Item #69729 The Winged Beetle. Aleister CROWLEY, Edited and, Martin P. Starr, signed, From the library of Oliver Marlow Wilkinson.
The Winged Beetle.

The Winged Beetle.

Chicago, IL: The Teitan Press, 1992. Facsimile edition. Hardcover. Large Octavo. 230pp. Brown cloth with gilt title, etc. to spine. Gilt winged beetle design to upper board. A facsimile edition, with an excellent Introduction by Crowley scholar Martin P. Starr. This copy SIGNED and warmly INSCRIBED by the editor Martin P. Starr to Oliver Marlow Wilkinson on the blank facing the title-page. "The Winged Beetle" is a collection of poetry by Crowley with some extremely memorable dedications whilst the 'Glossary of Obscure Terms' gives an alarming and rather blasphemous alternative meaning to the third stanza of the main dedication, which could probably have only been published in this encrypted form. From the library of Oliver Marlow Wilkinson (1915-1999) dramatist, author, educator and raconteur. Oliver was the son of Louis Umfreville Wilkinson (1881-1966) an English man-of-letters who wrote a number of satirical autobiographical and fictional works, mostly under the pseudonym "Louis Marlow." Louis Umfreville Wilkinson was a good friend of Aleister Crowley's, the two had an extensive correspondence, and Crowley respected Louis's literary skills to the extent that he engaged him to prepare a popular edition of Crowley commentaries on "Liber AL." Crowley also made Louis one of his executors, and it was Louis Wilkinson who caused some uproar amongst the more excitable members of the press by reading from Crowley's "Hymn to Pan" and other of his works at the Beast's funeral. Louis's son Oliver also knew Crowley well; indeed he was the one that found Crowley the rooms at Netherwood that became his final home and Crowley, along with John Cowper Powys, is said to have jointly shared the honour of being Oliver's godfather. Oliver Wilkinson inherited many of the Crowley books and papers that had belonged to his father Louis, including a number of signed and inscribed items, etc. etc. In the 1980s Oliver refreshed his interest in Crowley, meeting with a number of contemporary Crowley afficiandos including Martin P. Starr, and writing an Introduction to a new edition of his father's book "Seven Friends" which included a chapter-long reminiscense of Crowley. In 2021 Weiser Antiquarian books acquired the remains of Oliver's Crowley collection, which comprised some of the books and pieces of ephemera that had belonged to his father, as well as books, such as this, that he himself had bought or was given in the 1980s and 1990s. A small posthumous book-label, tipped in at the rear, identifies it as having come from his collection. A hint of bruising to the corners. Edges of text-block dusty and with a few pale flecks, first and last three or four leaves show some pale spotting/foxing. Tight and solid with no signs of use: were it not for the foxing it would easily rate as VG+. (No dust jacket - none issued). Item #69729
ISBN: 0933429061

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