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THE WORKS OF ALEISTER CROWLEY - VOLUME II

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Title:

The Collected Works of Aleister Crowley (Volume II).

   

Upper Cover

 

Lower Cover

  

Spine

 

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Volumes 1, 2 & 3

 

Vellum - Volumes 1, 2 & 3

 

Vellum - Volumes 1, 2 & 3

 

Title Page

 

Publisher's Note

 

Essay Competition

 

"India Paper" Watermark

 

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Printed on India paper.1
Bound in either black camel’s hair wrappers or limp vellum with silk ties.1
Upper cover lettered in white ‘THE | COLLECTED WORKS | OF | ALEISTER CROWLEY | VOL. II.’.2
7 3/4” x 5 3/8”3

 
Publisher:

Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth (S.P.R.T.).1

 
Printer:

Ballantyne, Hanson & Co.

 
Published At:

Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness.1

 
Date:

1906.1

 
Edition:

1st Edition.

 
Pages:

x + 283.1

 
Price:

 

 
Remarks:

This is the “Essay Competition” edition. 

Ivor Back, an old friend of Crowley's who was both a practicing surgeon and an enthusiast of literature served as the editor for the Collected Works.

 
Pagination:2

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Contents

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Publisher’s note

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Contents:

ORACLES: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN ART

- The Death of a Drunkard
- A Peep Behind the Scenes
- Lines on Being Invited to Meet the Premier in Wales, September, 1892
- The Balloon
- Spolia Opima
- A Welcome to Jabez
- Elvina
- Adaptation of “Onward Christian Soldiers” to the Needs of the Brethren
- To Mrs. O...n C...t
- The Little Half-Sovereign
- Ode to Sappho
- In a Lesbian Meadow
- “ ‘Tis Pity—”
- Epilogue to “Green Alps”
- Two Sonnets in Praise of a Publisher
- My Wife Dies
- Ode to Venus Callipyge
- The Cannibals
- The Blood-Lotus
- The Nativity
- Translations from Baudelaire
- Chaldean Fools
- Call of the Slyphs
- Invocation
- Hymn to Apollo
- The Hermit’s Hymn to Solitude
- The Storm
- Assumpta Canida
- Venus
- A Litany
- March in the Tropics
- Night in the Valley
- Metempsychosis
- Advice of a Letter
- On Waikiki Beach
- The Triads of Despair
- The Dance of Shiva
- Sonnet for a Picture
- The House
- Anima Lunae
- “ ‘Sabbé Pi Dukkham”
- Dhammapada
- St. Patrick’s Day, 1902
- The Earl’s Quest
- Eve
- The Sibyl
- La Coureuse
- Sonnet for a Picture
- To “Elizabeth”
- Rondels (At Monte Carlo)
- In the Great Pyramid of Ghizeh
- The Hills

ALICE: AN ADULTERY

- Introduction by the Editor
What Lay Before
- White Poppy
- Messaline
- California
- Margaret
Alice: An Adultery
- The First Day
- The Second Day
- The Third Day
- The Fourth Day
- Reincarnation
- The Fifth Day
- The Sixth Day
- The Seventh Day
- The Eighth Day
- The Ninth Day
- The Tenth Day
- The Eleventh Day
- The Twelfth Day
- Red Poppy
- The Thirteenth Day
- The Fourteenth Day
- The Fifteenth Day
- The Sixteenth Day
- Alice
- The Seventeenth Day
- The Eighteenth Day
- The Nineteenth Day
- The Twentieth Day
- The Twenty-First Day
- The Twenty-Second Day
- The Twenty-Third Day
- The Twenty-Fourth Day
- The Twenty-Fifth Day
- The Twenty-Sixth Day
 - Under the Palms
- The Twenty-Seventh Day
- The Twenty-Eighth Day
- The Twenty-Ninth Day
- The Thirtieth Day
- The Day Without a Number
- The Thirty-First Day
- The Thirty-Second Day
- The Thirty-Third Day
- The Thirty-Fourth Day
- The Thirty-Fifth Day
- The Thirty-Sixth Day
- Lethe
- The Thirty-Seventh Day
- The Thirty-Eighth Day
- The Thirty-Ninth Day
- The Fortieth Day
- The Forty-First Day
- The Forty-Second Day
- At Last
- The Forty-Third Day
- The Forty-Fourth Day
- The Forty-Fifth Day
- The Forty-Sixth Day
- The Forty-Seventh Day
- The Forty-Eighth Day
- The Forty-Ninth Day
- The Fiftieth Day
   I.
   II.
   III.
   IV.

