The Loving Ballad of John Anthony Long. Aleister CROWLEY.

The Loving Ballad of John Anthony Long.

Undated - circa late 1940s. First Edition. A single page mimeographed poem. Mimeographed (or otherwise mechanically reproduced) on a single 8 x 10 inch buff colored sheet. Crowley wrote two versions of this 'poem' - one of which was quite obscene (its first line being "I was bxxxxxing a boy in the black out") whilst the other was simply quite dubious - although obviously those of his acquaintance 'in the know' would be aware that by substituting certain phrases in the text a whole different meaning would be give to the verse. Crowley intended to publish the second, seemingly innocuous version in his Olla (1946) but the printers apparently smelled the proverbial rat (verse with obscene word switches were quite popular during the war) and refused to include it. This mimeographed edition gives the text of the non-obscene version, and was apparently produced by Crowley for personal distribution to recipients of Olla who he felt would appreciate it. 'A recent photocopy with the text of the obscene version is included gratis. VG condition. Item #31903

Price: $75.00

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