Book Details + Condition: William Rider & Son (London). Volume 39, 1924. First UK Editions of the highly influential and pre-eminent journal of the 20th century, THE OCCULT REVIEW. (The US editions were issued one month after the British.) This compilation spans January - June, 1924. Privately bound with green hardcover boards with gilt to spine. 384 pages. In like-new condition: while the issues were bound long ago, they show minimal wear, and have been on a collector's shelf. It doesn't appear as though they've even been cracked open. Firm binding; crisp boards; light normal toning to pages; and a clean interior. A true gem and an increasingly scarce first edition of occult literature, and a fascinating treasure-trove of knowledge, for occult and spiritualist collectors. Please see our other listings for more OCCULT REVIEW first edition volumes.
Edited by Ralph Shirley, THE OCCULT REVIEW contained essays on all aspects of occultism, from alchemy to witchcraft; there was emphasis on magic, as many of its authors had been members of the Golden Dawn or its offshoots. Most of the eminent occultists of the period contributed to the journal, such as Frater Achad, Arthur Avalon, Annie Besant, Theodore Besterman, J.W. Brodie-Innes; Hereward Carrington, Mabel Collins, Aleister Crowley, Dion Fortune, Ada Goodrich-Freer; Franz Hartmann, D.D. Home, E.J. Langford Garstin; Michael Juste; William Kingsland, G.R.S. Mead; Sylvan J. Muldoon, Elliot O'Donnell, H. Stanley Redgrove, Sax Rohmer; Eduoard Schure, Lewis Spence, Meredith Starr, Montague Summers, and A.E. Waite. In most cases, these articles are the first appearance of their work. In addition to essays, poems, artwork, and illustrations, each issue typically contained the editor's 'Notes of the Month,' letters from the public, book reviews, and advertisements. This compiled volume contains such articles as: