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Achad, Frater [Charles Stansfeld Jones]. [Aleister Crowley]

Published by Printed for the Author, Chicago (1922)

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About this Item: Printed for the Author, Chicago, 1922. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Chicago: Printed for the Author, 1922. 1st Edition. Hardcover. First edition of Achad's most important book. Ex-Libris Aleister Crowley. Extraordinary Presentation Copy Inscribed By Frater Achad: "To my Beloved Father / 666 / in the hope that this, my / first book, may meet with / his approval / 777". 8vo., 106 pp + 43pp. + 4 colour plates (including frontispiece) + 1 folded black & white diagram. Limited Edition: #2 of 250 signed copies. THE MOST IMPORTANT POSSIBLE ASSOCIATION COPY. Black paper-covered boards, linen spine, paper title label, top edge gilt. Label slightly chipped, some wear to corners and edges of boards. Light damping along top margin of first few leaves and a couple of inconsequential nicks. Interesting bookplate of Phyllis Duveen. A very good & important copy. Aleister Crowley ("666") considered himself to be the "Spiritual Father" to Frater Achad (Charles Stansfeld Jones, "777"), as he relates on page 801 of the CONFESSIONS: "What I had really done . was to beget a Magical Son. So, precisely nine months afterwards . Frater O.I.V., entirely without my k now ledge, became a Babe of the Abyss. . The Book of the Law speaks of this 'Child' as 'One,' as if with absolute vagueness. But the motto which Frater O.I.V. had taken on becoming a neophyte was 'Achad,' which is the Hebrew word for 'One.' It is further predicted that this 'Child' shall discover the Key of the interpretation of the Book itself, and this I had been unable to do." In this light, Achad refers to Aleister Crowley as his "Beloved Father" in the INSCRIBED DEDICATION. This is copy # 2 of 250; we presume that copy #1 was retained by the Author. The bookplate of Phyllis Duveen, the wife of Denis I. Duveen, a noted collector of Alchemical books & Esoterica] was possibly executed by AUBREY BEARDSLEY (although unsigned). The Duveen Collection is noted for its depth and balance. The catalogue of Duveen's library "Bibliotheca Alchemica et Chemica: An Annotated Catalogue of Printed Books on Alchemy, Chemistry, and Cognate Subjects in the Library of Denis I. Duveen," printed in London, 1949 remains a touchstone for scholars and collectors of European Chemistry before 1900. There are some penciled annotations in the margins of the text. These include the following: Page 2 has the phrase "get Essay Berashith" (to be found in the Collected Works of Aleister Crowley). Page 49 has the word "Tau" noted across from a discussion of THE UNIVERSE. Page 64 has the phrase "Book 777" across from a section on THE TREE OF LIFE. Page 97 has the phrase "Liber Legis" in the margin where the author refers to THE INITIATION OF 1917. BY THE MASTERS OF WISDOM FROM OTHER PLANES OF BEING. We cannot confirm that this penciling is in the hand of Crowley, nor of the previous owner Duveen but all things are possible. Seller Inventory # 21175

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CROWLEY, Aleister.

Published by London, Walter Scott Publishing Co., 1907. (1907)

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About this Item: London, Walter Scott Publishing Co., 1907., 1907. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First edition. Small 4to. Frontispiece photogravure portrait of Crowley by Aimee Dupont. Original white buckram, with elaborate highly stylized ruled title design stamped in gilt, t.e.g., other uncut (light soiling; spine a bit darkened). Very good. 108 pages + 12 page publisher's advertisements at end. No other signatures or bookplates. Number 130 of 500 numbered copies, signed by Aleister Crowley on the limitation page. Presentation copy, signed and inscribed by Aleister Crowley in black fountain pen ink on the front free endpaper with a long inscription to an anonymous recipient: "January 9, 1909, My dear (name of recipient erased), Please accept this book. I think you will like the binding much better that the previous effort. It costs a good deal more, of course, so I am putting up the price to 10 shillings. Even that leaves hardly any way in of profit. Why this book was so very expensive to produce I don't know - but it was! I hope the country is restoring you & that you will be able to keep term after all. Fuller & I are thinking of going up next week - it won't be half itself without you, yours, Aleister Crowley." Printed at the Chiswick Press. Yorke 56. Inscribed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 303225

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Moonchild / A Prologue (SIGNED): Crowley, Aleister

Crowley, Aleister

Published by The Mandrake Press, London (1929)

