The Starry Wisdom Library

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The Greatest Occult Book Auction of All Time

Scholars and book collectors across the country have long pondered the intended fate of the infamous collection of rare occult books left to rot in the Church of Starry Wisdom in Providence, Rhode Island, after the Starry Wisdom cult dispersed to parts unknown in the late 19th century.

The recent shocking discovery of a previously unknown book auction catalogue issued in 1877 offers insight into the myriad mysteries of the cult. Entitled Catalogue of the Occult Library of the Recently Disbanded Church of Starry Wisdom of Providence, Rhode Island, and issued by the notorious Arkham firm Pent & Serenade, the catalogue reveals the long-suspected fact that the church intended to sell its library to finance its removal from Providence. The sale, of course, never materialized, as later events make obvious, but the book auction catalogue informs us of the cult's original intent and leaves for us an enormously valuable and fascinating piece of ephemera detailing the infamous collection of rare occult books in all of its dark and foreboding glory.

Furthermore, the book auction catalogue is unique among its contemporaries in that the auction firm Pent & Serenade, recognizing the importance of the exceedingly rare volumes in the cult's possession, commissioned a wide variety of 19th-century scholars to write essays on the histories of the books offered at auction. As such, the catalogue is a uniquely, almost absurdly valuable item for scholars and collectors around the world and is presented here in exacting facsimile by PS Publishing, designed by the HPLHS' own Andrew Leman.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ PS Publishing; First Edition (1 Dec. 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 176 pages

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Philip Lebow
Entertaining reading about possible gatherings

I enjoyed this ad an adjunct to the HPL Canon. It helps the atmospheric reading of the stories by supposing what might happen if these items got out into the world..


Excellent product, I found myself wishing I could bid on some of the items

Mike Nusbaum
Multiple uses

A great book. As has been said by others it can be read just for enjoyment. It could be used as a prop in games. It also is great for plot seeds and for writers as a source of information to add more Lovecraftian forbidden tome information into a story. The book looks great and I'm really glad I picked it up.

C. Ironmonger
Great source book/prop

A list of Mythos books and grimoires all in one place. It makes a great prop for Call of Cthulhu games and could be a great source of plot devices etc. It is a great resource if you are working on fiction or anything that might reference anything listed here. Well worth money, nice hardback cover, and looks great on a book shelf!

Jeremy L
The extra stuff

Here is a book about books and scrolls and other weird occult good the Starry Wisdom cult had that was sold at an auction. It really puts you into the Lovecraft universe adding to its mythos of what had happened after SW left Providence R.I.