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1 (Crowley, Aleister). Stephensen, P. R THE LEGEND OF ALEISTER CROWLEY: Being a Study of the Documentary Evidence Relating to a Campaign of Personal Vilification Unparalleled in Literary History. With an introduction by Israel Regardie
Saint Paul, M N: Llewellyn Publications, 1970. 1970. Good 
Saint Paul, M N: Llewellyn Publications, 1970.. 1970.. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed cream wrappers. The binding is lightly foxed with staining to the rear wrap. The spine & extremities are somewhat darkened. xvii, [ii] & pages 9-157. There is an owner's address label together with a small sticker on the half-title, affecting 2 words of the titling. There are 2 small stains to the fore-edge with tiny stains to the front edges of the rear blanks & of a few rear text pages. Illustrated with a full-page portrait of Aleister Crowley in black & white. Good.

Second edition, revised and enlarged. 
Price: 10.00 USD

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2 (Jones, Wilfred). Burton, Sir Richard F. THE KASIDAH OF HAJI ABDU EL-YEZDI.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1924). (1924). Good 
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, (1924).. (1924).. Good. - Octavo, decorative blue & cream boards backed with navy blue cloth. The boards are bumped with the paper chipped at the corners. The spine is somewhat darkened. 135 pages plus colophon. Illustrated with 12 black-and- white plates, including a frontispiece, from wood engravings by Wilfred Jones. Good.

Number 1758 of an edition limited to 2,000 numbered copies printed by Pynson Printers.

Haji Abdu is purportedly the Iranian author of this long verse poem setting out a "higher law" derived from various religions of the East and West. However, Richard Burton has long been thought to be the author of the Kasidah rather than its translator and editor. 
Price: 25.00 USD

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(Fowey, Cornwall, U.K.: Alexander Associates, 1998). 1998). 1899526161 / 9781899526161 Very good Signed
(Fowey, Cornwall, U.K.: Alexander Associates, 1998).. 1998).. Very good. INSCRIBED & SIGNED BY VIRGINIA ADAIR - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial wrappers. There is a price-sticker on the rear wrapper. 239 pages. 8 pages of black-and-white illustrations. Near fine.

Prepublication edition.

Inscribed by the author on the title page: "To .... -- who has the gift of healing -- / With love and all good wishes / Virginia Adair".

A study of women with healing, clairvoyant and other parapsychological powers. 
Price: 25.00 USD

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4 Caron, M; and Hutin, S LES ALCHIMISTES
Editions du Seuil, (1959). (1959). Good 
Editions du Seuil, (1959).. (1959).. Good. - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial wrappers. The binding is lightly bumped with some light soiling & foxing and with a light glue mark to the rear wrap. 192 pages. Black-and-white illustrations. The bottom page corners are slightly bumped. There is light foxing to the bottom edge of the book. Good.

A title in the series "Collections Microcosme: Le Temps Qui Court". The text is in French. 
Price: 20.00 USD

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5 Christopher, Milbourne ESP, SEERS & PSYCHICS
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, (1970). (1970). Very good 
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, (1970).. (1970).. Very good. - Octavo, cloth, in dw. Lightly rubbed & dusty; dw rubbed & chipped with short tears. x & 268 pp. B&W illustrations. Very good.

Second printing. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 10.00 USD

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THREE AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED BY JAMES FORLONG AT THE TIME OF PUBLICATION OF HIS MAJOR WORK "RIVERS OF LIFE"., Forlong, James George Roche. (1824-1904), Indian army general. Author of the major work of comparative religion "Rivers of Life."
6 Forlong, James George Roche. (1824-1904), Indian army general. Author of the major work of comparative religion "Rivers of Life." THREE AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED BY JAMES FORLONG AT THE TIME OF PUBLICATION OF HIS MAJOR WORK "RIVERS OF LIFE".
Edinburgh, Scotland: March 4 & 6 and April 13, 1883. 1883. Very good Signed
- Each letter is penned in black ink and fills all 4 sides of his cream letterhead, which is folded once to form 4 sides, each 7 inches high by 4-1/2 inches wide, with Forlong's Edinburgh address printed at the top of the first side. The letters are signed "J. Forlong". Folded twice for mailing. Very good.

