New York: Castle Books. No Date . First American Edition. Hardcover. First American edition. Octavo, original blue cloth titled in gilt on spine panel. xxvii + 436 pp. Book dimensions are 9.5 x 6.5 inches, light-blue endpapers, printed on machine-made laid paper, fore-edges rough-trimmed, no ISBN; the dust jacket is printed on matt paper stock and priced at $10.00 on front flap. Status of this edition is unknown, but comparison with copies of the standard First American Edition show this to be a larger, deluxe edition bound in a superior style (cloth vs boards) and printed on superior paper (laid vs wove). The book was reprinted often, many later printings bear an ISBN and have dust wrappers printed on glossy paper. Spine panel a bit browned, spine lettering a bit dull, browning to edges of cloth and top page edges. Dust jacket has some mild wear at base of spine panel and a couple of 1/4-inch closed tears to the edges of the rear panel, browning to extremities and spine panel. The browning looks like very light smoke damage but there is no scent of smoke to the book; it could also be that it was stored in the house of a practitioner who had a woodstove and burned a lot of incense (but again, there's no smell). A very unusual copy. Very Good in Dust Jacket. Item #311546
¶ Edward Alexander (Aleister) Crowley, occultist, writer, mountaineer, philosopher, and mystic, 1875-1947. In many ways, the author's most important contribution to the literature of the occult.
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