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About this Item: The Mandrake Press, London, 1929. Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Crowley's sought-after novel, freestanding despite the "Prologue" subtitle. Two board corners peeking through the cloth, and some fraying of the blue cloth to top of spine; call this firmly bound 1929 printing "good plus." Signed "Aleister Crowley" to the blank FFE, which (like the RFE) is moderately browned. Then, UNDER his name, the author has inscribed "To Bro Benn" (though the surname trails off, could conceivably be "Bennis" or "Benson," please see scans), "Trusting he will find in these pages the truths he so richly deserves / A" (inscription ends.) The letters "leis" of the author's first name are considerably darker than the rest of his name, and the ink there has bled slightly -- presumably that part of the page was slightly damp when signed. Small, symmetrical nitrate tape marks form a rectangle around this inscription -- possibly a card or piece of paper was once taped there to protect the inscription. Additionally, another previous owner has blindstamped her seal to bottom corner of this page, reading "MDS / Library of Diane Strom." There is a film and television actress of that name, born 1933, but we have no idea if it's the same Ms. Strom. Occult fiction; two magicians battle for the body of a young woman, whom one hopes will bear an ethereal being -- the Moonchild. 335 pp., "Printed and Made in Great Britain by the Crypt House Press, Limited / Gloucester and London.". Inscribed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 006119

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Crowley, Aleister] Marlow, Louis. [Louis Wilkinson]

Published by Faber & Faber Ltd, London (1946)

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About this Item: Faber & Faber Ltd, London, 1946. Hardcover. 1st Edition. London: Faber & Faber Ltd, 1946. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Crowley's Personal Copy. Sm. 8vo., 200pp. A very good copy showing light use. First Edition. Pale blue boards, gilt titled at the spine [mildly faded, the gilt still bright]. Louis Marlow, [Crowley's Literary Executor] satirist, whose criticism of life cuts deep. "This is a book with ingredients both sweet and astringent, written by a man who has thought deeply, acted independently, reflected sagely, and is able to set down in bold, lucid, vivid paragraphs a life-time of rich and impassioned experience." & according to the author, the essays in this book have something to offend everyone. Presentation copy with a lengthy inscription by the author on the half title: "For / Aleister Crowley - With apologies for / the very imperfect / sketch of him / herein attempted. / From / Louis Marlow / And now in April 1946. Deirdre MacAlpine / April 1948". Also - Boldly signed by Crowley on the front pastedown with his phallic signature form, adding four lines of original poetry - "On Louis the immortals / sardonically look / he sought fame as a poet / and found it as a cook!". Penciled notes on the ffe: " Lidoll [sic] Hart / The Revolution in Warfare", & on the verso of the half title: "I want to ask Joad what's his answer to the very serious attack on his integrity on page 98 of this book" Some AC marginalia - one or two author's holographic corrections. With: a very good 2 page als on Crowley's personal stationery with his red 666 seal at the top. Dated September 25, Netherwood, The Ridge, Hastings. "Dear Louis / Peccavi / Mea Maxima Culpa / I ought to be kicked 77 times around circular Route No 2. Ungrateful swine that I am; a hog, a viper. Well, you know, I'm not really though it looks like it". Good content follows - signed: "Thine in sackcloth & ashes / Aleister". Seller Inventory # 21182

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Crowley, Aleister

Published by Walter Scott Publishing Co, London (1907)

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About this Item: Walter Scott Publishing Co, London, 1907. Hardcover. First Edition. London: Walter Scott Publishing Co. 1907. First Edition. Hardcover. Presentation Copy inscribed to his great friend, Edward Thornton. One of 500 signed copies, additionally inscribed in blue/black fountain pen on. Seller Inventory # 32880

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Crowley, Aleister

Published by Aylesbury, 11 AM 28 JLY Bucks (1944)

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About this Item: Aylesbury, 11 AM 28 JLY Bucks, 1944. Framed & Glazed. 1st Edition. Aylesbury, 11 AM 28 JLY Bucks: 1944. 1st Edition. Framed & Glazed. Aleister Crowley, [Edward Alexander Crowley, 1875 / 1947]. British occultist, writer, mountaineer, poet, Mystic, Magician & Yogi. The most influential member of several occult organizations, including the Golden Dawn & [O.T.O.] Ordo Templi Orientis. Best known today for his occult writings, especially The Book of the Law, the central sacred text of Thelema. Envelope, Signed 666. Aylesbury, 11 AM 28 JLY 1944 Bucks - with his very rare, personal Egyptian cartouche wax seal bearing the symbols of a papyrus stalk, water, a serpent, & ankh, [Recto]In His Hand]: "Rt. Rev Dr. W.B. Crow c/o Geo. H. Brook Esq. Commons Lodge, Lepton in Huddersfield W. Yorks" "P.S. I should also be glad of a list - as long as possible - of all the "fabulous" beings from leprechauns & kelpies to nymphs & reads. Just the names. 666". The Egyptian cartouche wax seal (measures 1" x 1 1/4") & is dark red brick in colour. Very Rare. The envelope is creatively mounted over a strong black & white image of AC; archivally double matted, double glazed for viewing both sides with gold filet in an elegant wood frame, glazed to an overall size of: 13" 1/4 x 16" 1/4 [7" 1/2 x 10" 1/2] . Original Autographed Letters & Documents. Seller Inventory # 32876

