Hampton, New Jersey: Thelema Publishing Company, 1954. First Edition - Second Issue. Hardcover. Large Quarto. (10 7/8 x 8 3/8 inches) [ivpp. - blanks] + xxx pp + 400pp [+ ivpp. - blanks]. Original maroon binder's cloth, with simple gilt titling to spine and upper board. Maroon endpapers. The second issue of the first edition of this work, published by Crowley's follower and successor Karl Germer, in a print-run of 100 copies. According to correspondence between Jane Wolfe and Karl Germer the first 50 sets of sheets were sent to an untried binder, who bound them in bright red cloth, and with the "k" in "Magick" accidentally omitted from the titling on the spine and the front cover. A few months later an associate of Germer, fellow magician Louis T. Culling, took the remaining sets of sheets to a different binder, who bound them in a deep maroon rather than bright red cloth, corrected the typo, and changed the font on the front cover from a mixture of upper and lower case to all upper case to match that on the spine.
In essence "Magick Without Tears" is Crowley's personal commentary on magical work and training, offered in the simplest and most straightforward terms, in the form of 80 letters addressed to students. Crowley's original working title for it was simply "Aleister Explains Everything."
PLEASE NOTE: At some stage this copy has been exposed to damp, causing a significant brown tide-mark to the edges of the text block. Curiously, and fortunately, it has hardly penetrated beyond the edges of the pages. As far as the actual text goes - as opposed to the edges - the last half-dozen leaves (the index) are most affected, and even they are not serverely marked. There is also a little pale foxing to the title and half-title pages but aside from this and the the occasional pale coffee-coloured spot, or "bleed" from the edges the rest of the text is otherwise clean. Corners of boards lightly bruised, cloth a little darkened in places and with a few small light marks to the rear board. In short, this is a tight, solid copy, with only a few signs of age/use to the boards, and which would rate quite well in terms of condition were it not for the unfortunate staining to the edges of the text block (no jacket issued). Item #72147