Strange Angel: The Otherwordly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons
Strange Angel: The Otherwordly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons by George Pendle, published in 2005 First Edition. A fascinating account of the life of occultist and visionary Parsons who’s bizarre life of experimentation with magick is recounted here. Hardcover with original jacket, near fine.
Lunar and Sex Worship
Limited to 650 numbered copies.
Philadelphia-born Ida Craddock (1857-1902) was a forceful public exponent of women’s rights and sexual freedom whose interest in Theosophy and Spiritualism led her into a profound involvement with the occult.
Attacked by conservatives as promoting obscenity and immorality on account of her reforming activities, Craddock became the focus of an organised campaign of persecution.
Facing a lengthy prison sentence that she did not expect to survive, she instead took her own life, at age forty-five.
After her death, Craddock’s work on sexuality and occultism attracted the interest of a small number of well-known figures, including Aleister Crowley, who wrote that she possessed “…initiated knowledge of extraordinary depth. She seems to have had access to certain most concealed sanctuaries…. She has put down statements in plain English which are positively staggering.”
Amongst her papers, Craddock left two manuscripts, Lunar and Sex Worship and Sex Worship (Continued) that had been commissioned by her patron, the Spiritualist W. T. Stead.
They are effectively studies of sexuality in religion and mythology, as viewed through the prism of Craddock’s own experiences and beliefs.
This Teitan Press edition is the first ever publication of Lunar and Sex Worship and Sex Worship (Continued).
It comprises the complete text of both works, edited and introduced by Vere Chappell, an expert on the life and work of Craddock.
Hardcover. 8vo. xviii + 318pp. High quality blue cloth with gilt titling to spine. Colour frontispiece. References, Index.
Aleister Crowley, The Golden Dawn and Buddhism
Reminiscences and Writings of Gerald Yorke
A series of 20 essays by Gerald Yorke, who for four years was one of Aleister Crowley’s closest followers, and remained a lifelong friend.
Although in later life he embraced Buddhism, Yorke was one of the handful of people who laboured to preserve the legacy of “The Beast” after his death in 1947, and through his work as a publisher’s advisor he was also instrumental in the publication of many of the most important works of his times on the occult, yoga and Buddhism.
Yorke’s profound practical as well as theoretical knowledge of these subjects is reflected in these essays, some of which are published here for the first time.
They are accompanied by a biographical Introduction by Keith Richmond, a Reminiscence by Timothy d’Arch Smith, and a revised version of Yorke’s Crowley Bibliography by Clive Harper.
The book concludes with a lengthy Interview with Gerald Yorke by David Tibet, undertaken shortly before Yorke’s death in 1983.
Illustrated dustjacket. NEW book. Fine in fine dust jacket.
First Edition Hardcover. Octavo (9 x 6 inches, approx 23.5 x 15.2cm). 344pp. Bound in fine black cloth, with gilt titling etc to the spine, Yorke family crest in gilt to upper board. Sewn, printed on acid-free paper. Colour frontispiece, and 16 pages of black and white illustrations.
Edition limited to 930 numbered copies.