The scarce Gordon Press edition, limited to 200. Contents: Vol 1: Aceldama; The Tale of Archais; Songs of the Spirit; The Poem; Jepththah; Mysteries; Jezebel and Other Tragic Poems; An Appeal to the American Republic; The Fatal Force; The Mother's Tragedy; The Temple of the Holy Ghost; Carmen Saeculare; Tannhauser; epiloque, appendix. Vol 2: Oracles; Alice: An Adultery; The Argonauts; Ahab and Other Poems; The God-Eater; The Sword of Song; Ambrosii Magi Hortus Rosarum; The Three Characteristics; An Essay in Ontology; Science and Buddhism; The Excluded Middle, or the Sceptic Refuted; Time; Epilogue. Vol 3: The Star and the Garter; Why Jesus Wept; Rosa Mundi, and Other Love Songs; The Sire De Maletroit's Door; Gargoyles; Rodin in Rime; Orpheus; Epilogue and Dedication; Appendix A; Appendix B. Total about 800 pages. \ 99893 Very good condition 3 vol hardback set. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: 2012 Reprint of Original Three Volume s First Published from 1905-1907. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. This is a collection of Crowley's early esoteric writings and poetry and comprise the first collected edition of his writings. Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley, and also known as both Frater Perdurabo and The Great Beast, was an influential English occultist, mystic, ceremonial magician, poet and mountaineer, who was responsible for founding the religious philosophy of Thelema. In his role as the founder of the Thelemite philosophy, he came to see himself as the prophet who was entrusted with informing humanity that it was entering the new Aeon of Horus in the early 20th century. Born into a wealthy upper class family, as a young man he became an influential member of the esoteric Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn after befriending the order's leader, Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers. Subsequently believing that he was being contacted by his Holy Guardian Angel, an entity known as Aiwass, while staying in Egypt in 1904, he "received" a text known as 'The Book of the Law' from what he believed was a divine source, and around which he would come to develop his new philosophy of Thelema. He would go on to found his own occult society and eventually rose to become a leader of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), before founding a religious commune in Cefalu known as the Abbey of Thelema, which he led from 1920 through till 1923. After abandoning the Abbey amid widespread opposition, Crowley returned to Britain, where he continued to promote Thelema until his death. Crowley has remained an influential figure and is widely thought of as the most influential occultist of all time. Includes: Volume 1. Aceldama. The tale of Archais. Songs of the spirit. The poem. Jephithah. Mysteries. Jezebel, and other tragic poems. An appeal to the American republic. The fatal force. The mother's tragedy. The temple of the holy ghost. Carmen Saeculare. Tannhauser. Epilogue. Appendix. -- Volume 2. Oracles. Alice: An adultery. The Argonauts. Ahab and other poems. The God-eater. The sword of song. Ambrosii magi hortus rosarum. The three characteristics. An essay on ontology. Science and Buddhism. The excluede middle; or, the sceptic refuted. Time. Epilogue. Volume 3. The star and the garter. Rosa mundi, and other love-songs. The Sire de Maletroit's door. Gargoyles. Rodin in rime. Orpheus. Epilogue and dedication. Appendix A. Bibliographical note. Appendix B. Index of first lines.
Title: The Collected Works of Aleister Crowley (3 ...
Publisher: Gordon Press
Publication Date: 1974
Book Description Yogi Publication Society, 1980. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Just like new perfect books - complete 3 volume red hardcover set - no defects.:.,.:,. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7430034101
Book Description Society For The Propagation Of Religious Truth 1905, 1906, 1907, Foyers, 1905. First Editions. Softcovers. 3 vols, Octavos, Black "Camel hair" wrappers with white lettering. Text printed on "India paper." Vol. I: x, 270pp (includes errata facing p. 264); Vol. II: viii, (2), 282pp, Vol. III: viii, 248pp. This, the "Essay Competition" edition (the words "Essay Competition Copy" are printed on the page facing the title page), arguably represents the true first issue of "The Collected Works," being simply and cheaply bound so that it could be distributed soon after printing to anyone planning on entering the competition for the best essay on his own works, which Crowley was then running. This copy is from the collection of Edward Noel Fitzgerald (1908-1958), Frater Agape, a IX degree member of the O.T.O., and friend and follower of Aleister Crowley's. Fitzgerald was in regular contact with Crowley from the mid-1930s up until the time of his death. At some time in their acquaintance he acquired a small number of brand new sets from Crowley - possibly in payment for a loan. This is one of those sets, a handful of which have come to light over a century after their publication. The "camel hair wrappers" are notoriously fragile, but in this case they are fine, the books having technically never been issued. The pages of some show a little foxing or browning, but generally they are as close to fine as it would be possible to find in a hundred year old book. Bookseller Inventory # 32180
Book Description Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth 1905 - 1907, Foyers, 1905. First Edition Thus. Hardcover, Three volumes in one, 8vo, Vol. I: x + 270pp, Vol, II: viii (+ 2) + 282pp, Vol: III viii + 248pp. Original gilt stamped limp linen boards. Printed on India paper. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. The single volume edition of the "Essay Competition" issue of the Collected Works (the words "Essay Competition Copy" are printed on the page facing the title page). This edition was speedily and simply produced (without plates) for rapid distribution to anyone planning on entering the competition for the best essay on his own works, which Crowley was then running. The competition was famously won by J. F. C. Fuller - said to have been the only entrant - although contrary to popular lore Crowley, who was still flush with funds at the time, did pay him the promised cash prize. The volume collects together the text of most of the volumes published by Crowley up to that time (the clandestine erotic works being an obvious exception), often in revised versions. From the library of English bibliophile and Aleister Crowley scholar Nicholas Bishop-Culpeper, with his bookplate on the front pastedown. Cloth lightly rubbed and discoloured as always, corners bumped, some light bumps to edges and spine ends, gilt titling still quite bright, some foxing to endpaper & first and last leaves, page edges a little browned with some light creasing and tiny tears to thin paper. Still, overall a clean, unmarked VG + copy. Bookseller Inventory # 39442