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If you are into collecting you probably have to sell your house, your kids, your wife. Because in this new booklist from Weiser Antiquarian you will find some really great stuff. How about a signed Book Of The Law?
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About this Catalog.
Welcome to the first email catalog to be issued by Weiser Antiquarian Books of Maine, USA. This is Weiser’s 80th year of business as specialist sellers of esoteric books and for many decades the company issued printed catalogs, however, the high costs involved brought an end to these, and for a long time we have listed books on various internet book-sites and directly on to our own website: http://www.weiserantiquarian.com
Whilst we will continue to add new stock weekly to the 12,000 books currently listed on our website, we will also send out occasional lists such as that which follows.
These lists will give us the opportunity to present collections or groups of related items in a more detailed and sympathetic context than the normal website allows, and will also enable us to give our established customers first choice at some of the more interesting new arrivals, as well as to offer them ‘special’ or bargain items. The items in the catalog will not be listed elsewhere – on our website or other bookselling sites – until several weeks after the lists have been sent out.
What follows is the first part of a two-part list is devoted to Aleister Crowley. his life and works. It contains some magnificent items including a Signed Copy of The Book of the Law, a typescript of Liber Aleph, rare First Editions of Crowley’s Goetia and The Equinox of the Gods, and a collection of Signed ‘Word of the Equinox’ documents, as well as many other interesting and unusual books and related ephemera. The second part of the list, which will include items of equal if not greater rarity, will be sent out in early March 2006.
Whilst Crowley and Thelema will feature regularly as subjects for our catalogs, we will intersperse them with others of related interest: we are currently working on separate lists on Magic and Alchemy, and future lists will include Witchcraft, Mythology, Theosophy, and other of our specialties.
A copy of this list – along with images of some of the items – can be found at http://www.weiserantiquarian.com/catalog/. We will regularly update that page, marking off those items that have been sold. By their nature most of the items in this list are unique, however we may have other copies of the printed works (or even similar manuscript items) so do feel free to inquire even if an item that you are interested in is marked as sold.
Instructions on how to purchase from this list can be found at the bottom of this page.
Some of you will be aware that the long-time manager of Weiser Antiquarian, and myself (the former co-owner of The Basilisk Bookshop in Melbourne, Australia) took over the company last December. We look forward to building upon Weiser’s standing as one of the leading purveyors of quality esoterica, and thank the many friends, customers and colleagues who have sent us their good wishes.
Contents of this list:
a) The Book of the Law – A Selection.
b) The Book of the Law – some supposed sequels!
c) Aleister Crowley: a miscellany including First and Rare Editions.
d) A Small Collection of Announcements of ‘The Word of The Equinox,’ signed by Crowley.
e) Aleister Crowley – Associated Works.
f) Aleister Crowley. Edward Bryant, and The Book of Thoth – Related Items.
g) A Medley of Recent Thelemic-related Works. All Signed Copies.
h) And Some Bargains!
How to Purchase from this List.
a) The Book of the Law – A Selection.
Aleister Crowley. The Book Of The Law (Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI). London: Privately issued by the O.T.O., 1938 . First Edition thus. Softcover. Small 8vo ( 6 3/8 x 4 7/8 inches) 50pp. (+ 6pp adverts at rear) White printed wrappers, with title printed in black on upper board. Inscribed By Crowley. The softcover issue of the first separate UK publication of The Book of the Law. This copy inscribed by Crowley “a Mynheer J Michaud avec les homages respectueses de 666 An Ixii [+ Astrological symbols for Sol in Aries – thus March 1938] Michaud was the author of a number of works published by the UMA Press, London, in the late 1940s. Crowley recorded what was apparently their first meeting in his diary on 26 July, 1937, when he noted simply: ‘Met Michaud A.M.O.R.C. publisher.’ Crowley subsequently tried to involve Michaud in his battle with H. Spencer Lewis over control of A.M.O.R.C. Signed or inscribed copies of The Book of the Law are genuinely rare – and this seems to have been inscribed at the time of publication. As an interesting aside to bibliographers, this copy is slightly smaller (1/8” less tall) than copies usually seen, perhaps hinting at an early issue? A little light discoloration to the wrappers, tiny scratch to fore-edge, still VG+. (25741) $2,950.00
Aleister Crowley. The Book Of The Law (Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI). London: Privately issued by the O.T.O., 1938 . First Edition thus. Softcover. Small 8vo ( 6 1/2 x 4 7/8 inches) 50pp. (+ 6pp adverts at rear) White printed wrappers, with title printed in black on upper board. The wrappered issue of the first separate UK publication of The Book of the Law. Now quite scarce. About Fine. (25721) $950.00
Aleister Crowley. The Book Of The Law [technically called Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI]. Pasadena: Privately issued: The O.T.O. / Church of Thelema, 1938 . First U.S. Edition. Softcover, small 8vo ( 5 x 6 1/2 inches) 50pp. (+ 6pp adverts at rear) Booklet stapled in gilt-stamped blue wrappers, with title and A.: A.: sigil gilt stamped on upper wrapper. The First U.S. Edition of The Book of the Law. Although the title page bears the date 1938 which is taken from the British edition, this US edition was not published until 1942. Near Fine. (25745) $750.00
Aleister Crowley. The Book of the Law Technically Called Liber AL vel Legis Sub Figura CCXX As Delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI. Kings Beach, CA: Thelema Publishing, 1981. Reprint . Hardbound, small octavo 6 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, 64 pp., Red cloth with gilt title to front board and spine. A Fine copy. (25684) $150.00
Aleister Crowley. The Book of the Law. Liber AL vel Legis. With a Facsimile of the Manuscript as received by Aleister and Rose Edith Crowley on April 8, 9, 10, 1904 ev. York Beach & Boston: Weiser In Association With Ordo Templi Orientis, 2004. The Centennial Edition. Hardcover, 12mo, 160 pp, red cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine and front cover, gilt leaf designs on front cover, red ribbon bookmark, red and black printing. Printed by special arrangement with the Ordo Templi Orientis, this volume marks the first century of Crowley’s core teachings. NEW. Fine condition, no dust jacket (as issued). (13989) $14.00
Aleister Crowley. The Book of the Law. Liber AL vel Legis Sub Figura CCXX. New York: Ordo Templi Orientis and Magickal Childe, [1990/2004]. Leather bound re-issue. Hardcover leather-bound pocket sized edition of Crowley’s Book of the Law. 12 mo, 92pp, Red leather with gilt title and spine, silk page marker, all edges gilt. Errata slip loosely inserted. Note – this issue is comprised of the sheets of the 1990 edition issued by the Ordo Templi Orientis and Magickal Childe recently bound up and reissued by Studio 31 in Florida. Aside from a small difference in the stamping on the spine, the binding of this issue is virtually identical to that published in 1990. A Fine copy. (25302) $175.00
Aleister Crowley The Book of the Law – The Illuminated Edition. London, England: Neptune Press, 2004. First edition thus. Hardcover Quarto (Approx. 11 inches x 9 inches), Unpaginated: approx. 142pp. (iv + 16 + 52 + iv + 66pp). Green cloth, with gilt titles, red end papers, this edition limited to 500 numbered copies. A special ‘illuminated edition’ of The Book of the Law, issued to celebrate the centenary of its ‘reception.’ It comprises a sixteen page Introduction compiled by Hymenaeus Beta, the illustrated section: 26 leaves, printed on one side only, with the text of the Book of the Law set in a black type, within a border, around which are the intricate color illustrations by Susan Jameson, a professional artist, well known in British Thelemic circles. The illustrated section is followed by a reproduction of the original holograph manuscript of the Book of the Law, printed in red, at 93% of the original size. The edition is limited to 500 numbered copies. This total included a special sub-limitation of 31 copies containing an original mezzotint by Jameson which sold out immediately on publication. New book. Fine condition (no dustjacket – none issued) (14108) $100.00
b) The Book of the Law – some supposed sequels!
