Item #70237 Satanic Extracts; [ Black Lodge Booklets: No. 1 ]. Aleister CROWLEY.

Satanic Extracts; [ Black Lodge Booklets: No. 1 ]

NP [ Oxford, England ]: Black Lodge Publishing / Mandrake Press Ltd, 1991. First Edition - Second Issue. Softcover. Stapled booklet. Octavo. Not paginated [16pp. & adverts on rear cover ]. Beige stapled card covers titled and illustrated in black, printed on beige paper. A collection of fragments, loosely themed around "Black Magic" said to have been assembled from unpublished writings of Aleister Crowley. The following printed note appears at the rear of the booklet: "The above excerpts and fragments were copied by Cosmo Trelawny from a mass of papers and typescripts left in his rooms by Macgregor Reid. The originals were then sold to a bookseller, and lost when his shop was bombed during the war." The typescripts from which this edition were printed are in the Yorke collection, however, some have questioned whether they are actually Crowley's work. If not they are certainly clever forgeries, as they do read as if he had written them, although they are of course deprived of context, and it is possible that they are actually fragments of fiction. This was the first published edition. The publisher initially printed a few copies on grey paper stock, and then laminated the covers, but this proved to be far too time-consuming and he thus switched to simple, unlaminated, buff wrappers and text pages. Thus this is technically a second issue binding, although given so few of the grey copies were done, and that they were distributed to the author's friends, that might really be termed a private issue. A tight bright copy in near Fine condition. Quite scarce. Item #70237


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