Songs For Italy. Aleister CROWLEY.

Songs For Italy.

NP [ London ]: Privately Printed, ND [1923 ]. First Edition thus. Softcover. Octavo. 16pp. Stapled booklet in original blue/grey wrappers. Upper cover reads 'Songs For Italy /"Parturiunt Montes- / Mascitur Ridiculus Mus" - Solini / by / ALEISTER CROWLEY / June-Sept. XIX Price: One Shilling". A collection of (largely anti-fascist) poetry, published at around the time of Crowley's expulsion from the Abbey at Cefalu (the XIX represents the 'Thelemic Year' 19, ie 1923 ev). A few months earlier Crowley had published several of the poems in this collection in the form of a folded sheet, with the same title. From the collection of Gerald Yorke (1901-1983), with his posthumous bookplate loosely inserted. A great occult scholar and bibliophile, Yorke ("Frater Volo Intellegere") was for a short time Aleister Crowley's chief disciple. In later life Yorke played a crucial role in preserving Crowley's literary legacy as well as in the publication of works on the occult and Eastern religions, editing and commissioning works for a number of British publishers from the 1950s through 1970s. This copy of "Songs for Italy" was one of several duplicates we acquired from the Yorke collection - he most likely bought a stack of them directly from Crowley to help him out financially not long after their first meeting in the late 1920s. The staples are somewhat rusty, the wrappers a little darkened, particularly at the margins, and there is a little creasing. This is the second-last of the Yorke copies that we have. It is overall VG or better condition - an interesting work with an important provenance. Item #66869

Price: $220.00

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