Aleister Crowley’s “White Stains”
An entirely new edition, illustrated by Fredrik Söderberg. Printed in four colours, hardbound with dustjacket.
UPDATE! Now available for pre-order; find your regional dealer at www.edda.se
Release evening: Wednesday, September 7 · 5:00pm – 8:00pm, at:Milliken Gallery Luntmakargatan 78, 113 51 Stockholm Sweden
“English poet-magician Aleister Crowley published White Stains in 1898, an era of intense creativity for the budding magus-to-be. The original edition of a mere 100 copies was printed in Amsterdam with the help of Leonard Smithers (publisher of Beardsley, Wilde, Burton et al). Part of the edition was later ‘appropriated’ and destroyed by English Customs officers, due to the erotic nature of the poems. In a Victorian Zeitgeist that found Oscar Wilde intensely shocking, Aleister Crowley of course took everything one step further. The virile sexual force stemming from Crowley’s pen is but one of his trademark traits here. In this early collection, we also find examples of his remarkable wit, a thorough understanding of psycho-sexual dynamics, bombastic expressions of lyrical love, as well as his beloved Swinburnean structures of classical poetry. White Stains really is Crowley at his youthful best.”
Edited and with an introduction by William Breeze. This edition contains six stunning watercolour paintings by Fredrik Söderberg, reproduced in full colour.
Edda Bok, 2011. Hardbound book with dustjacket, 128 pages, 11 x 18 cm. Limited edition of 418 numbered copies.
A limited art edition of the book will also be available for purchase at Milliken Gallery on the night of the release: 43 copies in slipcase, with a screenprint by Söderberg.
Release date: September 7, 2011.