666 Sex and the O.T.O. [ A Signed Typescript ]. Gerald YORKE, Aleister Crowley - related works.

666 Sex and the O.T.O. [ A Signed Typescript ].

NP, ND (circa 1950). An original typescript: seven leaves of quarto typing paper (10 x 8 inches), each leaf typed on the recto only. SIGNED by Yorke next to the title, and with his manuscript corrections in pencil and ink. This essay: the title of which is relatively self-explanatory - was written by Yorke in the late 1940s or early 1950s, but remained unpublished until it appeared as the Introduction to the Level Press edition of Crowley's "De Arte Magica" (1974). It has since been reprinted, with the permission of Yorke's estate, in "Aleister Crowley, The Golden Dawn and Buddhism. Reminiscences and Writings of Gerald Yorke" (2011) and has also had the dubious honour of being pirated at least twice: once by Gregory von Seewald and his Headland Press as an anonymously published booklet (2005) and most recently by the "Hell Fire Club" in the collection "Amor Divina" (2018). The author, Gerald Yorke ("Frater Volo Intellegere": 1901-1983) was a great occult scholar and bibliophile, who for a short time in the late 1920s and early 1930s was Aleister Crowley's chief disciple. In later life Yorke played a crucial role in preserving Crowley's literary legacy as well as in the publication of works on the occult and Eastern religions, editing and commissioning works for a number of British publishers from the 1950s through 1970s. The text of the typescript is basically that which appears in the published editions, though there are a few minor variances. The typescript was given by Yorke to another former Crowley associate, Edward Noel Fitzgerald (1908-1958), Frater Agape, a IX degree member of the O.T.O., long-time friend of Aleister Crowley's, and - for a few brief years before his death - Karl Germer's representative in the U.K. Both Yorke and FitzGerald were part of the small group of former friends and acquaintances of Crowley's who remained in contact after his death. Both men worked on bibliographies of Crowley's work, Yorke's was published in John Symnond's "The Great Beast" and FitzGeralds in Charles Richard Cammell's "Aleister Crowley, The Man, The Mage, The Poet." FitzGerald's papers and much of his library was acquired from his estate by Weiser Antiquarian Books in 2007, this typescript was part of that collection. The pages are yellowed and with a few tea spots and there is a fingernail-sized burn in the margin of the right hand edge, causing the loss of a few letters of type on each leaf. It woudn't be surprising if this was Yorke's own doing: he smoked a pipe which was notoriously difficult to keep alight, but which nonetheless managed to regularly set fire to things around it. In one incident recounted by Timothy D'Arch Smith Yorke was apparently so engrossed in a Hockley manuscript he was examining that he put his pipe into his pocket while it was still alight, setting his jacket, and almost himself, on fire. Obviously used - in addition to the small burn-hole the document has suffered a few tea splashes shows general signs of age. Still overall about VG condition. Item #32009

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