Howe, Ellic (Paul) (1910–1991)
British authority on printing history who also wrote on occult
subjects. Howe was born on September 20, 1910, in London.
He attended Hertford College, Oxford (1929–31). During
World War II he served with the British army (1939–41) and
was promoted to the Foreign Office (1941–45). After the war
he became a director of printing companies (1947–62).
In addition to his comprehensive studies of the history of
British printing, he wrote and edited several important books
on the occult and the history of magic, including Urania’s Children
The Strange World of the Astrologers (1967; U.S. title, Astrology
A Recent History Including the Untold Story of its Role in World
War II, 1968) and The Magicians of the Golden Dawn (1972). The
former discusses how astrology was used in psychological warfare
in WWII. The latter work is a comprehensive study of the
history and membership of the Hermetic Order of the Golden
Dawn, the fountainhead of most contemporary ceremonial
magic.
Sources
Howe, Ellic, ed. The Alchemist of the Golden Dawn The Letters
of the Revd W. A. Ayton to F. L. Gardner and Others, 1886–1905.
Wellingborough, England Aquarian Press, 1985.
———. The Magicians of the Golden Dawn. New York Samuel
Weiser, 1972.
———. Urania’s Children The Strange World of the Astrologers.
London, 1967. Reprinted as Astrology A Recent History Including
the Untold Story of its Role in World War II. New York Walker,
1968.