AC Frontispiece in "Collected Works"
Can anybody contribute some more info about the frontispice photo of AC (if it is him?) in "The Collected Works of Aleister Crowley - Volume II" by the Yogi Publication Society, Des Plaines, Illinois, nd, probably 70ies or 80ies?
I posted it to the Galleries.
Thanks in advance
I put the picture in question into Picasa and fiddled about with light and contrast, the result for the figure on the left was still very hard to make anything of... But the oblong on the pinboard looked very much like AC circa Bullethead.. an Interesting project for someone with a dedicated photo software . Alistair
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The prints in the Yogi Publications Works are simply too dark, and it takes a lot of imaginative power to make out who the figure reading on the left is as well as what is hanging framed on the wall. I checked every different edition that I have, but to no avail. Unfortunately (very unfortunately) I don't have the original SPRT first edition(s). But maybe a member has them? Maybe/probably/hopefully the original frontispices are of a very much better quality and could be made available from this lucky member to the others here? For some reason I never thought much about that particular photograph but now I am very eager to know what the hell it shows.
I am given to understand that the 1st edn. Collected Works (the vellum one volume travellers' edition, which has the portraits – they're not in the competition edition in separate camelhair wraps) is still dark, and the art on the walls seems to be matted artworks in the same frame. It looks like AC.
I love that photo. Intriguing and darkly mysterious! I think this discussion demonstrates that it's had the desired effect. 😆
I've (hopefully - after Admin approval) posted the photo from the Travellers' Edition of 1906 under Galleries/ Books. Don't have a scanner so its a fairly lo-res pic I'm afraid but it does offer up more contrast than the Yogi. I've always wondered about the signature - it seems identical to the Yogi reprint so I assumed it was a lithograph (?) unless anyone knows different . . .