Item #71462 John St. John [ extracted from "The Equinox" Vol. I, No. I ]. Aleister CROWLEY.
John St. John [ extracted from "The Equinox" Vol. I, No. I ].

John St. John [ extracted from "The Equinox" Vol. I, No. I ].

London, England: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1909. First Edition. Hardcover. Small quarto. (ii) + (1-140pp.) Contemporary red buckram, with title "John St. / John" lettered across spine in gilt. Section title & photographic plate bound in. Crowley's record of the magical retirement which he undertook between October 1st - 13th, 1908, entitled "John St. John" (Liber DCCCLX), was first published as a "Special Supplement" to "The Equinox" Vol. I: No. 1 (1909). Here the text - described by Crowley as "A model of what a magical record should be, so far as accurate analysis and fullness of description are concerned" - and the accompanying plate "Blind Force", have been extracted from a first edition of "The Equinox" and privately bound together in a single volume. Such bound up copies of sections of the first edition of "The Equinox" are not unheard of, the original volumes were notoriously fragile, and - being thick - cumbersome to work with. Some of Crowley's more affluent followers, such as J. F. C. Fuller, are known to have had sections of "The Equinox" that they had a particular interest in disbound and bound up for easier and more permanent use (the Fuller examples ended in the library of the University of Texas at Austin). This would appear to be another such example, prepared by another individual. Unfortunately it is undated, although the binding appears roughly contemporary with the original publications (it is actually strongly reminiscent of the first edition - 1909 - of Crowley's "777" and it may well be that whoever commissioned this binding drew their inspiration for its design from seeing that volume). It has the ownership name "Cecil Potter" on the first blank, but whether Potter was the original owner of the volume, and whether he had any direct acquaintance with Crowley are unknown. 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. The binding is bright and clean with just the merest hint of shelf-wear. The pages are toned, as typical, and the first few leaves have some quite heavy foxing, thereafter occasional moderate foxing here and there. Aside from the foxing overall a tight, clean VG+ example (obviously being privately bound there is no dust jacket). Item #71462

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