Item #72148 The Book Of The Law [technically called Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI]. With two additional booklets "Liber II, The Message of The Master Therion" and "The Creed of the Thelemites" Aleister CROWLEY.
The Book Of The Law [technically called Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI]. With two additional booklets "Liber II, The Message of The Master Therion" and "The Creed of the Thelemites"
The Book Of The Law [technically called Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI]. With two additional booklets "Liber II, The Message of The Master Therion" and "The Creed of the Thelemites"
The Book Of The Law [technically called Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI]. With two additional booklets "Liber II, The Message of The Master Therion" and "The Creed of the Thelemites"
The Book Of The Law [technically called Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI]. With two additional booklets "Liber II, The Message of The Master Therion" and "The Creed of the Thelemites"
The Book Of The Law [technically called Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI]. With two additional booklets "Liber II, The Message of The Master Therion" and "The Creed of the Thelemites"

The Book Of The Law [technically called Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX as delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI]. With two additional booklets "Liber II, The Message of The Master Therion" and "The Creed of the Thelemites"

Pasadena: Privately issued: The O.T.O. / Church of Thelema, 1938 [1942]. First U.S. Edition - Second Issue. Softcover, small octavo (5 x 6 1/2 inches) 50pp. (+ 6pp adverts at rear) Booklet stapled in original blue wrappers, with title and A.'. A.'. sigil gilt stamped on upper wrapper. The second issue of the First U.S. Edition of "The Book of the Law." This edition was prepared by Wilfred Talbot Smith ("Frater Omnia Velle Nihil" = "Frater V.O.V.N." = "Frater Voven" / "Frater 132", 1885-1957), a pioneer of Thelema in North America: an early member of British Columbia Lodge No 1 of the O.T.O., then head of Agape Lodge of the O.T.O. in California, founder of "The Church of Thelema," a long term associate of Aleister Crowley, and subject of Martin Starr's biography "The Unknown God." The text of this edition was directly from the British edition of 1938, although it omits the final three leaves of notices and advertisements, and instead adds a two page notice headed simply "O.T.O." comprising material about the Order extracted from "The Equinox." According to Smith's biographer, Martin P. Starr, the reset text was carefully checked, but in a typical case of overlooking the obvious, they forgot to replace the original publication date on the title page (1938) with the intended publication date October 31, 1942. In a perhaps deliberate acknowledgement of wartime sensitivities, the words "Democracy Dodders" which had been the very first sentence of the fifth chapter the Introduction were omitted.
The book was published under the imprint of The Church of Thelema, 1003 S. Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena California. It is a handsome production, and is one of the few Thelemic publications prepared by a follower of which Crowley himselfis known to have approved. Following the schism with W. T. Smith, the members of Agape Lodge sought to further distance themselves from their former leader by excising the words: 'Church of Thelema / 1003 S. Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena Calif. ' from the title page of remaining copies of the Smith edition of "The Book of the Law" (both the name and the address being inextricably associated with Smith.) In some copies they scribbled through the now-offending text, in others, like this, they excised the bottom of the title-page to remove it. In bibliographic terms this alteration makes the book a "Second Issue" of this edition. INCLUDED are two other "Church of Thelema" publications: "Liber II, The Message of The Master Therion" and "The Creed of the Thelemites" (both in fine condition). There is a small tear to the front cover of "The Book of the Law", which has been almost invisibly closed from the rear with acid free tape tinted to matched the colour of the covers. The staples are rusty as always. General light signs of age and use, but still a VG+ copy of an increasingly difficult-to-find edition. Item #72148

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