The Fun of the Fair (Nijni Novgorod, 1913 e.v.). Aleister CROWLEY.
The Fun of the Fair (Nijni Novgorod, 1913 e.v.).
The Fun of the Fair (Nijni Novgorod, 1913 e.v.).

The Fun of the Fair (Nijni Novgorod, 1913 e.v.).

London: The O.T.O., 1942. First Edition thus. Large Octavo. viii + 24pp (+ ivpp). Original thick paper wrappers. Frontis portrait. Printed at the Chiswick Press on fine mold-made paper. This edition limited to 200 signed and numbered copies. This copy is numbered but NOT signed. Crowley's reminiscences - in verse - of the bawdy spectacle of the great festival at Nijni Novgorod (Russia) which he visited in 1913. Some copies included an errata slip on the half-title and two additional poems - "Political Vote. B----y Secret" & "Landed Gentry" tipped in at the rear. Crowley had tried to get these poems, both of which are critical of "the establishment," included in the body of the book, but had been rebuffed by several printers who feared that they would be prosecuted for publishing anything that might be considered anti-government propaganda under the strict wartime censorship laws. Eventually Crowley hit upon the ploy of having a mainstream printer - his old favourite the Chiswick Press - produce the books, and having the "dubious poems" duplicated by a jobbing printer (the 1940's equivalent of a copy-shop). He then had the extra poems tipped into the rear of some of the copies of the books. The copies with extra poems tend to be those that were distributed in Britain during Crowley's lifetime (which were also normally signed by him). Those copies that were sent for distribution in America via Agape Lodge, or after his death, generally did not include the poems, probably because they were largely of local significance to the UK although Crowley may also have concerned that if sent abroad they would have been subject to increased censorial examination, and possibly confiscation. This copy, from an old US collection, does not include either poems or errata slip. Overlapping wrappers a trifle creased at the edges, as always, otherwise Fine. Item #25719

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