Our vision is to create an unparalleled library collection of Western esotericism and local Scottish history that will simultaneously honour and celebrate the historical and cultural significance of Boleskine House, and, preserve and promote its legacy for future generations. The library thus dwells at the mid-point between the past and the future of Boleskine House; charting and preserving the site’s history and becoming a bastion and proponent of vital, esoteric knowledge.
The library collection will reflect the core aims of the Boleskine House Foundation and the history of the site. As a fitting tribute to its once owner, Aleister Crowley, who was a prolific writer and scribe, and in deference to the central role that printing and publications played in the establishment and promulgation of Thelema as a legitimate, modern religious movement; it seems apposite that the heart of the library comprise an extensive – ideally exhaustive – collection of Thelemic texts, charting the influences and outcome of the movement.
Existing at the margins of religion, philosophy, the arts and natural sciences, Western esotericism is a repository for historical knowledge that has been relegated to the fringes of Western culture and mainstream humanities since at least the early modern period. Whether it concerns the impact of Platonic paganism on early Christianity, the Hermetic influence on the Renaissance, the shaping of the women’s suffrage movement by nineteenth–century spiritualism, or how the occult informed radical politics in the twentieth–century, esotericism’s neglect within scholarship heightens the significance of the future Boleskine House Library which will give voice to this often overlooked body of knowledge. The library will draw from many sources but the purpose is unified. Like a prism “the colours are many but the light is one”.
How you can help:
Authors, publishers, researchers, bibliophiles and philanthropists if you would like to leave a lasting gift to future generations, to be held in the reference library at Boleskine House in a collection under your name please contact: [email protected]. Andy and Elin would love to hear from you.
We would be delighted to receive book donations and/or fundraising. Each donated book will be labelled with a book plate in gratitude to the generous donor (should they wish to be known of course). Furthermore, any books that are purchased using monetary donations that are specified for the library for the purchase of books, will be similarly demarcated. Large bequeathals and whole collections that are donated – including unpublished research papers and files – will be preserved, cared for and honoured in gratitude to the donors.
The library will also comprise an archive of related material and documents, including manuscripts, newspapers, photographs and ephemera concerned with local history, the history of Boleskine House, and Western esotericism. If you are a researcher or local historian and would like to contribute, please get in touch by writing [email protected]
In the not-too-distant future, we look forward to welcoming members to the library where the librarian will no doubt whisper; “how may I help you?” For now, however, we must pose the question to you and hope that you will join, support and assist us on this helical path manifesting the Boleskine House Library.
- Are you a published author of Western esotericism or Scottish history? Or a research student? We would be delighted to receive copies of your books, research papers and theses.
- Are you a bibliophile looking to make some space in your home library and/or a philanthropist seeking ways to help preserve and disseminate knowledge for future generations?
- Are you a collector of rare, esoteric texts looking for a safe and permanent home for your collection for posterity?
The Boleskine House Library will be a centre of excellence for future academics, providing the most up-to-date academic thought as well as a safe and permanent repository for rare and historic texts.
We have created an Amazon Wishlist of several sought-after books. If you wish to donate to our collection in this way, please click on the Amazon Wishlist image below.
Don’t forget! We also have an Amazon Smile set up for The Boleskine House Foundation SCIO. This means that whether you are donating books to us or buying for yourself, you can select our charity and support us!
If you have a book or collection of books that you feel would complement the collection please get in touch: [email protected]
Please follow our progress and look out for updates about books we are seeking on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/boleskine.house.foundation.