Gargoyles. Aleister CROWLEY.


London: First Impressions, 1992. Edition Deluxe. Hardcover. Small 8vo. vi + 104pp. Black quarter leather, over cloth boards. Gilt stamping to spine. All edges gilt. Edition deluxe of this "First Impressions" reprint, limited to 50 hand-numbered copies. "Gargoyles" was originally published in an edition of 363 copies in 1906. The book is a collection of verse by Crowley, dedicated to a romantic interest named Lola who he met just as he was about to break up with his wife Rose: "At Coulsdon, at the very moment when my conjugal cloudburst was impending, I had met one of the most exquisitely beautiful young girls, by English standards, that ever breathed and blushed. She did not appeal to me only as a man; she was the very incarnation of my dreams as a poet. Her name was Vera; but she called herself "Lola". To her I dedicated Gargoyles with a little prose poem, and the quatrain (in the spirit of Catullus) 'Kneel down, dear maiden o'mine.' It was after her that my wife called the new baby!" Appears unused, thus a Fine copy (no dustjacket - none issued). Item #43209

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