Exhibition of Playing Cards The Tarot (Book of Thoth) 78 Paintings According to the Initiated Tradition and Modern Scientific Thought with other Occult and Alchemical Designs [ Cover title: Exhibition of Occult and Alchemical Designs for the Cards of the Tarot of the Egyptians ]. Aleister CROWLEY, Frieda Harris, Lady Harris.
Exhibition of Playing Cards The Tarot (Book of Thoth) 78 Paintings According to the Initiated Tradition and Modern Scientific Thought with other Occult and Alchemical Designs [ Cover title: Exhibition of Occult and Alchemical Designs for the Cards of the Tarot of the Egyptians ].

Exhibition of Playing Cards The Tarot (Book of Thoth) 78 Paintings According to the Initiated Tradition and Modern Scientific Thought with other Occult and Alchemical Designs [ Cover title: Exhibition of Occult and Alchemical Designs for the Cards of the Tarot of the Egyptians ].

NP (London): Private, ND (1941). First Edition - Second Issue. Softcover, Octavo. 8 x 5 inches (21 x 12.5 cm). 20pp. Booklet stapled in original wrappers. The upper wrapper reproduces in colour an early design of the tarot trump, "The Magician" (when the deck was eventually published the title was changed to 'The Magus' and a much different design used). A catalogue produced to accompany the first exhibition of the designs for the Thoth cards, which was supposed to have been held at the Nicholson and Venn Galleries, in Oxford, in June 1941. At the last moment Nicholson and Venn withdrew from the arrangement - presumably fearing adverse publicity - and Frieda Harris was forced to hold the exhibition in hastily hired rooms at a nearby hotel. Crowley was understandably furious with the gallery, who he also accused of keeping valuable mail of his, and in a letter to Harris wrote "I would like a package of catalogues, with the names of any liars and thieves cut out." Harris obliged, removing the bottom half of the title page of the catalog - that is the section on which the name, address and other details of now-loathed gallery appeared. She appears to have clipped most copies of the catalogue: they are seldom seen 'unclipped.' It begins with a two-page introduction, 'The Tarot (Book of Thoth)' which is followed by a brief description of the main attributes of each of the 78 cards. The text is unsigned, but was apparently written up from notes provided by Crowley. The booklet was originally from the estate of Edward Bryant (1920-1998), a friend of Frieda Harris' and acquaintance of Crowley's who had a life-long interest in the occult, helped organise the Thoth Tarot card exhibitions in 1941 and 1942, and had a role in the publication of "The Book of Thoth" as well as in the composition of the "letters" which would form the book later published as "Magick Without Tears." From the collection of Clive Harper who is well-known as the bibliographer of Austin Osman Spare, for updating the Aleister Crowley bibliography in the 2011 Teitan Press collection of Gerald Yorke's writings, and as someone who has lent his expertise to numerous other publications. Title page clipped (as noted above). All else VG.+. Item #65120

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