’s “Alchemical Anthology” (1960) and publisher of a translation of Dr. Dee’s “Hieroglyphic Monad” (1947). NEW book. Launch Price: $40.00 (Regular Retail Price: $45.00).
The life of Aleister Crowley in ‘graphic novel’ form:
Martin Hayes (Author) and R. H. Stewart (Artist); with a Foreword by Richard Kaczynski.
Markosia Enterprises Ltd., USA. 2013. First US Edition. Softcover. 8vo. (9 x 6 inches). vi +108p+ xxviii. Glossy printed wrappers. This printing of 111 copies specially prepared especially for Weiser Antiquarian Books. Signed by Martin Hayes, R. H. Stewart and Richard Kaczynski on a bookplate tipped onto the inside front cover and with a special statement of limitation imprinted on the rear cover. The first full recounting of the life of Aleister Crowley in ‘graphic novel’ form (ie a book produced in ‘comic’ form: instead of straight text it comprises a series of panels of images with accompanying textual devices of speech balloons, captions, etc. giving the narrative). Illustrated in black and white by R.H. Stewart and with a two page Foreword by Crowley biographer Richard Kacyznski. From the publisher’s blurb: “…the life and times of Britain’s most infamous son. Occultist, artist, poet, prophet, record-setting mountaineer, drug and free-love pioneer, spy, scholar, and legendary bad egg. An explorer of many realms who conversed with gods and angels but ended his days labeled ‘The Wickedest Man in the World’. A foolish genius. A much maligned history. A wanderer of the waste.” NEW book. Maximum of 2 copies per customer. Launch Price: $22.50 (Regular Retail Price: $25.00).
Special launch week offer.*
For one week only copies of all three titles will be available at the discounted prices shown above and each copy will be signed as described.
Launch shipping rates for up to THREE books: **
Within the US: Priority Mail: $7.50
Air shipping to Canada: $18.50
Air shipping elsewhere International: $23.50
** As always we will do our best to keep the cost of shipping down when we process your order. If ordering several books through our website it will suggest a shipping charge – this is an automatic function that reflects the maximum you will be charged.
The shipping charge will be reduced when we process your order.
* Offer ends at midnight (EST), Thursday June 13, 2013, and is of course subject to availability. Orders processed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
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