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This is what a "real" one point Occult contact is like.

Many of you do not know that I have been collecting antique occult books for years. I have a really good relationship with one particular bookseller that specializes in oddities and occult manuscripts. Over the years, I have bought a lot of fascinating books from him. Below is an email I just got from him and my response. It immediately made me think that this would be a good example of how getting free stuff out of one point contact would work.

Heya John,

Go ahead and send the scrapbooks. If I can't use them, I know people who will like them.

I look forward to seeing the details of the collection from South America. Sounds like fascinating stuff.

Appreciate it,
Jennifer

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On 11/6/2008 7:28 PM John [Censored] wrote:
Hey Jenn,

Am traveling tomorrow to look at a huge collection that travelled over the tip of South America during the silver boom in the 1850's-most of this stuff came from a religious school, and to make things even better the previous owners added some occult material in the 1940's. Will send you the details to see if there is anything you could use.

In the meantime I have obtained portions of two large scrapbooks-containing all sorts of bits and items, most likely kept by a child around the turn of the last century. These are in rough shape, lots of pages missing, binding nearly gone, mostly just the page leaves with material pasted to it. I remember I had sent you that large scrapbook years ago-if you would like these two they are yours-no charge. I hate to throw them away because some of the stuff in them is cool, but would have a hard time finding a buyer for this sort of thing, especially in the rough condition I would not feel right selling them to you-so if you want them let me know and I can send them off to you for free. If you get them and decide you don't want them you can give them away. Let me know if you are interested.

Hope your having a great week,
John

Comments

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britgeekgrrl
Nov. 6th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Coudl you take pix of anything particularly nifty?

(I stick to collecting casual/candid photos of folks out of scrapbooks, mostly because they're great for costume reference, but you never know where they turn up...)
naamah_darling
Nov. 6th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, kick-ASS. That is SO cool.

I second the request for pictures of neat stuff!
uncledark
Nov. 6th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Many of you do not know that I have been collecting antique occult books for years.

*perk*

Really. I'd love to talk to you about the collection, and what you've learned from it.
gaaneden
Nov. 6th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
Sure. There are a couple of big changes between now and then. The use of language is one. The second is what is written about. For example, I have an 1859 book on Christian magic.
uncledark
Nov. 6th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
What's different about the use of language?

The idea of Christian vs. non-Christian magick is an interesting one. If you look at the late medieval/renniasance grimiores, they all assume that the magician is a Christian, and most stress that the magician must be right with YHVH in order for the magick to work safely and propperly. Many of them were written, or assembled from fragments written by, priests.

Explicitily Pagan magic was the domain of witch-hunters, historians, and (later) folklorists and (later still) anthropologists until modern times.
cartazon
Nov. 6th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in seeing some of the pages (along with other bits from your collection) with an eye towards "ephemera sheets" -- a lot of people in the corner of the art world I'm in love vintage stuff to use in collages, etc., and will pay for sheets of reproduction images, text, etc.
gaaneden
Nov. 6th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
I know I do have at least one interesting thing for you to look at when we are out of the hospital.
cartazon
Nov. 6th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Great! Whenever is convenient for you. I hope your friend is doing better.
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