Liber Liberi Vel Lapidis Lazuli, Adumbratio Kabbalæ Aegyptiorum Sub Figura VII. Being the Voluntary Emancipation of a Certain Exempt Adept From his Adeptship. These are the Birth-words of a Master of the Temple. Aleister CROWLEY.
Liber Liberi Vel Lapidis Lazuli, Adumbratio Kabbalæ Aegyptiorum Sub Figura VII. Being the Voluntary Emancipation of a Certain Exempt Adept From his Adeptship. These are the Birth-words of a Master of the Temple.
Liber Liberi Vel Lapidis Lazuli, Adumbratio Kabbalæ Aegyptiorum Sub Figura VII. Being the Voluntary Emancipation of a Certain Exempt Adept From his Adeptship. These are the Birth-words of a Master of the Temple.

Liber Liberi Vel Lapidis Lazuli, Adumbratio Kabbalæ Aegyptiorum Sub Figura VII. Being the Voluntary Emancipation of a Certain Exempt Adept From his Adeptship. These are the Birth-words of a Master of the Temple.

NP [ Kitchener, Ontario ]: Alexander Watt, ND [ 1952 ]. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Folio (13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches) [48pp], Bound in blue cloth, gilt title on front board. Text printed on rectos only, reproduced from a typescript using mimeograph or similar process. Despite the somewhat unprepossessing appearance of its pages this volume is actually the first North American publication of Crowley's "Holy Book" "Liber VII: Liber Liberi vel Lapidis Lazuli." The text was taken directly from an original edition of "Thelema" and was published by Alexander Watt of Ontario, Canada, circa 1952. Watt (1890-1961) was prominent in local Theosophical Society circles and is believed to have been an O.T.O. member: he certainly knew Crowley (at least through correspondence), was in touch with Karl Germer, and was also was one of the few Thelemites active in North America throughout the 1950s. With Germer's support he republished four of the "Holy Books" - making them available to students for the first time in decades - as well as reprinting a few of Crowley's other works, including his "Hymn to Pan" which he issued in card form. Although not marked as such, this volume is almost certainly from the library of Gabriel Montenegro Vargas (Frater Zopiron), IX degree, O.T.O., the last initiate of the Agape Lodge, and for a time partner of Helen Parsons Smith. Watt issued his publications as sets of loose sheets, and we have had several other Watt publications that we know came from Frater Zopiron's collection that were bound almost identically, by Zimmerman's, a small L.A. bindery, that seems to have been active in the mid-1960s. 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. Small Zimmerman's Art Book Bindery label on front pastedown. Very light rubbing to points, page edges darkened, pages toned with some uneven heavy browning to fore-edges of first few leaves, minor pen note on one or two blank versos, text unmarked. Very slightly musty - but still a tight, unmarked better than VG copy of a genuinely rare edition with interesting provenance. Item #66678

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