20th Century Occultism

'20th Century Occultism'

Hill of Dust Books June 2021 Catalogue

Greetings all!

We present to you a small catalogue of 23 products, a selection of books related to 20th Century Occultism, with a specific emphasis on Aleister Crowley, Austin Osman Spare, and Golden Dawn interest. You can also expect a few works that meander into the affiliated territories of Hermeticism, Egyptian esoterica, and Angelology.

We have titles by popular figures Dion Fortune and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, whose influential writings were fundamental in the emancipation of esoteric study from the arrest of hierarchical institutions and lodges. Their work, among others, provided materials to wider audiences interested in occult study, from the 20th century continuing to the present day.

Phil Baker’s remarkable biography of ‘Lost London artist’ Austin Osman Spare is also available, in which award-winning writer Alan Moore said “a human study that neither confirms nor conclusively denies the extra-human properties attributed to its astounding and ambiguous subject”. A rare, original print of a lithograph by Spare, titled ‘The New Eden’, is also included in this catalogue; a chance to own a unique piece of occult history -  and a sublime work of art in its own right. The lithograph is framed and taken from The Golden Hind Magazine, 1922.

If you have any questions about our items please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Also, if you require any other services such as the reservation of a book, or would like to purchase using instalments send us an email at hillofdust@gmail.com
Thank you, happy browsing!

The Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune, Williams & Norgate, 1948.

The Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

First Edition, Third Impression. 306 pages. Three fold out diagrams at the rear.

'Dion Fortune's classic study of the Tree of Life and the Qabalah. Fortune was one of the first to bring this “secret tradition” to a wider audience with her clear and comprehensive exploration of the Qabalah tradition. The Mystical Qabalah remains a classic in its clarity, linking the broad elements of Jewish traditional thought; probably going back to the Babylonian captivity and beyond, with both Eastern and Western philosophy and later Christian insights.'

A Dictionary of Angels by Gustav Davidson, The Free Press, 1967.

First Edition. Large hardback. 3406 entries identifying and describing a host of angels and fallen angels. 105 illustrations from a wide range of sources; paintings, manuscripts & old prints.

'Gustav Davidson’s classic text, A dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels, is the result of sixteen years of research in Talmudic, gnostic, cabalistic, apocalyptic, patristic, and legendary texts. The classic reference work on angels is beautifully illustrated and its reissue coincides with the resurgence of belief in angels in America. This well researched and exquisitely illustrated dictionary is a wonderful collectable for all those who believe in angels, miracles, lore, and faith.. Enlivened with 105 illustrations, an extensive bibliography and an Appendix containing pacts, sigils, charms, invocations, exorcisms, and much more.'

The Scented Garden of Abdullah the Satirist of Shiraz ( The Bagh-i-Muattar ) by Aleister Crowley, The Teitan Press, 1991

The Scented Garden of Abdullah the Satirist of Shiraz ( The Bagh-i-Muattar ) by Aleister Crowley (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)
Facsimile edition. 318pp. Introduction by Martin P. Starr.

'A facsimile reprint of one of Crowley's scarcest works; part homo-erotic parody, part mystical text.
There were only 200 copies of the book printed, but many of these were destroyed in a customs seizure not long after publication, so that even before the beginning of the First World War Crowley was speaking of its rarity. A second customs seizure, 1924, depleted the number of surviving copies yet further,
and it is consequently one of Crowley’s rarest works.'

Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley, Dove Press/Weiser, 1970. First Edition.


'A reprint edition Crowley's famous novel dealing with the subject of heroin and cocaine addiction. This edition was a joint publishing venture between Samuel Weiser Publishing and the Dove Press, with which Kenneth Anger was associated. The dustjacket spine bears the name of both publishers, and the Dove Press logo, the title page has just the Dove Press imprint and logo.

First published in 1922, this was Crowley’s first published novel, and is also reportedly the earliest known reference to the Abbey of Thelema in Sicily. The story is widely thought to be based upon Crowley’s own experiences, despite being written as a fiction.'

