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THE BOOK OF THE LAW


     

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The Book of the Law.  Technically Called Liber AL vel Legis, sub figura CCXX as Delivered by XCIII = 418 to DCLXVI.

 

 

Upper Cover

State (a)

 

Lower Cover

State (a)

 

Interior Cover

State (a)

 

Title Page

State (a)

 

Upper Cover

State (b)

 

Lower Cover

State (b)

 

Spine

State (b)

 

Cover/Spine

State (b)

 

Interior Cover

State (b)

 

Title Page

State (b)

 

Master Therion

 

Advertisement for

Equinox of the Gods

 

Equinox of the Gods

Order Form

 

Advertisement for

Magick

 

Life and Liberty

Page 1

 

Life and Liberty

Page 2

 

Print

Variations:

State (a):

Printed on machine-made paper.1

All edges cut.1 

Staple-bound3 in white card wrappers.4

Upper cover lettered in black ‘THE BOOK | OF THE LAW | [rule]’3

6 1/2” x 4 7/8”.3

State (b):

Second Impression.1

Printed on Glastonbury paper.3

Bottom edge untrimmed.1 

Bound in red-orange buckram.1

Upper cover lettered in gilt ‘THE BOOK | OF THE LAW | [A\A\ lamen]’3

6 3/16” x 4 5/8”.3

Probably no more than 100 copies were printed.6

 

Publisher:

Privately published by the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.).1

 

Printer:

 

 

Published At:

London.1

 

Date:

21 March 1938.1

 

Edition:

First edition.

 

Pages:

50 + 1 page advertisements + 1 page order form + 1 page “Offer of Instruction” + 3 pages of additional advertisements.5

 

Price:

Priced at one shilling for State (a).1

Priced at two shillings and sixpence net for State (b) [NOTE:  The price on the title page reads "Price one shilling net" with it being crossed out and "2/6" written in by pen on many copies.1 

 

Remarks:

The text of verse 1:32 in State has the words "heart and tongue" reversed to read "tongue and heart."  This error was corrected in State (b).7

A copy was presented to Karl Germer with an inscription by Crowley which read “To my dear Brother in the Way.  From Ankh-f-n-Khonsu.”2

An additional copy was presented to Karl Germer with an inscription by Crowley which read “Fratri.  ad Magni (paper) Operis sui perfectionem.  An XII Sun in Aries.”2

 

Pagination:5

Page(s)

 

[  1]

Half-title

[  2]

[ornament:  dove descending] | ‘Baphomet’ in script

[  3]

Title-page

[  4]

Blank

[5-15]

Introduction

[  16]

A\A\ PUBLICATION IN CLASS A. | [A\A\ lamen]

[  17]

Divisional title ‘THE BOOK OF THE LAW’

[  18]

Blank

[19-50]

Text

[  51]

Advertisements

[  52]

Order form

[  53]

Offer of instruction

[54-56]

Advertisements

 

Contents:

 

 

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.

 

Other

Known

Editions:

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Holy Books, Volume III, O.T.O., London, 1909.

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The Equinox, Vol. I, No. 7, Page 368, Wieland and Co., London, 1912.

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The Equinox, Vol. I, No. 10, Page 9, Wieland and Co., London, 1913.

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AL, Liber Legis.  The Book of the Law, Privately Printed, Tunis, 1926.

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The Book of the Law, O.T.O. / Church of Thelema; Pasadena, California, 1942.,  

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Equinox of the Gods, O.T.O., London, 1936.

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Equinox of the Gods, O.T.O., London, 1937.

+

Equinox of the Gods, Wehman Bros., London, 1950’s.

 

Bibliographic

Sources:

1.

Aleister Crowley, The Book of the Law:  Liber Al vel Legis, Red Wheel/Weiser, York Beach, ME, 2004, pp. 154-155.

2.

Bill Heidrick, Thelema Lodge Calendar, November 1997, Internet resource last accessed on 27 November 2015.

3.

Personal observation of the item.

4.

Gerald Yorke, A Bibliography of the Works of Aleister Crowley (Expanded and Corrected by Clive Harper from Aleister Crowley, the Golden Dawn and Buddhism:  Reminiscences and Writings of Gerald Yorke, Keith Richmond, editor, The Teitan Press, York Beach, ME, 2011, p. 52.

5.

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, pp. 117-118. 

6.

Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 113, “Aleister Crowley:  Used and Rare Books and Ephemera.”

7.

Marlene Cornelius, Liber AL:  an examination¸Conjoined Creation, Berkeley, CA, 2013, p. 22.

 

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