James George Roche Forlong (1824-1904) was a Major General of the Indian Army. Trained as an engineer in Scotland and England, he joined the Indian Army in 1843 and later held posts with the government of Oudh. His exposure to Indian religions led him to explore, research and develop heterodox ideas about religious origins. His substantial work "Rivers of Life" was regarded as blasphemous by some for its sexual interpretations of religious rituals and symbolism.

These three letters, all with excellent content, are written to a Mr. Simpson, who is regarded by the editor of the Glasgow Herald James Stoddart as "one of the first living authors" on ancient religions. The letters concern the process of publishing and promoting "Rivers of Life". It was scheduled to be published that spring by Bernard Quaritch, along with its accompanying chart, which Forlong would prefer to have distributed in a case rather than rolled up. The letters are largely devoted to pressing Simpson to help publicize the book: "If you would like a good friend, testify to the usefullness of the work in any Dailies Weeklies or Magazines about the same time I shd be much obliged." One author tells Forlong "Yr immortal IX Chapter [is] one of the strongest and best pieces of ethnological & mythological writing I have ever encountered". However, Forlong seems anxious that the controversial content of his opus, which includes research on phallic religions and is frank about the sexual nature of many rites and ceremonies, will offend the reviewers. "[They] will be wrath for my treading on their most tender corns & even 'secret parts'!" On how to approach the book, Forlong urges Simpson on March 6: "I wish you would not do your thorough reading of the vols until you have dashed thro them all & especially my last chapter No. IX wch goes systematically into the philosophical questions especially from p 459 to the end." Forlong is also concerned that he will not be viewed as anti-religion or irreligious. "Necessarily my work is anti biblical not in regard to the Jewish bible only but as I say in my Preface xxxi I will mete out praise & blame to all as impartially as I can." He writes further on April 13th, "I wish you would therefore kindly send 'Notice No. II' going a little into matters & showing the spirit of the work. I would not wish the Scotch view to fancy I am not religious for this wd not only damage the book but wd not be true, I holding that I have a highly religious nature tho breaking with all the superstitions of the past..." 
Price: 750.00 USD

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7 Franck, Frederick THE BOOK OF ANGELUS SILESIUS with observations by the ancient Zen Masters
New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1976. 1976. 0394499220 / 9780394499222 Very good 
New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1976.. 1976.. Very good. - Quarto, gray paper covered boards backed with light tan cloth & titled in gilt on the spine with a vignette stamped in gilt on the front board, in a dust wrapper. The boards are somewhat warped & the cloth is lightly soiled. The dust jacket is lightly soiled with some short tears to the top & bottom edges. [x], 145 & [2] pages plus colophon. Illustrated throughout with drawings in light tan & gray by Frederick Franck. The contents are near fine.

First edition.

"Translated, drawn, and handwritten by Frederick Franck." Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD

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SCIENTIFIC RHYTHMIC SOLAR PLEXUS BREATHING: The Elixir of Youth-Vitality-Health-Happiness., Holmes, Phoebe Marie.
8 Holmes, Phoebe Marie. SCIENTIFIC RHYTHMIC SOLAR PLEXUS BREATHING: The Elixir of Youth-Vitality-Health-Happiness.
Huntington Beach, CA: Mimeographed by Charles R. Furr, circa [1930s]. [1930s]. Very good 
- Quarto [10-3/4 inches high by 8-1/4 inches wide] tan wrappers backed with brown cloth tape with the author's Radiant Health logo on the front cover. There is a tiny stain to the front cover & the edges of the cover are slightly darkened. 25 pages mimeographed on one side only. Very good.

Marie Phoebe Holmes was an American teacher of dietetics and scientific breathing, a noted world lecturer and metaphysician, and president of the International Radiant Health Club. It has been suggested by some that she was a model for the comic-book character Wonder Woman. 
Price: 35.00 USD

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9 Klinker, Lewis William GOD'S WITNESS IN EGYPT
Los Angeles, CA: Published by the author, (1935). (1935). Good 
Los Angeles, CA: Published by the author, (1935).. (1935).. Good. - Small octavo, softcover bound in pictorial orange & black wraps. The binding is soiled, stained & chipped. The wraps are lightly bumped & the front wrap is coming unglued from the spine. There is a piece out of the tail of the spine. 112 pages. 6 black-and-white illustrations. The bottom corner of the title is creased. Good.

First edition.