The Life of Aleister Crowley by P. R. Stephensen, Llewllyn, 1970. Introduction by Israel Regardie.

'Aleister Crowley was an outrageously libelled and slandered man in his time. Crowley was a mystic, a magician, a scholar, a Chess master, a poet, and a  climber of mountains. He certainly became a legend in his own time; and now attained real recognition for his many talents as a visionary and original occult syncretist of Kabbalah, Tarot, Taoism, and the Western Esoteric Tradition.'

The Magician of the Golden Dawn by Susan Roberts, Contemporary Books, 1978.

The Magician of the Golden Dawn by Susan Roberts (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

First Edition paperback. Forward by Israel Regardie.

'The story of Aleister Crowley based on his personal papers, diaries, and correspondence-many utilised for the first time by a Crowley biographer-presenting the most complete picture of the Occultist, Golden Dawn Adept, Poet, and Visionary.'

Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestess by Mary K. Greer, Park Street Press, 1995.

Women of the Golden Dawn: Rebels and Priestess by Mary K. Greer (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

'The achievements of Nobel laureates G.B. Shaw W.B. Yeats philosopher Henri Bergson and Ireland's Sean MacBride are well known. But few know the story of the powerful women in their lives - activist Maud Gonne psychic channel Moina Bergson Mathers theatrical producer Annie Horniman and actress Florence Farr. These women formed the heart of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn practising magic and working toward spiritual growth. Acting outside the Victorian codes of behaviour these women were powerful agents of change and heralded both a new age and a new woman.'

Magick by Aleister Crowley, Guild, 1986.

Magick by Aleister Crowley (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

511 pages. Edited, annotated and introduced by John Symonds, and Kenneth Grant.

'Magick is Crowley’s masterpiece. It is in three parts; the first two which treat the principles of Yoga and Ceremonial Magic as taught in the Golden Dawn where he served his apprenticeship from 1898 to 1900. The third and major part, which was written mainly in his Abbey of Thelma between 1920 and 1923 contains his own systems of practical occultism.’

Abraxas Journal #3 Aleisiter Crowley: The Palermo Collection

Abraxas Journal #3 Aleisiter Crowley The Palermo Collection (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

 Edited by Robert Ansell and Christina Oakley Harrington. 176 pages.

'Here you will find some rare and fascinating material. Recently, Buratti Fine Art, Perth, has launched an exhibition of the Palermo Collection – a group of newly discovered paintings by Aleister Crowley that were exhibited briefly at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2008. The show will tour Australia and key countries in the Far East between November 2012 and late 2013. In support of this initiative, there is a special feature herein that includes texts translated from the original French catalogue, and a full checklist of the pictures.'

The Golden Dawn Its Inner Teachings by R. G. Torrens, Neville Spearman, 1969. First Edition.

The Golden Dawn Its Inner Teachings by R. G. Torrens (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

'A ground-breaking publication in the history of the rediscovery of the Golden Dawn. It includes a number of lectures and teachings of the Order that had not previously been published in these recensions.'

The New Eden by Austin Osman Spare, Lithograph 1922

The New Eden by Austin Osman Spare Lithograph 1922 (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

Large landscape lithograph in black mounted frame. This is the original artwork taken from 'The Golden Hind: A Quarterly Magazine of Art and Literature'; not a contemporary reproduction of the print. 51cm x 34xm lithograph.

Spare's hauntingly beautiful, 'The New Eden'. The title refers to his intimate relationship with his model. A unique piece, demonstrating the artists idiosyncratic marriage of prodigious draughtsmanship with esoteric symbolism.

A head, suspiciously resembling Spare's own features, floats vampiric above a crescent moon, his chiropteran wings stretched over the crouching nude, where a coiled serpent lays beneath.'

Borough Satyr: The Life and Art of Austin Osman Spare. Fulgar Press, 2005.

