American Aphrodite. A Quarterly for the Fancy Free. Volume 2, No. 5. Samuel ROTH, Aleister Crowley.

American Aphrodite. A Quarterly for the Fancy Free. Volume 2, No. 5.

New York, NY: American Aphrodite, 1952. First edition. Hardcover. Large Octavo. Eccentrically paginated - approx. 200pp. Red cloth with gilt titling to spine; black and gilt titling and illustration to upper board; b&w frontispiece and illustrations. "American Aphrodite," was basically a quarterly "racy men's journal" - nicely produced in hardcover form - that presented itself as a serious literary and artistic periodical "for the fancy-free." It tended to comprise various bawdy poems and stories from English literature of bygone centuries and whatever more modern titillating texts the editor, Samuel Roth, could scrape together, as well as sensuous line drawings, black and white photos studies of nudes, etc. Roth was known as an habitual literary pirate - and pornographer - for sometimes his publications did stray too far beyond the bounds of respectability. In this case his gatherings included the passionate - but by no means pornographic - poem by Aleister Crowley "Jezebel". 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. Corners and spine ends lightly bruised and rubbed, pages toned. Still -a tight and bright VG+ copy in Good dust jacket. (Dust jacket rubbed; tears, minor chips and creases along edges; not price clipped. Now protected by removable mylar cover.). Item #65103

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