The Diary of a Drug Fiend. Aleister CROWLEY, Paul Tice.

The Diary of a Drug Fiend.

San Diego CA: The Book Tree, 2004. First Edition Thus. Softcover. Octavo. (vi) + 368pp (+ iipp adverts). A modern reprint of Crowley's famous novel dealing with the subject of heroin and cocaine addiction and its possible rehabilitation. Includes a new introduction by Paul Tice. One of the characters - King Lamus - is clearly a romantic self-portrait by Crowley, and Lamus's "Abbey of Thelema at Telepylus" is of course Crowley's "Abbey of Thelema" at Cefalu. This actual text of the edition appears to be a direct reprint from the first edition. The volume is from the collection of Clive Harper with his discrete book-label neatly tipped in at the rear. Harper is well-known as the bibliographer of Austin Osman Spare, for updating the Aleister Crowley bibliography in the 2011 Teitan Press collection of Gerald Yorke's writings, and as someone who has lent his expertise to numerous other publications. The label can easily be removed without affecting the page, although it would be a shame not to preserve this record of the book's provenance. A bit of shelf wear and chafing to covers, paper lightly toned, unmarked, remains of a price sticker on rear cover. Thus overall a tight clean VG+ copy. Item #65013
ISBN: 1585092452


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