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Moonchild. A Prologue.: CROWLEY, Aleister

CROWLEY, Aleister

Published by The Mandrake Press (1929)

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About this Item: The Mandrake Press, 1929. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. A REMARKABLE PRESENTATION COPY WITH ADDITIONAL ANNOTATIONS BY THE AUTHOR. CROWLEY, Aleister. Moonchild. A Prologue. London, The Mandrake Press, 1929. £6000 FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Original sea-green cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the pictorial Beresford Egan dust jacket almost completely intact, only upper part of dust jacket, covering head of spine, torn away. Text clean and crisp, flawless. An important presentation copy inscribed by the author on front endpaper: “To Clements Hassell with sincere admiration of a fine artist and appreciation of an excellent friend, from Aleister Crowley, Oct 8, ’32 e.v.”. Clements Hassell is likely to be identified with Hilary Clements Hassell (1871-1949), who was a British painter of interiors, landscapes and some coastal scenes. E.v. stands for ‘era vulgaris’, which is a Latin expression for “common era”. This is placed after the date to differentiate it from Crowley’s Thelemic calendar, which starts in 1904 (the date the author claimed he received the book of the law). On the rear endpaper appear in Crowley’s handwriting some details concerning a two-day schedule, accompanied by planetary symbols. These symbols represent days of the week (Mars, i.e. Tuesday, and Mercury, i.e. Wednesday). Crowley mentions meeting times, the name “Foyle” and “lunch at Grosvenor Ho.[use]”, where it is known he gave a lecture on Magick in 1932: “In September 1932 Crowley was invited to a literary luncheon by Christina Foyle. Christina Foyle’s owned Foyle’s bookshop in London and held a literary lunch every year. This was a small coup for Crowley, to be invited as the guest of honour and speaker. Crowley spoke on The Philosophy of Magick which was well received. A queue of women formed at the end of the luncheon to have him autograph their books.” Marlene Peckwood, The Feng Shui Journey of Mr Aleister Crowley, 2012, p. 205. Inscribed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-1522327231587

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Equinox; The Official Organ of the A: Crowley, Aleister

Crowley, Aleister

Published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. / Privately Printed / Wieland & Co, London (1913)

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About this Item: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. / Privately Printed / Wieland & Co, London, 1913. First edition. 4to. 10 volumes. Illustrations. Thick card covered boards, very good set. (32782). Seller Inventory # 1711

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Crowley, Aleister (here as George Archibald Bishop)

Published by Leonard Smithers, Amsterdam (1898)

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About this Item: Leonard Smithers, Amsterdam, 1898. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Limited Edition/First Edition. Minor shelf/edge wear, minor sporadic foxing, owner bookplate at front pastedown, in fine binding, else tight, bright, and unmarred. Full black leather binding, 5 raised bands, gilt lettering, teg. 8vo. Numbered limited edition, this being 3 of 100. "Written by magician and occultist Aleister Crowley and published clandestinely in 1898, White Stains is a collection of verse tracing the demise of a fictitious poet, George Archibald Bishop. His biography is given in the Preface. Crowley wrote White Stains as a refutation of the psychiatrist and pioneering sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing's contention in Psychopathia Sexualis that sexual perversions are a consequence of disease. Crowley's verse, which is modelled on Decadent and Symbolist poetry, explores a range of ostensible sexual aberrations. Excerpts from several poems appear in another clandestine classic, Raped on the Railway (c. 1899)." Printed in Amsterdam, on hand-made paper, in a limited edition of 100 copies. Many of these are said to have been destroyed by British customs officials in 1924. It is well known in the trade that most of the run was unnumbered and most appear so, making this "3" just that much more pleasing. Seller Inventory # 9154

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Magick Without Tears: Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley

Published by Thelema Publishing Co., Hampton, New Jersey (1954)

