Item #69754 Aleister Crowley: The Black Magician. C. R. CAMMELL, Aleister Crowley, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge's copy.
Aleister Crowley: The Black Magician.
Aleister Crowley: The Black Magician.

Aleister Crowley: The Black Magician.

London: New English Library, September 1969. First Edition Thus. Softcover. Small octavo, (pocket sized paperback). 110pp + 2pp of adverts. Previously owned by English musician, performance artist, and artistic polymath Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (1950 – 2020) with his ownership SIGNATURE "Genesis" and "28-9-69 / Shrewsbury" on the half-title page. An uncommon early example of Genesis's signature - he didn't legally change his name from his birth name of Neil Andrew Megson to Genesis Breyer P-Orridge until 1971. The book is essentially a retitled reissue of Cammell's "Aleister Crowley, The Man: The Mage: The Poet" with the addition of several pages reprinting newspaper accounts and headlines from Crowley's lifetime that were not present in the hardback first edition. The publisher said that these were added: "To enable the reader to obtain a picture of Crowley's image in the eyes of the public,... when he was at the height of his powers ...."
Most recently from the collection of Clive Harper with his discreet book-label 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 bit worn, rubbed and creased, edges a bit chafed. Pages browned (as common), unmarked. Overall a tight clean near VG copy, with an interesting provenance. Item #69754

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