Item #71959 Alexandra. Aleister CROWLEY, Anthony Naylor., Keith Richmond, Signed.
Alexandra.
Alexandra.
Alexandra.

Alexandra.

Thame, England: Mandrake Press, Ltd., 1991. Limited - First Published Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 48pp. White cloth with gilt device on upper board. Frontis. Edition Limited to 350 numbered copies, this being copy number 103. This copy SIGNED by the editor Keith Richmond. A decidedly odd poetic work that has as its focus the then-Queen of England, Alexandra (1844-1925), the wife of King Edward VII. In writing it Crowley did not shun vulgarity. Thus the Introductory Pindaric Ode is attributed to one "Ophelia Cox, nee McHunt": a name made up of a pair of crude homonyms the first of which was used as a pseudonym by a number of fin-de-siecle erotica writers (in this case it was of course Crowley) etc. and lest there was be any uncertainty as to who the Alexandra in question was, the text also contained a vertical acrostic spelling out "Alexandra Regina." The first edition of "Alexandra" was originally to have been published in 1909, but it seems quite unlikely that it ever went to press, as no copies other than the page proofs are known to survive. One story suggests that it was printed, but that all copies were amongst a shipment of Crowley books that were seized and destroyed by British Customs, but the fact that not a single copy is known to have survived makes this implausible. Certainly the disrespectful references to the British Royal Family in the person of Alexandra could have led to its destruction, but more likely Crowley thought better of the project and simply abandoned it. One certainty is that it did reach proof stage, for two groups of page proofs of "Alexandra" are known to survive: one in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, and one in the Yorke Collection at the Warburg Institute in London. The present edition - the first confirmed publication of "Alexandra" - was by released by the Mandrake Press Ltd., England, in 1991, and is based on the proofs in the Yorke collection. Four years later a different edition, "Alexandra. A Birthday Ode" based on the proofs in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, was released by Pangenetor Lodge Publications / The O.T.O. in Berkeley, CA. Both are now somewhat scarce. A hint of darkening to top edge, pages evenly and lightly toned, otherwise a clean, tight VG+ copy in VG+ dust jacket. (Dust jacket somewhat yellowed and discolored and with a few tiny tears and some creasing to the edges of the panels. Not clipped, now protected by removable mylar cover.). Item #71959
ISBN: 1872736041

Price: $135.00