White Stains. Aleister CROWLEY.

White Stains.

Brooklyn, NY: Earth Religious Supplies, ND [ 1974 ]. First US Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 118pp. Grey cloth with white titling across front cover. The first US printing of one of the scarcest of Crowley's books. It is commonly believed that most of the original 1898 edition was destroyed by British Customs on account of the book's allusions to bestiality, necrophilia, sodomy, and kindred subjects, although no-one has been able to pinpoint exactly when this destruction took place. This new edition was apparently published by Herman Slater and his partner Ed Buczynski from their early Henry St. New York City location. Slater later founded the famous Magickal Childe Book Store. From the collection of Clive Harper with his discreet 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. Generic "Don Quixote" bookplate with owner's name at the bottom neatly blacked out on front pastedown - otherwise a clean near Fine copy. No dust jacket issued. Item #66594

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