Another list from Weiser Antiquarian, this one focusing on The Book Of The Law, and it's once again a treasure house of delights. Many remarkable items at reasonable prices...
Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue No. 103
Aleister Crowley and The Book of the Law
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This catalogue is focused on Crowley's Liber AL vel Legis, The Book of the Law and begins with a stunning gathering of different editions of the work that have been assembled from several significant collections. Some of these editions are genuinely rare, having been produced in quite tiny print-runs. The variation in production values that they evidence is quite extraordinary, and they range from the rare first separate UK hardcover edition of 1938, printed on handmade paper and bound in buckram, to some truly awful cyclostyled or photocopied stapled booklets of the 1980s. Yet all were in their own way probably labours of love, and give silent commentary on the development and spread of Thelema. The sheer number of different editions gave us pause to consider the best order in which to list them. Ultimately we concluded that there was no "obvious" method and decided to make the listings roughly chronological, although where it seemed appropriate they are grouped around specific publishers (thus the various Xeno Press and Thelema Publications editions are kept together). Although far from complete, the collection is almost certainly the most comprehensive group ever to be offered at one time.
The second section of the catalogue is devoted to various editions of The Equinox of the Gods, Crowley's first major exposition of the history of The Book of the Law and the first significant publication to contain a clear facsimile of the manuscript. The penultimate section of the catalogue comprises a series of works that include The Book of the Law either in facsimile manuscript form (Liber XXXI) or as typeset text (Liber CCXX), some of which are interesting association copies inscribed by their editors. The final section is devoted to an assortment of commentaries and studies of The Book of the Law, and range from the handsome and important 93 Publishing Magical and Philosophical Commentaries on the Book of the Law to the spectacularly shoddy parody, The Book of the Outlaw.