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THE BOOK OF THOTH


     

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The Book of Thoth.  A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians.  Being The Equinox Volume III, No. V.

   

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Bookplate

 

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Variations
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This issue consists of 11 unbound sets of sheets from the original 1944 first edition of this work that were discovered and subsequently bound by Weiser Antiquarian Books in 2007.1
Printed on Arnold unbleached hand-made paper.1
All edges are uncut.  (This was done to distinguish this issue from the true first edition in which the top edges are cut and gilt)1
Bound in half morocco Niger leather over papered boards in a four color Egyptian design.1 
Spine stamped in gilt horizontally across spine ‘THE | BOOK | OF | THOTH | [ornament - Seal of Ankh-f-n-khonsu] | OTO | [ornament - OTO Lamen]’1
Signed by way of the inclusion of a signed handwritten letter from Crowley to Lady Frieda Harris.1
The eight-color plates are reproductions of the originals.
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Contains a bookplate on the front pastedown stating the provenance of the book and its limitation.
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Each copy included a four-page booklet detailing the history of the book and printed on original mould-made paper by the Mandrake Press, Ltd.
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Publisher: Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) / Weiser Antiquarian Books.1  
Printer: Chiswick Press.  
Published At: London / Maine.1  
Date: 21 March 1944 e.v., 5.29 p.m. [from title page] / 2007.1  
Edition: 1st Edition, Second Issue.1  
Pages:

xii + 287.5

 
Price:

 

 
Remarks:

Eleven complete unbound, unsigned and unnumbered sets of sheets of the 1944 first edition of The Book of Thoth were discovered in a printer's crate which was part of the Edward Noel Fitzgerald collection.  These unbound sheets were subsequently bound by Weiser Antiquarian Books in 2007 in a facsimile of the first edition.  The reproduction color plates and Egyptian-patterned paper were prepared by Mandrake Press Ltd.1

 
Pagination:2
Page(s)  
[  i] Half-title
[  ii] Limitation notice
[  iii] Blank
[  iv] Color plate mounted [The Hierophant]
[  v] Title-page
[  vi] Quotation from the Book of Lies, printer’s imprint ‘Made and Printed in Great Britain by | the Chiswick Press Ltd., London, N. 11’
[vii-x] Contents
[xi-xii] Bibliographical note
[  1] Divisional title ‘PART ONE | THE THEORY OF THE TAROT’
[  2] Blank
[3-48] Text
[  49] Blank
[  50] Color plate mounted [Lust]
[  51] Divisional title ‘PART TWO | THE ATU | (KEYS OR TRUMPS)’
[  52] Blank
[53-142] Text
[143] Blank
[144] Color plate mounted [Ace of Swords]
[145] Divisional title ‘PART THREE | THE COURT CARDS’
[146] Blank
[147-171] Text
[172-173] Blanks
[174] Color plate mounted [Ace of Disks]
[175] Divisional title ‘PART IV | THE SMALL CARDS’
[176] Blank
[177-220] Text
[221] Blank
[222] Color plate mounted [Lovers]
[223] Divisional title ‘PLATES’
[224] Blank
[225-244] Illustrations of “The small cards" and diagrams
[245] Blank
[246] Color plate mounted [The Sun]
[247] Divisional title ‘APPENDIX A THE BEHAVIOR OF THE TAROT:  ITS USE IN | THE ART OF DIVINATION’
[248] Blank
[249-260] Text (Appendix A)
[261] Blank
[262] Color plate mounted [The Universe]
[263] Divisional title ‘APPENDIX B’
[264] Blank
[265-270] Text (Appendix B)
[271] Blank
[272] Color plate mounted [The Key Scale]
[273-287] Text (Appendix B)
[288] Blank
[289] Colophon ‘[device of the Chiswick Press] | CHISWICK PRESS LTD.
[290-292] Blanks
 
Contents:
-   Part One:  The Theory of the Tarot
-   Part Two:  The Atu (Keys or Trumps)
-   Part Three:  The Court Cards
-   Part Four:  The Small Cards
-   Appendix A
-   Appendix B
 
Illustrations
-   The Hierophant (Mounted color plate)
-   Lust (Mounted color plate)
-   Ace of Swords (Mounted color plate)
-   Ace of Disks (Mounted color plate)
-   The Lovers (Mounted color plate)
-   The Sun (Mounted color plate)
-   The Universe (Mounted color plate)
-   The Key Scale (Mounted color plate)
-   The Small Cards (20 pages)
-   Diagrams (4 pages)
 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

1. Partial manuscript.  Pages:  7.  Warburg Institute Collection.
2. Bound typescript.  Written by Aleister Crowley for use by Frieda Harris in designing the Book of Thoth tarot cards.  Pages:  409.  Warburg Institute Collection.
3. Manuscript letters between Aleister Crowley and Frieda Harris.  Pages:  111.  Syracuse University.
 

Other
Known
Editions:

+ Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), London, 1944.
+ Kashmarin Press, Berkeley, California, 1969.
+ Samuel Weiser, New York, 1969.
+ Lancer Books, NY PB, 1972.
+ Samuel Weiser, New York, 1973.
+ Samuel Weiser, New York, 1974.
+ Level Press, San Francisco, California, 1974.
+ U.S.Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT PB, January 1977.
+ Samuel Weiser, New York, 1978.
+ Samuel Weiser, New York, 1981.
+ Samuel Weiser, New York, 2000.
 
Bibliographic
Sources:
1. Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 20, “Aleister Crowley, Frieda Harris, and the Thoth Tarot.”
2. 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. 147-149.
 

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