Thumbs Up: A Pentagram - a Panticle to Win the War. Aleister CROWLEY, Signed.
Thumbs Up: A Pentagram - a Panticle to Win the War.
Thumbs Up: A Pentagram - a Panticle to Win the War.

Thumbs Up: A Pentagram - a Panticle to Win the War.

London: The O.T.O., 1941. First Edition. Wrappers. Small quarto (9 3/4 x 7 1/8 inches). xii pp. Sewn in original grey-green wrappers with title printed in red across front wrapper (the unsual double-wrapper of the binding is created by folding a large sheet of thick paper in half, and then in half again, resulting in a double thickness wrapper which is closed at the top and spine edges but open fore-edge and bottom edge). Portrait frontispiece photograph of Crowley (printed in red) tipped to inside of front wrapper. Edition limited to 100 numbered and SIGNED copies this being number 45 boldly signed by Crowley with his large "phallic A" signature. The booklet itself is an extraordinary work - effectively Aleister Crowley's published curse on Adolf Hitler. The work comprises five poems by Crowley and three pages of prose. It collates as follows: p. 1, Title page, p. 2. Limitation page, p. 3 "The Pentagram," pp. 4 - 5 "England, Stand Fast!", p. 6 "Toast (Battle of the River Plate)", pp. 7 - 8 "Hymn for the American People", p. 9 "Anthem" p. 10 "Note to Anthem" , p. 11 "Contents", p. 12 "To Adolf Schicklgruber." In the full page "Note to Anthem" Crowley recounts the details of the first four times of publication of Liber Legis, and the consequent turmoil in world events which he suggests flowed from it (the Balkans War, First World War etc.) Below this he refers to three "Days of National Prayer" (introduced to Britain by George VI and Winston Churchill following he outbreak of War) and their total failure to achieve anything positive, this being because they were appeals to "the dead religion of the old Aeon of Osiris." The last page is addressed "To Adolf Schicklgruber [Adolf Hitler] and/or whosoever it may concern: remember ..... " This is followed by a list of eight names of people who Crowley felt to be his enemies, such as De Wend Fenton, Horation Bottomley, Rigby Swift J., Norman Mudd etc. and who he implied had therefore suffered accordingly. A small cross appears next to the names of six who were already dead. Beneath this are the words, "Et illium generis defutati omnis turbam" ..... (loosely translates as "and the whole bunch of them can get stuffed!") Beneath this is a section, with blanks that could be filled in, in which Crowley could add the name or names of others to be added to "the hit list." Despite the seriousness of his dislike for Hitler and those others named, it is difficult not to think (perhaps hope) that this particular page was rather tongue in cheek! Twelve line errata slip tipped to title page (last 2 lines give "This book is published by the Author at 10 Hanover Square, / London, W. 1."). Limitation page states "Published by the O.T.O. [dove and pyramid seal] At the Abbey of Thelema, Rainbow Valley, Palomar Mountains, California, U.S.A. [etc.]" From the collection of Clive Harper with his discreet book-label neatly tipped in at the rear of the portfolio. 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. Wrappers of the book a little darkened as common with this work, corners bruised, all else VG+. A lovely example. Item #68285

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