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Carmen Saeculare.

   

Upper Cover: State (b)

 

Lower Cover: State (b)

 

Spine: State (b)

 

Title Page: State (b)

 

 

Upper Cover: State (d)

 

Lower Cover: State (d)

 

Spine: State (d)

 

Title Page: State (d)

 

Interior Cover: State (d)

 

 

Dedication:  All States

 

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Variations
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State (a):

2 copies printed on vellum.2
Bound in white buckram.2

Title-page states “Privately Issued”.2

State (b):

6 copies printed on Roman vellum.1
Title-page states “Privately Issued”.1

11 1/4” x 8 5/8”.3

______________________________

 

One copy currently resides in the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, (Call No. PR 6005 C27 1901b). 

Bound in vellum.3

Spine lettered in gilt vertically up the spine ‘CARMEN SAECULARE BY S. E. A. 1901’3

Interior dentelles stamped in gilt surrounding a panel of green watered silk which faces a half-lining of the same material.3

11 1/4” x 8 5/8”.3

State (c):

50 copies printed on hand-made paper1 by Abbey Mills, Greenfield.6 
Title-page states “Privately Issued”.1

11 1/4” x 8 5/8”.3

State (d):

450 copies printed on machine-made paper.1
Bound in green paper wrappers.1
Upper wrapper lettered in black ‘CARMEN SAECULARE | BY | St. E.A. OF M. AND S. | [ornament - Shamrock] | LONDON | KEGAN PAUL | TRENCH TRÜBNER & CO. LTD. | PATERNOSTER HOUSE CHARING CROSS ROAD | 1901’.3 

11 1/4” x 8 3/4”.8

 
Publisher:

States (a), (b) & (c) Privately Issued.2

State (d) published by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.1

 
Printer:

 

 
Published At:

London.1

 
Date: 1901.1  
Edition: 1st Edition.  
Pages: iii + 30.1  
Price:

State (d) priced at one shilling.1  Copies later sold for two shillings, six-pence.4

 
Remarks:

Published under the pseudonym of St. E. A. of M. and S.1

Crowley was disappointed with Kegan Paul's management of his book sales and closed his account with them in May of 1904.  Between 1902 and 1904, Kegan Paul had only managed to sell five copies of Carmen Saeculare.5

Crowley's personal vellum copy, bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, currently resides in the Gerald J. Yorke collection of the Warburg Institute.7

 
Pagination:3
Page(s)  
[i-ii] Blank
[  iii] Half-title
[  2] Dedication
[  3] Title-page
[  4] Blank
[9-17] Text
[  18] Blank
[19-25] Text
[  26] Blank
[27-30] Text
 
Contents:
- Prologue:  The Exile
- Carmen Saeculare
- In the Hour Before Revolt
- Epilogue:  To the American People on the Anniversary of their Independence
 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

1.

Holograph manuscript and printed version bound together.  Pages:  62.  Dated:  1900.  Box 6, Folder 7.  Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.

 

Other
Known
Editions:

+

The Collected Works of Aleister Crowley, Vol. I, pg. 214, Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth, Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness, 1905. 

+

Mandrake Press, London, 1993.

 
Bibliographic
Sources:
1. L. C. R. Duncombe-Jewell, Notes Towards An Outline of A Bibliography of the Writings in Prose and Verse of Aleister Crowley, The Works of Aleister Crowley, Volume III, Appendix A, Gordon Press, New York, 1974, pp. 235-236.  
2.

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, pp. 42.  

3.

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. 14-15.   

4. Aleister Crowley, Konx Om Pax, Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth / Walter Scott Publishing Co., Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness / London, 1907, Walter Scott publishing catalog (bound in back of book), p. 1.
5. Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., Perdurabo:  The Life of Aleister Crowley, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2010, p. 131.
6. Timothy d’Arch Smith, The Books of the Beast, Mandrake, Oxford, 1991, p. 24.
7. Ibid.1, p. 34.
8. Personal observation of the item.
 

Comments by
Aleister
Crowley:

     Carmen Saeculare was actually the result of a more or less prophetic vision. Some of its forecasts have turned out wonderfully well, though the century is yet young; others await fulfilment — but I do not propose to linger on merely to obtain so morbid a satisfaction!
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 189.
 
Reviews:

     . . . The poet foresees the dawn of an era of love, justice, and peace, when the Celtic race shall be restored to their own.  There are many strong, nervous lines, and some exalted thoughts.
The Daily News, date unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
       
   

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