London: Accumulator Press, 2012. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. (160mm x 240mm - 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches). xii + 228pp. Sewn, colour printed paper covered boards. Black and white and colour illustrations: 46 photos on 28 page photographic paper insert. Although not stated, this first edition limited to 400 copies.
INSCRIBED & SIGNED by the author to Clive Harper on a sheet of notepaper tipped onto the verso of the front free endpaper: "To Clive Harper. Many thanks for all your help with Netherwood. Best Wishes. A Gentleman of Hastings [signed] Antony Clayton." A fascinating study of Netherwood, the guest-house in Hastings (England) and the time spent there by its most famous resident, Aleister Crowley. In addition to a background history of the building, the book includes a lengthy chapter on each of the years that Crowley spent there, exploring the daily life of the Beast in his final years, and his interactions with other guests and those who visited him, including Kenneth Grant, David Curwen, John Symonds and others. The author, Antony Clayton, lives in Hastings and is an established writer whose previous books include "Subterranean City: Beneath the Streets of London," "The Folklore of London," and "Decadent London." The book opens with a Foreword by Hastings resident, musician and Crowley aficionado David Tibet, and has additional essays "The Mark of the Beast" by occult researcher, musician and author Gary Lachman and "Conjuror with Belief: Aossic in the Atom Age," by Andy Sharp writing as "The English Heretic," the collaborative occult/musical/experiential project in which he features. Generously illustrated with many seldom-seen photographs of Netherwood, Crowley and friends; as well as colour photographs of some of Crowley's artwork that probably once graced the walls of the building. 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. A Fine copy (Issued without dust-jacket). Item #68184