Item #72038 Single-page typescript copies of three short works by Crowley: "The Warrior", "The King and the Goddess" and "The Child" Aleister CROWLEY.
Single-page typescript copies of three short works by Crowley: "The Warrior", "The King and the Goddess" and "The Child"
Single-page typescript copies of three short works by Crowley: "The Warrior", "The King and the Goddess" and "The Child"
Single-page typescript copies of three short works by Crowley: "The Warrior", "The King and the Goddess" and "The Child"

Single-page typescript copies of three short works by Crowley: "The Warrior", "The King and the Goddess" and "The Child"

NP, ND (Circa 1950s). Three short carbon copy typescripts of works by Aleister Crowley: each is typed on the recto only of a sheet of 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inch medium-weight typing paper. Each page is headed at the top with the title of the piece, with "By Aleister Crowley" in a line below that, and at the bottom of the page, under the text, with "Equinox, I. I." followed by the page numbers on which the text originally appeared. While it is so that all three pieces could be found in "The Equinox Vol. I, No. I" as parts of "Book I, The Foundations of the Temple, of, Solomon The King / and The nine cunning Craftsmen who laid them between the Watch-towers of Night-Day", what is of special interest is that each of the pieces found in the typescript is heavily abridged from the original. Thus the text of "The Warrior" TS begins about a page and a half into the published version, and is no more than a third of its total. "The King and the Goddess" is extrapolated from a piece title simply "The King" and once more begins about one and a half pages into the published text, and ends about a page later, being less than a quarter of the work. Unlike the other works, "The Child" has been retitled - the work from which it is extracted actually has the title "The White Watch-Tower." "The Child" is also the shortest of the pieces, being only half-a-page, and thus perhaps less than 20% of the length of the published work from which it was extracted. There is some mystery here, most notably as to why Crowley would have so radically abridged these works. To start with it seems most unlikely that the abridgement would have been done by anyone other than Crowley himself, he simply would not have allowed it. It is known that in the 1930s he had a number of his followers send out examples of his work to film studios, magazines and newspapers in the hope that they might find a place for them. For want of further evidence it seems likely that this might have been the purpose of these three pieces, that they were perhaps reduced in size in the hope that a magazine or newspaper might take them on as "filler." This would also explain why - unlike most typescripts of his work - these had his name on them. These three typescripts were prepared or commissioned by Gerald Yorke, presumably from originals that he either owned or borrowed, and sent to Wilfred Talbot Smith, with whom he regularly exchanged copies of Crowley material. Smith, (1885-1957 - "Frater Omnia Velle Nihil" = "Frater V.O.V.N." = "Frater Voven" / "Frater 132"), was a pioneer of Thelema in North America: an early member of British Columbia Lodge No 1 of the O.T.O., head of Agape Lodge of the O.T.O. in California, founder of "The Church of Thelema," and a long term associate of Aleister Crowley. After Smith's death they were inherited by his widow, Helen Parsons Smith (Soror Grimaud: 1910 - 2003), ex-wife of Jack Parsons, long time member of Agape Lodge of the O.T.O., and Crowley publisher, from whose archive they came. Like all material sold by Weiser Antiquarian Books they typescripts are guaranteed as described, and in this case come with a certificate of authenticity. There is some mild creasing to the edges, and one page has a rust-mark caused by a staple in the upper left margin. Otherwise overall in VG+ condition. Item #72038

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