Anyone trying to reach Treadwell's, our email server company is still having its meltdown failure, so we are still unreachable by email. Apologies to people who have been trying to reach us for the past little while.
Please feel free to ring us, instead.... that good old fashioned telephone thing. 0207 240 8906. Also we have a facebook group, but for getting a quick response, the telephone is best.
Thanks for your patience,
Come to our party
11 June 2009 (Thursday)
Fulgur Ltd Launch Party
Barry Hale's new book: Legion 49
Fulgur and Treadwells invite...
Free, but advance guest list only
frm 7 pm
Treadwells and Fulgur invites you to the launch of Australian mage Barry Hale’s book, Legion 49. The publisher, the eminenf Fulgur Ltd, have described thus: "[in this] series of short, de-constructionist essays the artist explores traditional methods of evocation and the myths surrounding Beelzebub, before providing an iconographical and sigillic recension of his horde of forty-nine servitors, glimpsed through the protective-symmetry of the paper-cut traditions of old Mexico. Legion 49 is a fusion of styles, influences and approaches, the modern and ancient, direct and indirect, refined and raw: it seeks to capture for a moment that flitting, fleeting, Chaotic gnosis symbolised by the Lord of Flies."
Standard edition will be on sale on the night: Limited to 777 numbered copies. Illustrations, gilt-stamped cloth and dust-jacket. 160pages, 230mm x 175mm. £25.00. You can reserve a launch copy by contacting the shop.
Barry will be there to sign copies and there are rumours even of an impromptu performance that should create a real buzz. Capacity is limited, so be sure to reserve a spot. Places are free but you do need to contact us to be added to the guest list. firstname.lastname@example.org www.treadwells-london.com has our address and how to find us.
Well, wonders abound. At mid-day today a gaggle of friendly folk came in with a camera, and explained they were participating in a Tate-sponsorred photographic storytelling event called 'Shoot London'.
Their assignment is to take a shot with the theme or image of WITCH, and take it back to the Tate Modern this afternoon for it to be put into a fairytale narrative. I surmise they did a Google search for witchy shops in London, which brought them to the Treadwell's doorstep. Christina provided them with a witches hat, a crystal ball and a couple of other small props to they could get their shot. They promised to send us links to the resulting images, and if we are sent them, we will post a link to them here.
I am chuffed to think that Treadwell's bookshop is going to be shown in an interactive artistic happening, a live-created fairy tale no less.
It's made my day.
It was early afternoon on the 1st of May when the editor of the Liber Nigri Solis came into Treadwell's for the event of the launch. When preparing to launch a magical book, there is much more to it than simply opening the box from the printers, hence the 1pm arrival on a day when the public would be arriving only at 7pm.
Preparations on different planes took place in various different parts of Treadwell's. On the shop floor, the bacchic strand of preparations included receiving delivery of wine and of Black Sun vodka, as well as tidying up the displays and shelves so all was spick and span for the night. In the kitchen was a bustle of busyness -- laying out trays of canapes, washing and trying gleaming wine glasses, and wondering where we might find those very wonderful kettle chips that our bartender friend loves so much. In the small, book-lined office the sigilising was taking place - in the dim light was a tantra of ink, painstaking forms, and quiet scratching in the near-silence. At the end of the day, the event room, that legendary treadwell's subterranean space, the actual rite on the books took place at the designated time. Over this, of course, there must be a hermetic veil of silence. No outsiders were permitted near; all who were not involved were sent to the upstairs floor for the hour.
At seven, the guests commenced arriving and the party began. Until near midnight it carried on. What can we say? Black Sun vodka toasts; an hour's lecture (no recordings, it was strictly for those present in the ephemeral moment); a debate about servitors in one corner; a huddled discussion of alchemical processes in the corridor; a senior and highly secretive occultist turning up incognito; the Bulgarian sitar player flirting politely with a middle aged blonde; the rare book dealer voudonist comparing notes on bradel bindings with the thelemic bishop; the chaos-magician theatre director tossing her black locks in her intense conversation with the astonished young man. A highlight for me was the arrival of the editor of the Oracle, a sorcerer extraordinaire in his own right. He is the companion of the remarkable and celebrated witch and author whom we know under her nom de plume 'Stella Damiana'. A riot of grey curls and pink satin lit up the party when she came through the door with the black-coated Mr Blank. The night got later and later, and it came up to midnight. In that great British tradition, the last gaggle of partyers left together to find a curry house, and to take the magic of the night into the small hours down London back streets.
