The Beast of Revelations. Comments On: The God-Eater. Aleister CROWLEY.

The Beast of Revelations. Comments On: The God-Eater.

NP, ND (circa 1980s?). First Edition Thus. Softcover. Octavo. (xii) + 32pp. Stapled booklet. Thick beige textured wrappers printed in black. Crowley's "The God-Eater", text and commentary. Comprises a title-page and then five leaves, printed on the rectos only, with the text of a newly typeset version of Crowley's commentary on "The God-Eater". The commentary is followed by a facsimile reprint of the text itself taken from 1903 first edition. "The God-Eater" is a play written by Crowley whilst in Edinburgh to secure wine and a "companion-housekeeper" to take back to Boleskine with him. In his "Confessions" Crowley wrote of it thus "The idea of this obscure and fantastic play is a follows: By a glorious act human misery is secured (history of Christianity). Hence, appreciation of the personality of Jesus is no excuse for being a Christian. Inversely, by a vile and irrational series of acts human happiness is secured (story of the play)." A contemporary reviewer for the Sheffield Daily Telegraph saw it somewhat differently, writing: "So far as we can understand the story, which is almost unintelligible, it is about a brother who seeks to found a new religion, of which his younger sister shall be the goddess, and, in order to achieve that end, stabs her and eats her heart. It is simply loathsome and horrible." Covers a little rubbed at edges with light bumping to corners. Light bruising to corners, else a tight, clean near Fine copy. Item #66152

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