"The Magical Link." 6 miscellaneous issues of the journal, Published by the O.T.O., (Not consecutive or a complete set). From the library of Helen Parsons Smith. Aleister CROWLEY, Hymenaeus Beta, authors.

"The Magical Link." 6 miscellaneous issues of the journal, Published by the O.T.O., (Not consecutive or a complete set). From the library of Helen Parsons Smith.

USA: O.T.O., 1985, 1986, 1991, 1993, & 1994. First Editions. Unbound. 11" x 8.5". 6 original issues, Each issue 8pp. The first two issues are double sided single printed sheets, stapled down the left margins, probably xeroxed from a typescript (as issued); the later 4 issues are properly typeset and laid out, printed on large sheets folded to give four 11" x 8.5" pages with ring-binder holes pre-punched in the left margin (again as issued). The group comprises [Old Series] Vol. V. No. 12, 1985 ev; [Old Series] Vol. VI. No. 1, 1986 ev; [New Series] Vol. V. No. 3, 1991ev; [New Series] Vol. VII. No. 2, 1993ev; [New Series] Vol. VII. No. 3, 1993ev; and [New Series] Vol. VII. No. 4, 1993-1994. "The Magical Link" followed on from the "O.T.O. Newletter" as the house journal of the Ordo Templi Orientis. As well as news relating to the O.T.O. the journal includes essays, poetry, reproductions of Crowley material (including letters and various short pieces not published elsewhere), advertisements, etc. Vol. VII No. 4 also includes "Early Writings on Thelema" by Jack Parsons. Although not marked as such the volumes are from the archive of the publisher, Helen Parsons Smith: Soror Grimaud (1910- 2003), a IXth degree member of the O.T.O, and long term member of Agape Lodge in California, who was for a time married to Jack Parsons, whom she divorced, and later married founder and long time head of Agape Lodge, Wilfred Talbot Smith (1885-1957). Helen played a critical role in the re-establisment of the O.T.O. in the early 1970s, and was a pioneer of modern Crowley publishing with her Monthelema / Thelema Publications imprints. More recently the journals are from the collection here friend, Martin P. Starr, who is best-known in Thelemic circles as the author of "The Unknown God", an essayist and editor of Crowley texts, and co-founder of the Teitan Press. Cheap production values, and some minor signs of use. The final 3 issues each have a small note with the date received in Helen Parsons Smith's handwriting, in the upper right margin of the first page. Overall clean, VG+ condition. Item #68204

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