Books on Books Sale

Books on Books sale at Colophon in Exeter, NH

The Colophon Book Shop specializes in the fields of antiquarian and in-print books about booksliterary first editions, and military history, especially   World War I Aviation and World War II Aviation. Also, we are pleased to offer for sale the poster art of artist and book designer Lance Hidy.  The Colophon Book Shop was established in 1971 in LaGrange, Illinois, by Robert and Christine Liska. The move to New Hampshire was made in 1982 and we are now located in Exeter, New Hampshire, one hour north of Boston.

History’s 100 Geniuses of Language and Literature, Visualized

“Playing off Bloom’s use of the Sefirot image — the ten emanations of the Kabbalah — to organize the taxonomy of the one hundred geniuses of language he identifies, from Shakespeare to Stendhal to Lewis Carroll to Ralph Ellison, the visualization depicts the geographic origin, time period, and field of each “genius,” correlated with visits to the respective Wikipedia page and connection to related historical figures.” from

Weiser Antiquarian Catalog #108

Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue No. 108


Aleister Crowley, Friends, and Followers.

Used and Rare Books and Ephemera 


may now be viewed at:

We of Weiser Antiquarian Books are pleased to announce the release of the one hundred and eighth of our on-line catalogues, this being another of our Aleister Crowley lists.
To view this catalogue, simply click on the link above. If the link does not work direct from your email, please cut and paste it into your web browser or try the link below:
The catalogue starts with a work that has provoked considerable discussion even before its public release: Michael Effertz’s thoughtfully argued book Priest/ess: In Advocacy of Queer Gnostic Mass. There follows a section devoted to copies of The Book of the Lawincluding a copy of the seldom-seen O.T.O. leather-bound Centennial Edition, limited to 418 numbered copies, signed by Hymenaeus Beta and the 1956 reissue of The Equinox of the Gods with the rare separate folder containing a facsimile of the original manuscript of “The Book of the Law.” Rare materials by Crowley in the following section include severalletters from him to his collaborator on the Thoth tarot deck Frieda Harris, a superb first edition of The Book of Lies, a rare greeting-card type edition of The Hymn to Pan, and the original typescript of The Yi King: An Interpretation, a work which would later be published by Helen Parsons Smith as the Shi Yi.
Some of the most exciting items are found in the next section “Works by Friends and Followers of Aleister Crowley.” This includes Kenneth Grant’s copy of the Hatha-Yoga Pradipika of Svatmarama Svamin with Grant’s elaborate ownership inscription and hispersonal sigil as well as a list of the various titles to which he lay claim - on the half-title page, along with editions deluxe of Beyond the Mauve Zone and The Magical Revival. There is also a good selection of works by Jack Parsons including his own copy of Robert Graves’ I, Claudius, with Jack Parsons’ ownership initials on the first blank. In addition to an unusual collection of publications by Louis T. Culling there is a nice group by Israel Regardie including a signed edition of The Eye in the Triangle.
The penultimate section “Works Relating to Aleister Crowley and his Magical Orders” includes a number of unusual books, some of which have a most interesting provenance. Thus a copy of L. Ron Hubbard, Final Blackout was a gift to Wilfred T. Smith and his wife, Helen (Helen Parsons Smith), a copy of De Villars’ Comte de Gabalis belonged toReea Leffingwell (of Agape Lodge), whilst a copy of The Kabbalah; Its Doctrines, Development and Literature has ownership signatures of two California Thelemites, Joseph C. Crombie and Mildred Burlingame. Copies of Arthur Edward Waite’s superb edition of Eliphas Levi’s The History of Magic and William Stirling’s The Canon are both from the collection of Aleister Crowley’s student Arthur Edward Richardson, with his bookplate on the front pastedown, whilst the first edition of Richard Kaczynski’sground-breaking biography, Perdurabo. The Life of Aleister Crowley, is a presentation copy inscribed to English Crowley scholar Nicholas Bishop-Culpeper. The final section of the catalogue is somewhat more whimsical, featuring books related to music and cinemawhich make some mention of Aleister Crowley. Not surprisingly many also invoke the names of Jimmy Page and Kenneth Anger.
Please NOTE - Clearly stated firm orders for items from this catalogue placed via our website (or by email or telephone) will take precedence over email inquiries about availability. We are sorry but we do not hold catalogue items “for consideration” – as we often have several people wanting the same item. Please note that your order will not be processed, and no charges made, unless the book is available at the time that your order is received.

As usual we have a variety of other catalogues in preparation, with topics including Astrology, Alchemy and Hermetica, Mythology, Theosophy, Grimoires, and other of our specialties, and with a few surprises along the way. Of course we will also continue to regularly issue our Aleister Crowley and “Miscellany” catalogues.


The books in these catalogues represent just a minute fraction of our overall holdings. We currently list nearly 10,000 other occult and related titles on our main website:


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Grolier Club’s Book Week Lecture April 11

In town this week for the 53rd Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair? Please
join fellow bibliophiles for the Grolier Club’s annual “Book Week Lecture,”
on Thursday, April 11, at 2 pm. This year’s speaker is Emiko Hastings,
Curator of Books at the Clements Library, University of Michigan, and a 2012
Grolier Club Library Helfand Fellow. Her topic is “‘Mighty Women Book
Hunters’: A History of American Women Book Collectors,” incorporating
findings from her recent fellowship visit to the Grolier Club Library.

This lecture is free and open to the public, but those interested in
attending should reserve with Grolier Club Administrative Assistant Maev


Eric  Holzenberg
The Grolier  Club
47 East 60th  Street
New York,  NY  10022
phone:  212/838-6690 ext. 1
fax:  212/838-2445

Minsky Bill of Rights at Boston Book and Paper Expo

My 2002 work _The Bill of Rights_ will be the Special Exhibit at the Boston Book and Paper Expo next month. I’ll be there 9-4.

Directions and all the usual info at

Press at


Library Journal editorial board resigns over Death of Aaron Schwartz

“In a dramatic show of support for the open access movement, the editor-in-chief and entire editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration announced their resignation last week. In a letter to contributors, the board singled out a conflict with owners over the journal’s licensing terms, which stripped authors of almost all claim to ownership of their work.” from The Verge.