The Book of the Law Liber AL vel Legis, sub Figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII=418 to DCLXVI.
Old Greenwich: The Headland Press, 2010. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Landscape format octavo (6 x 9 inches). 80pp. Full leather: midnight blue pigskin, with gilt Stélé of Revealing design stamped on front and rear boards, gilt titling to spine. Colour illustrated endpapers. Copy number 3 of an edition limited to 23 copies, signed by Gregory Von Seewald. Von Seewald located a batch of new copies of the "The Book of the Law" published by 93 Publishing, in Quebec, Canada, in 1975 which he used as the basis for the edition. The original 93 publishing edition was not only unusual on account of its oblong format, but also its content: each page has a facsimile of one of the original manuscript pages of "The Book of the Law" (Liber XXXI) printed in black alongside a typeset transcription of the text (thus a typeset version of Liber XXXI) printed in red. Von Seewald took the text blocks of these original volumes, replaced the original preliminaries with a newly-printed title-page etc., and added high quality reproductions of the rectos and versos of the "Stèle of Revealing" and a version of "Liber Oz" ("Liber LXXVII") reproduced from one of the Motta Equinoxes (Vol. V, No. 2). He added coloured endpapers reproducing the peacock designs by Linda McFarlane which originally graced "The Magical and Philosophical Commentaries on The Book of the Law" and had them bound in leather stamped in gilt with the aforementioned design that also mimics the covers of "The Magical and Philosophical Commentaries." The publisher's stated intention when creating this edition was to produce an edition of "The Book of the Law"" in "the most beautiful quality format available." Gregory Von Seewald (1955-2013), Frater MDV.'., identified himself as an Adeptus Exemptus 7=4 of the A.'. A.'. lineage associated with Marcelo Ramos Motta, and published a small number of booklets under his "Headland Press" imprint. Included with the book is an insert described by Von Seewald in the his promotional literature as "a bonus rare antique photo reproduction of The Beast and His Bride loosely inserted in a specially designed envelope." The photograph, which purports to show Crowley and his first wife Rose, is almost certainly a fake, although Von Seewald was presumably not aware of this. 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. In Fine condition (no dustjacket issued). Item #70903