A postcard sized print with a depiction of Aleister Crowley's head and a serpent on one side, and a reproduction of a portrait of "Diana Vaughan" on the other. With David Tibet's penciled ownership signatures. Aleister Crowley: related works. From the David Tibet collection.
A postcard sized print with a depiction of Aleister Crowley's head and a serpent on one side, and a reproduction of a portrait of "Diana Vaughan" on the other. With David Tibet's penciled ownership signatures.

A postcard sized print with a depiction of Aleister Crowley's head and a serpent on one side, and a reproduction of a portrait of "Diana Vaughan" on the other. With David Tibet's penciled ownership signatures.

NP, (ND 1970s). A postcard-sized print (7 x 4 1/4 inches) printed on thin, ordinary paper. One side has a depiction of Aleister Crowley's head with a serpent wrapped around it, and the other depicts "Diana Vaughan" the fictional woman whose supposed exposure of "Satanic Freemasonry" scandalised late nineteenth century France. Sadly very little is known of the origins of the "card", other than that it was probably produced in the 1970s and was owned by David Hall. Curiously each side has a (different) artist's signature or monogram, and each of these matches one of the prints tipped onto the hand-made postcards given out by Dadaji (Shri Paramahamsha Mahendranath) in the mid-late 1970s. Whether there is a connection between the unidentified artists and Dadaji, other than that he used the images, is unknown. David Hall (1942-2007), is most widely remember as the author of "Beelzebub and the Beast" and numerous shorter pieces, and as the editor and publisher of the 1970s occult journal "Sothis". The card was given by Hall to British artist, writer and musician DAVID TIBET (founder of the music group Current 93) and has his small, barely visible ownership signature, in pencil, in the (black) upper right margin of the Diana Vaughan side. VG+ condition. Enigmatic and unusual. Item #68447

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