The Magical Record of the Beast 666: The Diaries of Aleister Crowley 1914-1920. Edited, John Symonds, Kenneth Grant.

The Magical Record of the Beast 666: The Diaries of Aleister Crowley 1914-1920.

Montreal, Canada: Next Step Publications, 1972. First Canadian Edition Thus. Hardcover. Large octavo. xvi + 326pp. Red cloth, gilt-lettered on spine. Index. The significant first publication of this group of Crowley's diaries, which cover virtually the whole of Crowley's American sojourn, from shortly after his arrival in 1914 to his departure in 1919, his subsequent travels, and early days at Cefalu in 1920. They record not only day to day events, but his magical workings, experiments with sex magick and drugs (hence he termed them his "Magical Record"). The book was jointly published by Next Step Publications, in Canada, and Duckworth in the UK, with the former apparently being the main movers in the project. Next Step was founded by Peter Macfarlane (best known for his role in 93 Publishing) and Pierre Robert. Spine ends and corners lightly bumped and chafed, a bit of spot fading and a few light bumps to edges of boards, lower edges chafed, page edges darkened, pages lightly toned but bright and unmarked. Overall a tight, clean VG+ copy in VG+ dust jacket (Dust jacket is a bit chafed and lightly creased at all edges and extremities, pin head sized hole at upper end of spine, not clipped. Now protected in removable mylar cover.). Item #64552

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