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About this Item: Thelema Publishing Co., Hampton, New Jersey, 1954. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Scarce first edition in original bright red cloth ~ said to be limited to a print run of less than 100. A 1954 ink inscription on front end paper says: "For Jane from Lei " (?) dated 14: 5: 54. Front end paper and first front fly leaf creased. Second blank fly leaf has tiny tear on edge. Either an underlined phrase or small margin note in each of the five pages of Introduction. One of page wrinkled at top corner and two of pages have paper-clip impressions. Still a very nice tight, bright, clean copy in what appears to be typewritten script. A series of letters -- the last book written by English occultist Aleister Crowley. Forward by editor, Karl Germer. Seller Inventory # 222165

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The Wild Party.: CROWLEY, Aleister.) MARCH,

CROWLEY, Aleister.) MARCH, Joseph Moncure.

Published by London: Martin Secker, 1928 (1928)

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About this Item: London: Martin Secker, 1928, 1928. Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Ownership stamp in green ink to front free endpaper. Spine gently rolled and slightly faded, spine ends and tips lightly worn, covers a little marked and soiled, occasional light foxing to contents. A very good copy. First UK edition, first impression, a remarkable association copy, from the library of Aleister Crowley with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, "Aleister Crowley (a present from Montgomery Evans)". Evans was an aspiring American writer, journalist, and notable book collector, with whom Crowley had an extensive correspondence. Evans took great pleasure from his relationship with Crowley, carefully preserving his letters, many of which are now stored at the Indiana University Lilly Library. Crowley has annotated the text in a number of places (pp. 34, 58, 66, 72, and 100), often to add relevant anecdotes to the text. The most notable, on p. 34, is in response to the character of Nadine, described as, "fourteen: No man had kissed her. she knew only what had been told her". Crowley adds, in his typically provocative style, that, "This seems to me far-fetched. The drummer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (who married a Wall St broker named Norman) was masturbating her uncle at a nickel a time when she was 8: at 11 she saw she was being chiselled, and stood out for a dime. Even in 'Effete Yurrup [Europe]' Nina Olivier was seduced by her father, professor in the University of Grenoble at 11; three years later she switched to her brother; at 17 I took her on. AC". Nina Olivier was an artist's model and sometime lover of Crowley's in 1903. Of their relationship, which began in Paris, Crowley claimed, "My adoration of Nina made her the most famous girl in the quarter [Montparnasse] for a dozen years and more", adding that, "In my sunlight she had blossomed into La Dame de Montparno, the Queen of the Quarter" (Confessions of Aleister Crowley, p. 335-36). Olivier features both as a dedicatee in The Star and the Garter (1903), in the poem itself, "and also in several lyrics, notably 'The Rondel'- 'You laughing little light of wickedness'" (ibid, p. 335-36). The Wild Party was banned upon publication in the US, where it was first published in the same year, due to its decadent and explicit content. Crowley's annotations of this supposedly notorious book, however, suggest that he found the work disappointedly tame. Commenting on a passage on p. 66 in which a character asks themselves about the goings-on of an amorous couple behind closed doors, Crowley comments, "This seems strange; in my experience, people never troubled to retire in order to copulate". On the final page Crowley summarises his feelings towards the work, "And all this comes from ill-bred people aping their social superiors". Crowley additionally made a pencil notation on the front pastedown, seemingly unrelated to the text, "Pearl made a note that Gwen Thomas told you 'he can't win, because there was nothing in writing', Tex 25, Build 50, Tail 30, Resume 50 Wal., Mapl. Zachin. Rosen Amesco Whiteley, Flat 145". Seller Inventory # 126686

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The Stratagem and Other Stories.: CROWLEY, Aleister.

CROWLEY, Aleister.

Published by London: The Mandrake Press, [1929] (1929)

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About this Item: London: The Mandrake Press, [1929], 1929. Octavo. Original black cloth-backed snakeskin patterned boards, printed paper title label to spine. Spine sunned, a little wear around extremities, sides slightly rubbed. A good copy. First edition, first impression. The author's own copy, which he has signed "Aleister Crowley Library copy" on the front free endpaper. Crowley has corrected a couple of passages in ink. The book passed following Crowley's death to his friend and executor, the novelist Louis Wilkinson, with his re-presentation inscription underneath: "For Grace Lewis from Louis Wilkinson, to whom it passed his executor". Crowley and Wilkinson had first met in around 1907, though it was not until 1915, when they were both living in America, that they became close friends. Wilkinson never subscribed to Crowley's teachings, but still admired him, stating that: "My chief feeling about him is one of personal gratitude, for I have known very few who, as persons, have impressed me more or rewarded me more than he did" (cited in Marlow, Seven Friends, 1953, p. 64). Seller Inventory # 127840

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The Star in the West: A Critical: Fuller, Captain J.

