Item #54536 Typescripts: a collection of seven typescripts of short stories, one essay and a related letter (all apparently unpublished). Frater ACHAD, Charles Stansfeld Jones.
Typescripts: a collection of seven typescripts of short stories, one essay and a related letter (all apparently unpublished).
Typescripts: a collection of seven typescripts of short stories, one essay and a related letter (all apparently unpublished).
Typescripts: a collection of seven typescripts of short stories, one essay and a related letter (all apparently unpublished).

Typescripts: a collection of seven typescripts of short stories, one essay and a related letter (all apparently unpublished).

NP, ND (1931). Unbound typescript. 65 loose sheets, page sizes vary, but the majority are 10.5" x 8.25" on buff-coloured typing paper. A mixture of original typed and top carbon copy sheets, with occasional manuscript corrections. Now housed in a magnificent custom-made solander box. A remarkable collection of seven short stories and an essay, by Charles Stansfeld Jones, all of which appear to be unpublished. They are accompanied by a detailed, 3 page typed letter (NOT signed), to an un-named correspondent ("Dear Old Friend") whom textual evidence would suggest was a member of the Universal Brotherhood. The letter is particularly valuable in the context of the group, as in it Jones discusses the reasons for his writing (to raise money), his attempts to have the stories critiqued and published, and some of the stories themselves (as well as the content of some others, apparently lost). In addition it includes passing references to the A.'. A.'., Jones' book "QBL or the Bride's Reception," and the Universal Brotherhood ("Io Man! The M. [Mahacakra] is a structure built of Man for Man by Those Who Know that Man is made by God for God.") The stories / essays are: (1) "The Cold Mit," 4pp., a somewhat macabre short story. (2) "John Dillsworth: A Sketch," 4pp. including title-sheet; a macabre short story. (3) "Father Donohue," 10 pp including title-sheet; a short story apparently written as part of a writing assignment. (4) "Twice In The Flesh," 20 pp. including title-sheet, an autobiographical short story based on his first love affair, in Paris in 1904 (some occult content). A note in Jones' hand on the cover sheet indicates that this draft is "as finally revised and retyped and sent ..." to his literary agent / mentor. (4a) "Twice In The Flesh, [2]," 3pp.; apparently an incomplete early draft of the preceeding story. (5)"A Public Woman," 9 pp. including title-sheet; a comedy on the manipulations of an older society gentleman by a faux virgin. (6) "The Juggler," 1 p. A short piece of horror fiction. (7) "The Young Philosopher," 3 pp. including title-sheet; a humorous short story. (8) "The Writer’s Problem," 8 pp including title-sheet; an autobiographical reflection on writing fiction. Included with "The Writer’s Problem," is a printed rejection slip with a pencil note on the reverse. Four of the stories have the year 1931 on the cover sheet, and information given in the accompanying letter, and similaritiesin type, etc., indicate that the other TSS almost certainly date from the same period. Charles Stansfeld Jones (Frater Achad, 1886-1950) was for a number of years Aleister Crowley's chief disciple. For a time Crowley regarded Jones as his "magical son", born of his sex magical workings with Jeanne Foster in 1915, and also identified him as the child prophesied in "The Book of the Law," but questions and mistrust arose, and Jones' association with both Crowley and the O.T.O. became increasingly fraught until he was formally expelled from the Order by Crowley in 1936. The relationship was probably not helped by Jones having joined another esoteric group, the Universal Brotherhood, in the early 1920s. He appears to have become head ("Mahaguru") of that organization in 1928, a position which he apparently held up to his death. The typescripts are from the archives of John P. Kowal (1900–1978), Charles Stansfeld Jones' successor as Mahaguru of the Universal Brotherhood, who inherited a vast quantity of Jones' papers. At one time the pages of each individual story were obviously secured together by a paper clip (or clips) and these have left a slight rust mark and indentation in the upper left margins of the pages, otherwise VG + condition. The clamshell box in which they are housed has a spine covered with black Italian Canepetta book cloth, boards covered in paper hand marbled by Regina St. John at Chena River Marblers, black leather title-label to spine stamped in 22kt gold, trays lined with acid free black paper. With matching cloth portfolio with paper title-label. Fine condition. Item #54536

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