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Monday, March 24th, 2008
9:58 pm
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Sunday, December 9th, 2007
2:13 pm
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New book available from Weiser Antiquarian

Now Available

Inside Solar Lodge - Outside the Law.

by

Frater Shiva

Published by the Teitan Press

First Printing - Edition Limited to 418 copies.

Quality hardcover, sewn, 200 pages, printed on library-quality paper, with 8 page black and white photographic insert and an index. Color dustjacket. USD $45.00

Solar Lodge is arguably one of the most interesting and controversial of the many occult groups that sprung up in 1960s America. It was founded by Jean Brayton, a student of Ray Burlingame, who was an initiate of Agape Lodge of Ordo Templi Orientis, and had enjoyed a close relationship - by correspondence - with Aleister Crowley.

For several years Solar Lodge prospered, with the initiatic system it offered - based on a fusion of the teachings of the A.: A.: and O.T.O. - evidently attractive to potential students. It gathered together a small but solid core of initiates, some of whom had enough money to invest in real estate, and give it a solid financial footing that allowed it to establish temples, undertake a small publication program, start businesses, etc. The Lodge also had a superb Crowley reference library, which included a substantial segment of the old O.T.O. archives that they had stolen (they would have said 'retrieved') from Karl Germer's widow, Sascha.

In 1967 Solar Lodge moved its focus from Los Angeles to a plot of land in the desert near Vidal, California. There its members studied, performed their rituals and began building a permanent headquarters.

Then disaster struck. First a massive fire engulfed and destroyed the complex, and then a police raid saw thirteen of the group's members arrested, with warrants issued against others. The ostensible reason for the arrests was the mistreatment of a child. But it was obvious to all that this was merely a pretext to attack the group, which had attracted the suspicion and wrath of conservative locals.

Most of the senior members of the Lodge fled to Mexico, fearful that they would not receive a fair hearing. In an unfortunate twist of fate, the trials of those who remained coincided closely with the horrific Tate-LaBianca murders, and in the media-fueled hysteria that followed, baseless accusations of connections between Charles Manson and his "family" and Solar Lodge spread widely. The Lodge gained a lasting notoriety.

The author of this book, Frater Shiva, joined Solar Lodge at its inception and rose to a senior position in its ranks before finally leaving at the time of its implosion in 1972. Inside Solar Lodge - Outside the Law is his reminiscence of life within that group: who they were, how they came together, and what they did and why. As such it gives a rare glimpse into the lives, aspirations and practices of this group of twentieth century magicians, viewed not through the eyes of an historian or sociologist, but from one who was there and a part of it. It also offers, for the first time, a detailed 'insider' account of the theft of the Germer library, the 'boy in the box' incident, and the alleged connection between the Solar Lodge and the Manson group: all events that have become part of the folklore of American occultism.

The book is a high quality sewn hardcover, 6 1/4" X 9 1/4", 200 pages, printed on library-quality paper, with 8 page black and white photographic insert, and an index. Color dustjacket.

Special Launch Week Issue.

In celebration of the launch of Inside Solar Lodge - Outside the Law, Weiser Antiquarian Books have a limited number of copies, each of which have been signed by the author and stamped with his personal lamen-seal. These copies will only be available during the launch week and are supplied strictly on a 'first come, first served' basis, with a limit of two signed copies per customer.

USD $45.00 (approx. GBP £22.20 / Euros 30.75) plus shipping.

Postage & Packing within the US

Priority Mail - $5.50

Media Mail - $3.50

Please inquire for overseas shipping rates Order direct via our secure website at:

http://www.weiserantiquarian.com

or email us at < books@weiserantiquarian.com >

Trade Inquiries Welcome

Weiser Antiquarian Books are the sole distributors of this title.

Saturday, November 17th, 2007
10:23 am
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The Legend of Aleister Crowley
 
 

Now Available

 

An Important New Edition  of

 

The Legend of Aleister Crowley

 

by

 

P. R. Stephensen

&

Aleister Crowley

&

with an  Introduction

by

Stephen J. King

Published by

Helios Books and

Ordo Templi Orientis(Australia).                                                                           First Printing - Limited to 500 copies. 

 

 Originally published by the Mandrake Press in 1930, this is the first modern edition authorized by the Stephensen estate and makes substantial use of surviving Stephensen papers from the period.   

 

Percy Reginald Stephensen was a young Australian who went to Britain as a Rhodes Scholar to study at Oxford.  He became manager of the Mandrake Press of London in the 1920s.  The much younger Stephensen eagerly signed up the  middle-aged Magus Aleister Crowley.  According to Stephensen, he made what he called his own style of “magical oath” to get Crowley’s writings into print, and defend the ‘Great Beast’ against the allegations and accusations levied at him by a hostile British press. 

 

Stephensen would describe The Legend of Aleister Crowley as both a “short literary biography” and “a study of the documentary evidence relating to a campaign of personal vilification unparalleled in literary history.”  Crowley dedicated his Confessions to Stephensen: To PRS who saw the point.  This new edition includes  the first publication of the opening “Epistle” that was suppressed from the first edition as being too risky.  It comes with a comprehensive introductory narrative by Stephen J. King, a senior member and archivist of the Australian O.T.O., which provides the background to The Legend, and examines the press campaigns against Crowley, the history of the Mandrake Press, the Stephensen/Crowley collaboration, and Stephensen’s ongoing association with Crowley’s colleagues Karl Germer, Gerald Yorke and Israel Regardie after Crowley’s death. 

 

Also included is a substantial collection of Aleister Crowley’s autobiographical newspaper articles, 1933-35, the vast majority of which have not appeared in print since their original publication.  A number of Crowley and Stephensen collections were consulted in preparing this edition, including access to the O.T.O. International Headquarters central archives, providing the reader with new research and information about this important period in Crowley’s life. 

 

The Legend of Aleister Crowley has long been out of print.  This new edition makes available an important if often overlooked book—the only biography written during Crowley’s life that addressed his character and the press campaigns against him.

 

The book is a quality softcover, 174mm X 240 mm, 200 pages, printed on matt art paper and perfect bound. 

 

Special Launch Week Issue.

 

In celebration of the launch of The Legend of Aleister Crowley  Weiser Antiquarian Books have a limited number of copies, each of which

 comes with a special 'launch-week' bookplate signed by the editor opposite the title page. 

These copies are available strictly on a first come, first served basis.

 

USD $37.50 plus shipping

Postage & Packing within the US

Priority Mail - $5.50

Media Mail - $3.50

Please inquire for overseas shipping rates     

                                                                                            

Order through our secure website at: 

http://www.weiserantiquarian.com

 

or email us at < books@weiserantiquarian.com >

 

Trade Inquiries Welcome

 

Weiser Antiquarian Books are the U.S. distributors of this title.

 

 

Saturday, June 9th, 2007
10:41 am
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New acquisition..

I certainly did better with getting this for much less than the several hundreds of dollars per copy being asked through a majority of antiquarians. Here's a description from the back


The Hevajra Tantra is a non-dual, Yogini tantra of the late Mantrayana tradition of Buddhism which was composed in north-eastern India during the 8th century A.D. This is an English translation of a principal root Tantra together with a translation of a major commentary by a Maha Siddha which offers an authentic insights into the radical bio-genetic and psychological views of the Yogi tradition of Mantrayana Buddhism. These two translations therefore highlight not only the sophisticated but controversial Buddhist tantric methods, which constitute the very essence of the Tibetan tantric method, but also provide an authoritative historical record of the testament to the unique and uninhibited classic, c. 5th cent. A.D. to c. 13th cent. A.D. tantric period of Indian religious history.

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
2:47 pm
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