Fuller, Captain J. F. C.; Crowley, Aleister

Published by The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd, London (1907)

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About this Item: The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd, London, 1907. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Signed limited edition. Copy #44 of 100 numbered copies, signed by Aleister Crowley and Captain J. F. C. Fuller. Near fine, with cloth lightly soiled, toning to the spine, light foxing to free end sheets, and light staining to title and contents page. A lovely copy, with gilt remaining bright. Fuller was an enthusiastic Crowley supporter and a leading member in his magical order. Seller Inventory # 160623007

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CROWLEY ALEISTER

Published by Hamton (1954)

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About this Item: Hamton, 1954. Hard Cover. First Edition. (Hampton: New Jersey Thelema Publishing Company 1954). First US Edition. Publisher’s red cloth with gilt lettering. Issued without a D/W. A VG++ copy with just a hint of edge-wear. A scarce posthumous collection of 80 letters, edited by Karl Germer, written by Crowley in the 1940’s to various students of magic on a variety of topics. Said to have had a print run of less than 100 copies. Includes a single page prospectus (in fine condition) for this book of approximately 25 lines of text, presumably written by Germer, reproduced from a typescript onto one side of an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of buff-coloured paper. Seller Inventory # 355490713911

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The Scrutinies of Simon Iff.: CROWLEY, Aleister.] KELLY,

CROWLEY, Aleister.] KELLY, Edward.

Published by Holliston, MA: Privately printed by Everett Bleiler, 1954 (1954)

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About this Item: Holliston, MA: Privately printed by Everett Bleiler, 1954, 1954. Octavo (178 x 122 mm), 98 pp., printed in typescript on both sides. Original multi-coloured patterned cloth, handwritten cream paper label to spine in red and black. With a glassine jacket. Occasional corrections in Blieler's hand to the text, in blue ink. Tips a touch rubbed, a couple of very small marks to front cover, first gathering slightly loose but holding, occasional finger-marking. A near-fine copy in the glassine jacket with slight loss to front cover. Manuscript title page in black ink. A beautiful and intimate association copy between two of the most important names in the supernatural book collecting world. One of only two copies, typed and bound by noted editor and science fiction bibliographer Everett Bleiler, and sent by Bleiler to the writer and bibliophile Vincent Starrett (1886–1974), whom Bleiler described as "America's last bookman". Subsequently bearing Starrett's bookplate to the front pastedown, his ownership inscription to half-title, dated 17 December 1954, and a pencilled note in his hand on the rear pastedown, "Only two copies, typed and bound by Everett Bleiler", with Starrett's initials below. This typed work collects together The Scrutinies of Simon Iff, a collection of short detective stories published throughout 1917 in The International magazine. Crowley published these stories under the pseudonym of Edward Kelly, likely after the Elizabethan occultist and alchemist of the same name. Laid in is a typewritten letter from Bleiler to Starrett, dated 3 December 1954, and bearing Bleiler's initials in manuscript. In it, Bleiler relates how this work was "the result of a tip you gave me several years ago", which had led him to look up "a partial set of the old INTERNATIONAL" in Harvard Library, and subsequently discover these stories. This work collects together four stories: Big Game (September 1917), The Artistic Temperament (October 1917), Outside the Bank's Routine (November 1917), and The Conduct of John Briggs (December 1917). Bleiler comments to Starrett that, "each story seems to me a little better than its predecessor", and that, "Edward Kelly can be very interesting at times. Too bad that he let Aleister Crowley interfere so much". Crowley, notably, only warranted one, not so favourable, entry in Bleiler's seminal bibliography The Guide to Supernatural Fiction (p. 132). The Scrutinies of Simon Iff was first published in book form in 1987 by the Teitan Press. The Guide to Supernatural Fiction, p. 471. Seller Inventory # 126693

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Moonchild: Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley

Published by Mandrake Press, London (1929)

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About this Item: Mandrake Press, London, 1929. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. HARDBACK - A very good or better book, free of any previous owner names or inscriptions. A touch of light foxing to the page block, but the inner text is very clean indeed. The books boards are very clean indeed with the gilt lettering to the spine bright and un-faded. The dust wrapper is a very good example with loss to the spine tips, more so to the crown, with light loss to the corners of the front and rear flap folds. A clean example, as is the book. Seller Inventory # 001390

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Regardie, Israel. [Aleister Crowley]

Published by Llewellyn Publications, Saint Paul, Minnesota (1970)