Borough Satyr The Life & Art of Austin Osman Spare (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

'Borough Satyr: The Life and Art of Austin Osman Spare is the long awaited full colour introduction to the work of this astonishing London artist. Accompanying an exhibition at The Maas Gallery (15a Clifford Street, London, W1) the book contains a comprehensive collection of his art complemented by a biographical introduction, a checklist of his exhibitions and essays by those who knew Spare well throughout his life, including classic recollections from Hannen Swaffer, Clifford Bax, Kenneth and Steffi Grant, Hadyn Mackay, Ithell Colquhoun, John Smith and others. One of the key source texts for Phil Baker’s 2010 biography.'

Austin Osman Spare The Life & Legend of London's Lost Artist by Phil Baker, Strange Attractor Press, 2012.
'Forgotten and famous at the same time, Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956) is now a cult figure, much mythologised since his death. Controversial enfant terrible of the Edwardian art world, Spare was hailed as a genius and a new Aubrey Beardsley, but instead he fell out of the West End art scene and went underground, living in poverty and obscurity in South London. Absorbed in occultism and sorcery, voyaging into inner dimensions and surrounding himself with cats and familiar spirits, he continued to produce extraordinary art while developing a magical philosophy of pleasure, obsession, and the subjective nature of reality.'

 Art & Letter, Word & Sign by Vera Wainwright & Austin Osman Spare, IHO Books, 2003. 

Austin Osman Spare Art & Letter, Vera Wainwright Word & Sign (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

'Vera Wainwright was introduced to Spare by Victor Neuburg, they became friends, exchanging many letters and in due course Spare supplied six illustrations for a small book of poems by Wainwright which was first published as Poems and Masks by Toucan Press in 1968. Art and Letter : Word and Sign reproduces Poems and Masks with many additional illustrations by Spare and a previously unpublished Wainwright poem. It includes both the original introduction by Stacey Biswas Day and her much longer introduction from the second edition.
Published for the first time are ninety-one of Vera Wainwright's letters to Spare from 1943 - 1946.'

A Fearful Asymmetrey Austin Spare: Evolution Two by Stephen Pochin Mandrake Press, 2012.

A Fearful Asymmetrey Austin Spare: Evolution Two by Stephen Pochin (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

Limited Edition of 300 copies. The Peculiar Stylistic Innovations of an Edwardian Symbolist. 220 pages.

'Spare produced countless artworks comprising of drawings, paintings, pastels and dozens of sketchbooks but it is his bookplates which reveal a dependence upon patronage to survive as an artist in London, through two world wars. His five published books represent the development of his ethos and magical praxis but it is his devotion to graphic reproduction, used to convey his personal vision, which is reflected in the bookplates.'

Hermertica: The Writings Attributed to Heremes Trismegistus edited by Walter Scott, Solos Press, 1993.

Hermertica: The Writings Attributed to Heremes Trismegistus edited by Walter Scott (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

'The Hermetica is the name given to an extraordinary collection of writings ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus, the Greek name for the legendary teacher, prophet and scribe deified by the Egyptians as the god Thoth and known to the Hebrews as Enoch. When in about 1460 AD a Greek manuscript of the Corpus Hermeticum came into the possession of Cosimo de Medici, Duke of Florence, he ordered Marsilio Ficino to leave aside the works of Plato and concentrate instead on these 'Lost works of Hermes'. Later scholarship indicates that these writings are not as old as was thought, in fact they probably date from only the second and third centuries AD. However, they are clearly the work of an esoteric school involved in self-development and it is very likely that this school belonged to a tradition going back to the earlier Egypt of Hermes.'

Sex & Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons, Feral House, 2004.

