Hail Mary (Amphora). Aleister CROWLEY.

Hail Mary (Amphora).

Northampton, England: Sut Anubis, ND (circa 1990's). reprint. Softcover. Small octavo. 80pp. A reprint of the third issue of a book which probably stands as Crowley's most famous practical joke. In 1908 Crowley anonymously submitted the text of this book of devotional verse to the well-known Catholic publishers Burnes and Oates Somehow the publishers managed to overlook the dubious theology and strong lesbian undertones and published the book under the title Amphora. At around the same time Crowley published his own private edition with an obscene epilogue. Somehow Burnes and Oates found out who the author was, and apparently withdrew the edition after only a small number of copies have been bound, giving (or perhaps selling) the unsold sheets to Crowley. Crowley had a new title page printed, and reissued the book as 'Hail Mary' under his Equinox imprint. This volume is a modern reprint of that 'Equinox' edition. Thick white wrappers. Black titling to spine and upper cover. From the collection of English bibliophile and Aleister Crowley scholar Nicholas Bishop-Culpeper, with his book-label tipped in at the rear. Culpepper has also supplied a clear custom fit acetate dust jacket. The faintest darkening to top edge, else both book and jacket are in near Fine condition. Item #62464
ISBN: 0947762078


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