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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

 

Lower Cover

  

Cover Interior

 

Title Page

 

Excised Title Page

 

O.T.O. Prospectus

 

O.T.O. Prospectus

  

 

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Variations
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Stapled booklet bound in dark blue card covers.1
Printed on machine-made laid paper.1

Upper wrapper lettered in gilt ‘THE BOOK | OF THE LAW | A\ A\ lamen’1
6 1/4” x 4 1/2”.2

 
Publisher:

Privately published by the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) / Church of Thelema.1

 
Printer:

 

 
Published At:

1003 S. Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena, California.1

 
Date:

31 October 1942.4

 
Edition:

1st U.S. Edition.

 
Pages:

47 + 2 pages O.T.O. prospectus + 3 blank pages.1

 
Price:

 

 
Remarks:

Although the title page gives a date of 1938, this first American edition was not actually published until 1942. 
This edition was edited by Wilfred Talbot Smith and corrected several literal typographical errors contained in the 1938 London edition.1
The introduction is missing the words "Democracy dodders".  Presumably this was due to the war taking place at the time.3

Copies are sometimes found with the words "Church of Thelema | 1003 S. Orange Grove Ave. | Pasadena, Calif." or alternately just the address portion excised from the title page.3 

 
Pagination:

Page(s)

 

[  1]

Half-title

[  2]

[ornament:  dove descending]

[  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

[19-47]

Text

[  i-ii]

O.T.O. Prospectus

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

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The Equinox, Volume 1, Number 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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O.T.O., London, 1938.

+

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, p. 155.

2.

Personal observation of the item. 

3.

Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 148, “Aleister Crowley.  A Manuscript, Books, and Ephemera.”

4.

Martin P. Starr, The Unknown God, The Teitan Press, Inc., Bolingbrook, 2003, pp. 282-283.

 

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