Item #71670 An original manuscript "The Aeon of Horus", and three original typescripts of essays: "Oriental Systems of Medicine"; "Birthmarks and Some Related Biological Phenomena"; and "Monsters." All apparently unpublished. W. B. CROW, William Bernard Crow - associate of Aleister Crowley.
An original manuscript "The Aeon of Horus", and three original typescripts of essays: "Oriental Systems of Medicine"; "Birthmarks and Some Related Biological Phenomena"; and "Monsters." All apparently unpublished.
An original manuscript "The Aeon of Horus", and three original typescripts of essays: "Oriental Systems of Medicine"; "Birthmarks and Some Related Biological Phenomena"; and "Monsters." All apparently unpublished.
An original manuscript "The Aeon of Horus", and three original typescripts of essays: "Oriental Systems of Medicine"; "Birthmarks and Some Related Biological Phenomena"; and "Monsters." All apparently unpublished.
An original manuscript "The Aeon of Horus", and three original typescripts of essays: "Oriental Systems of Medicine"; "Birthmarks and Some Related Biological Phenomena"; and "Monsters." All apparently unpublished.
An original manuscript "The Aeon of Horus", and three original typescripts of essays: "Oriental Systems of Medicine"; "Birthmarks and Some Related Biological Phenomena"; and "Monsters." All apparently unpublished.
An original manuscript "The Aeon of Horus", and three original typescripts of essays: "Oriental Systems of Medicine"; "Birthmarks and Some Related Biological Phenomena"; and "Monsters." All apparently unpublished.

An original manuscript "The Aeon of Horus", and three original typescripts of essays: "Oriental Systems of Medicine"; "Birthmarks and Some Related Biological Phenomena"; and "Monsters." All apparently unpublished.

