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Ambergris. A Selection From the Poems of Aleister Crowley
Hardcover consisting of xiv + 98 pages (+ 2 pages of adverts). Original composite boards with titling in gilt.
Fore- & bottom-edges untrimmed. Gilt title, etc., to spine and cover. Frontispiece 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, 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.
Spine sunned and missing a quarter-inch chip at head, a few bumps to edges of back board, and corners bruised. Otherwise a tight, clean copy of a book which is often encountered in much worse shape. (No dustjacket, none issued.)
Price: GBP 670 plus postage, packing & insurance (at cost).
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(Description of book courtesy of original seller to my archive: Weiser-Antiquarian…)