Weiser Antiquarian continues, with its latest catalog, to maintain an extraordinarily high standard. There are literally dozens of items in the latest one that I'd love to have in my archives!
Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue
Used and Rare Books and Ephemera
Online now at: http://weiserantiquarian.com/catalog
Weiser Antiquarian Books is pleased to announce the release of the one hundred and sixth of our on-line catalogues, this being another of our specialised Aleister Crowley lists. For those not interested in Crowley, do not be dismayed: we are working on another of our "Miscellany Lists" and several catalogues on other topics are slowly edging towards completion. We are also making a concerted effort to add fresh titles to our website on a weekly basis, so don't forget to click the "new arrivals" link at the left side of our homepage regularly.
This catalogue is made up of seven sections, the first of which is a mixed collection of books and ephemera by Crowley himself. It includes some truly stunning manuscript and typescript items, notably the original typescript of an unpublished film-script entitled "The Stolen Post-Office," a murder mystery with a dissolute cocaine-fiend as the villain whose friend, "Snowbird Jim" starts out bad but ends up good under the influence of dance-hall-floozy come tart-with-a-heart "Dago Flo." There is also a typescript of Crowley's Liber Aleph that circulated amongst Crowley's followers shortly before his death, and a small collection of documents relating to Crowley's failed attempt to get to America during the Second World War, including an envelope on which Crowley has written "From my Gaoler." Manuscript materials include an original manuscript poem that was later published in Konx om Pax, a note in which Crowley suggests a course by which the Thoth tarot deck might come to be his path-way to riches, two letters to Frieda Harris, and a remarkable note in which Crowley suggests Oscar Wilde to have been guilty of plagiarism!
Amongst the less common printed texts in this group are a copy of Crowley's The Man That Put the O.K. in Book, a booklet that is as sycophantic as it is scarce, the softcover version of the 1992 Mandrake Press Ltd edition of the first eleven numbers of The Equinox (oddly the only edition that is a true facsimile of the first edition), and the memorable "Scratch 'n' Sniff" edition of Leah Sublime (1996), which was surely in part a homage to John Waters' "Polyester" and its "Odorama."