London: Mandrake Press & Holmes Publishing, 1992. Limited Edition. Hardcovers. Small Quartos. (9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches). 6 volumes in slipcase (complete). Approx. 4400 pages. Deluxe binding. Deep red quarter leather with matching marbled boards, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, ribbon marker. Housed in a matching slipcase. Numerous color and black & white illustrations. Edition limited to 50 numbered sets, this being no. 31. A complete set of the first facsimile edition of the ten numbers which make up the first series (or 'volume') of The Equinox, and the first number (all issued thus) of the third series (the second series commonly described as "volume of silence.") Volume I Nos. I - X were originally published biannually between 1909 & 1913 and Vol III No. I in 1919 (there was no Volume II as such).
Each number of Volume I, Nos. I - X, was originally issued as a single book. By printing them on thinner paper, they are here reproduced at two "numbers" per book, except for Vo. III, No. 1, which is produced as a solo volume, as it was originally. Thus there is a total of eleven "numbers" in six physical books. Curiously this Mandrake Press / Holmes printing of "The Equinox" is the first true facsimile printing of "The Equinox" Volume I, Nos. I - X, being reprinted directly without alteration (other than slightly to size) from a set of the first editions, whereas the various Weiser reprints had a number of minor changes made (primarily to the advertisements). The Mandrake Press / Holmes edition was issued in three different states: this deluxe issue of 50 numbered copies in red quarter leather ("the red Equinox"), a cloth bound issue ("the black Equinox") and a paper-bound issue. Although the cloth and paper-bound issues did not have stated limitations, they too had tiny print runs. Crowley was of course the editor and main author of "The Equinox", which contained a variety of poetry, fiction, and reviews - generally with esoteric themes - alongside a number of articles of occult instruction. From the collection of Clive Harper with his discreet book-label neatly tipped in at the rear of Vol. I, No. I. 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 lovely set - just a hint of shelf wear, but overall about Fine condition. A very large, heavy set - additional shipping will be required with price varying according to destination and mode of transport selected. Item #68205