Thank you to everyone who came, everyone who ordered a book from out of town, and to all who make Treadwell's the place it is. Special thanks to Susan and Julia who are indeed the royalty of the Treadwell's bar. The authors and editor, for, well, being friends of the shop as well as creating this remarkable book. To our customers around the world who ordered the book, your kind patience in waiting an extra week for posting, and for your continued support.
Liber Nigri Solis
An Aeonic Astrochymical Grimoire of the Black Sun
New release, presented in the UK exclusively by Treadwell's Bookshop
Deluxe Edition, Limited to 39 Copies - £166.00
The Black Sun rises this Beltane. This long-awaited work alchemically combines the occult, magical and initiatory work of two esoteric orders: the Arcanum Ordo Nigri Solis and the Ordo Hermeticum Sinistrum. Presenting the mythic imagery of the Black Sun along with its alchemical and astrological aspects and significances, this grimoire includes a concise though multi-faceted system of esoteric correspondences suitable for work with the Black Sun on microcosmic, mesocosmic, and macrocosmic levels. In addition to the relevant previously unpublished arcane correlations of the sinister astrological arte, the grimoire suggests magical techniques associated with Eighteen Keys opening the Nine Infernal Gates and the Nine Gates of Radiant Darkness leading to the vision of the Black Sun, and the Twelve Crooked Paths that cross their Nine Thresholds. Further, the text describes magical relevance of the twelve rays of the Black Sun, and other significant concepts such as the Fivefold Unmanifest or the Grand Chymical Conjunction of the arcane Black Suns that unveils the fiery gates of the Inverse Opus. The artes reveal self-initiatory workings, rites, and operations of sinister alchemy, initiating the practitioner into the gnosis of Sol Niger.
- Anonymous members of two secret magical orders
- Published by the same small Canadian press who printed Liber Niger Legionis/
the Grimoire of Pharaon ie Octavia & Co Press
- This book expands upon gnosis introduced in the Liber Niger Legionis
The Launch. May 1st. Friday Night. May Day, the wake of Walpurgisnacht. At Treadwell’s Bookshop, 34 Tavistock Street, London WC2. Join us, and the authors and editor. Those attending may have their copies sigilised and signed, and if Treadwell's parties are anything to go by, we predict late-night debaucheries of debate, delight and destiny. The party is free but on the night will be strictly limited to those on the guest list. Just email or ring to be included. info @ treadwells-london.com.
The Deluxe Limited Edition - 39 copies only Price £166.00
Exclusively through Treadwell's
- Bradel-binding, also known as German box binding
- Quarter-leather with hand-marbled cover papers
- Illustrated with primary sigils of the astrochymical objects
- All 39 hand-numbered copies will be at the May Day Treadwell’s launch
- Launch copies thus stamped, dated and signed and hand-sigilised
Standard Edition Price £19.99
Now available only through Treadwell's
- trade paperback, unlimited. approx. 190 pages
- Illustrated, illustrations mainly consisting of sigils
Purchasing from Treadwell’s
- easy to pay by credit card, paypal, bank draft or cash
- email your order to email@example.com.
- telephone your order 12noon - 7pm GMT, 0207 240 8906
- UK postage £7 special delivery or £5 first class
- UK - add £1 for each additional copy in parcel
- Europe postage £8; add £1.50 for each additional copy in parcel
- Rest of World postage £10; add £2 for each additional copy in parcel
Our hours this weekend are below.
Good Friday - 10 April: OPEN AS USUAL 12 noon to 7 pm
Saturday - 11 April: OPEN AS USUAL 12 noon to 7 pm
Sunday - 12 April: Closed
Monday - 13 April: Closed
Merry Yule to everyone! Thank you for your support, friendship and encouragement over the past year. May your 2009 be filled with blessings and joy.
Christina and all at Treadwell's
Holiday Opening Hours - Treadwell's
25 Dec, Friday -closed
26 Dec, Friday - closed
27 Dec, Saturday - 12-7pm
28 Dec Sunday closed
29 Dec Monday - 12- 7pm
30 Dec Tuesday - 12 - 7pm
31 Dec Wednesday - 12-4
1 Jan Thurs Closed
2 Jan Friday 12 - 12 - 7 pm
and back to our normal seven days a week, 12 noon to 7pm