Bibliophile

Today I was thinking of collections after someone asked me how much I paid for a certain series of books that is worth a substantial amount of money now that it’s no longer in print. I collect rare, limited edition and unique books about the occult. Some of the oldest stuff in my collection dates back to the late 1800’s.  But a lot of it is newer stuff that was limited edition including Azoetia (Chumbley) and Viridium Umbrus (Schulke). I have a hand numbered, late 1800’s printing of Remy’s Demonolatry in hardcover. I have an early 1900’s printing of The Kybalion.  The most current thing added to my library is the standard limited edition of The Occult Reliquary. I also have the entire Source Works of Magic series. I have two separate editions of Russell Hope Robbins’  The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology. The list goes on.

I am very picky about what I buy, too.  Sometimes when you’re dealing with books like this you’re paying hundreds of dollars for a single edition. Some of my more modern copies are signed by the authors. It’s amazing how much some of these books are actually worth. I have stuff in my collection that I’ve seen priced at $1K or more. Now granted I don’t collect the books because I know they’re going to be worth a great deal later on. I actually buy them to read, study, and work from.  Of course there are a few books I have several different editions of. Like I have several editions of the Grimorium Verum.  I have more than one collection of Agrippa’s books of occult philosophy. I have a 1980’s printing of Francis Barrett’s The Magus. I have several editions of The Grand Grimoire. I have various editions of The Key of Solomon (both lesser and greater). A lot of it I bought when it was dirt cheap, but then went out of print and subsequently skyrocketed in price. The ones I am most protective of, of course, are the limited edition hardcovers. I don’t loan books from my library because I’ve learned that when I loan them, I often don’t get them back and end up having to replace them. So the rare, expensive, and out-of-print stuff does not leave the premises. I’m sure a lot will be added to the collection as time goes on.  I know which of my nieces and nephews is probably going to inherit the collection when I’m dead and gone, too. 😉

Finally – in other news – the HOA approved our home improvement request! So VERY excited! 🙂   Also got my fruit trees which I’m planting tonight! It should be fun.  Lastly, I remembered something else about 1992 – I had my wisdom teeth removed (they were impacted and it was a horrible experience). As it turns out I have another dental issue that has to be taken care of this summer. Wow, I guess it could be a health related trend after all. Go Val! Astrologers are cool.

Now I’m off. End of month billing! It’s my favorite.

About Steph

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at swordarkeereon@gmail.com

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