Kelmscott Press

Aleister Crowley, Pseudonym: The Master Therion:
The Book of Thoth. A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians



Abbildung eins zu No. 2753, Crowley, Aleister (Pseudonym: The Master Therion)


Abbildung zwei zu No. 2753, Crowley, Aleister (Pseudonym: The Master Therion)


Aleister Crowley, Pseudonym: The Master Therion — Frieda Harris (Künstler): The Book of Thoth. A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians. Being The Equinox Volume III No. V by The Master Therion. Artist Executant: Frieda Harris.

London: Chiswick Press for O.T.O., 1944 / York, Maine: Samuel Weiser, 2007.  Groß-Octavo. ca. 252 x 189 mm. [2 blank], frontispiece, xii, 287, [2], [3 blank] pp. ❦ Werden nach den Formatangaben Maße in Millimetern genannt, beziehen sich diese auf die Blattgrößen, Höhe vor Breite, i. A. gemessen in den Buchblockmitten. With eight tipped-in colour plates, and twenty collotype b/w plates depicting the Trumps, Court Cards, and Small Cards.

Original brown half morocco, five raised bands, spine gilt with title, Crowley’s Egyptian seal and OTO lamen; fore-edge and lower edge uncut. Covers decorated with a facsimile of the Egyptian design of the coloured paper of the 1944 edition. ❦ Werden innerhalb der Einbandbeschreibungen die Einbandgrößen angeführt, so steht Höhe vor Breite vor Dicke.
An dieser Stelle befindliche bibliographische Angaben beziehen sich auf den Buchbinder bzw. den Einband.

Crowley’s last and best book. This second issue of the first edition is limited to eleven copies, printed by the Chiswick Press upon “Unbleached Arnold”, each of which is accompanied by an original autograph letter, signed, from Aleister Crowley to the ‘artist executant’ of the book, Lady Harris.
 The first edition of “The Book of Thoth” was published in 1944 in an edition of 200 signed and numbered copies. In 2007 a crate containing eleven sets of unbound, unsigned and unnumbered copies of this original edition was found in the estate of a friend of Crowley’s: Edward Noel FitzGerald. These sheets formed the basis for the present ‘issue’. Each of the eleven copies has been bound by an American master bookbinder in a facsimile of the original half-leather binding with papered boards with Egyptian motif. Great effort has been taken to match the original materials and style as closely as possible, leather was sourced from a supplier in England, the Egyptian-patterned paper and color plates were specially commissioned from a craftsman printer, and even the original dies were unearthed and used to stamp the gold OTO lamen and Crowley’s seal of Ankh-f-n-khonsu on the spine.
 Included is an original handwritten letter by Crowley, signed ‘Aleister’, to Frieda Harris, dated March 4 (1941), written on both sides of a sheet of greyish blue notepaper, 202 x 126 mm, at begin and end with the Thelemic greetings written in full.
 With a bookplate mounted on the front pastedown, stating the limitation and provenance of the second issue, and a four-page booklet, printed on the same paper as the book itself, outlining the history of the volume.
“... a book in every way as important as Magick or The Book of the Law” (d’Arch Smith, p. 34).

Small erased stamp on blank leaf, else fine.

Brauner Original-Halblederband mit Rücken und breiten Ecken aus Maroquin. Rücken mit fünf erhabenen Bünden, vergoldet mit Titel, Crowleys Kartusche und OTO-Siegel. Vorn und unten unbeschnitten. Fast neuwertig.

First edition, second issue. Cf. Yorke 63,C.5 – Fuller p. 19 – Parfitt/Drylie 147 – d’Arch Smith p. 34. ❦ Bibliographische Angaben zu diesem Buch: soweit verfügbar werden zuerst Personalbibliographien angeführt, dann Sachbibliographien und allgemeine.