Sep 18, 1996 08:59 AM
Alan's reminiscenses brought back a flood of memories!
I think that Watkins played from the beginning of the century a vital part
in bringing together people with spiritual interests. I thought that John
Watkins was a Theosophist. I recall seeing a portrait of HPB there.
According to the Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology Geoffrey
Watkins was next to organizer of the bookshop publisher of occult and
"The bookshop has long been a meeting place for leading personalities in
occult sciences. Mr. Watkins father started in 1894 and was a close friend
of Madame Blavatsky, c.G.Jung, Aldous Huxley, W.B.Yeats and Aleister Crowley."
I remember myself fondly the long lists of second hand books they sent out
in the fifties (and may be later). One could order books for a few
shillings. Gone are these times. See what prices are now being asked there
for the same books -almost a hundredfold.
I liked the photo on your page and wonder what books might have been
expected in the window at that time.
Atlantis Bookshop in Museum Street retained a bit of the atmosphere of olden
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