The original signed, holograph manuscript of an unpublished poem - apparently on golf. ND (ca 1916 ). Aleister CROWLEY.

The original signed, holograph manuscript of an unpublished poem - apparently on golf. ND (ca 1916 ).

ND ( 1916 ). An 11 line poem written in black ink on the recto of a single sheets of 9 1/4 x 6 inch note paper with the engraved letterhead of the Hotel Netherland, New York, although the address has been struck through by Crowley. With "by A Crowley" (signature) in upper right margin. A rather enigmatic poem that starts: "Schenectady, beneath St. Andrew's ban." It seems, at first glance, to be about the "Schenectady Putter Ban" which saw the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews ban a particular type of putter, designed by A. F. Knight of Schenectady, New York, when it was used by Walter Travis to win the British Amateur title in 1904. However, as with many works by Crowley, there seem to be several layers of interpretation: there is what could well be a double entendre or two, and, perhaps, a slight dig at the country in which he was then residing "I will become a good American; Byelaws and rules shall not matter to me" etc. There is also a cryptic reference to Schenectady: "You are the country home of Marianne." An obviously unique item, deserving of further research. Needless to say an unpublished, poem by Crowley, especially with his signature, is a genuine rarity. Light creases where it has been folded to place in an envelope, a few other light creases, still overall VG+ condition. Item #67210

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