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Golden Twigs

Golden Twigs by Aleister Crowley

Golden Twigs by Aleister Crowley

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Eight tales by Crowley, dramatizing mythical and legendary themes drawn from J. G. Frazer’s The Golden Bough.

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The Drug and Other Stories

The Drug and Other Stories by Aleister Crowley

The Drug and Other Stories by Aleister Crowley

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With an introduction by William Breeze and a foreword by David Tibet.

This volume brings together the uncollected short fiction of the poet, writer and religious philosopher Aleister Crowley (1875–1947). Crowley was a successful critic, editor and author of fiction from 1908 to 1922, and his short stories are long overdue for discovery. Of the forty-nine stories in the present volume, only thirty were published in his lifetime. Most of the rest appear here for the first time.

Like their author, Crowley’s stories are fun, smart, witty, thought-provoking and sometimes unsettling. They are set in places he had lived and knew well: Belle Epoque Paris, Edwardian London, pre-revolutionary Russia and America during the first World War. The title story ‘The Drug’ stands as one of the first—if not the first—accounts of a psychedelic experience. His ‘Black and Silver’ is a knowing early noir discovery that anticipates an entire genre. ‘Atlantis’ is a masterpiece of occult fantasy, a dark satire that can stand with Samuel Butler’s Erewhon. Frank Harris considered ‘The Testament of Magdalen Blair’ the most terrifying tale ever written.

Extensive editorial end-notes give full details about the stories.

The Poem of Hashish, translated by Aleister Crowley

The Poem of Hashish by Charles Baudelaire, translated by Aleister Crowley

The Poem of Hashish by Charles Baudelaire, translated by Aleister Crowley

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Translated from the French by Aleister Crowley for The Equinox, March 1910. Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), author of the 1857 collection of poetry Les Fleurs du Mal, participated in the infamous “Club des Hachichins” along with such literary figures as Théophile Gautier, Alexandre Dumas and Honoré de Balzac in the 1840s. In this essay he recounts his observations of the effects of the herb, along with his critical evaluation of the spiritual and moral dangers of hashish.

Liber AL, Illuminated by Susan Jameson

Liber AL vel Legis: The Book of the Law, illuminated by Susan Jameson

Liber AL vel Legis: The Book of the Law, illuminated by Susan Jameson

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This certainly one of the most impressive editions of The Book of the Law/ Liber Al vel Legis, ever published. The transcribed chapters of the Book of the Law have an elaborate illuminated border drawn on each page by artist Susan E. Jameson, around the text in full colour. Each page has a different illuminated border, with some striking art work, rich in symbolic content, and offering an initiated interpretation of the text. In addition to the illuminated text, there is a facsimile of Crowley’s original manuscript of Liber Al, in red ink, at the rear of the book. Unlike most editions of the Book of the Law, which are quite small, this has been published in a large format, with A4 sized pages, which makes it all the more impressive, with the stunning illuminated artwork, featuring on every single-sided page. This very rare edition of this important grimoire, would make a magnificent addition to any Thelemic or occult library. It is highly sought after, and becoming increasingly hard to find.

Neptune Press, London, 2004. First Edition Thus. Limited to 500 copies – hand numbered #247. Hardcover Very Good + No Jacket (as issued) Large 4to, green gilt titled cloth, title page printed in red & black, facsimile of Crowley’s writing of Liber Al in red ink at the rear of the book. Measures: 28.5 cm x 22 cm (11″ x 9″)

Levi’s History of Magic, annotated by Crowley

History of Magic annotated by Aleister Crowley

Eliphas Levi's "History of Magic" annotated by Aleister Crowley: $8000

Aleister Crowley’s personal copy of The History of Magic, written by Eliphas Levi, translated to English by A.E. Waite, and heavily annotated by Aleister Crowley : $8000 :  http://bit.ly/bpp626

Be sure to click through and view additional images, which include several pages of Crowley’s interesting annotations.

London: William Rider & Son, Limited, 1913.

Octavo, 16 x 23 cm. xxxvi,[536pp].

First edition. Association copy: Aleister Crowley’s copy, signed by him and with his extensive annotations throughout the book. Original dark blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt, front board stamped in gilt and blind. Illustrated with 20 black-and-white plates, including a portrait frontispiece. Translated from the original French by A. E. Waite. Housed in a custom dark-blue, cloth-covered Solander box with a gilt-stamped leather label on the spine.

The book contains more than 180 pages bearing Crowley’s penciled annotations, many of them scornful and deprecating toward Waite’s translative efforts. Crowley has signed the book on page 304, and his initials (as A.C., 666, or A.A.) appear on pages 135, 357, and 528. Some of the pages are covered with Crowley’s commentary and esoteric symbols, and many passages have been marked with brackets and/or underlining.

Crowley’s early interest in occultism led him to seek Arthur Waite’s guidance and tutelage, and though at one point Waite and Crowley were both peers of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, they — like so many other members of that secretive society — parted ways acrimoniously, fueling a rivalry that persisted for years and that is very much in evidence in these annotations. Crowley himself claimed to be the reincarnation of Eliphas Levi, and many of his own writings were inspired by that prominent 19th Century French magician, originally known as Alphonse Louis Constant.

This book has a secondary association, having once belonged to the Anglo-Welsh composer and music critic Philip Heseltine, a.k.a. Peter Warlock, and his signature (dated 1916) appears in ink on the front paste-down. In addition to Crowley’s numerous penciled scribblings, there are more than two dozen examples of annotations (both in ink and pencil) in handwriting other than Crowley’s. The boards and joints are rubbed, the corners and spine ends are worn, and the book has a slight cigarette smoke odor. Although there are a few places where the binding is cracked and the gutter exposed, thus leaving the binding somewhat shaken, the book is still sound and is overall a most extraordinary and unique association copy.

Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics

Dr. Marco Pasi

Dr. Marco Pasi

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This much anticipated English translation of Dr. Marco Pasi’s scholarly exploration of Crowley’s political influence will be available in October, 2010, and is now available for pre-order from Equinox Publishing.

The figure of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) is one of the most important authors in the history of modern western esotericism. A prolific and eclectic author, he wrote novels, poetry, essays, and, above all, developed in his many writings his personal magico-religious doctrine. During his life he had the opportunity to meet, and at times to influence, a considerable number of figures in the most various milieus. This volume contains a study of Crowley’s relationship with the politics of his times, a crucial issue in order to understand the importance and the influence of his work.

Crowley, educated in the late Victorian age, shows many of the contradictions of this period. The search for an alternative way to express his religious feelings lead him to elaborate his own vision of political and social radical change. He announced a new era echoing the ideal of a “new man” proposed by the totalitarian regimes and the radical politics of his times, and at the same time anticipated some ideas made fashionable today by the “New Age” spirituality. The book follows the steps of Crowley’s intellectual development on the basis of the enormous corpus of published writings, but also through the analysis of numerous unpublished documents.

Marco Pasi is Professor in History of Hermetic philosophy and related currents. He holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Milan, and a PhD in Religious studies from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris). He has focused his research mainly on the relationship between modern esotericism and politics, on the history of the idea of magic, and on methodological issues related to the study of Western esotericism. He is a member of the editorial board of Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism and Politica Hermetica.

Crowley Collection Sale

Aleister Crowley Books at Germ Books

Germ Books Crowley Collection

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Germ Books just uploaded a collection of Crowley books for sale, including 777, Konx Om Pax, I Ching, The Vision & The Voice, Vol 2 of  Collected Works, and more at great prices.

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