The original holograph manuscript, in French, of the poem "La Gauloise." Signed "Aleister Crowley." Aleister CROWLEY.
The original holograph manuscript, in French, of the poem "La Gauloise." Signed "Aleister Crowley."

The original holograph manuscript, in French, of the poem "La Gauloise." Signed "Aleister Crowley."

ND. Circa 1942. Written in ink on both sides of a single sheet of 6" x 7 ½" dark-rust-colored handmade paper. It is elaborately signed "Aleister Crowley" (with his "phallic A signature") on the reverse. A number of corrections to the text, and Crowley's Hanover Street address and telephone number (in pencil) are just legible under his signature. A pencil note in the top right hand corner, reads "2 carbons." Apparently the first draft of the poem, which was later published as "La Gauloise: Song of the Free [Fighting] French" in 1942. There are a number of differences between the text of the poem here in manuscript, and the published text, suggesting that Crowley revised it again, presumably in typescript. A single heavy crease across the middle from having been folded, signature side somewhat rubbed and darkened, otherwise VG + condition. Item #63294

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