MOONCHILD. A Prologue.

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MOONCHILD. A Prologue.
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MOONCHILD. A Prologue.
MOONCHILD. A Prologue.
MOONCHILD. A Prologue.
MOONCHILD. A Prologue.
MOONCHILD. A Prologue.
MOONCHILD. A Prologue.
MOONCHILD. A Prologue.
MOONCHILD. A Prologue.
MOONCHILD. A Prologue.

Place Published: London
Publisher: The Mandrake Press
Date Published:
Edition: First Edition
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Fine in Dust Jacket
Book Id: 310897


First Edition. Crown octavo, publisher's original green cloth, spine titled and ruled in gilt. 335 pp. Printed by the Crypt House Press. Very mild browning to endpapers, as is common with this title. Lower corners slightly bumped, otherwise and overall a fine, fresh copy, in a fine example of the original colour pictorial dust wrapper designed by Beresford Egan, one of the most beautiful art-deco jackets of the period, The jacket has slight browning to the white paper areas, principally on the rear panel, but has no chips or tears, and is rarely encountered in such superlative condition. A stunning copy.


Crowley's major occult novel about a war between a group of white magicians and a group of black magicians over the soul of an unborn child, the "Moonchild". Numerous acquaintances of Crowley appear as thinly disguised fictional characters. Crowley portrays MacGregor Mathers as the primary villain, including him as a character named SRMD, using the abbreviation of Mathers' magical name. Arthur Edward Waite appears as a villain named Arthwaite, and the unseen head of the Inner Circle of which SRMD was a member, "A.B." is theosophist Annie Besant. Among Crowley's friends and allies Allen Bennett appears as Mahatera Phang, the dancer Isadora Duncan appears as Lavinia King, and her companion Mary D'Este (who helped Crowley write his magnum opus "Magick: Book 4" under her magical name 'Soror Virakam') appears as Lisa la Giuffria. Cyril Grey is Crowley himself.

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