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AL LIBER LEGIS


     

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AL, Liber Legis.  The Book of the Law, sub figura XXXI.

   

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Variations
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11 copies printed.1
Small 8vo handmade paper quire + half-quire insert, 16.8 x 13.7 cm, issued folded and uncut.  Rubricated type and fleurons, Greek, Hebrew and signatures in holograph.1
With a facsimile of the MS. of Liber Legis as 65 sheets of photographic paper, 16.3 x 12.8 cm, printed one side at 59% of original size.1
All contained in a box of red leather over board with lid, 17.8 x 15.5 x 20.1 cm.1

The title leaf is printed in red and black.2

AL | Liber Legis | The Book of the Law | sub figura XXXI : as delivered by | 93
—  עיוז  — 418 | to | Ankh-af-na-khonsu | the Priest of the Princes | who is | תריון  —  Το Μεγα Θηοιου | 666 | Now issued privately after 22 years of preparation to eleven persons | Anno 02 Sol in 18° 32' 45'' Aries | Luna in 7° 16' 55'' Pisces | From the Lair of the Lion.1

 
Publisher: Privately published.  
Printer:    
Published At: Tunis.1  
Date: 9 April 1926.3  
Edition: 1st Edition.  
Pages:

11 pages + blank endpage + 65 sheets unbound.1

 
Price:

The first eight copies were presented to acquaintances of Crowley.  The remaining four copies were offered for sale at the following prices:2
Copy 9 priced at £93.
Copy 10 priced at $418 (U.S. dollars).
Copy 11 priced at Rm2542 (German Reichsmarks).  This copy was either presented to or purchased by Gerald Yorke.2

 
Remarks:

The following eight people, as stated on the limitation page, were presented copies by Crowley:2
Copy 1 Presented to 777-418 (Charles Stansfeld Jones ‘Frater Achad’).
Copy 2 Presented to 156: 31-666-31: 667 (Leah Hirsig).  In a 22 August 1927 letter Leah Hirsig returned her copy to Crowley with the following reply:  “I therefore return Copy No. 2 of your Book, signifying thereby that I revoke all my recognition of you heretofore as Beast, or Priest of the Princes, or as having any authority whatsoever in respect of the Law of Thelema.”3
Copy 3 Presented to Saturnus (Karl Germer).
Copy 4 Presented to 516 (Jane Wolfe).
Copy 5 Presented to Ich Will: O.G. (Otto Gebhardi).
Copy 6 Presented to 666.  Crowley's personal copy.  This copy was still in Crowley's possession when he passed away at Netherwood.4
Copy 7 Presented to 666-14 (Dorothy Olsen).
Copy 8 Presented to ΘΣα (Dorothea Walker).


In Chicago, in 1931, Cecil Frederick Russell issued photographic reproductions from copy number 7 belonging to Dorothy Olsen.2

 
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Author’s
Working
Versions:

1. Typescript with corrections in the hand of Aleister Crowley.  Pages:  4.  Warburg Institute Collection.
2. Bound page proofs of a facsimile edition of Crowley’s manuscript of the text, with printed version at the foot of each leaf.  Has pencil flyleaf annotation by Gerald Yorke.  Pages:  237-301, facsimiles.  26 cm.  London.  19—.  Warburg Institute Collection.
3. Copy of holograph manuscript.  Pages:  65.  Box 2, Folders 8-9.  Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.
4.

Page proofs with revisions in the hand of Aleister Crowley.  Pages:  35.  Dated:  1909.  Box 2, Folders 8-9.  Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.

 

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Bibliographic
Sources:
1.

Crowley, Aleister, The Book of the Law / Liber Al vel Legis, Red Wheel/Weiser. LLC, Boston, MA, 2004, p. 153.

2.

d'Arch Smith, Timothy, The Books of the Beast, Mandrake, Oxford, 1991, p. 18.

3.

Kaczynski, Richard, Perdurabo:  The Life of Aleister Crowley, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2010, p. 425.

4. Kenneth Grant, Remembering Aleister Crowley, Skoob Books Publishing, London, 1991, p.54.
 

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