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About this Item: Llewellyn Publications, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1970. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 1970. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Presentation Copy. 8vo., A near fine copy in the publisher's black cloth, gilt - in a lightly used dustwrapper. Regardie has warmly inscribed this book to Ursula Greville: "For Ursula / who did some editing on this magnum opus / Love, Francis." {Regardie dedicated AHA! to Ursula Greville a 'loving, generous, devoted friend of many years who, like Aleister Crowley changed the entire course of my life.'} This is a stated First Edition / First Printing. There is some light wear to the board's extremities & to the crown and foot of the book's spine. There are three small page notations on the final free endpaper. The dustwrapper is not price clipped; with the original publisher's price of $10.00 still intact on the front flap. There is a 1" x 2" chip missing from the top right corner of the front panel and a 2" closed tear in the same area. There are several small chips missing from the crown of the DJ's spine. "Aleister Crowley has for years been reviled by the public media as 'The Most Evil Man in the World.' And he has for years been hailed by a small handful of scholars as the greatest of modern mystics, the 'Prophet of a New Aeon.' Now, The Eye in the Triangle appears to clear up some aspects of the dual mystery. In this book Israel Regardie examines the life and work of Aleister Crowley from a sympathetically objective point of view. Many of Crowley's loveliest and holiest works are quoted from sources long out of print. The Eye in the Triangle is essential to an understanding not only of Crowley but of all modern magic and occultism." -- from the book's dustwrapper. Seller Inventory # 26938

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CROWLEY, Aleister

Published by London: Kegan, Paul, Trench and Trubner. 1902 (1902)

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About this Item: London: Kegan, Paul, Trench and Trubner. 1902, 1902. First edition. One of a run of 500 copies on laid paper [a further 6 copies were printed on vellum]. 4to. Publisher's white linen spine over blue paper covered boards. Slight rubbing to extremities, edge chipping to the white paper title label, some soiling of the white linen, some scuffing to edges and a couple of slight scratches to the front board, not penetrating the paper. A very good copy. Internally clean with light spotting, most noticeable to prelims. Last third or so of pages unopened. A strong handsome copy of a rare piece of Crowley. Legend has it that the Major Therion himself wrote this piece of teutonic drama in a single 67 hour frenzy of composition. It seems to have been met with rather grim critical response at the time, although all agreed that it was a nicely produced volume.: "Such magnificence of paper, print, and margin, that we trust we are right in assuming that he is possessed of material wealth even greater than the wealth of languages, which he displays so profusely throughout the volume. With all these attractions, he nevertheless fails to stir at all deeply. -The Pall Mall Gazette, date unknown." And my personal favourite: " We are not sure that Mr. Aleister Crowley treats life as a sacrament, because we do not understand him. -The Daily Chronicle, date unknown." Comprehensible or not, Mr. Crowley was nothing if not impossible to ignore. A distinguished copy of a scarce work. Seller Inventory # 42785

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The Collected Works.: CROWLEY, Aleister.

CROWLEY, Aleister.

Published by Foyers: The Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth, 1905–7 (1905)

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About this Item: Foyers: The Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth, 1905–7, 1905. 3 volumes, octavo. Printed on India paper. Original limp vellum, titles to front covers gilt, top edges gilt others uncut, green silk ties. Housed in a black cloth slipcase. Ties perished, hinges cracked, vellum dusty and typically lightly bowed. An excellent set. Portrait in each volume. First edition, sole printing, in the deluxe first issue format in three separate vellum-bound volumes. Seller Inventory # 28609

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CROWLEY, Aleister [ Clifford Bias association copy ].

Published by The Mandrake Press, London (1929)