Przoval Liber Vel Oviz 93 Sub Figura LXXVI as Delivered By Oviz to Przoval 8 = 3. San Francisco: O. T. O., Khabs Temple, 1981. First edition, limited. Hardcover 8vo, not paginated – approx. 30 pp plus 10 blank at rear for personal commentary, Black faux leather boards with red title and pyramid design. Hand numbered ‘#22 of 1006 copies’ and signed by Przoval. Appears to be a sequel to the Book of the Law – this delivered to Przoval and the ‘adepts of the Khabs Temple House’ (San Francisco) on April 10th 1981. Don’t know who Przoval is but his or her references to “the near total degeneration and fall of the existing Crowley pseudo-cults such as Hymenaeus Alpha’s Rosicrucianised O.T.O.; M. Bertiaux’s absurd panafrican pretences; Kenneth Grant’s pathetically disguised zombie: “aossic;” and the rest …” suggest that he was not associated with any of these individuals or organisations! G+ condition, overall moderate wear to boards, corners lightly rubbed, canted, internals clean. No dustjacket, none issued. (15498) $75.00
666 and the Scribe 777. The Book of Perfection: Sub Figura Liber 440. South Stukely, Canada: 93 Publishing, 1977. Limited edition. Softcover, 8vo, 120 pp, color illustrations, pictorial covers, Edition limited to 718 numbered copies, the first 93 of which were on handmade paper. The rest – as this copy which is number 272 – are printed on Carlyle Japan paper. Text printed in black and red. “During the four day period of January 5, 6, 7, & 8th, Year 71 of the Aeon of Horus, the scribe 777 received through direct invocation a five-part treatise entitled ‘The Book of Codes–Liber 718’, the revealed comment to Aleister Crowley’s ‘The Book of the Law’ and later ‘The Book of Oz’ Together these make up ” The Book of Perfection, aka the Fourth Chapter of Liber AL. The ‘Scribe 777’ is often identified as an ex-Kenneth Grant initiate named Peter Macfarlane, but we are reliably informed that it was actually one James Beck, also known as Jimmy Rocket. The book was pretty poorly received in Thelemic circles, and copies are now quite scarce. Light wear to the covers, page edges dusty, otherwise a tight, clean VG copy. (15512) $135.00
VIA AION. The Book of Gate Called Pan. Bellingham, WA: Axil Press, 1983. First Edition. Stapled pamphlet, 8vo, 12 pp. A work ‘received’ by Aion over a period of time from 1982 – 1983 after over a decade devoted to workings to invoke Pan. Although not a pretender to the mantle of new ‘Book of the Law’ there are similarities (three chapters, numbered sentences etc.) and the author’s Thelemic references in the Introduction indicate a familiarity with the subject. A good copy – has a few annotations, a tear in the spine and overall wear, but still holding together. (21996) $30.00
c) Aleister Crowley: a miscellany including first and rare editions.
Aleister Crowley. Ambergris A Selection From the Poems of Aleister Crowley. London, England: Elkin Mathews, 1910. First edition. Hardcover. xiii + 98pp (+ 2pp. adverts). Original composite boards with titling in gilt. Fore- & bottom-edges untrimmed. Gilt title etc. to spine and cover. Frontis Portrait. Contains a selection of Crowley’s early published poetry, made by himself and a group of friends. Writing in the Preface, Crowley declared that “In response to a widely-spread lack of interest in my writings, I have consented to publish a small and unrepresentative selection from the same. ….. This volume …. is therefore now submitted to the British Public with the fullest confidence that it will be received with exactly the same amount of acclamation as that to which I have become accustomed.” Crowley was correct in this, and the book was widely ignored in literary circles. This is perhaps a later issue: it contains a sort of erratum announcing that “Mr Crowley’s Books are to be obtained at the office of the ‘Equinox.’ 124 Victoria Street, London, S.W.” tipped in facing p. 198. Boards a little discolored. Spine chafed at head and tail, edges and corners lightly rubbed, small closed tear across spine between Aleister and Crowley, hinges starting to split, but still solid. The binding of this particular volume is not particularly durable, and the boards of most copies encountered are either splitting at the hinges, or have already become detached. Despite its faults this is still a near VG copy (no dustjacket, none issued) (3971) $500.00
Aleister Crowley. (edited and with an Introduction by Martin P. Starr) Amrita. Essays in Magical Rejuvenation. Kings Beach, CA: Thelema Publications, 1990. First edition. Hardcover. Roy.8vo. xviii + 60 pp, Orig. gilt stamped purple leather with col. frontispiece and purple endpapers. This leather bound issue limited to 33 numbered copies. This copy unnumbered. (There were also 1000 cloth bound copies). A collection of Aleister Crowley’s writings on occult medicine, particularly on Amrita: an ambrosia or “elixir of life” said to ensure longevity, restore youth and energy, and bestow various occult boons. It was referred to by Crowley as “the principal Secret of the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O. ).” Foreword by Soror Grimaud (Helen Parsons Smith). There is a faint ‘line’ visible in the leather that runs right around both boards and the spine, about a third of the way up the book – it is pretty obviously a ‘flaw’ in the leather that has been there all along. Otherwise about fine condition. (no dustjacket – none issued) (25495) $375.00
Aleister Crowley (edited and with an Introduction by Martin P. Starr) Amrita. Essays in Magical Rejuvenation. Kings Beach, CA: Thelema Publications, 1990. First edition. Hardcover. Roy.8vo. xviii + 60 pp, Orig. gilt stamped purple decorative cloth with col. frontispiece and purple endpapers. First and only Edition – limited to 1000 copies. Fine condition. Previous owner’s signature on front endpaper, otherwise Fine – very unusual for a book that is almost always faded, (no dustjacket – none issued) (25627) $175.00
Aleister Crowley (Edited etc. by Stephen Skinner). Aleister Crowley’s Astrology. With A Study of Neptune and Uranus. Liber DXXXVI. Jersey: Neville Spearman, 1974. First Edition. Hardcover 8vo, xx + 204 pp, Maroon cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine, frontis. A hint of bruising to the corners, otherwise VG+ in VG dust jacket (price-clipped and with a little chafing at the edges). (25624) $75.00
Aleister Crowley (Foreword by Kenneth Anger). Atlantis. Malton, Ontario, Canada: Dove Press, 1970. First edition. Hardcover, 8vo, x + 70 pp, Red cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine. Errata slip loosely inserted. Referred to by Kenneth Anger as a ‘sexual-magical treasure’, Crowley’s Atlantis is ‘An account of the continent of Atlantis: the manners and customs, magical rites and opinions of its people, together with a true account of the catastrophe, so called, which ended in its disappearance.’ A tight, clean, near-Fine copy in VG+ dustjacket (as usual there is a hint of discoloration, but no chips or tears, and not in the usual grubby state in which it is found). (20321) $225.00
[Aleister Crowley & D’ESTE STURGES, Mary] Frater Perdurabo & Soror Virakam . Book 4, Part I. London: Wieland, ND [1912 ].. (First edition – second issue). Small, square 8vo (13.7 x 13.7 cm), x + 94pp (+2pp. adverts), 2 photographic ills, Original limp printed boards, treated cloth spine. The second issue of the First Edition, with the publisher’s address given as “33 Avenue Studios, South Kensington.” An example of Crowley’s talismanic book production. He wrote in the Confessions “The number 4 being the formula of the book ….I carried out this idea not only by the name and plan of the book, but by isssuing it in the shape of a square 4 inches by 4, ….” There is a little discoloration to the back board, and the top corner of the foredge has been lightly bumped, causing just a hint of rippling to the extreme edge of the page margin, otherwise an unusually good, bright, clean copy. (25602) $475.00
