The Way of an Initiate. Anthony GREVILLE-GASCOIGNE, Inscribed and signed.
The Way of an Initiate.
The Way of an Initiate.
The Way of an Initiate.

The Way of an Initiate.

North Ferriby, England: T.B.O.T.P. Publications, 1940. First (Enlarged) Edition. Hardcover. Narrow Octavo xvi + 104pp (iv). Original maroon textured cloth with printed paper title label to upper board. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front free end-paper "To my good friend Colin / with every good wish / from Anthony / March 1941". The author was founder of The Brothers of the Path, an obscure Yorkshire group which drew much of its inspiration from the rituals and practices of the Golden Dawn, as published by Israel Regardie, and from Regardie's own works. The group was founded in the late 1930s and offered a mail-order course, which, if suitably completed, would lead to acceptance into the Inner Order. It also published a journal - called The Golden Dawn - to which Regardie contributed at least one piece. The book itself is a general, personal account of the author's ideas about magic, the occult, etc. It includes an interesting exploration of the idea of secrecy in the occult teachings of the Golden Dawn, in which he discusses the attitudes of Israel Regardie, Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune. From the collection of Clive Harper with his discreet book-label neatly tipped in at the rear. Harper is well- known as the bibliographer of Austin Osman Spare, for updating the Aleister Crowley bibliography in the 2011 Teitan Press collection of Gerald Yorke's writings, and as someone who has lent his expertise to numerous other publications. Paper title-label dulled as almost inevitable, boards show just a little light shelf-wear, a few rust marks at the extreme inner margins: the pages were apparently stapled down the spine before being bound, and predictably the staples have rusted. Owner's pencil notes on front pastedown (easily erased). A tight, clean, VG+ copy of a most unusual title (no dust jacket issued). Item #65972

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