Item #69773 John St. John. Aleister CROWLEY.

John St. John.

[ Leeds, UK ]: Morton Press, ND [ ca 1975 ]. Limited Edition. Softcover. Large octavo. 140pp. Edition limited to 100 hand numbered copies, this being number 21`. B&w illustrations. John St. John" (Liber DCCCLX) is Crowley's record of the magical retirement which he undertook between October 1st - 13th, 1908. Crowley originally published the text - which he described as "A model of what a magical record should be, so far as accurate analysis and fullness of description are concerned" - in "The Equinox" Vol. I: No. 1 (1909). This is the first separate UK publication of the work: an undated edition which was published in the UK ca. 1975 by Ray Sherwin's Morton Press. It is thus thought to have predated the first separate US edition (Stellar Visions ca. 1984) by nearly 10 years). 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. Covers lightly rubbed with a few light creases, edges a bit darkened and thumbed, Atlantis Bookshop label on rear cover. Overall a tight, unmarked VG copy of a genuinely scarce edition. Item #69773


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