The High History of Good Sir Palamedes the Saracen Knight and of his Following of the Questing Beast. By Aleister Crowley. Rightly Set Forth in Rime. Aleister CROWLEY.
The High History of Good Sir Palamedes the Saracen Knight and of his Following of the Questing Beast. By Aleister Crowley. Rightly Set Forth in Rime.

The High History of Good Sir Palamedes the Saracen Knight and of his Following of the Questing Beast. By Aleister Crowley. Rightly Set Forth in Rime.

London: Wieland and Company, 1912. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto. (ii) + viii + 114 pp, Original white buckram with gilt title, etc. to spine and upper board. Top edge gilt. The first edition of a play in which Crowley sought to describe "the Path of the Wise," in terms of the classic literature of "the quest." In his "Confessions" Crowley described it thus: "'Sir Palamedes' was the most ambitious attempt to describe the Path of the Wise as I knew it. It is in its way almost complete, but there is no attempt to show the necessary sequence of the ordeals described in each section. The last section, in which Sir Palamedes after achieving every possible task and finding that all his attainments did not bring him to the end of his Quest, abandons the following of the Questing Beast; he returns, discomfited, to the Round Table, only to find that, having surrendered, the Questing Beast comes to him of its own accord." The play was first published in "The Equinox," Vol I, No. IV (September 1910): this is its first separate publication. 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. The label can easily be removed without affecting the page, although it would be a shame not to preserve this record of the book's provenance. Just a bit of light shelf wear, very slight yellowing & mottling to cloth - more so at spine, light bruising to spine ends, endpapers unevenly browned, pages very lightly toned but fresh and unmarked. Overall a tight, bright VG+ copy - one of the nicest that we have seen. Item #68273

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