THE ARGONAUTS

- Actus Primus – Jason
- Actus Secundus – Argo
- Actus Tertius – Medea
- Actus Quartus – Sirenae
- Actus Quintus - Ares

AHAB AND OTHER POEMS

- Dedicace
- Rondel
- Ahab. Part I.
- Ahab. Part II.
- New Year, 1903
- Melusine
- The Dream

THE GOD-EATER

- Act I.
- Act II.

THE SWORD OF SONG

- Preliminary Invocation – Nothing
- Introduction to “Ascension Day and Pentecost”
- Ascension Day
- Pentecost
- Notes to Ascension Day and Pentecost
   Note to Introduction
   Notes to Ascension Day
   Notes to Pentecost
AMBROSII MAGI HORTUS ROSARUM
THE THREE CHARACTERISTICS
- I.
- II.
- III.
- IV.
- V.
- VI.
- VII.
- VIII.
- IX.
- X.
- XI.
- XII.
- XIII.

BERASHITH: AN ESSAY IN ONTOLOGY

SCIENCE AND BUDDHISM

- I.
- II.
- III. The Four Noble Truths
- IV. The Three Characteristics
- V. Karma
- VI. The Ten Fetters or San-Yoganas
- VII. The Relative Reality of Certain States of Consciousness
- VIII. Mahasatipatthana
- IX. Agnosticism
- X. The Noble Eightfold Path
- XI. The Twilight of the Germans
- XII. The Three Refuges
- XIII. Conclusion

THE EXCLUDED MIDDLE: OR, THE SCEPTIC REFUTED

TIME

EPILOGUE

 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

 

 

Other
Known
Editions:

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Volumes I - III.  Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth (S.P.R.T.), Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness., 1907.  “Essay Competition Edition”.  Three volumes bound as one.

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Volumes I - III.  Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth (S.P.R.T.), Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness., 1907.  “Traveller’s Edition”.  Three volumes bound as one.

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Volumes I - III.  Yogi Press, Illinois, 1974.  Each volume bound separately.

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Volumes I - III.  Gordon Press, New York, 1974.  Each volume bound separately.

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Volumes I - III.  Yogi Press, Illinois, No Date.  Three volumes bound as one.

 
Bibliographic
Sources:

1.

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. 44-45.

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. 51-52. 

3. Lawrence Sutin, Do What Thou Wilt:  A Life of Aleister Crowley, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2002, p. 142.

 

Comments by
Aleister
Crowley:

     We wandered back to Boleskine, after arranging with a doctor named Percival Bott to come and stay with us and undertake the accouchement. I asked my Aunt Annie to preside over the household, and an old friend of Gerald’s (Kelly) and mine, Ivor Back, at this time a surgeon at St. George’s, to make up the house party. Ivor Back is one of the most amusing companions possible, to those who can stand him. He knows a good deal about literature and had published in The Hospital magazine some of the poems in which I had celebrated various diseases. I dedicated my In Residence, a collection of my undergraduate verses, to him, and he collaborated with me to a certain extent in the composition of various masterpieces of the lighter kind. He and Gerald are also responsible for numerous improvements in the preface to Alice, An Adultery. He also edited the three volumes of my Collected Works, supplying learned notes to divers obscure passages.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Pages 405-406.

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     My activities as a publisher were at this time remarkable. I had issued The God-Eater and The Star & the Garter through Charles Watts & Co. of the Rationalist Press Association, but there was still no such demand for my books as to indicate that I had touched the great heart of the British public. I decided that it would save trouble to publish them myself. I decided to call myself the Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth, and issued The Argonauts, The Sword of Song, the Book of the Goetia of Solomon the King, Why Jesus Wept, Oracles, Orpheus, Gargoyles and The Collected Works. I had simply no idea of business. Besides this, I was in no need of money; my responsibility to the gods was to write as I was inspired; my responsibility to mankind was to publish what I wrote. But it ended there. As long as what I wrote was technically accessible to the public through the British Museum, and such places, my hands were clean.
     And yet I took a course implying a diametrically opposite state of mind. I printed a large edition of The Star & the Garter, and issued it at a shilling, with the idea of reaching the people who might have been unable to buy my more expensive books. I printed a leaflet and circularized the educated classes. (I have no copy available.) The meat of the circular was the offer of one hundred pounds for the best essay on my work. The business idea was to induce people to buy my Collected Works in order to have material for the essay. This offer led ultimately to far-reaching results; in fact, it determined the course of my life for a number of years. The winner of the prize became an intimate friend and colleague. His scholarship, acumen, enthusiasm and indefatigability proved most important factors in the execution of the orders of the Secret Chiefs.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 406.

 
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