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Mandrake Press

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Mandrake Press
Founded1929; 95 years ago (1929)
(as Mandrake Press Ltd)
FounderEdward Goldston, P. R. Stephensen
Defunct1930; 94 years ago (1930)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon, United Kingdom
Key peopleAleister Crowley
(Chairman & CEO)
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicsMagic, Occultism, Thelema

The Mandrake Press was a British small press founded by Edward Goldston and P. R. Stephensen in 1929. In 1930 the company had financial problems and a consortium led by Aleister Crowley formed Mandrake Press Ltd to take it over. The consortium was likewise unsuccessful, and the company was dissolved in 1930.[1]

Notable authors[edit]

Mandrake Press published over 30 items, including D. H. Lawrence, The Paintings of D H Lawrence together with works by Liam O'Flaherty, Rhys Davies, Giovanni Boccaccio, Peter Warlock under the pseudonym Rab Noolas, S. S. Koteliansky, Aleister Crowley, Thomas Burke, Cecil Roth, Beresford Egan, W. J. Turner, Brinsley MacNamara, Edgell Rickword, Richard Barham Middleton, V. V. Rozanov, Philip Owens, Vernon Knowles, and others.[2]

Notable publications[edit]

At the 1985 Cambridge University Exhibition of the works of The Mandrake Press, it was believed that no copies of the Book of Tobit, a part of the Catholic bible, had been produced, even though the book had been announced and a prospectus issued. Since then, three copies have been discovered – one in an Australian library and two in private collections.[3]

Book series[edit]

  • Black Lodge Booklets
  • Mandrake Booklets[4]
  • Mandrake Press Booklets[5]


  1. ^ "The Companies Act, 1929. • MANDRAKE PRESS Limited". The London Gazette (33668): 7940. 9 December 1930. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  2. ^ The Mandrake Press 1929–1930 Catalogue of an exhibition at Cambridge University Library September to November 1985. Limited to 300 copies. With a prefatory essay by Jack Lindsay, arranged and with a tabulation of items published by the Mandrake Press. New edition published by Cambridge: Cambridge University Library, 1985.
  3. ^ The Book of Tobit decorated by Ann Gillmore Carter Australian Library Collections
  4. ^ Mandrake Booklets, seriesofseries.com. Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  5. ^ The Mandrake Press Booklets, bookcollectors.org.au. Retrieved 26 February 2023.


Further reading[edit]

  • Evans, Dave (2007). The History of British Magic After Crowley: Kenneth Grant, Amado Crowley, Chaos Magic, Satanism, Lovecraft, the Left Hand Path, Blasphemy and Magical Morality. Hidden Design Ltd. ISBN 0-9555237-0-2.