Sex & Rockets The Occult World of Jack Parsons (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

'In his short 37 years, John Whiteside "Jack" Parsons embodied at least several different roles in one tormented but glorious life.
By day, Parsons' unorthodox genius created a solid rocket fuel that helped the Allies win World War II and NASA send spacecraft to the moon. Co-founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Aerojet Corporation, a lunar crater was named after Parsons.
By night, Parsons called himself The Antichrist when he performed Aleister Crowley's Thelemic rituals to create a new sort of human being that would finally destroy Christianity.'

Reasonances by Carl Abrahamsson, Scarlett Imprint, 2014.

Reasonances by Carl Abrahamsson (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

176 pages. 8 B&W photographic portraits.  

'Reasonances is an anthology of selected essays, lectures and interviews by occultural pioneer Carl Abrahamsson. A subversive, creative, psychedelic collection of 23 essays spanning thirteen years at the forefront of occulture and magic, followed an interview with the author by Sylvie Walde. The unifying question of this diverse and stimulating collection can perhaps be stated thus: how does magic hack culture? Or perhaps even: what is the role and magic of the artist?'

Blavatsky Collected Writings 1879-1880, Theosophical
Publishing House, 1999.

Blavatsky Collected Writings 1879-1880 (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

590 Pages. Volume Two.

'Partial List of Contents include; Antiquity of the Vedas/Theosophy-The Essence of Philosophy & Science/The Ensouled Violin/ The Silent Brother/ Russian Superstitions/ Occult Phenomena.

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was a  Russian occultist, philosopher, and author who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875. She gained an international following as the leading theoretician of Theosophy, the esoteric movement that the society promoted.'

The Golden Bough: A Study of Magic & Religion by James G. Frazer Macmillan & co, 1950.

The Golden Bough: A Study of Magic & Religion by James G. Frazer (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

Abridged Edition. 757 pages.

'Sir James George Frazer originally set out to discover the origins of one ancient custom in Classical Rome - the plucking of the Golden Bough from a tree in the sacred grove of Diana, and the murderous succession of the priesthood there - and was led by his investigations into a twenty-five year study of primitive customs, superstitions, magic and myth throughout the world. The monumental thirteen-volume work which resulted has been a rich source of anthropological material and a literary masterpiece for more than half a century.

The Golden Bough describes our ancestors' primitive methods of worship, sex practices, strange rituals and festivals. Disproving the popular thought that primitive life was simple, this monumental survey shows that savage man was enmeshed in a tangle of magic, taboos, and superstitions. Revealed here is the evolution of man from savagery to civilization, from the modification of his weird and often bloodthirsty customs to the entry of lasting moral, ethical, and spiritual values.'

A Voice Out of Egypt by Randall Stevens. Francis Mott, 1935. First Edition.

A Voice Out Of Egypt by Randall Stevens (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

'An Adventure in Clair-Audience'.

'Randall-Stevens (1893-1959) wrote various books about Atlantis, ancient Egypt and religion, often 'inspirationally dictated' to him by ancient masters such as Oneferu and Adolemy of the 'Osirian Group'. This volume revisits material previously published in the trilogy known as The Book of Truth, The Teachings of Osiris and The Chronicles of Osiris in a more 'evidential' way and in an attempt to reach a wider audience. The Appendix, written in August 1935, is interesting as it previews World War II rather than channelling from the ancient past.'

The Magical Revival by Kenneth Grant, Starfire, 2020.

The Magical Revival by Kenneth Grant (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

'This history of 20th-century magic presents a detailed analysis of a pre-Christian occult tradition which survived persecution and reappeared in recent times.'

Inner Traditions of Magic by William G. Gray, Samuel Weiser, 1970. First Edition.

Inner Traditions of Magic by William G. Gray (hillofdustbooks.co.uk)

Foreword by Israel Regardie.

'William G. Gray, better known to many as Bill Gray, was an English ceremonial magician, Hermetic Qabalist and writer, who published widely on the subject of western esotericism and the occult. Gray founded a magical order known as the Sangreal Sodality.

An exclusive feature of this outstanding book is a set of detailed instructions for arranging a ritual.'