The Book of the Law [technically called Liber AL vel Legis sub Figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII=418 to DCLXVI].
New York: Samuel Weiser, 1981. Third Weiser Printing. Softcover. Small octavo (6 7/16 x 4 7/8 inches), (ii) 50 + (68) pp (+viii blanks). Original bright red wrappers with "THE BOOK / OF THE LAW" lettered in pale gilt lettering across the front cover, and "THE BOOK OF THE LAW" similarly lettered down the spine. The third "Samuel Weiser" printing of this edition of "The Book of the Law" (the first Samuel Weiser edition thus was published in 1976). The introduction and text were photo-offset from the 1938 English edition, but incorporate corrections made by the O.T.O. especially for this publication. The title page and adjacent page are exactly as per the 1938 edition, except that the price has been replaced with "SAMUEL WEISER Inc. / York Beach, Maine". The introduction, the text of "The Book of the Law ," and the "Tunis Comment" are all drawn from the 1938 edition, although the advertisements are omitted and instead replaced with a facsimile of the original manuscript (Liber XXXI). The small red Samuel Weiser editions became ubiquitous, and served as many people's first introduction to "The Book of the Law." 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. Due to their relative fragility, earlier printings are now relatively uncommon. Covers somewhat rubbed with the white background onto which the red was printed showing through in a few pin-head size spots. Corners and folds rubbed, sticker shadow to rear wrapper, otherwise a tight clean VG or better copy of an unusual printing. Item #70917