The City of God. Aleister CROWLEY.
The City of God.
The City of God.

The City of God.

London: The O.T.O., 1943. First Edition thus. Softcover. Large Octavo. ii + 12pp. Original thick paper wrappers. Frontis portrait photograph of Crowley smoking a pipe. Printed at the Chiswick Press on fine mold-made paper. Edition limited to 200 signed and numbered copies, this copy is numbered 139 - but (as with most copies seen) it is NOT signed. Crowley wrote the poem during his travels in pre-revolutionary Russia, and first published it in The English Review in 1914 and then in this, its first separate publication, in 1943. He recalled in his 'Confessions' that "I expressed the soul of Moscow in a poem "The City of God" .... it is a "hashish dream come true." The poem is followed by the text of "Liber Oz" (Liber LXXVII): a concise lyrical statement of the basic rights of man under his creed of Thelema. This is the first publication of the text in book form. From the library of Frater Zopiron: Gabriel Montenegro Vargas (1907-1969), IX degree, O.T.O., the last initiate of the Agape Lodge in California, with his bookplate on front pastedown. Interestingly this is not his more commonly seen partially-pictorial bookplate but a text-only one listing his Masonic and Thelemic degrees, and with "Toltec Research Society" across the bottom. A hint of darkening and light creasing to wrappers, otherwise a lovely, fresh near Fine copy. Item #59385

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