Aleister Crowley (With Mary d’Este Sturges. Preface by Israel Regardie). Book 4 Part 1 Meditation & Part 2 Magick. Dallas, TX: Sangreal Foundation Inc., 1972. Second Sangreal Printing. Hardcover, 8vo, 128 pp, Red cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine and front cover, illustrations. Front free endpapers somewhat darkened as a result of offsetting from the dustjacket turn-overs, otherwise an unusually bright and clean VG+ copy in VG dustjacket (a hint of rubbing and a few nicks, but unusually NOT faded) (25552) $60.00
Aleister Crowley (edits, introduces, comments upon): [S.L. MacGregor Mathers, translator]. The Book of the Goetia of Solomon the King. Foyers: Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth , 1904. First Edition. Softcover, Quarto (11ins x 9ins) x + 66pp Original limp wrappers, with printed design. Diagrams, tables. etc. One of the scarcest of the first editions of Crowley’s magickal works. Not only was the print run small – 200 copies thus – but it is bound in ‘Camel hair wrappers’ – a material favoured by Crowley, but notoriously fragile. Small neat ownership signature on half-title. As always there is some chipping around the edges, and the top wrapper is missing a thumb-nail size triangle from its upper corner, and the spine is chipped at the tail, and has some cracks. Internally it is practically as new. A VG+ copy of a seldom-seen work. (25704) $1,850.00
Aleister Crowley [The Book of the Goetia of Solomon the King]. The Goetia. London: First Impressions, 1993. First Edition Thus. Hardcover, small folio, eccentrically paginated, but approx. 94 pp, Publisher’s black cloth with gilt title etc to spine, Vol. # 17 of the First Impressions series. A reprint of the 1904 SPRT edition, along with facsimiles of the annotations and drawings preserved in two of Crowley’s personal copies. A few light marks to cloth, still Very Good + condition, (issued without dustjacket) (25511) $140.00
Aleister Crowley (Editor, Introduction, Commentary). The Book of the Goetia of Solomon the King Translated into English Tongue by a Dead Hand and Adorned with Divers Other Matters Germane Delightful to the Wise. New York, NY: Magickal Childe Publishing, 1989. Facsimile edition. Hardcover, 4to, x + 66 pp + 8 pp of adverts. Black faux leather, gilt title, etc. to spine and front cover, frontis, minor wear to cover. Fine condition – like new. (no dustjacket – none issued). (21151) $75.00
Aleister Crowley. The Book of Lies. Liber CCCXXXIII (333), The Book of Lies Which is Also Falsely Called BREAKS the Wanderings or Falsifications of the One Thought of Frater Perdurabo Which Thought is itself Untrue. London, England: Wieland and Co., 1913. First edition. Hardcover, 16 mo, 132 pp., Original black cloth with gilt titling on spine and title within an elaborate Egyptian-themed decorative border on the front cover. Errata slip facing p. 61. Black and white photographs of Crowley (on donkey) and Leila Waddell . Crowley said “this book deals with many matters on all planes of the very highest importance. It is an official publication for Babes of the Abyss, but is recommended even to beginners as highly suggestive.” There is a small, quarter inch split in the gutter of the cloth between the head of the spine and the front board, and overall the book the covers show some light wear: a little rubbed at the folds and edges, some very light bruising to the edges and corners, a few small marks to the cloth. The edges are a little dusty. Internally the copy is pristine – tight, bright, clean, and probably unread. Overall V.G. or better (no dustjacket – none issued) (13996) $1,200.00
Aleister Crowley. The Book of Lies Which is Also Falsely Called Breaks, The Wanderings or Falsifications of the one thought of Frater Perdurabo (Aleister Crowley) which thought is itself untrue. A Reprint with an Additional Commentary to each Chapter. New York, NY: Samuel Weiser Inc., 1970. First Edition Thus. Hardcover 8vo, 196 pp, black cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine, illustrations. A tight, clean VG + copy in VG dustjacket (a little rubbed around the edges). (25204) $75.00
Aleister Crowley (Master Therion). The Book of Thoth. A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians. Being The Equinox Volume III No. V. New York, NY: Samuel Weiser Inc., 1969. First Edition Thus. Hardcover, Small Quarto, xii + 288 pp. The scarce issue in bright PINK boards (most were blue cloth) with gilt title, etc. to spine, color frontis (omitted from later printings) and plates. Crowley’s masterwork on the tarot, with color and black and white reproductions of the card designs by Frieda Harris. The nicest copy we’ve seen for years. Fine, in a VG+ dustjacket (just a couple of small nicks at the edges, and a hint of darkening to the panels). (25630) $200.00
Aleister Crowley (Master Therion). The Book of Thoth. A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians. Being The Equinox Volume III No. V. New York, NY: Samuel Weiser Inc., 1969. First Edition Thus. Hardcover, Small Quarto, xii + 288 pp, Blue cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine, color frontis (omitted from later printings) and plates. Crowley’s masterwork on the tarot, with color and black and white reproductions of the card designs by Frieda Harris. Some very light rubbing to the covers, otherwise a tight, clean VG+ copy, in near-VG dustjacket. The dustjacket is a little rubbed and has a few short tears around the edges. It also has a lightly discoloured patch, a little larger than a matchbox, where someone has splashed some liquid on it at some stage. Still better shape than it is normally found in. (25235) $140.00
Aleister Crowley. The City of God. London: The O.T.O., 1943. First Edition thus. Original thick paper wrappers. Large 8vo. ii + 12pp. Frontis portrait. Printed at the Chiswick Press on fine mold-made paper. Edition limited to 200 signed and numbered copies, of which this copy is number 41. This copy SIGNED by Crowley under the portrait. Extremely scarce special ‘review issue.’ Pasted onto the front endpaper is a 13 line typescript note which begins ‘We have the honour to submit this copy for the favour of a review’ and which is signed (in type) ‘The Publishers.’ Crowley was clearly the author of the note, which urges the reviewer to recognise the quality of the work, even though he must surely reckon with ‘the usual campaign of bullying,’ etc. etc. if he responds as his self-respect would demand! A hint of creasing to the wrappers, otherwise a fine copy. (25717) $1,650.00
Aleister Crowley. The City of God. London: The O.T.O., 1943. First Edition thus. Original thick paper wrappers. Large 8vo. ii + 12pp. Frontis portrait. Printed at the Chiswick Press on fine mold-made paper. Edition limited to 200 signed and numbered copies, this copy is numbered ( 27 ) but NOT signed. A hint of creasing to the wrappers, otherwise a fine copy. (25718) $450.00
Aleister Crowley. The [Collected] Works of Aleister Crowley (3 Volumes in 1). Foyers: Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth, 1905-1907. First edition thus “Traveller’s Edition”. limp vellum wrappers, small 8vo, good cond., original gilt stamped white vellum wrappers, printed on India paper, top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed, each volume with frontispiece portrait with tissue guards, those in Vols. I & II including Crowley’s signature in facsimile, x + 270pp, viii (+ 2) + 282pp, viii + 248pp. The so-named “Traveller’s Edition”, which included the three volumes of Crowley’s Collected Works within one binding. Page edges are untrimmed, and some are unopened (some have tears etc. due to careless opening, but no loss of text), vellum wrappers yellowed and are rather age-worn and grubby – as often, inner front hinge reinforced with brown tape, previous owner’s signature, lacking original silk ties though the remains of them are visible through covers, old bookseller’s stamp. At least a good copy of athis fragile, scarce printing. (4855) $1,200.00
