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Chicago May.  A Love Poem.

   

Upper Cover: State (b)

 

Lower Cover: State (b)

 

Interior Cover: State (b)

 

Title Page: State (b)

 

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State (a): 3 copies printed on vellum.2
Should be numbered 1-3 and signed.2
State (b): 50 copies printed on Whatman4 hand-made paper.2
Bound in thick red paper wrappers.3
Upper cover lettered in black ‘CHICAGO MAY’.3
Should be number 4-53 and signed.2
 
Publisher: Privately printed.1  
Printer:    
Published At: New York.1  
Date: 1914.1  
Edition: 1st Edition.  
Pages: 27.  
Price: Priced at 5 guineas.1  
Remarks:

The authenticity of the signatures in these books is highly suspect as they do not resemble any other known example of Crowley's signature.  (See examples at right.)

Mary Desti (Soror Virakem) is the focus of Crowley's rather unflattering poetry.5

Crowley received a copy of Chicago May from the printer on 9 January 1914.6

Dedicated to Austin Harrison.3 
Title page printed in red and black.
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Pagination:3
Page(s)  
[  1] Title-page
[  2] Dedication
[3-26] Text
[  27] Limitation information
 
Contents:

-  Part I – Rome - December
-  Part II – London - January
-  Part III - La Manche - February
-  Part IV – Cherbourg – March
-  Part V – Domain D’Hardelot - April

 

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Mandrake Publishing, England, 1993.

 
Bibliographic
Sources:
1.

Gerald J. Yorke, Bibliography of the Works of Aleister Crowley in John Symonds The Great Beast, Rider and Co., London & New York, 1951, p. 304.

2. Aleister Crowley, Chicago May, New York, 1914, per limitation page.
3. Personal observation of the item.
4. Timothy d’Arch Smith, The Books of the Beast,  Mandrake, Oxford; 1991, p. 33.
5. Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., Panic in Detroit:  The Magician and the Motor City, Blue Equinox Oasis, Royal Oak, Michigan, 2006, pp. 65-66.
6. John Symonds, The Great Beast, Mayflower Books Ltd., Frogmore, St Albans, Herts, 1973, p. 208.
 

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