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About this Item: The Mandrake Press, London, 1929. First edition. Hardcovers. 2 Volumes. Each Quarto size. viii + 284pp. & viii + 308pp, Original white buckram, gilt titles and sigils on spines, stunning reproduction of a self-portrait sketch by Crowley and his "phallic 'A' signature" stamped in black on top board of each volume. Bevelled edges to boards. Teg. Printed on fine "Jap vellum." Portrait frontispiece in each volume, plus numerous plates & diagrams, and a map. Errata slip at rear of second volume. Vol. II has an inscription: "To Charles Burnham / in friendship and / occult brother hood - / Clifford Bias" (see further below). The first edition of Crowley's famous 'Confessions.' Crowley had originally intended that the work would be published in six volumes, but only two of these had been published before the Great Depression and various internal disputes led to the demise of the publishers. The project languised uncompleted throughout Crowley's lifetime, and it was not until 1969 that the Confessions were issued in a single volume edition, edited by John Symonds and Kenneth Grant. Whilst the single volume edition includes much of the text of the first two volumes (and of course that of the latter four) it is nonetheless an abridgement. These original volumes include a considerable amount of text, and many photographs - particularly pertaining to Crowley's travels and mountaineering exploits - that were not reproduced in the later single volume. Clifford Bias (1910-1987), who inscribed the book was a well known American Spiritualist, founder of the Universal Spiritualist Association, who increasingly embraced magick and in the 1950s founded the Ancient Mystical Order of Seekers (A.M.O.S.) as a serious magical study group. He was the author of numerous books including "Qabalah, Tarot and the Western Mystery: 22 Connecting Paths on the Tree of Life," "The Way Back: A New Age Approach to the Western Mystery Tradition" and the "Ritual Book of Magic" (Samuel Weiser, 1981). We have been unable to identify the particular Charles Burnham mentioned, but judging by the text of the inscription he was likely a fellow member of A.M.O.S. The volumes have a faint incense smell. The white cloth on this set is unusually clean, although there is still some occasional discoloration. Gilt to spines quite faded, Vol. I a little leaned. Corners of boards lightly bumped and cloth fraying at points. Small (barely visible) puncture to upper-section of top joint of Vol.I. , page edges slightly darkened, endpapers unevenly browned, a little shadowing to the title page from the portraits (as common). Still overall a tight, better than VG set No dustjackets (none issued). Seller Inventory # 60721

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CROWLEY, Aleister.

Published by London: W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd, 1922 (1922)

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About this Item: London: W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd, 1922, 1922. Octavo. Original blue cloth, title and double rules to spine and front cover in red. Spine slightly faded, short superficial split to cloth at foot of rear joint, some rubbing to spine ends and extremities. An excellent copy in bright cloth. First edition, first impression, of Crowley's first published book, and scarce in such nice condition. Seller Inventory # 115009

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Crowley, Aleister.

Published by London; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co Ltd, 1902. (1902)

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About this Item: London; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co Ltd, 1902., 1902. FIRST EDITION, one of only 500 copies. Quarto pp 142, [2] catalogue. Quarter white linen with paper title label to spine and indigo paper-covered boards. Printed compliments slip from the Author loosely inserted. Spine lightly soiled and boards partially sunned, with bumps and wear to edges and corners. Title label toned with minor loss to edge. Inner hinges cracked but firm; endpapers toned; scattered light foxing. No annotation or inscriptions. Play based upon Richard Wagner's "Tannhauser", written whilst Crowley was living in Mexico and experimenting with ceremonial magic in the style of John Dee. Scarce, particularly with the Author's compliments slip which (since they were laid-in rather than tipped-in) most copies likely do not retain. Seller Inventory # 5861

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Konx Om Pax: Crowley, Aleister

Crowley, Aleister

Published by Walter Scott Publishing Co./ Society For The Propagation Of Religious Truth, London/Boleskine (1907)

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About this Item: Walter Scott Publishing Co./ Society For The Propagation Of Religious Truth, London/Boleskine, 1907. Hardcover. Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. Square 8vo. Pp xii, 108. 12 page publisher's list. Portrait frontis with author's signature below (facsimile or holograph?) Original cloth with elaborate titling in white to front cover. This design chipped with some loss. Wear to head and foot of spine. Small area of scratching/gouging to cloth on upper rear cover with some loss of cloth. Hand made paper. No. 80/500 copies printed. Seller Inventory # 05283

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Crowley, Aleister

Published by The Mandrake Press, London (1929)

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About this Item: The Mandrake Press, London, 1929. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Volume 1: 284 pages. Volume 2: 307 pages. Pages are in very good, clean condition. Edges, endpapers and title pages slightly yellowed. Top edges gilt. Top corner of pages in volume 2 are lightly bumped and creased. Portrait frontispiece in each volume, plus numerous plates. Errata Note to volume 2 intact. White cloth covers with a black line drawing and titles on the upper boards. Gilt titles and emblem on the spines. Spines have darkened slightly. Bevelled edges. Corners on volume 1 are lightly bumped. Two top corners of volume 2 are bumped and creased. Boards on both volumes are lightly soiled. Bindings good and tight. Scarce. VERY GOOD Size: 7 1/2 x 11. Seller Inventory # T00543

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Oracles: The Biography of an Art: Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley

Published by Society for the Propapgation of Religious Truth, Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness (1905)