Aleister Crowley. The [Collected] Works of Aleister Crowley Vols. II & III [ONLY] Foyers: Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth , 1906, 1907. First editions. Softcovers. NOTE PLEASE this is 2 ONLY of 3 Volumes. 8vos Vol. II: viii, (2), 282pp, Vol. III: viii, 248pp. Bound in black “Camel hair” wrappers, printed on India paper. These volumes are from the “Essay Competition” issue (the words “Essay Competition Copy” are printed on the page facing the title page), which was simply and cheaply produced (without plates) so that it could be distributed soon after printing to anyone planning on entering the competition for the best essay on his own works, which Crowley was then running. The “camel hair wrappers” are notoriously fragile, and these volumes are in remarkably good condition: quite literally fine, with no chips or tears and most pages unopened. (25709) $500.00
Aleister Crowley. [The Confesssions] The Spirit of Solitude. An Autobiography. Subsequently re-Antichristened The Confessions of Aleister Crowley. [2 Volumes]. London: The Mandrake Press, 1929. First edition. Hardcovers 2 Volumes. Larges Quartos. viii + 284pp. & viii + 308pp, Original white buckram, gilt titles and sigils on spines, stunning reproduction of a self-portrait sketch by Crowley and his “phallic ‘A’ signature” stamped in black on top board of each volume. Bevelled edges to boards. Teg. Printed on fine “Jap vellum.” Portrait frontispiece in each volume, plus numerous plates & diagrams, and a map. Errata slip at rear of second volume. The first edition of Crowley’s famous ‘Confessions.’ Crowley had originally intended that the work would be published in six volumes, but only two of these had been published before the Great Depression and various internal disputes led to the demise of the publishers. The project languised uncompleted throughout Crowley’s lifetime, and it was not until 1969 that the Confessions were issued in a single volume edition, edited by John Symonds and Kenneth Grant. Whilst the single volume edition includes much of the text of the first two volumes (and of course that of the latter four) it is nonetheless an abridgement. These original volumes include a considerable amount of text, and many photographs – particularly pertaining to Crowley’s mountaineering exploits – that were not reproduced were not reproduced in the later single volume. The spines of both volumes are quite darkened, and the gilt titling very dull – so that it is barely visible. The cloth of the boards is also quite discoloured, and has a somewhat faded appearance, and is browned, particularly at the edges. Corners bumped. Internally both volumes are tight and clean, free of any markings. Overall a solid, G+ set (no dustjackets – none issued) (25492) $1,650.00
Aleister Crowley (Edited by John Symonds and Kenneth Grant). The Confessions of Aleister Crowley An Autohagiography. London, England: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979. First printing of corrected edition. ISBN: 0-7100-0175-4. Hardcover, large 8vo, 960 pp, Black cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine, frontis, illustrations. Includes a Preface by Kenneth Grant not present in the earlier (1969) edition of the work, and numerous revisions. Very faint musty smell, edges a little flecked and dusty, otherwise a tight, clean, VG+ copy in price-clipped VG dustjacket (a little superficial wear around the edges) (25402) $90.00
Aleister Crowley. Francis King (Editor & Introduction). Crowley on Christ. London, England: C. W. Daniel Ltd. , 1974. First Edition Thus. ISBN: 8-5207-131-0. Hardcover 8vo, 232 pp. Red Cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine. A fascinating study of Christianity by Crowley. The text was originally published in mimeographed form by Karl Germer in 1953 under the title The Gospel According to St. Bernard Shaw, in an edition that was almost certainly less than 200 copies. This edition includes a new Introduction by Francis King, and is itself increasingly difficult to find. A fine copy, tight crisp and clean, in near-fine price-clipped dustjacket. (8731) $200.00
Aleister Crowley. The Diary Of A Drug Fiend. London: W. Collins, 1922 . First UK Edition. Hardcover. [iv] + 368pp. 8vo. Original dark blue cloth lettered in red. The first UK edition of Crowley’s famous novel dealing with the subject of heroin and cocaine addiction and its possible rehabilitation. One of the characters – King Lamus – is clearly a romantic self-portrait by Crowley, and Lamus’s “Abbey of Thelema” at Telepylus an idealised version of his own Abbey at Cefalu. Three bookplates: (!) two attractive contemporary bookplates on the front pastedown and front free endpaper respectively, and the ‘Baphomet’ bookplate of Sandy Robertson (author of ‘The Aleister Crowley Scrapbook’) on the verso of the ffep facing the half-title page. Corners lightly bruised and rubbed at tips, general moderate wear to boards and spine, the cloth of which is a little frayed at the head and tail. Page edges are dusty, but internally it is quite solid and unmarked, and largely free of the foxing this volume often attracts. A better than Good copy. (25603) $850.00
Aleister Crowley. The Diary Of A Drug Fiend. New York,: Dutton, 1923 . First US Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. [iv] + 368pp. Original black cloth lettered in red. The first American edition of Crowley’s famous novel dealing with the subject of heroin and cocaine addiction. Many copies of the US edition are said to have been destroyed by a flood in the publisher’s warehouse: it is certainly uncommon. This an unusually Good copy. Aside from dusty edges, it is tight, bright clean and unmarked. The only thing that prevents it being VG+ is that a silverfish has nibbled the cloth down the very front-edge of both boards which gives a somewhat rough feel if one runs a finger along them. Otherwise it is not particularly noticeable, unless closely examined. (lacks dustjacket) (25689) $750.00
Aleister Crowley [Writing as: Mahatma Guru Sri Paramahansa Shivaji]. Eight Lectures on Yoga (The Equinox Volume III., Number Four). London, England: The O.T.O., 1939. First edition. Hardcover, Large Quarto (11 ¾ x 9″) Original cloth (buckram) with title and sigil gilt stamped on upper board, 84pp (+ 4pp. adverts.) Edges untrimmed. Erratum tipped in at p. 84. Portrait frontispiece, 1 diagram (Tree of Life). This copy from the collection of author, anthropologist, and Jungian analyist, John Layard, with a pencilled note ‘John Layard (from Lady Harris Oxford 1941).” Lady Frieda Harris held an exhibition of the original artwork for the Thoth tarot designs in Oxford in June 1941, and presumably met Layard around then, and gave him this copy of ‘Eight Lectures.’ A couple of tiny bumps and some minor wear to boards, otherwise VG. Internals are clean, though there is some foxing scattered throughout, heaviest on the preliminaries and edges. Frontis still has original tissue guard. A nice copy with an interesting history (no dustjacket) (25581) $1,100.00
