Moonchild. Aleister CROWLEY, Kenneth Grant.


London: Sphere Books, 1972. First Edition Thus. Softcover. Pocket sized paperback. 302pp. + iipp adverts. Illustrated covers. The first Sphere Books printing of "Moonchild" - which includes the first publication of a new introduction by Kenneth Grant. "Moonchild" was Crowley's famous second novel which tells the tale of a young woman caught up in a battle between two magicians, one of whom seeks to use her body as the vessel for the 'birth' in human form of a non-human entity: "the Moonchild" of the title. The character of "Cyril Grey" is a somewhat idealised self-portrait of Crowley, as is perhaps also that of "Simon Iff." 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. Covers a little rubbed overall, corners and spine ends lightly chafed, spine slightly creased and a bit canted, page edges and outer margins lightly browned. Still a tight, unmarked better than VG copy - and quite unusual thus for a nearly 50 year old pulp paperback. Item #68212


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