York Beach, ME: Samuel Weiser Publishing, Inc., 1998. First Edition Thus. Hardcovers. Two volumes. Thick Quartos. Each of the two volumes contains over 2000 pages. Original white cloth with gilt title, etc. to spine and front cover, gilt rules on spine and covers, color frontispiece, and color plates & b&w illustrations. This two volume facsimile edition contains the complete, text, illustrations, etc. of the ten volumes which make up the first series (or 'volume') of "The Equinox", which was originally published biannually between 1909 & 1913. Crowley was the editor and principal author of most of the volumes of "The Equinox", which contained a variety of poetry, fiction, and reviews - generally with esoteric themes - alongside a number of articles of occult instruction. This edition includes an Introduction by Israel Regardie and the first ever publication of Crowley's "Notes and Corrections" - taken from his own set of the First Edition in the Yorke collection as an appendix at the rear.
There is also a new Introduction, and biographical notes on Contributors, by the editor, Frater Veritas Vincit (that is: the Frater Superior of the O.T.O., Hymenaeus Beta).
There is a one inch horizontal cut to the mid-lower spine of Book. I (probably careless use of a box-cutter when the set was being unpacked at some stage), and the bindings of both volumes show just hint of ordinary shelfwear, and a little darkening to the rear covers. There is a small abraded area slightly bigger than a cigarette end on the title-page of Book II which has obliterated much of the word "Method" and there is a corresponding patch with surface damage to the word "Equinox" in the bannerhead on the adjacent page. It seems almost certain that at some time, possibly during the binding, a spot of glue fell on one of the pages, and when they were opened the surfaces were damaged. Fortunately it was superficially, and there is not even a hole in the paper, just the surface abrasion. Otherwise both volumes are internally bright, tight and clean - and appear unread. Thus were it not for the spot and the abrasion on the pages it would rate as a VG+ set. The set lacks the flimsy thin cardboard slipcase in which it was issued - which was so insubstantial that it is almost alway missing or damaged - but is still in the original cardboard shipping box - also is in VG+ condition (no dustjackets - none issued). Large heavy set - shipping at cost to all destinations. OUT OF PRINT and scarce. Item #72009