Hi all. I have been a member of LAShTAL for anumber of months but I have never felt qualified enough to have commented on any of the posts as I am relatively new to Thelema and I suppose I have only really dipped my toe into the water so far.
I have a question I'd like to ask: I have the Symonds-Grant edition of MAGICK, and I am thinking of buying MAGICK: BOOK 4. I'd like to know if these 2 books are any different. Any comments will be greatly appreciated.
Now I've popped my posting cherry, hopefully I'll be regular around these parts!
Welcome and thanks for posting. There are no real "qualification" requirements to post, simply site guidelines. That being said, many here have a low tolerance for certain behaviors and types of posts. Simply look though the Forums and you may get the lay of the land fairly quick.
As far as your question, if you use the "Search LAShTAL.COM" button in the menu to your upper left, you can find several threads that compare some Symonds/Grant Crowley books with various other versions. You can see opinions of their editorial style and interjections, and why people do, or do not like them. I think they will be helpful and informative for you.
I prefer the Grant/Symond Magick, because I find many of the notes interesting. Comparing the page count to the current available version shows that the "Blue Brick" has quite a bit more content. It is also available to purchase in many brick and mortar and online stores, whereas many Grant books are out of print and have wildly fluctuating aftermarket prices. There are reasons to get both.
Hi Ariock, thanks for the welcome and for the advice. The "qualification" was a refrence at my being a noobie and not feeling too confident about putting my 2 cents worth in. As suggested, I'll go have a look at these threads.
Again, many thanks!
Hey alysa, thanks for the welcome!
Welcome aboard, Sadb! 😀
Welcome to the site, Sabd.
Yes, pretty big difference in editorial style in those two editions of Magick. Firstly, the "Blue Brick" is parts 1-4 of Book 4, whereas the Grant/Symonds version is just part 3, Magick in Theory and Practise. The BB is full of excellent footnotes, as well as some "convenient" typographical errors (cf. the issue around provenance of the watermark for the manuscript of Liber Al). The Grant edition has its own merits though. I have one of each.
Thanks for the welcome folks!
@ Noctifer: Your comments on MAGICK are greatly appreciated.
Welcome Sadb !
Interesting info re hte Book 4 BB Noc. I don't recall the watermark note - I will have to go check that one out.