Tom Whitmore

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Tom Whitmore sells rare and collectible books online through Uncommon Sense Books.

He is a founder of the science fiction and fantasy bookstore The Other Change of Hobbit in Berkeley, CA, and a book reviewer for Locus Magazine.

Raiders of the Lost Basement” is about Tom’s discovery of a priceless, controversial—and long-lost—occult manuscript by Aleister Crowley. Really. We aren’t kidding.

Have a question for Tom? Go ahead and send him email.


A first edition of Ellis Peter’s A Morbid Taste for Bones, A Mediaeval Whodunnit

“A very nice copy of the first Brother Cadfael novel. In this book Edith Pargeter combined her excellent historical novel abilities with her nom-de-plume Ellis Peters’ well-constructed mysteries and started the boom in historical mysteries that continues to this day. There are many earlier examples of the form, but this is where it takes off and becomes a major publishing category. Historically important, well written, and a scarce book to find in nice condition.”

A first edition of Robert A. Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

“An acceptable copy of a book that is seldom offered.”


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  • Appraisals of book collections

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  1. Hi Tom I;m Jeff i have a copy of the book of Goetia by Crowley 1904 first edition on Japanese velum 10 were printed it was brought back from Europe in the late 50s .I could use some help or advise I don;t know its value and i’m not a dealer but would sell. Thank you very much.

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