White Stains. Aleister. New CROWLEY, William Breeze., Fredrik Söderberg.

White Stains.

Stockholm: EDDA, 2011. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Small octavo. xvi + 110pp. Black cloth with facsimile Crowley signature on upper board in white, and white printed title to spine, black endpapers, ribbon marker, colour illustrations. Limited edition of 418 hand-numbered copies. English poet-magician Aleister Crowley published White Stains in 1898, an era of intense creativity for the budding magus-to-be. The original edition of a mere 100 copies was printed in Amsterdam with the help of Leonard Smithers (publisher of Beardsley, Wilde, Burton et al). Part of the edition was later “appropriated” and destroyed by English Customs officers, due to the erotic nature of the poems. In a Victorian Zeitgeist that found Oscar Wilde intensely shocking, Aleister Crowley of course took everything one step further. The virile sexual force stemming from Crowley’s pen is but one of his trademark traits here. In this early collection, we also find examples of his remarkable wit, a thorough understanding of psycho-sexual dynamics, bombastic expressions of lyrical love, as well as his beloved Swinburnean structures of classical poetry. This edition contains six watercolour paintings by Fredrik Söderberg, reproduced in full colour. Unused copy. Fine condition in very lightly rubbed mylar covered dust jacket. Item #59301
ISBN: 9789197953429

Price: $85.00