A treatise relating the Great Pyramid of Cheops, also known as the Pyramid of Giza, to the Old and New Testaments. First Edition. 
Price: 15.00 USD

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THE LOTUS AND THE ROBOT., Koestler, Arthur.
10 Koestler, Arthur. THE LOTUS AND THE ROBOT.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1961. 1961. Fair 
- Octavo, black cloth in a dust wrapper. The binding is rubbed with light spotting to the covers. The dust jacket is rubbed & chipped with tears & small pieces out. There is light soiling to its rear panel & foxing to its flaps. 296 pages. There is some blue & red underlining in the text with a few marginal notes. There is offsetting to the pastedoowns & endpapers from the dust wrapper with some minor foxing. Good reading copy. First printing. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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11 Patterson, Charles Brodie. A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH. (Thought Studies of the Fourth Dimension).
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., (1909). (1909). Good Signed
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., (1909).. (1909).. Good. - Small quarto, 9-1/4 inches high by 8-7/8 inches wide. Bound in light brown limp suede leather, titled in gilt on the front cover and the spine with the title within a decorative gilt frame on the front cover. A running black ruled frame further decorates the covers. The top edge is gilt and the endpapers are marbled. The suede is rubbed and soiled and the overlapping yapp edges of the covers are chipped with small pieces out. The head and tail of the spine are chipped. 286 pages, illustrated with a photogravure portrait frontispiece. The text block is cracked following the front blank and there is some occasional minor foxing. Good.

Limited edition of 500 numbered copies. Though not called for, this copy is inscribed and signed in ink by the author Charles Brodie Patterson under the frontispiece portrait.

The Canadian expatriate New Thought publisher and author Charles Brodie Patterson (1854-1917) was considered one of the movement's leaders. Born in Nova Scotia, he moved to Connecticut to receive treatment from a mental healer and subsequently studied at the Mental Science Institute and the Alliance of Divine Unity. He founded the Metaphysical Alliance of Hartford in 1888 and, in 1893, opened the Alliance Publishing Company in New York City. He edited several periodicals including the Library of Health Journal, Mind Magazine, and Arena and published works by metaphysical authors including Horatio Dresser, Ursula Gestefeld, and Augustus Le Plongeon. Patterson served as president of the International New Thought Alliance, the International Metaphysical League and the New Thought Federation.

Price: 450.00 USD

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12 Patton, Kelly POND WORK: A Personal Investigation into the Loss of Wild Elephants in Sheepscot, Maine / based on pond samples and the annotated, hand-written Journals of Captain William Chase
Newcastle, ME: Dyer River Books, (2002). (2002). 0971904901 / 9780971904903 Very good Signed
Newcastle, ME: Dyer River Books, (2002).. (2002).. Very good. INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY KELLY PATTON - Small quarto [10 inches high by 7 inches wide], softcover bound in pictorial wrappers. The binding is very lightly bumped. [vii], iii, 67 & [2] pages. Illustrated in color by the author. There is a paper-clip mark on the front endpaper, else near fine.

First edition, first printing, limited to 500 copies, of which this is number 93.

The foreword is by Budd Schulberg.

Inscribed to Peter Matthiessen, "Peter, Blessings from God and Guardian of a pond in Sheepscot, Maine. / Kelly. 6/26/02." First Edition. 
Price: 10.00 USD

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London: Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd, (1947). (1947). Good 
- Octavo, black cloth with a gilt-lettered leather label on the spine in a dust wrapper. The top edge is gilt. There is a light coffee ring with a tiny white mark to the front cover. The dust jacket is lightly chipped & creased with a piece out of the bottom corner of its front panel. The rear panel is lightly soiled. xii & 100 pages. Illustrated in black & white with 2 facsimile plates, 27 full-page illustrations, 6 textual illustrations, end-pieces & pictorial initials. There is offsetting to the rear endpaper & the fore-edge is foxed. Good.

First edition. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD

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14 Russell, George William [AE]; Dunlop, Daniel Nicol; Besant, Annie; and Johnston, Charles THE IRISH THEOSOPHIST. A Monthly Magazine Devoted to Universal Brotherhood, the Study of Eastern Literature and Occult Science. No. 3, Vol. 1. Dublin, Dec. 15, 1892
Dublin: Printed at the North Centre Private Press, 1892. 1892. Fair 
Dublin: Printed at the North Centre Private Press, 1892.. 1892.. Fair. INCLUDES THE POEM "OM" BY THE POET GEORGE WILLIAM RUSSELL [AE] - Small quarto, 9-1/2 inches high by 7 inches wide. Softcover, bound in printed peach tan wraps. The periodical is disbound with the pages and covers detached and with chipping and pieces out from the edges of the darkened & fragile covers. 28 pages. The pages are toned. There is a tiny piece out from the top inner corner of the leaves. A complete issue of this rare publication.

