Konx Om Pax; Essays in Light
Konx Om Pax; Essays in Light

Konx Om Pax; Essays in Light

Boleskine & London: SPRT / Walter Scott Publishing, 1907. First Edition - First Issue. Hardcover, Squarish Octavo. (8" x 6 3/4"), Original black buckram, with intricate highly stylized design of book's title stamped in white on top board. xii [+ ii] + 108pp [+ 12 pp adverts] . Frontis. Title page in red and black. Edition limited to 500 numbered and signed copies, of which this is number 86. Signed by Crowley in pencil under frontispiece portrait. Apparently only about 500 sets of sheets of "Konx Om Pax" were printed, of which about half were bound in black buckram with white printing (symbolising light out of darkness), constituting the first issue. The remaining sheets were later bound in gilt stamped white buckram, and thus comprise the second issue. Signed and numbered copies are somewhat uncommon as Crowley was very off-hand about numbering and signing the book, and probably two-thirds of the copies in circulation are neither signed nor numbered. The book is a collection of poetry, plays and essays and was clearly one of Crowley's own favorite works. He wrote glowingly of it in his 'Confessions', in particular describing the final essay 'The Stone of the Philosophers' as being "really beyond praise." Yorke 56. Cloth rubbed and lightly bumped around the edges, with the white lettering on the front board quite heavily chipped in places. Endpapers browned and a little grubby and there is an old professional repair (barely noticeable) where the inside hinges having been reinforced, but still preserving the original endpapers. Light shadow offset from portrait to title page as always, a few slightly grubby marks to the pages, and a little flecking. Otherwise about a near-VG copy of a scarce signed work. Item #43451

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