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03/12/2011 11:20 am  

Does anyone know anything about this book, which according to Bloomsbury Auctions was penned by Crowley and published in 1932 under his nombre de plume '666'?

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03/12/2011 12:37 pm  

I am fairly familiar with pretty much everything Crowley published and much of what he wrote but did not publish.

I have never heard of this and it does not appear in any bibliography or catalogue of any of the major collections. New information comes to light all the time and I am very open to hearing about things I know nothing of.

Could you point me/us in the direction that this information came from?

Booksellers frequently attribute books to AC on the basis of supposed pseudonyms. The main pit they fall into is books by someone whose true name really is for example 'Edward Kelly' - a sometime Crowley pseudonym - and credit AC with writing books on anything from Tax Reform to Army Surplus disposals.

For instance ABEBOOKs is currently offering a book called Irreducible Minds allegedly by Crowley. It ain't.

My provisional conclusion is that Bloomsbury have made an honest mistake but I would be delighted to be wrong.


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03/12/2011 12:57 pm  

Hi OK --

What you write rather reflects my own feelings on the matter.

The link to the auction house page is: and if you scroll down it is lot number 366 and is described as a presentation copy from the author. The presentation inscription is viewable but I'm not familiar enough with Crowley's handwriting to make any useful assessment. As you will see, it is signed off as 'the Author' rather than in the authors name.

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03/12/2011 1:41 pm  

93, Zymotic!

It seems Bloomsbury Auctions don't trust their own classification or else they would have entered a much higher estimate for an inscribed unknown Crowley book. The pseudonym "666" was probably equated with "Aleister Crowley" automatically by some software. And the handwriting is definetely not Crowley's. Thanks anyway for the link.


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03/12/2011 2:07 pm  

The work is not by Crowley and the handwriting isn't his.

It's by '666' and Bloomsbury appear to have made a howler and equated this with AC.

You could, if you were so inclined, buy a copy from Amazon for less than 30 Canadian dollars:

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03/12/2011 2:14 pm  

A howler indeed. Thank you for all the feedback.

So who on earth was this 666 then?