Atlantis Bookshop

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The Atlantis Bookshop in Museum Street is an esoteric bookshop in London.[1] Established by Michael Houghton in 1922,[2] it celebrated its 90th birthday on 21 March 2012.

View of front window of the Atlantis Bookshop.
The Atlantis Bookshop.

Currently owned and run by Geraldine Beskin, Atlantis hosts art exhibitions and esoteric talks, workshops and book launches. For many years it ran The Moot With No Name in the nearby Devereaux Arms off Fleet Street,[3][4] which has now moved to Milford's pub in Milford Lane as The Atlantis Bookshop Presents. It also publishes occasional volumes under its own imprint, Neptune Press,[5] for example an illuminated edition of Aleister Crowley's The Book of the Law.[6]

Atlantis has long been a hub for London's occult world.[7] Gerald Gardner attended meetings of The Order of the Hidden Masters in its basement during his formative years,[8] and the shop published his first book on witchcraft, the novel High Magic's Aid.[9] Here he also met Ross Nichols, later a key figure in the Druid world, who edited Gardner's 1954 Witchcraft Today.[10]

In the 1980s, the Odin Brotherhood used the shop as a contact point.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carr-Gomm, Philip & Heygate, Richard, The Book of English Magic, John Murray, 2009, p.373
  2. ^ http://www.timeout.com/london/shops/venue/2%3A27402/atlantis-bookshopef>
  3. ^ http://www.theatlantisbookshopevents.com/page2.htm
  4. ^ Carr-Gomm & Heygate, p. 453, 473-4
  5. ^ Carr-Gomm & Heygate, p. 453
  6. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Book-Law-Illuminated-Edition/dp/0954706323/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332426774&sr=1-1
  7. ^ Carr-Gomm & Heygate, p. 453
  8. ^ http://www.thewica.co.uk/MH2.htm
  9. ^ Ruickbie, Leo, Witchcraft Out of the Shadows: A History, Robert Hale, 2004, pp.103, 251
  10. ^ Carr-Gomm & Heygate, p.181
  11. ^ Mark Mirabello. The Odin Brotherhood. 5th edition, Oxford: Mandrake of Oxford, 2003, p 109 ISBN 1-869928-71-7