The Equinox of the Gods (being The Equinox Vol. III, No. III). Aleister CROWLEY.
The Equinox of the Gods (being The Equinox Vol. III, No. III).
The Equinox of the Gods (being The Equinox Vol. III, No. III).
The Equinox of the Gods (being The Equinox Vol. III, No. III).
The Equinox of the Gods (being The Equinox Vol. III, No. III).

The Equinox of the Gods (being The Equinox Vol. III, No. III).

London: The O.T.O. / Samuel Weiser, 1937 / 1956. Second Printing, Second Issue. Hardcover. Quarto (10.5 x 7.75 inches), vi + 138pp, Red cloth with gilt A.: A.: seal on front board and gilt titling "The Equinox of the Gods" [between two sets of two rules] down spine. Colour plates of the Stele of Revealing, diagrams. This is a 1956 reissue of the 1937 edition of Crowley's "The Equinox of the Gods." Crowley first released the book in 1936, bound in white buckram, and with a specially-made pocket at the rear of the volume which held an folder containing a facsimile of the original manuscript (Liber XXXI) of "The Book of the Law." In 1937 Crowley had the book reprinted, though the printers retained the 1936 publication date on the title page etc. A small number of the copies were printed on machine-made paper and were used for a 'Subscriber's Edition' bound in cloth-backed boards. A larger number were printed on 'Japanese paper' and were again bound in white buckram. A significant number of the sheets of this latter issue remained unbound, and after Crowley's death were sent to his American disciple Karl Germer, who in 1955 passed approx. 500 sets of sheets to Samuel Weiser, bookseller and publisher in New York. Weiser had the generous margins cropped, and the pages bound in maroon cloth, creating this hybrid issue. Although this issue did not have a pocket for the loose sheets of Liber AL - some copies, like this, were sold with the sheets housed in the original printed folder that kept them together as a separate item. Not surprisingly many of these sets of sheets got separated from the book and lost over the years, and it is now uncommon to find the two together. The folder and sheets were sometimes placed in a larger printed buff outer folder - it is not certain if all copies were issued thus - this copy does not include the outer folder. The (once) inner folder shows considerable wear, the thick paper has become brittle, and is darkened, marked and chipped, and is splitting at the spine-fold. The facsimile sheets of "The Book of the Law" are all present, but are tanned, and the first few leaves have some rather significant tea-stains. The book itself is best described as in well used secondhand condition, with all that implies. It is complete, sound and unmarked, the but the covers are worn and a little discolored, the corners gently bruised, and there is significant pale foxing to the endpapers. The title-page has the stamp of Wehman Bros. (who distributed for Weiser) below the imprint; otherwise the text is clean and unmarked. To summarise, the book is in G+ condition, the folder and its contents, G only. Still unusual, and priced commensurate to the condition.(no dustjacket - none issued). Item #57091

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