Two pages of rough drawings, apparently showing designs for tarot spreads. Presumably related to the preparation of the Book of Thoth. Aleister CROWLEY.

Two pages of rough drawings, apparently showing designs for tarot spreads. Presumably related to the preparation of the Book of Thoth.

[London]: NP, circa 1944. Two 8" x 10" sheets of cheap typing paper, with rough pencil drawings of Tarot spreads on the rectos only of each. A few words in Crowley's handwriting: "Trumps, 3 mothers elements, 7 double planets, 12 singles zodiac," on one page, and the word "Suit" twice on the other. From the collection of Edward Noel Fitzgerald, (1908-1958), also known as Frater Agape, a IX degree member of the O.T.O. He had been a friend and follower of Crowley's, and remained friends with Harris after The Beast's death. The two met via Crowley, and were part of the small circle in Britain in the 1950s who continued to take an interest in his work. Harris supplied FitzGerald with a small collection of material relating to the preparation and exhibition of the Thoth tarot designs, and the publication of "The Book of Thoth." It is from that collection that this item came. Like all our material the authenticity of these manuscript items is 100% guaranteed, and they come with a certificate of authenticity. Despite Crowley's interest in the subject manuscript material connecting Crowley with the tarot - especially with the practical aspect like the spread rather than the design of the cards - is genuinely rare. Light creases from having been folded. The cheap paper has browned, and there is some creasing and a few short tears to the edges. Still VG condition. Item #32791

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