Greetings & Salutations of the Season!
It's my understanding that we still await the publication of the complete AC diaries from 1896 to 1947. In the meantime, I thought it might be useful to have a thread listing which diaries are currently extant (whether in print or out). As I am living in Berlin, I am particularly interested in AC's time here - while the majority of the time would be covered between 1931-32, does anyone know of a published 1930 diary?After a cursory look around the internet i've compiled the following list (listed chronologically)
* Liber DCCCLX - John St. John (01.10 - 13.10)
* The Magical Record of the Beast 666
_1920 - 1923_
* Magickal Diaries ed. Stephen Skinner (11.05.1923 - 03.10.1923)
* Royal Court Diaries (only seen at auction http://www.lashtal.com/nuke/Article984.phtml )
__1931 - 1933__
* Royal Court Diaries
__1936 - 1947__
* Royal Court Diaries
I doubt very much that the collection of diaries will be complete. For instance, I believe that the diary of Crowley's Magical Retirement on Aesopus Island in 1918 is thought to have been destroyed by Frater Achad. There are other gaps in the series, too; I doubt that all of Crowley's diaries have survived, and it may be that there were periods when he wasn't keeping a diary.
thanks Mick. Yes, of course I understand, "complete" is a relative term 😉
but, in the list above, have I missed any that are currently available?
to worry this old bone a bit further...
in this old post
mention is made of 'Crowleys 1930's diaries' - I assume this refers to the Royal Court Diaries noted above. If so, can I assume that there has been no publication of a diary for 1930 itself and the only original sources for this year (marked by AC's arrival in Berlin and faked suicide in Lisbon) are held in the YC?
greetings from a somewhat different Berlin,
Yes, I see the reference. The 'Royal Court' diaries were pirated on the limited edition 'Rough Diamonds' DVD of a few years ago, as PDFs. Then, so far as I recall, a bit later, some enterprising person was running off hard-copies and offering them for sale.
Yes, the Royal Court diaries are held in the Yorke Collection at the Warburg Institute. However, these are not the original diaries, but typed copies made of the originals before they were shipped to Germer, thence to go missing.
I am afraid the "1930's Diaries" mentioned in the thread are meant as the "Nineteen-Thirties" Diaries. These are probably the Royal Court Diaries that went around the web and ended up on the Black Flag CDs. But they are from 1931 until 1947, with 1934 and 1935 missing. As Michael said these are formatted versions of the typed copies in the Warburg and lots of the interesting stuff is missing, like scribbles and symbols and so on. I always thought it sad that the 1930 issue with Crowley's landing in Berlin is missing. Hopefully it will be included in the "Collected Diaries."
many thanks for the confirmations, gentlemen. As it is, I suppose we'll have to wait for the publication of the collected diaries for whatever 1930 material is still extant. As we say here in the Hauptstadt - Gib Gas Mensch!