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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

 

Ad - Equinox of the Gods

 

Equinox Order Form

 

Ad - Magick

 

Life and Liberty 1

 

Life and Liberty 2

 

Print
Variations
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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.4
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:

+

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

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The Equinox, Volume 1, Number 7, Page 368, Wieland and Co., London, 1912.

+

The Equinox, Volume 1, Number 10, Page 9, Wieland and Co., London, 1913.

+

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

+

O.T.O./Church of Thelema; Pasadena, California, 1942

+

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

+

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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