The response to last week’s Books and Tapes eletter may be the best ever. Some books were even sold and more to follow.
most interesting response came from John Rau, who with his wife Alex
own my favorite bookstore (75,000 titles), the Mecosta Book Gallery (http://www.iswara.com/) in Mecosta, MI. It is my favorite even though I have never visited there physically.
John wrote the following. It may have something to teach you or tickle your interest.
Bob, busy as the devil here (what else is new) with all our irons in the fire...
thought I'd share a bit of "elemental activity" related to your email.
Of course, if anyone experiences the "obvious" activity of so-called
elementals (whatever the truth might be about them - without the EA we
could not even take a breath nor would anything apparent - exist) and
their relation to so called synchronicity (Jung's word by borrowed by
so many these days) it would be we book people in publishing or sales
or simply those who suffer from bibliomania disease. Every day becomes
an interesting series of related events and actions within the blend,
the milieu of titles, living and dead authors and the works created,
physical and mental. Thus.... Wednesday (hail
Mercury), for the bookshop resale stock, I passed up buying a copy of
Intellect to Intuition in Midland Michigan, but I did buy a copy of The
Theory of Celestial Influence in Bay City Michigan and I had my hands
on a copy of Destiny Times Six back in Mecosta - also, two of those
three books you mention are part of what I call "my 300" (the
Astrological section of my Library that I think of as keepers - for
reference use). Then of course - this morning - your email....
Out the door now to chase down a few......
discovered John and Alex’s bookstore several months through the
Internet and wish I had known about it in 2002 when I walked across the
country. I just missed it by a few miles when I wiggled my way across
Michigan on secondary highways from Ludington to Port Huron.
I found John and his Hermes Bookshelf not long ago and started an
occasional correspondence. John and Alex have been in the book business
for many years, relocating to Mecosta a few years back. They own a
number of buildings on Main Street (Highway 20), keep the doors open
for many travelers who stop in to see a “real bookstore,” and surely
add a enlightening presence to the town and area. John and Alex are
also long and deeply involved with the Theosophical Society (Pasadena)
- Co- National Secretaries.
They not only sell books locally and
online, but also publish a series of out-of-print texts referenced by
HP Blavatsky in her Isis Unveiled and Secret Doctrine: http://www.wizardsbookshelf.com/
is a long way to travel for a book, but one day I will make the journey
to meet the Raus, see their store and peruse their collections. I know
you too will be welcome should you make a visit. In the meantime, you
might take a cybertrip to their wonderful Old Bookstore.