Aleister Crowley. The Equinox of the Gods (being The Equinox Vol. III, No. III). London: The O.T.O., 1936. First edition – First Printing. Hardcover, Quarto, vi + 138pp (+ 65 single-sided quarto sheets in a printed folder contained in a pocket at the rear of the volume ). Original white buckram, heavily stamped in gilt with title and sigils on upper board and spine. The Equinox of the Gods was Crowley’s first real attempt to do justice to the Book of the Law. A magnificent example of book production, buckram bound and printed on fine paper. It includes the text of Liber AL, essays on its history and meaning, color reproductions and translations of the “Stele of Revealing” (which thanks to a rather apt typo is misnamed the “Stele of Revelling”) and – for the first time – a full size facsimile of the original manuscript of the book, contained in a printed folder housed in a specially designed “wallet” or pocket at the rear of the book. An errata leaf listing ten changes is pasted onto p. 137. Original 4 page prospectus / order form loosely inserted. A superb copy. The only flaw is that a rubber band was once around the folder in the pocket at the rear, and this has long since perished, leaving a dark ring around the folder where is once was. The book itself is VG+ – as close to fine as this volume could ever be found. The usually-darkened buckram and gilt work are bright and fresh, the internals crisp and clean. An exceptional copy of a landmark work in the history of Thelema. (25760) $2,250.00
Aleister Crowley. The Equinox of the Gods (being The Equinox Vol. III, No. III). London,: The O.T.O. , 1937 / 1950 (?). Second Printing, Later Issue. Hardcover. Quarto, red cloth, vi + 138pp, colour plates, diagrams. This is a 1950s reissue of the Second (1937) edition of Crowley’s Equinox of the Gods. Crowley first released the book in 1936, bound in white cloth, and with a specially-made pocket at the rear of the volume which held an envelope containing a facsimile of the original manuscript of The Book of the Law. In 1937 Crowley had the book reprinted, though the printers retained the 1936 publication date on the title page etc. A significant number of the sheets of this edition remained unbound, and eventually ended up with Karl Germer, who at some time in the 1950s passed a pile of them to Samuel Weiser. Weiser had the generous margins cropped, and the sheets bound in maroon cloth, creating this hybrid issue. This issue did not have a pocket for the loose sheets of Liber AL – some copies were sold with the envelope containing them as a separate item, others were apparently were sold without them. This copy does not include them. Previous bookseller’s label on front free endpaper, otherwise a tight, clean, VG copy (no dustjacket – none issued) (25610) $200.00
Aleister Crowley. The Equinox, Volume III, No. 1 [ The Blue Equinox ]. Detroit, Michigan: Universal Publishing Company, 1919. First edition. Hardcover, Oversize octavo. Rubricated title page. 308 + 132pp. (+ viii pp adverts.) Color frontis portrait of Crowley by Leon Engers Kennedy, and color reproduction of Crowley’s painting May Morn, plus 5 black and white plates, all with original captioned tissue guards. Blue buckram with red eye in triangle design on front board, red titling etc. to front board and spine. This volume includes Crowley’s Gnostic Catholic Mass, the publication of which caused considerable outcry, and calls for the book to be banned, as well as providing inspiration to James Branch Cabell, who adapted part of it for use in his equally-contentious, but best-selling novel, Jurgen. A lovely copy., which includes the often-lacking tissues guards, some of which bear a substantial amount of printed text. Contemporary previous owner’s signature and address on front pastedown and a few very minor ink notes in the margins of the ‘Praemonstrance’ at the front, chip from fore-edge margin of pp 9-10 as a result of careless opening – not affecting text. Otherwise the internals are unusually tight, bright and clean, the hinges solid and without the strain normally seen on this hefty volume. The spine is a little sunned, and there is a little light mottling to it and the front boards. Still, this must rate as one of the nicest copies of the book we’ve seen, being VG or better. (25493) $900.00
Aleister Crowley ; et al Edited and with an Introduction by Hymenaeus Beta. (Signed and Inscribed). The Equinox: Volume Three, Number Ten The Review of Scientific Illuminism. The Official Organ of the O. T. O. New York: 93 Publishing, 1990. Second Edition, Revised. Hardcover, 8vo., Beige cloth with red embossed Equinox coat of arms to front board and lettering and seal to spine, 288 pp., B/W illus. With a presentation inscription from Hymenaeus Beta – oddly the original name of the dedicatee has been struck out, and Beta has replaced it with the names of two others. Includes an Introduction by Hymenaeus Beta, an ‘In Memoriam’ for Hymenaeus Alpha, an account of the Caliphate / S.O.T.O. court case, and numerous essays etc. by Crowley. This is the revised second printing of a work originally published in 1986 by Thelema Publications in association with Samuel Weiser. A Good copy only. It would have been a fine copy, but someone has splashed the fore-edge with what – judging by a very faint aroma – was camomille tea (XXXing hippies!) This has left a light discoloration down the bottom third of the fore-edge, which has bled into the margins for about a quarter of an inch. Unfortunately it has also caused the coloring of the endpapers to run a little – leaving a cigarette-sized light red stain down the fore-edge of the half-title page (near the inscription) and the final leaf (Editorial details and Acknowledgements page). All else is Very good + condition. No dustjacket, none issued. (25574) $150.00
Aleister Crowley (Edited and with a foreword by Hymenaeus Beta). The Equinox of the Gods and Eight Lectures on Yoga. The Equinox Volume III, Numbers 3-4. . New York, NY: 93 Publishing Ltd., 1991. First Edition Thus. Hardcover, large 8vo, viii + 140 + 68pp +128 pp, Beige cloth, red title, etc. to spine and front cover, color plates. 2 Vols. in 1. Elaborate presentation inscription on ffep from the editor (& Frater Superior, of the O.T.O.) Hymenaeus Beta. Includes a ‘Note to the Facsimile Edition’ of The Equinox of the Gods, and ‘New Foreword’ to Eight Lectures on Yoga by Hymenaeus Beta. A Fine copy. Issued without dustjacket. (19218) $200.00
Aleister Crowley. (Intro. by Lawrence Sutin. Edited by Anthony Naylor). The Fish. Oxford, England: Mandrake Press Ltd., 1992. First Edition. Hardcover 8vo, 122 pp, Blue cloth with gilt title, etc. to spine, illustrations, Edition limited to 750 copies. “This was a novel commenced by Aleister Crowley at a particularly turbulent period in his already tumultuous life, and it is hardly surprising that the book was never completed.” This is its first publication. New book. Fine in fine dustjacket. (25632) $35.00
Aleister Crowley. The Fun of the Fair (Nijni Novgorod, 1913 e.v.). Barstow, California, & London, England: The O.T.O., 1942. First Edition thus. Original thick paper wrappers. Large 8vo. viii + 24pp (+ ivpp). Frontis portrait. Printed at the Chiswick Press on fine mold-made paper. Edition limited to 200 signed and numbered copies, this copy is numbered but NOT signed. Crowley’s reminiscences – in verse – of the bawdy spectacle of the great festival at Nijni Novgorod (Russia) he visited in 1913. Some copies had an Errata slip loosely inserted at the front and four rather crudely reproduced pages of additional poetry tipped in at the rear – these are not included in this copy, which was evidently issued without them. Slightly creased around the edges, otherwise fine. (25719) $450.00
