Atlantis Bookshop

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Exterior of the shop

The Atlantis Bookshop is an esoteric bookshop in Museum Street, London.[1] Established by Michael Houghton in 1922,[2] it is currently owned and run by Bali Beskin and her mother Geraldine.

Atlantis has long been a hub for London's occult world.[3] Gerald Gardner attended meetings of The Order of the Hidden Masters in its basement during his formative years,[4] and also held meetings of his own Coven there. The shop published his first book on witchcraft, the novel High Magic's Aid.[5] Here he also met Ross Nichols, later a key figure in the Druid world, who edited Gardner's 1954 Witchcraft Today.[6]

Atlantis hosts art exhibitions and esoteric talks, workshops and book launches. For many years it ran "The Moot With No Name"[clarification needed] in the nearby Devereaux Arms off Fleet Street,[7][8] which then moved to Milford's pub in Milford Lane as "The Atlantis Bookshop Presents" before ceasing some years ago. It also publishes occasional volumes under its own imprint, Neptune Press,[3] for example an illuminated edition of Aleister Crowley's The Book of the Law.[9]

The shop featured in the British 1971 film Gumshoe.

In the 1980s, the Odin Brotherhood used the shop as a contact point.[10]

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. ^ a b Carr-Gomm & Heygate, p. 453
  4. ^ "Mike Howard Part 2". www.thewica.co.uk. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  5. ^ Ruickbie, Leo, Witchcraft Out of the Shadows: A History, Robert Hale, 2004, pp.103, 251
  6. ^ Carr-Gomm & Heygate, p.181
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2012-03-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Carr-Gomm & Heygate, p. 453, 473-4
  9. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Book-Law-Illuminated-Edition/dp/0954706323/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332426774&sr=1-1
  10. ^ Mark Mirabello. The Odin Brotherhood. 5th edition, Oxford: Mandrake of Oxford, 2003, p 109 ISBN 1-869928-71-7

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