Most noteworthy among the contents are "OM" by G.W.R., the Irish poet George William Russell who most often wrote under the pseudonym AE. Other contributions include "Problems of Death and the After Life" by Annie Besant; "Pages from the Upanishads ... The Four Steps of the Self [From the Mandukya Upanishad]" translated by Charles Johnston; "Theosophy in Plain Language" and "Review and Notes" (including reviews of Theosophist, The Path, Lucifer, and Ethical Echo) by Daniel Nicol Dunlop. Two anonymous contributions included are: "Verses from the Dhammapada" and "Our Work".

In 1892, Robert E. Coates, Fred J. Dick and his wife, and a small group of other brilliant young writers started the small magazine named "The Irish Theosophist". The high quality of the poems and unusual articles attracted contemporary writers. George W. Russell (AE) (1867- 1935), the Irish nationalist, author, poet, and painter, found a voice for his articles "Priest and Hero" and "The Hero in Man" and his poems, in the periodical. A mystical writer, who never failed to credit H.P. Blavatsky and W.Q. Judge, he was the center of a group of followers of theosophy in Dublin.

The Scottish-born artist Daniel Nicol Dunlop (1868-1935) moved to Dublin where he became a friend of AE and William Butler Yeats and involved himself with the Irish Theosophical Society. James Joyce even mentions him in Ulysses. After meeting Rudolf Steiner in England, he dedicated himself to anthroposophy. 
Price: 150.00 USD

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15 Shearer, Tony THE SACRED CALENDER OF QUETZALCOATL. The Basic Text of This Book is a Reprint from "Beneath The Moon And Under the Sun" by Tony Shearer
Albuquerque, NM: Sun Publishing Company, 1976. 1976. Very good Signed
Albuquerque, NM: Sun Publishing Company, 1976.. 1976.. Very good. - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial tan wrappers. 63 pages. Printed & illustrated in brown ink. The text block is partially detached from the wrappers, else very good.

First edition, limited to 1,000 copies, with a foreword by Deborah Buttrey.

Inscribed on the half-title and signed in full by the author.

Laid in is a folded Sun Publishing Co. broadsheet about the Aztec calendar and the Echo Circle with illustrations & charts in black & white. There is a red ink address on the broadsheet. Its top edges are creased & chipped & both sides are darkened along the fold. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD

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16 Sprager, Hart THE SOUND OF THE EARTH: A Man's Mid-Life Passage and Spiritual Awakening
Georgetown, MA: North Star Publications, (1995). (1995). 188082311X / 9781880823118 Fine Signed
Georgetown, MA: North Star Publications, (1995).. (1995).. Fine. WITH A TYPED LETTER SIGNED TO PETER MATTHIESSEN FROM HART SPRAGER - Octavo, softcover bound in pictorial wrappers. [xiv] & 297 pages. Near fine.

First edition, first printing.

From the library of Peter Matthiessen. Laid in is a typed letter from the author signed in full, expressing his disappointment at Matthiessen's negative reaction to the book. He sends Matthiessen a copy of the finished book in the hope that the positive comments of others will inspire him to take a second look and may perhaps motivate him to send Sprager's publisher a comment.

After changing professions many times, Sprager spent a year-long retreat in India under the guidance of his Tibetan Meditation Master, Gen Lamrimpa. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD

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17 Steiner, Rudolf THE DEAD ARE WITH US. A Lecture given at Nuremberg, 10th February, 1918 by Rudolf Steiner
(London): Rudolf Steiner Publishing Co., 1952. 1952. Fine 
(London): Rudolf Steiner Publishing Co., 1952.. 1952.. Fine. - Octavo, softcover bound in printed tan wraps. The wraps are lightly soiled & slightly darkened around the edges. 23 pages. Near fine.

Second edition. 
Price: 15.00 USD

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18 Tagore, Devendranath THE AUTO-BIOGRAPHY OF MAHARSHI DEVENDRANATH TAGORE. Translated from the Original Bengali by Satyendranath Tagore and Indira Devi
Calcutta: S. K. Lahiri & Co., 1909. 1909. Very good 
Calcutta: S. K. Lahiri & Co., 1909.. 1909.. Very good. - Octavo, olive green cloth titled in gilt on the front cover & spine. The covers are bumped & lightly rubbed. xxiv & 195 pages. Illustrated with numerous black-and-white portrait plates. A few page corners are creased. Very good.