Aleister Crowley. Gargoyles. Being Strangely Wrought Images of Life and Death. Boleskine, Foyers : Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth, 1906. First edition. Hardcover. One of 300 copies printed on machine-made paper. Small 8vo. vi + 104pp. Original blue-grey cloth boards. According to Crowley’s bibliographer, Duncombe-Jewell, the edition comprised 2 copies on roman vellum, 50 on hand-made paper and 300 copies on machine made-paper (thus.) Spine somewhat darkened and dulled and a little chafed at the foot, covers also a little discolored. The edges are a little dusty. Internally the copy is near-fine – tight, bright, clean, and probably unread. Overall V.G. or better (no dustjacket – none issued) (25442) $950.00
Aleister Crowley (Edited, etc. by Israel Regardie). Gems From The Equinox. St. Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 1974. First edition. Hardcover, 1134pp, B/W illus. very good cond., Red faux leather with silver embossed cover and spine. Illustrations. The first edition of Regardie’s selection of Crowley’s most important writings – ‘all the magical writings’ – from the monumental Equinox series. Previous owner’s name on frontpastedown, edges a little dusty and discolored, otherwise a VG+ copy: tight, and clean (no dustjacket, none issued) (25657) $70.00
Aleister Crowley Edited by David Hoye. Hasheesh: The Herb Dangerous Volume 1. High Writings of Alesister Crowley and Other Celebrated Haschischins of the Early Twentieth Century. San Francisco, CA: Level Press, 1974. First Edition. Softcover. approx 200pp. small 8vo. Paper wrappers. Ills. A collection of drug writings by Crowley and others reprinted from The Equinox, along with an excerpt from Pearls, Arms and Hashish by De Monfreid. Previous owner’s bookplate above illustration facing titlepage, pen note on rear blank, general light wear and tear, Good used paperback condition. (25621) $30.00
Aleister Crowley Preface by Hymenaeus Alpha, 777 (G. L. McMurtry). The Holy Books of Thelema. York Beach, ME: Samuel Weiser Inc., 1983. First Edition. Hardcover 8vo, xlviii + 270 pp, very good condition, black cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine and front cover. The first published collection of the fourteen Holy Books of Thelema, along with a comprehensive Preface by Hymenaeus Alpha, bibliography etc. A fine copy – tight, clean etc in Fine dustjacket. (25323) $75.00
Aleister Crowley (Preface by Israel Regardie). The Holy Books. Dallas, TX: Sangreal Foundation, Inc., 1972. Second Printing of this Edition. Hardcover, 8vo, 116 pages, White cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine and front cover. Pages very lightly toned. Otherwise a bright, tight, VG+ copy, in VG dustjacket (just a hint of rubbing). All considered as nice a copy of this book as is likely to be found. (25359) $45.00
Aleister Crowley. [The Holy Books] Thelema [lettered in Greek] London, England: Suhal, 1993. First Thus. Hardcover, 8vo, 50 pp + 18 facsimile pages of “The Book of the Law”, Black cloth, gilt title, etc. to front cover. Colour plate of ‘Stelae of Revealing.’ Previous owner’s stamp of a griffin on front free endpaper, which has a slight crease. Otherwise a fine copy. No dustjacket, none called for. (15432) $75.00
Aleister Crowley (Preface by Hymenaeus Alpha 777: G. L. McMurtry.) The Holy Books of Thelema. The Equinox Volume Three Number Nine. New York, NY: 93 Publishing, 1989. ‘Corrected Edition.’. Hardcover, large 8vo, xlviii + 270 pp, Beige cloth, red title, etc. to spine and front cover, illustrations. The 93 Publishing edition of this important collection and study of Crowley’s Holy Books. The text is apparently that of the 1983 Weiser edition, but with corrections. A fine copy. (19220) $150.00
Aleister Crowley (Translation) (Edited by Shepard). The I Ching: A New Translation of the Book of Changes by the Master Therion. San Francisco, CA: Level Press, 1972. First Edition Thus. Softcover, 8vo, 96 pp. “This edition is designed to be read from back to front (as the Hexagrams are read from bottom to top.) In this way we hope to remind our readers that in appreciating the work of cultures other than our own, a fixed mind is at a disadvantage.” Probably as good a copy of this fragile printing as can be found. It is obviously unread, and the spine is just a little darkened, otherwise Fine condition. (15524) $60.00
Aleister Crowley. In Residence. The Don’s Guide to Cambridge. Cambridge: Elijah Johnson, 1904. First edition. Softcover. 8vo, 94 pp. + 20pp. adverts., Original pale blue wrappers with darker blue title etc. to front wrapper. As close to a fine copy as it would ever be possible to find of this fragile work. There is just a hint of discoloration to the wrappers – internally it is pristine, and indeed largely unopened – and of course complete with the detachable entry form for a prize essay on the “Works of Aleister Crowley” at the rear. (25622) $500.00
Aleister Crowley. Jephthah; and Other Mysteries Lyrical and Dramatic. London, England: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner and Co., 1899. First edition. Hardcover, large 8 vo, 224pp . Cream cloth spine with brick-red paper covered boards, paper spine label. Crowley’s verse-play, Jephthah, along with the collection of plays-in-verse and poetry which comprise the ‘Mysteries, Lyrical and Dramatic.’ According to Crowley’s first bibliographer, L. C. R. Duncombe-Jewell, 1,000 copies were printed thus, on machine-made paper, with an additional 6 printed on India paper, bound in buckram. Oddly, although not one of Crowley’s scarcer works, it is a book seldom seen in Very Good condition. Copies encountered are routinely extremely shabby, to the extent that some have jokingly posited that this could not be the consequence of simple coincidence, and that someone must have intentionally embarked on a very effective campaign to locate and vandalise all copies of the work! This copy is a little better than average, all edges bumped and lightly rubbed in spots, corners rounded, spine darkened, boards lightly discolored. There is an attractive and contemporary (1899) previous owner’s signature on the ffep, the pages are uniformly browned, otherwise the internals are clean, tight and unmarked. (14014) $450.00
Aleister Crowley (Ko Yuen). Khing Kang King: The Classic of Purity. Liber XXI. King’s Beach, CA: Thelema Publications, 1973. First Edition Thus. Hardcover, small 8vo 63/4″ x 53/4″ 22 pp (printed only on recto side of page). Blue-gray cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine and front cover. Printed in blue with deckled page edges. Originally published by Crowley in 1939 in an edition of 100 copies (of which arguably less than a quarter were distributed) this is the books second ever publication. The publisher, Thelema Publications, was run by Helen Parsons-Smith, ex-wife of Jack Parsons and long time member of Agape Lodge of the OTO. She brought out two editions of the work, one in 1973, and one in 1974. This is the 1973 edition – the true first thus. The gilt work on the covers is a little dulled, and there is a bookseller’s label on the front free endpaper and a thumbnail sized mark of glue residue on the front pastedown where a price sticker one sat. Otherwise it is in fine condition. No dustjacket – none issued. (25254) $140.00
Aleister Crowley (Ko Yuen). Khing Kang King: The Classic of Purity. Liber XXI. King’s Beach, CA: Thelema Publications, 1974. Second edition – Limited. Hardcover, small 8vo 6314″ x 51/2″ 22 pp (printed only on recto side of page). Royal blue cloth, title, etc. to spine and front cover. Printed in blue with deckled page edges. Originally published by Crowley in 1939, the book was first reprinted by Helen Parsons-Smith, in 1973. In 1974 she brought out this new edition. Aside from a binding difference, the text has been reset, and this new edition has a reproduction of a drawing by Crowley not previously published. This issue was limited to 100 numbered copies (there was also an unumbered issue) of which this is number 40. A fine copy – like new. No dustjacket – none issued. (15457) $125.00