NP, ND (circa 1940s). Hardcover quarto (11 x 9 1/2 inches). A two-ring loose leaf binder, black textured boards, with "W. B. Crow material" handwritten on a paper title-label glued to the front board. The binder has the manufacturer's details "Winfield Loose Leaf Binder No. 5 [etc.]" stamped on the inside front cover. It contains one original holograph manuscript essay, and three typescript essays by William Bernard Crow (see further below). All are apparently unpublished. The manuscript essay comprises a title leaf, and 11 sheets of faintly ruled paper, each with text and pagination on the recto only (the versos are blank), the second essay is a typescript comprising a title/contents page, and 37 numbered leaves, with pagination and typed text on the rectos only, the third essay is a typescript and comprises a title/contents page, and 42 numbered pages, with pagination and typed text on boths sides of each leaf; and the fourth essay is also a typescript comprising 22 numbered pages, with pagination and typed text on both sides of each leaf. Each essay is separated from the other by a coloured card divider.
The first essay is an original manuscript, 11pp., in Crow's handwriting, entitled "The Aeon of Horus". The essay is primarily focussed on exploring the idea that "The history of mankind on the planet is divisible into periods which can be exactly determined in measures marked out by celestial phenomena," the way that different religious and mystical schools understood these periods, there astrology, history, the factors and influences which defined them etc. It does of course touch on "The Aeon of Horus" of the title, but not in any great depth, and curiously Crow does not specifically reference Aleister Crowley, although a pre-title page has the letters "A.C." - which surely must refer to Crowley - immediately after "The Aeon of Horus", and there is a reference in the essay to "an influential and erudite school of magicians teaches that the history of the world is divisible into three main periods or aeons, and the third or new Aeon begain in March 1904" which is an obvious reference to Crowley's O.T.O. (and/or A.'. A.'.). The comparative lack of mention of Crowley is probably explained by the fact that the essay was almost certainly penned in early 1944, at around the time the two first became acquainted. As is well-known the pair began to correspond regularly from May 1944 and discussed working together, and the appointment of Crow as a Patriarch of
Crowley's Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica although the extent of their collaboration is unknown to the present writer.
The second essay is a 37 page typescript entitled "Oriental Systems of Medicine", with the Contents given as: Introductory - Eastern & Western Systems; Difference Between Systems; Oriental Medical Literature; Man and the Universe, The Five Elements; The Constitution of Man; The Factor of Time; Occult Correspondences; Oriental Materia Medica; Oriental Pulse Lore; Acupunture. There are small manuscript corrections throughout, and the pencilled year of writing, "1948" at the rear.
The third essay is a 42 page typescript entitled "Birthmarks and Some Related Biological Phenomena." A list of contents on the title/contents page reads: Introductory; Origin of Birthmarks; Maternal Impressions, Stigmata, Telegony; Xenia; Kinds of Birthmarks; Tache mongolique; Postscript.
The fourth essay is entitled simply "Monsters." It comprises 22 numbered pages, with the final page blank. It is basically a mythological/medical survey of conditions/afflictions that at the time would have caused those who suffered from them to be "monsters" or severely abnormal. The essay begins with a long introduction in which he explores the meaning of "monster" and includes chapters on gigantism, dwarfism, albinos and those with skin color anomalies, hypertrophism, hermaphrodism, parasitic connections, etc.
The author of these essays, William Bernard Crow (1895-1976), was a scholar of the biological sciences and practitioner of the occult arts. He is reported to have obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of Wales, and to have held Bachelor and Master of Science degrees and Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Science degrees from the University of London, with his doctoral thesis published as "Contributions to the Principles of Morphology" by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co in 1929. Throughout his life he published is a number of monographs relating to his scientific studies. Unusually he was also involved in the occult and various non-mainstream Christian churches. He clearly had an association with Theosophy and was ordained a Liberal Catholic priest in 1935, and was associated with a number of fringe/esoterically inclined churches: he held a Doctor of Divinity degree from the International Orthodox Catholic University, and had various associations with Frederick C. A. Harrington's Orthodox Keltic Church of the British Commonwealth of Nations, and Herbert J. Heard's Ancient British Church and others. In 1943 at an assembly of seniors of a number of these churches Crow was elected to the Patriarchal See of Antioch with the title Mar Basilius Abdullah III Patriarch of the newly formed Ancient Orthodox Catholic Church. Various reorganisations of some of the small churches followed, with a number uniting to form the Western Orthodox Catholic Church with Crow as Patriarch. Crow made contact with Aleister Crowley in early 1944 and the two met occasionally and corresponded until shortly before Crowley's death. During this period they put some effort into various forms of collaboration between Crow's bodies and Crowley's Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, the extent of which would probably be a good subject for further exploration. Crow's occult investigtations led him to write a number of short works, such as "The science of dreams : a study of sleep and dreams" (Theosophical Publ. House, Madras, ca. 1935), and a series of short works published by Michael Houghton in the 1940s including "The occult properties of herbs and plants", "Astronomical religion: ancient astrology as key to symbolic worship," "Mysteries of the ancients" , "Mysteries of the ancients The astrological correspondences of animals, herbs and jewels", "Human anatomy in temple architecture", and others, many of which have subsequently been reprinted. His major occult work "History of Magic, Witchcraft and Occultism" was published in 1968.
Crow's bibliographical history is as complex as his biography, and apparently as little explored. He published a large number of short works, some privately and the others almost always with small presses. We are not aware of a complete bibliography or even a check-list of his writings. As far as we can determine none of the essays in this folder have been published - at least we have been unable to find anything with their titles associated with his name. It is possible that some parts of them may have been adapted into other works with different titles, but there is no evidence of this. So they appear unpublished as such, and it is indeed quite possible that these are the only surviving copies of the texts.
All the leaves have two holes neatly punched for use in the binder-ring in the left hand margin, and some of the sheets of the essay "Birthmarks" are also punched in the right margin - evidently an error. The pages of the manuscript "The Aeon of Horus" are quite darkened with some pale foxing, and a little chipped around the edges, but are still perfectly legible and sound. All the typescript pages are clean, and in VG+ condition, as is the binder. Obviously unique. Item #71670

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