“The majority of the books are from the library of a well-known English book-collector who is downsizing due to chronic lack of shelf (and floor) space. The collection includes most of the standard studies of the Golden Dawn, historical, theoretical and practical, by a variety of well known authors including R. A. Gilbert, Ellic Howe, R. A. Torrens, Chic & Tabatha Cicero, Darcy Kuntz, Pat Zalewski, and others, as well as various works by members of the original Order. Aside from mostly being in pristine condition, the books are distinguished by the fact that many are signed or inscribed by their authors or editors.
The catalogues also include a good selection of works by Israel Regardie, whose experience with the Stella Matutina led to the publication of his landmark compilation, The Golden Dawn, An Account of the Teachings, Rites, and Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, (4 Volumes — 1937–1940), since republished in a variety of different forms and formats. The current catalogue includes a number of books that are signed or inscribed by Israel Regardie including an extraordinary association set of the First Edition of The Golden Dawn, with each volume personally inscribed by Regardie to author and psychical researcher Hereward Carrington and including an additional handwritten note by Regardie. Other Regardie rarities include a copy of his The Enochian Dictionary (Circa 1971?) — which is without doubt one of the earliest of the modern Enochian research publications — and the seldom-seen first edition of The Art of True Healing. A Treatise on the Mechanism Prayer, and the Operation of the Law of Attraction in Nature (1937). As is well known Regardie for some time practised as a chiropractor and psychologist (P. R. Stephensen once unkindly termed him a “quack psychiatrist”) and two of the rarer items are pamphlets relating to this aspect of his career: Cry Havoc (1952), a study of the pitfalls of psychology, psychotherapy, and chiropractic; and the (by modern standards) rather chilling Analysis of a Homosexual (1949), a work in which Regardie recounts the case history of a patient whom he claims to have successfully “cured” of homosexuality.
The catalogue opens with a work called Springtime Two (1958). This anthology of poetry and prose by important avant-garde authors of the time is listed here as it includes the first publication of extracts from Ithell Colquhoun’s then-unpublished occult novel Goose of Hermogenes, her original poems: “Elegy on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn”, “Epithalamium”, and “Little Poems from Cyprus”, as well as some translations from French. We were able to secure a few copies of the book that had been in storage for a number of years, but these will almost certainly not last long. As always there are also a number of rarities scattered throughout the catalogue which include: an Edition de Luxe of L. A. Bosman’s, The Mysteries Of The Qabalah (1913?), inscribed by Alvin Langdon Coburn, a first printing of the W. Wynn Westcott edition of Eliphas Levi’s The Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnum interpreted by the Tarot Trumps (1896), and a number of issues of A. Greville-Gascoigne’s The Golden Dawn Magazine (1939-1941), which included contributions by Israel Regardie and others.” [via]
What You Should Know About The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie, with a foreword by Christopher S Hyatt, the fifth and enlarged 1988 printing of the paperback from Falcon Press, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.
Apparently, there’s also a 2011 ebook edition of this as well, which may be of interest, which includes at least some new material, from the 2010 New Falcon revised print edition, by Chic and Tabatha Cicero and Regardie’s 1934 Stella Matutina Enochian Examination from his personal archives.
“This fascinating book has been out of print and highly sought after for many years since its first publication as My Rosicrucian Adventure in 1936.
In this work Israel Regardie relates his own personal experience with those secret societies which have exerted such a great influence on the development of modern Occultism.
Regardie lifts the cloak of mystery which has shrouded The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, The Rosicrucian Fraternity, and The Masonic Lodge.
From his close personal association Regardie reveals the true nature and actions of such leading Occult authorities as Aleister Crowley, S.L. MacGregor Mathers, Dr W.W. Westcott, Dion Fortune.
‘Israel Regardie is the last representative of the great occult tradition of the late 19th century, whose major names include Madame Blavatsky, W.B. Yeats, MacGregor Mathers, A.E. Waite, Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune. Even in such distinguished company, Regardie stands out as a figure of central importance.’ — Colin Wilson”
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Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue #99 Dion Fortune, Israel Regardie, and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
“The majority of the books in the catalogue are reference works, and it includes most of the standard studies of the Golden Dawn by scholars like R. A. Gilbert, Ellic Howe, R. A. Torrens and others. It also includes a good selection of first and early editions by Dion Fortune and Israel Regardie, both of whom took their experiences in the Stella Matutina (and in Fortune’s case the Alpha et Omega) and wove them into successful careers as authors
As always there are a few rarities, perhaps the most outstanding of which is Aleister Crowley’s copy of Arthur Machen’s, Hieroglyphics (1902), with Crowley’s ownership signature and a few annotations. The two men had been contemporaries in the Golden Dawn at the turn of the century, and Crowley is known to have been an enthusiast for Machen’s writing, including “The Works of Arthur Machen” in his reading list for students of the A∴ A∴ with the observation that “Most of these stories are of great magical interest.” Also unusual is a set of Israel Regardie’s landmark compilation, The Golden Dawn, An Account of the Teachings, Rites, and Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, (4 Volumes, 1937-1940), complete in the rarely-seen original dustjackets and with an interesting provenance. An even less seldom seen edition by Regardie is the first edition of The Art of True Healing. A Treatise on the Mechanism Prayer, and the Operation of the Law of Attraction in Nature (1937). Another curiosity – with probable Regardie connection – is Fr. Wittemans’ A New & Authentic History of the Rosicrucians (1938), a rather pedestrian history of Rosicrucianism that includes a surprisingly good anonymously-contributed chapter on the Golden Dawn, that appears to have been written by someone with inside knowledge of the Order, the evidence suggesting that this was none other than Israel Regardie.
Quirkier items include the Extra Pharmacopoeia of Martindale and Westcott. Vol. I (Seventeenth Edition, 1920), a well-known reference work “of Unofficial Drugs and Chemical and Pharmaceutical Preparations with reference to their use,” of which W. Wynn Westcott, medical doctor, coroner, Rosicrucian and one of the founders of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, was co-editor. This edition is particularly interesting as it is one of the last in which Westcott was involved, and for its short sections on “Cocaine and Opium Regulation,” “Cocaine in Dentistry,” “Narcotic Drugs Order,” “Venereal Diseases Act, 1917,” all addressing issues and legislation which had arisen during the First World War. Also somewhat eccentric, at least by modern standards, is Dion Fortune’s study of marriage – by which she means human romantic and sexual relationships – The Esoteric Philosophy of Love and Marriage (1924), here represented by a first edition in the very scarce dustjacket. Odder by far is Lady Queenborough’s Occult Theocrasy (Two Volumes 1933), a bizzare tirade denouncing a Jesuit-Jewish-Masonic-Illuminati-Bolshevik conspiracy aimed at undermining Christianity and achieving world domination, which is nonetheless very useful those interested in the history of the the Golden Dawn, the S.R.I.A., the O.T.O. and fringe Masonry on account of the numerous documents, including facsimiles of a number of letters from William Wynn Westcott to Theodor Reuss, that it reproduces.” [via]