Aleister Crowley. Konx Om Pax Essays in Light. London & Boleskine: Walter Scott Publishing / Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth, 1907. First edition. Hardcover, 8vo (8″ x 6 3/4″), xii [+ ii] + 108pp [+ 12 pp adverts]. frontis with tissue guard. Yorke 56. First edition, second issue. Original white buckram, with intricate highly stylized title design of book’s title stamped in gilt to upper board. Limited to 500 numbered copies, though this copy is not numbered. Only about 500 sets of sheets of Konx Om Pax were printed, of which about half were bound in black buckram with white printing (symbolising light out of darkness) with the other half bound in gilt stamped white buckram, thus. The book is a collection of poetry, plays and essays and was clearly one of Crowley’s own favorite works. He wrote glowingly of it in his ‘Confessions’, in particular describing the final essay ‘The Stone of the Philosophers’ as being “really beyond praise”. Shows light wear and discoloration to cloth, corners lightly bumped, slight bubble to cloth on rear board, endpapers lightly toned, some foxing to title page, internals bright and clean. A very good clean copy. (7644) $925.00
Aleister Crowley . Konx Om Pax Essays in Light. [ San Francisco? ]: NP [ Level Press?], nd [ 1974? ]. Facsimile edition. Softcover, 8vo, 110 pp + 12 pp of adverts, Fluorescent green wrappers with red lettering. A facsimile reprint of the 1907 edition. Although no date or publisher is specified, its believed that this edition was produced by Level Press in 1974 . Spine a little faded, otherwise VG + (25298) $25.00
Aleister Crowley. [TYPESCRIPT] Liber Aleph Vel CXI: The Book of Wisdom or Folly in the Form of an Epistle of 666 The Great Wild Beast to his Son 777. NP: ND, [Circa 1940?]. Typescript secured by string ties in a limp black patterned folder. Quarto, 221 leaves, typed on one side only, numbered [viii] 1 – 213. A typescript of this important work. It came from the papers of John P. Kowal, Charles Stansfeld Jones’ successor as Mahaguru of the Universal Brotherhood. Kowal inherited many of Jones’ papers, but this copy appears to have been given to Kowal by Karl Germer: there is a pencilled 2 line errata on the last leaf in what is almost certainly Germer’s handwriting, and it is mentioned in their correspondence. At a quick comparison there do not seem to be any significant variations between the text of this typescript and that of the edition which Germer went on to publish in 1962. There is an apparent discrepancy in the number of ‘chapters’ present – with the typescript listing 213 and the published edition 208, but this seems to be more a matter of definition than difference in text. The titles in the Index of the typescript are all in Latin, whereas in the printed edition they are in English. Finally the typescript has three lines of Greek neatly penned in an unknown hand in the margin of the second Index leaf, and another three as part of the page title above the Apologia which do not appear in the published form. There are occasional neat ink corrections. The typescript appears to be a mixture of first generation and carbon copies, done on several different typewriters. Some sections are typed in black, and some in blue ink. It is bound into what is obviously a recycled folder, on which is printed in silver: ‘Practical Design for Arc Welding. Hobart.’ Overall the condition is VG+. An unusual association copy – Charles Stansfeld Jones or Frater Achad – was of course the ‘777’ referred to in the book’s subtitle. (25680) $1,400.00
Aleister Crowley (Master Therion). Liber Aleph The Book of Wisdom or Folly in the Form of an Epistle of 666 The Great Wild Beast to his Son 777 being the Equinox Volume III No. VI. California: Thelema Publishing Company, 1962. First edition. Hardcover, Quarto, xii + 220 pp. Tipped in frontis portrait of Crowley, errata slip facing p. xii. The first edition of this important work, published by Crowley’s successor, Karl Germer. A Fine copy. It is literally as close to new as it would be possible to get: the corners are lightly bumped, and the corners of two pages are not quite cut flush, and were folded back on themselves (obviously a binder’s flaw) otherwise all else is fine: the pages are crisp and white as if printed yesterday. The Frieda Harris designed dustjacket has just a hint of fading, otherwise it too is near fine. (25681) $500.00
Aleister Crowley Edited and with a Prolegomenon by Hymenaeus Beta. Liber Aleph Vel CXI The Book Of Wisdom Or Folly. in the Form of an Epistle of 666, The Great Wild Beast to His Son 777 (being The Equinox Volume Three Number Six). New York: 93 Publishing, 1991. First Edition Thus. ISBN: 0919690238. Hardcover , large 8 vo, xxxii + 220 pp., B/W illus., color frontis, beige cloth w/ red embossed Equinox device to cover author title and publisher details to spine. Maroon endpapers. With a Prolegomenon by Hymenaeus Beta. The best edition of this quirky magical / philosophical masterpiece by Crowley. Tight, clean copy, fine condition. No dust jacket (as issued). (1010) $135.00
Aleister Crowley. Little Essays Toward Truth. London: The O.T.O., 1938. First edition. Hardcover, small 8vo, 96 + viii pp adverts. Original blue cloth, gold stamped title and sigil on front board. Fold out Tree of Life design at rear. Essays, Kabbalistic, Magical and Philosophical: an interesting collection by Crowley at his mature best. Someone has clipped out the Tree of Life design from the front panel of the dustjacket and loosely inserted it into the book. The edges of the text block are quite heavily foxed, but oddly there is very little foxing to the pages themselves. For the rest a tight, clean VG or better copy (lacks dustjacket). (25601) $900.00
Aleister Crowley. Little Essays Toward Truth. Malton, Canada: Dove Press, [ 1970 ]. First Edition Thus. Hardcover, 8vo, x + 84 pp, Black cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine. Unusual in this condition. Fine in Fine dustjacket. (price-clipped). (15405) $150.00
Aleister Crowley. Little Essays Toward Truth. [USA]: Privately Printed, 1987. Typescript bound in Limp covers, quarto, xiv + 44 pages Loose sheets in limp plastic covers, secured by a black plastic clip on the spine. A duplicated typescript made from the text of Crowley’s book Little Essays Toward Truth. It reproduces exactly the text of the original 1938 edition, and appears to have been written using a word-processor. A typed label on the coloured blank at the front explains that it was ‘especially prepared as a gift for …. (Frater Fiedelgis) … in 1986 e.v. by G. M. Kelly …. editor of the Newaeon Newletter. ” There is also a hand-written, signed, presentation inscription from Kelly on the next leaf. Some offsetting from the presentation label, otherwise VG. An interesting reminder of the efforts that Thelemites had to go through – not that long ago – to access and share out-of-print Crowley material. (25618) $50.00
Aleister Crowley. translates: Charles Baudelaire . Little Poems in Prose. Paris: Edward W. Titus , ND (1928). First edition thus. Hardcover, 8 vo, xii + 148 + [x]pp, Edition limited to 800 numbered copies. Top edge gilt, original cloth covered boards with felt spine and title label to front board. Crowley’s translation of these wonderfully pithy pieces by Baudelaire. Crowley apparently had the sheets for the book printed by the Chiswick Press in 1913 with the intention of issuing it under the Wieland imprint, however for reasons unknown that edition was never published, and only proof copies are known to survive. The unbound sheets remained in storage until the 1920s, when Crowley had them transferred to Edward Titus of Paris. Titus added new preliminaries and advertisements, along with ten erotic black and white copperplate engravings by renowned decadent artist Jean de Bosschère, and published the work in the current format. Several different issues and binding variants exist, although no order of precedence has been established. This issue has a slip tipped onto the half-title announcing that “The quota of this edition apportioned to the United States of America sold by Random House, New York.” Spine darkened and chipped at head and tail (losing about an sixteenth of an inch of cloth at both) hinges rubbed, otherwise a VG+ copy – internally it is tight, bright and obviously unread, with many of the pages unopened. (No dustjacket, none issued). (14011) $425.00
