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The Soldier and the Hunchback  ! and ?

 

 

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"Soldier . . ." Headline Detail

 

"Equinox" Headline Detail

 

 

Print
Variations
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Unknown number of copies off-printed from The Equinox and bound separately.1
Pages cut and trimmed on all sides.
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Bound in black cloth.3
Spine stamped vertically up the spine in gilt ‘THE SOLDIER & THE HUNCHBACK BY A. CROWLEY.’
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9 3/8” x 7 1/4”.
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Publisher: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co.  
Printer:    
Published At: London.  
Date: circa 1909.  
Edition: Offprint from The Equinox.1  
Pages:

ii + 23.1

 
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Remarks:

Originally published in the Equinox, March 1909.

Retains the same page numbering and headlines as originally published in the Equinox.3
Editions also exist published by Ballantyne & Co., Ltd, London, 1909.2

Written in Gibraltar on 13 September 1908.

 
Pagination:1
Page(s)  
[  i] Title page
[  ii] Blank
[113-135] Text
[  i] Blank
 
Contents:

- The Soldier and the Hunchback  ! and ?

 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

1.

Holograph manuscript with revisions in the hand of Aleister Crowley.  Pages:  51.  No date.  Box 4, Folder 5.  Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.

 

Other
Known
Editions:

The Soldier and the Hunchback, Ballantyne & Co., Ltd, London, 1909.
The Equinox, Volume I, No. 1, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co., London, 21 March 1909. 
 
Bibliographic
Sources:
1.

Dianne Frances Rivers, A Bibliographic List with Special Reference To the Collection at the University of Texas,  Master of Arts Thesis, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1967, p. 75.  

2.

J. Edward Cornelius, The Aleister Crowley Desk Reference, The Teitan Press, York Beach, Maine, 2013, p. 296.

3. Personal observation of the item.
 

Comments by
Aleister
Crowley:

     In 1903, too, I wrote The Soldier and the Hunchback, ! and ? and The Psychology of Hashish. The one goes to the roots of scepticism and mysticism, and represents them as alternative moods, neither valued in itself yet each a complete answer to its predecessor. I show that by perseverance in transcending each in turn, the original crude distinction between affirmation and negation tends to disappear; the supreme

doubt is more positive than the more limited assertion.

     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.

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The Soldier and the Hunchback ! and ? which I still think one of the subtlest analyses that has ever been written on ontology, with its conclusion: that ecstatic affirmation and sceptical negation are neither of them valid in themselves but are alternate terms in an infinite series, a progression which is in itself a sublime and delightful path to pursue.

     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.

 
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