The true first edition published five years before the English edition.

From the library of Alice Corbin Henderson, with her signature on the front endpaper. Alice Corbin Henderson [1881-1949] was an American poet and poetry editor and a friend of Rabindranath Tagore. She lived in New Mexico from 1916 and she and her husband were active in the movement for Native American civil rights.

Devendranath Tagore [1817- 1905] was a religious reformer and the founder in 1848 of the Brahmo Religion, which today is synonymous with Brahmoism, the youngest religion of India and Bangladesh. Silvanath Sastri in "History of the Brahmo Samaj" describes him as "one of the greatest religious geniuses this country ever produced....In spite of his real sainthood [he] never put on the garb or habits of sadhu or saint. His piety was natural, habitual and modest. He hated or shunned all display of saintliness...." Tagore had five daughters and five sons. His second son co-translated and wrote the introduction to the present work. His youngest son was the poet Rabindranath Tagore. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD

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San Francisco, California, March 22, 1966. 1966. Very good Signed
- A substantial letter typed single space on six 11 inch high by 8-1/2 inch wide sheets of creamy white paper with a few corrections penned in ink by Van Norstrand. In his letter, addressed to Saturday Evening Post editor William A. Emerson, Jr., Van Norstrand objects to an article critical of astrology which was published in the March 26, 1966 issue of the Post: "Will you kindly convey a couple of Bronx cheers to Mr. Richard Armstrong for his pretentious article entitled 'A Look At Tomorrow'...." In defense of astrology and astrologers, Van Norstrand enumerates the various published journals on the subject and refers to historical events, including President Kennedy's assassination: "When Shirley Spence refused to be televised the day before poor Mr. Kennedy's assassination, became frightened and walked out of the David Susskind Show it is certainly obvious to me that she clearly anticipated his approaching assassination...." Van Norstrand is, however, not as charitable in his comments about others that he considers charlatans "As to Carol Righter and Sidney Omar they are mere impressarios out to make money from a gullible and superstitious public, so far as their newspaper and Sign readings are concerned. They write that baloney by the yard and sell it from 35 to 50 cents a copy; that's not Astrology that's bunkology!" He goes on to defend the field by stating that J.P. Morgan hired Evangeline Adams to chart the stock market and that Miss Adams was acquitted of charges of fortune-telling in New York by her revelation that the judge's wife was a kleptomaniac. He does agree with Armstrong's statement quoting another astrologer "When Armstrong says that astrologer Williams says 'there are a hell of a lot of fakers in the field' he did indeed state an obvious truth. However there are just as many fakers among physicians, statisticians, psychoanalysts and architects...." and goes on to trash the popular astrologer Jean Dixon. "Jean Dixon the Washington seer, uses Roman Catholic prayers, Tarot cards and a crystal ball; if she knows anything about Astrology I never heard of it...." Signed in full "Frederic Van Norstrand". The pages are stapled together with a 4-page prospectus & order sheet for Van Norstrand's book "Precepts in Mundane Astrology", which is additionally annotated with 4 lines penned in blue ink by Van Norstrand "Previous to this I wrote a book on 'The Influence of the Moon in the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac'. The edition ran to 5000 copies but is lately out of print." There is some minor wear to the top right corners. Folded for mailing, the letter and prospectus are in very good condition.

Born in 1891, Frederic Van Norstrand was the author of "Gabriel; angel of birth, dreams and aspirations. The Influence of the moon in the twelve signs of the zodiac" (NY, 1942), "Precepts in Mundane Astrology" (NY, 1962), "Mars: Through the Signs" (co-authored with Merten J. Mandeville, Tucson 1982), and "Jupiter: Through the Signs" (co-authored with Merten J. Mandeville, Tucson 1983). 
Price: 175.00 USD

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20 Wright, Julia McNair BRICKS FROM BABEL: A Brief View of the Myths,Traditions and Religious Belief of Races, with Concise Studies in Ethnography
NY: John B. Alden, Publisher, 1885. 1885. Good 
NY: John B. Alden, Publisher, 1885.. 1885.. Good. - Small octavo, green cloth (bumped & chipped; small piece out of spine) titled in gilt. 181 pages (front endpaper partially detached). Good. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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