Aleister Crowley (Edited, with Annotations by John Symonds & Kenneth Grant). The Magical Record of the Beast 666 The Diaries of Aleister Crowley 1914-1920. Montreal, Canada: Next Step Publications, 1972. First Canadian Edition Thus. Hardcover sm.4to, xvi + 326 pp, red cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine. Bookplate of the late John Thomas Head, well known book collector and friend of Israel Regardie, on front pastedown. VG+ in VG+ dustjacket – just a hint of superficial wear. (15929) $200.00
Aleister Crowley [writing as] The Master Therion. Magick In Theory and Practice (being part III of Book 4). Paris, France: Lecram Press, [ 1929 ]. First Edition. Original wrappers. Four sections. Quartos. Each in original printed wrappers. xxxii + 122pp.; [82pp.]; [94pp.]; [132pp.]. Fore- & bottom-edges untrimmed. Color plate in Section 1. Tables, diagrams, etc. etc. Loosely inserted are a copy of the rare, 4 page prospectus, with a manuscript note of the publisher’s address (‘Lecram Press, 26 Rue d’Hartpont, XIXe’) in Crowley’s handwriting, and a sheet of fine quality mold-made paper, approx. 6 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, with the sigil of Crowley’s occult fraternity the A.: A.: and a six line imprimatur printed upon it, which has been SIGNED underneath by Crowley in a bold hand. Judging by the paper it appears most likely that this sheet was once a part of the imprimatur page of a copy of the First Edition of the Book of Thoth, which someone has evidently removed and preserved on account of the signature. The whole collection (4 part book, prospectus, and signed sheet) are housed in a custom-built binder’s cloth protective case, which has color reproductions of the upper wrapper of ‘Magick’ both as liners and on what might be termed the ‘front cover’ of the case. This 4 Part, paper-wrappered set is the true first issue of Crowley’s magnum opus, Magick in Theory and Practice (also known as Book 4, Part III), and includes the color plate which was omitted from the later hardbound edition. The protective case is in Fine condition, as is the signed sheet. There is a crease across the center of the prospectus, which has one short tear, and is a little darkened. There is a hint of creasing to the spines of the 4 parts of the set, which also have some very superficial wear to the wrappers, but this is still a near-Fine set of a scarce and fragile edition, in much better shape than is usually encountered. (25439) $2,750.00
Aleister Crowley. Magick In Theory and Practice [Also known as Book 4. Part IV] Subscriber’s Edition. Paris: Lecram Press, 1929. Subsriber’s Edition. Hardcover Small 4to., 10 x 8 inches, XXXIV + 436 pp., Maroon publisher’s cloth with gilt title etc to spine, top edge gilt. The first hardbound edition of Crowley’s magnum opus, Magick in Theory and Practice. Crowley originally had the book issued in four parts, each in paper wrappers, and with an additional color plate, but was apparently disatisfied with the result, and had the plate removed and most copies disbound and rebound in a durable cloth, to make this, the ‘Subscriber’s Edition.’ A VG copy . The endpapers are browned, the page edges a little dusty, and just a hint of bruising to the corners. Otherwise it is tight and clean, inside and out, and still in the original dustjacket. The dustjacket has sustained some heavy damage – it has lost matchbox-sized sections from the bottom of the spine and the bottom corner of the back panel, and a smaller, thumb sized section from the top of the spine. However it has been carefully restored, with the larger missing sections replaced in facsimile, and thus appears to be 98% complete – unless carefully examined. (25660) $1,100.00
Aleister Crowley. Magick In Theory and Practice [ Also known as Book 4. Part IV ] Subscriber’s Edition. Paris: Lecram Press, 1929. Subsriber’s Edition. Hardcover Small 4to., 10 x 8 inches, XXXIV + 436 pp., Maroon publisher’s cloth with gilt title etc to spine, top edge gilt. The first hardbound edition of Crowley’s magnum opus, Magick in Theory and Practice. A VG+ copy . Endpapers very lightly browned, hint of bruising to the corners, still a tight clean copy, inside and out. (25661) $750.00
[Aleister Crowley ] The Master Therion. Magick In Theory and Practice (being part III of Book 4). Paris, France: Lecram Press, [ 1929 ]. First Edition. Softcovers. Four sections. Quartos. Each in original printed wrappers. xxxii + 122pp.; [82pp.]; [94pp.]; [132pp.]. Fore- & bottom-edges untrimmed. Color plate in Section 1. Tables, diagrams, etc. etc. Loosely inserted is a copy of the rare, 4 page prospectus. This 4 Part, paper-wrappered set is the true first issue of Crowley’s magnum opus. The prospectus is creased from having been folded into an envelope, and has a couple of unobtrusive pieces of marginalia, but is otherwise in VG condition. Two of the four parts of the set have a neat ownership signature in the inside margin of the recto of the first leaf, and the wrappers of all parts show a little chipping to the head and tail of the spine and a few light marks, but this is still a VG+ set of a scarce and fragile edition, in much better shape than is usually encountered. (25585) $1,400.00
Aleister Crowley. Magick in Theory and Practice. New York: Castle Books, ND (circa 1961?). First US Edition?. Hardcover, large 8vo, xxviii + 436 pp, Blue papered boards, black title, etc. to spine. As far as we can ascertain this is a First – or at least an early printing – of the First US Edition of Crowley’s magnum opus, published by Castle books in around 1960. There is a little discoloration to the endpapers, and the binding is just a little chafed at the head of the spine. Otherwise VG+ in VG dustjacket (a little chafed around the edges, and some modest rubbing on the folds – still much better than normally found) (25271) $125.00
Aleister Crowley (Edited, by J. Symonds and Kenneth Grant). Magick. New York: Samuel Weiser Inc., 1974. First US Edition Thus. Hardcover, large 8vo, xxiv + 512 pp, illustrations, black publisher’s cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine, dust jacket with striking design. The Symond’s and Grant Edition of Crowley’s Book 4. With the bookplate of the late John Thomas Head, a well known collector of esoteric books and friend of Israel Regardie’s. Hint of darkening to page edges, otherwise near-fine in near-fine dustjacket. (25223) $85.00
Aleister Crowley. Foreword by Karl J. Germer, Magick Without Tears. Hampton, New Jersey: Thelema Publishing Company, 1954. First edition. Hardcover, Large Quarto, [vi – blanks]+ xxx pp + 400pp, Original bright red binder’s cloth, with simple gilt titling. Crowley first intended to entitle this book ‘Aleister Explains Everything’ – for it is in essence his personal commentary on magical work and training, offered in the simplest and most straightforward terms, in the form of 80 letters addressed to students. It was first published by Crowley’s Germer in this edition, with a print-run that almost certainly did not exceed 100 copies. The work has subsequently been repr