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About this Item: Society for the Propapgation of Religious Truth, Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness, 1905. Original Wraps. Condition: Collectible; Very Good. 1st. A very solid copy of the 1905 1st edition. Clean and VG+ in its dark-green wrappers, with bright, unrubbed lettering along the spine. Just a light, very small trace of scuffing at the panels and minor foxing to the endsheets. Internally, tight and otherwise near-immaculate, with crisp white pages. Octavo, deckled edges. The final page (the subscription page to "The Works of Aleister Crowley") is firmly in place and showing just 5-10% separation from its perforation. Seller Inventory # 9795

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The Diary of a Drug Fiend: CROWLEY, Aleister

CROWLEY, Aleister

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About this Item: W. Collins Sons & Co, London, 1922. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. London, W. Collins Sons & Co., 1922 [first edition]. Dark blue cloth, lettered and ruled in red; extremities lightly rubbed and bumped; edges lightly foxed; flyleaves offset; an excellent copy. The first edition of Crowley's first published novel, a tale of addiction and the occult, rarely found in such appealing condition. Seller Inventory # 110818

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ORPHEUS A Lyrical Legend, Volumes One and: Crowley, Aleister

Crowley, Aleister

Published by Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth -- Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness (1905)

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About this Item: Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth -- Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness, 1905. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Two volumes apparently both First Editions dated 1905 on title page with no other printings indicated; page edges uncut internally FINE condition; bound in light cream-colored paper-covered boards with light tan cloth backstrips, small paper title labels; corners lightly bumped, paper-covered boards lightly age-toned, small sliver from one spine label, see photos; no ownership marks, condition very nice. Seller Inventory # 020329

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Therion, The Master [Aleister Crowley].

Published by Lecram Press: Paris nd (c 1929) (1929)

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About this Item: Lecram Press: Paris nd (c 1929), 1929. 4 volumes. 11.25 x 7.75, pict wraps, 436 pp, covers with minor wear and soiling, spine sunned with pencil volume numbers, each volume with book ticket from Foyles in London. FIRST ED, IN ORIGINAL WRAPS. Seller Inventory # 99-1213

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Crowley, Aleister

Published by COLLINS, LONDON (1922)

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About this Item: COLLINS, LONDON, 1922. HARD BACK BLUE. FIRST ED. General shelf wear, rubbed cover, cracked hinge, slightly shaken binding, faded spine, and few small white spots on cover. Crowley's first published book. DATE PUBLISHED: 1922 EDITION: FIRST ED 368 FAIR+ FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION. Seller Inventory # 054838

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CROWLEY, Aleister, et al ] .

Published by Universal Publishing Company, Detroit, Michigan (1919)

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About this Item: Universal Publishing Company, Detroit, Michigan, 1919. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 308 + 132pp. (+ viii pp adverts.) Later dark blue half leather binding, over textured paper boards, with gilt titling to spine. Patterned endpapers. Color frontis portrait of Crowley by Leon Engers Kennedy, and color reproduction of Crowley's painting May Morn, with original captioned tissue guards plus 5 black and white plates. Rubricated title page. From the library of Ray G. Burlingame (1893-1965) 'Frater Aquarius,' a IX degree member of the Agape Lodge of the O.T.O., with his stylised ownership inscription, including his magical name and numbers, following the text of "The Message of the Master Therion." The volume was eventually inherited by Burlinghame's daughter, Laylah M. Burlingame, (1943-2008) from whom it was purchased directly by the previous owner. Aleister Crowley was the editor and principal author of most of the "The Equinox" series, which contained a variety of poetry, fiction, and reviews - generally with esoteric themes - alongside a number of articles of occult instruction. The "Blue Equinox" - as this number became known - was arguably the last of the "real" Equinoxes to be published during Crowley's lifetime. He continued to use the volume and number designations of the Equinox series, but for what were effectively separate monographs, quite different in most respects to the original journals. This volume includes five black and white photographic portraits, as well as color reproductions of Crowley's painting "May Morn" and the color portrait of him by Leon Engers Kennedy. The text comprises a number of magical books ("Libers") amongst which Liber LXV, Crowley's Gnostic Catholic Mass, the publication of which caused considerable outcry, and calls for the "Blue Equinox" to be banned, as well as providing inspiration to James Branch Cabell who adapted part of it for use in his equally-contentious, but best-selling novel, "Jurgen." Blavatsky's "The Voice of Silence" with Crowley's commentary to it are appended as a "special supplement" and other texts include Crowley's "Hymn to Pan," various book reviews, etc. etc. Just a little light rubbing to the boards, pages uniformly browned, as common with this edition, still a tight, clean, VG + copy with and important provenance. Seller Inventory # 45890

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