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Magick in Theory - First Edition for Sale  


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17/12/2006 1:03 pm  

Hello All,

As of one hour ago, Treadwell's have for sale a copy of Magick and Theory in Practice, first edition, 1929 (the hardback subscriber's edition). With dust jacket. Before we post it on our website tomorrow we are posting in here .. for any keen Lashtalians to get in first. We can send scans of the wrappers and title pages to any interested parties. If you are interested do email me right away.

CROWLEY, Aleister.
Hardback. First edition, “Subscriber’s edition.”
Paris: Lecram Press. 1929 [1930]. xxxiv, 436pp.

This copy is in VG condition, the burgundy buckram still bright, and the pages only slightly yellowed. Top edge gold. Orig. salmon pink wrappers, blocked and lettered in black on upper covers; spine somewhat sunned and grubby; cover slightly chipped at the spine and back corners, tape marks on the spine and tears along the spine, slight hole in centre of spine. But still a good-looking dustwrapper on a very good condition book.

Background to the Subscriber’s Edition. Crowley was apparently dissatisfied with some features of the first four-part softbound edition, and had the great majority of copies disbound and rebound in cloth, thereby creating the so-named "Subscriber's Edition." According to Tim d’Arch Smith’s The Books of the Beast the book - as well as the 4 part wrappers edition - were not delivered until 1930, contrary to the title page date of 1929. Also the appendixes as listed on the contents page differ greatly from the actual names and number of appendixes in the book. For actual contents see below.

Price: £850.00

What does Lashtal have to say about this book? Bibliographica thelemica:
Thanks to The Real Simon Iff kindly added the extra notes about the subscriber's edition and has helpfully listed contents of the book as they really are... on this webpage.

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17/12/2006 1:33 pm  

The Subscriber's Edition seems to have had a variant so that it is either bound in maroon buckram with TEG or else bound in cloth with a stained top edge. I assume this to be the latter example?

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17/12/2006 1:53 pm  

Hi there Bedazzled. Thanks for pointing that out. This is the marooon buckram with top-edge gold. I missed out noting the TEG.