LIBER CCCXXXIII. THE BOOK OF LIES Which is also Falsely Called Breaks. The Wanderings or Falsifications of the One Thought of Frater Perdurabo, Which Thought Is Itself Untrue.
Price: $2,250.00 USD
Place Published: London
Publisher: Weiland and Co. 33 Avenue Studios, South Kensington.
Date Published: 1913-a lie, it was 1912
Edition: First Edition
Condition: Near Fine
Book Id: 310896
First edition. 12mo (145 x 90 mm), original black buckram titled in gilt on spine, decorated with an Egyptian design in gilt on front panel.  pp, two tipped-in photogravure plates with plain tissue guards [Aleister Crowley as Frater Perdurabo on the Deosai Plateau, End of his first Himalayan Expedition (pp 14-15) and Leila Waddell as "L.A.Y.L.A.H." (pp 94-95)]. The Errata slip inserted between pages 60 and 61 is present in this copy (it is lacking in many). Notes, Pro and Con Tents and 15 pp catalogue "The Excreta of Mr. Aleister Crowley" at rear, included in the pagination. Very slight rubbing to the cloth at the edges, one faint mark to front panel.
¶ An A.:. A.:. publication in Classes C and D. The book consists of 93 chapters, each of which consists of one page of text. The chapters include a question mark, poems, rituals, instructions, and obscure allusions and cryptograms. The subject of each chapter is generally determined by its number and its corresponding Qabalistic meaning. One chapter is supposed to hold the secret of the IXth degree of the Ordo Templi Orientis, according to Theodore Reuss, although he apparently referred to this chapter during a visit in 1910 (two years before the books publication); Crowley neatly sidestepped this indiscretion by referring to it as an event that "could not possibly have occurred". In addition, Chapter 44 of the book is the important ritual "The Mass of the Phoenix".