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the_real_simon_iff
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93!

Using a wormhole in spacetime (what do you say now, Los?) I just received this book from the future which can be found on the Recommendations List at the right. According to that list it will only be published in November. Nonetheless I uploaded the necessary info to the Bibliography Thelemica Page. But seriously, wasn't it supposed to be a revised Edition edited by Hymenaeus Beta? No? It is in any case just another facsimile edition like the others from Weiser since the 1970ies, but with a new cover art. Can someone provide information what is (should have been) revised in that edition?

Baffled...

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I only expected it to be 'just another facsimile edition like the others from Weiser since the 1970ies' and therefore since I only have another, previous edition of the same book, I didn't buy this one, I also didn't expect it to have anything like 'a revised edition with Hymenaues Beta', I just expected it to be the same edition of the same book with no specialities like say a foreword by Hymenaeus Beta or someone or something else, I think they just wished to reprint it for the peolpe who didn't had it already. . . I thought you had an intuition for obtaining 'certain' books and others certainly not, what did you expected then?


   
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Lutz,

I received a review copy a couple of weeks ago but made the deliberate decision not to publish a review for precise reasons you describe.

On the one hand, it's a welcome reprint of one of Crowley's most accomplished works. That it remains in print is, of course, a "good thing". That's why it appears among the links to Amazon.co.uk

On the other hand, it's enormously disappointing. The new cover is feeble and the content is a photographic facsimile. No new foreword, no footnotes, no nothing.

I continue to recommend the Symonds/Grant edition. Why? Because, although the edition stole shamelessly from Yorke's excellent notes without attribution, those notes are essential to an understanding of the book. To reprint the original, without editorial additions, is simply disappointing and just isn't sufficient.

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I would also like an update on this.....

I heard of many exciting projects from Grand Lodge....

When Lon Duquette visited us in the valley of Chicago April, he told us that a new version of the Thoth deck was being prepared, that all the origional art work was being re-photographed and enhanced, so that the new version would blow the old one away in clarity and colors, revealling details obscured in the origional....

There was also talk of a new unabdridged Confessions, A new version of Magick Without Tears with extra material.

An update on the status of these wonders would be appreciated.

I heard back in May that the delays are maybe cash flow related. Pay your grand lodge dues O bretheren.....


   
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the_real_simon_iff
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Alysa, 93!

As I said I had thought I recalled a new edited/commentated/annotated would be prepared and since HB's commentaries and editings are usually extremely fascinating I had hoped that it would be in this edition. I have no idea if my memory served correct and if the revised edition was planned differently or if I simply remembered a dream. Anyway, it was obviously not revised in any way, so it "only" appealed to me as a "variant freak" - and as such, I am highly satisfied, since when I count correctly it is variant no.18 of that book which I find wonderful. And of course I appreciate that it was put back into print.

@serpentarius: I think it is a good idea to add a few years to any planned publication dates - such you don't get your heart broken. And I guess it is also a terrible job to edit the Hag and the Diaries for example and to stumble daily upon new information.

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I too highly recommend the symonds and grant edited ones. The citations are very helpful.
I paid a little more for the copy of this book and also Moonchild by Sphere books because they had grant introductions and cites so I recommend them over the weiser editions.


   
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Yes, I have Moonchild by Sphere, and it has the most wonderful introduction. It's very illuminating and compliments the book very well.


   
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only downside is the rubbish made up by Wheatley but we can't have everything can we πŸ™‚
It was at least 'entertaining'
I believe his was the forward. Or preface. Or maybe the introduction. Or perhaps the Acknowledgement.


   
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I will third that motion and cast my vote with Chris and Michael. I love the Grant edition of Moonchild. Its nice to know who is intended to be who as you read the book. I also like my particular copy with its groovy hippy witchy cover πŸ™‚

Speaking of - the new painting on the cover of "Diary" isn't as nice as the older cover, I think : / Maybe some images from the murals at the Abbey would have been an interesting choice?

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"serpentarius" wrote:
When Lon Duquette visited us in the valley of Chicago April, he told us that a new version of the Thoth deck was being prepared, that all the original art work was being re-photographed and enhanced, so that the new version would blow the old one away in clarity and colors, revealing details obscured in the original...

That sounds extremely exciting! The advances in technology since the late 60s early 70s will certainly be apparent in this 'new' rendition.

Has there been more data regarding this?

And yes, the new cover of DoaDF doesn't appeal to me as much as the previous.


   
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Just lifted my Sphere edition of "Moonchild" from the shelf and realised that it has no cover! Must have ripped off on one of my house moves.. πŸ™
By the sounds of it, its not worth my while buying the recent release tho, very disappointed.


   
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