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THE WORKS OF ALEISTER CROWLEY - VOLUME I

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Title:

The Collected Works of Aleister Crowley (Volume I).

   

Upper Cover

 

Lower Cover

  

Spine

 

Interior Cover

 

Volumes 1, 2 & 3

 

Vellum - Volumes 1, 2 & 3

 

Vellum - Volumes 1, 2 & 3

 

Title Page

 

Essay Competition

 

Competition Extension

 

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1000 copies printed on India paper.3
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. I.’.2
7 3/4” x 5 3/8”4

 
Publisher:

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

 
Printer:

Ballantyne, Hanson & Co.4

 
Published At:

Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness.1

 
Date:

1905.1

 
Edition:

1st Edition.

 
Pages:

x + 269.1

 
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.5

 
Pagination:2

Page(s)

 

[  i]

Half-title

[  ii]

‘ESSAY COMPETITION COPY’

[  iii]

Title-page

[  iv]

Printer’s imprint ‘Printed by BALLANTYNE, HANSON & CO. | At the Ballantyne Press’

[  v]

Editor’s preface (by Ivor Black)

[  vi]

Blank

[vii-ix]

Contents

[  x]

Blank

[1-264]

Text

[265-269]

Appendix, Colophon ‘Printed by BALLANTYNE, HANSON & CO. |Edinburgh & London’

[270-272]

Blanks

 
Contents:

ACELDAMA

- Dedication
- Aceldama

THE TALE OF ARCHAIS

- The Author’s Ballade of His Tale
- The Tale of Archais - Part I
- The Tale of Archais - Part II
- The Tale of Archais - Part III
- The Tale of Archais - Part IV
- Epilogue

SONGS OF THE SPIRIT

- Dedication
- The Goad
- In Memoriam A.J.B.
- The Quest
- The Alchemist
- Sonnets to Night
- The Philosopher’s Progress
- Sonnett
- An Ill Dream
- The Priest Speaks
- The Violet’s Love-Story
- The Farewell of Paracelsus to Aprile
- A Spring Snowstorm in Wastdale
- In Neville’s Court, Trinity College, Cambridge
- Succubus
- A Rondel
- Nightfall
- The Initiation
- Isaiah
- The Storm
- Wheat and Wine
- A Rondel
- The Visions of the Ordeal
- Power
- Vespers
- By the Cam
- Astrology
- Dædalus
- Epilogue

THE POEM

- Scene I
- Scene II
- Scene III
- Scene IV

JEPHTHAH

- Preliminary Invocation
- Jephthah

MYSTERIES

- The Five Kisses
   I. After Confession
   II. The Flight
   III. The Spirit After
   IV. The Voyage Southward
   V. The Ultimate Voyage
- The Honourable Adulterers
   I.
   II.
- The Legend of Ben Ledi
- A Descent of the Moench
- In a Cornfield
- Dreams
- The Triumph of Man
- The Dreaming Death
- A Sonnett in Spring
- De Profundis
- Two Sonnetts
   I. “My Soul is Aching”
   II. “The Constant Ripple”
- A Valentine
- Ode to Poesy
- Two Sonnets
   I. “Self-Damned, The Leprous Moisture”
   II. “Lust, Impotence”
- Beside the River
- Man’s Hope
- Sonnet
- A Woodland Idyll
- Perdurabo
- On Garret Hostel Bridge
- Astray in Her Paths
- Sonnet to Clytie
- A Valentine, ‘98
- Penelope
- A Sonnet of Blasphemy
- The Rape of Death
- In the Woods with Shelley
- A Vision Upon Ushba
- Elegy
- Epilogue

JEZEBEL AND OTHER TRAGIC POEMS

- Dédicace
- Perdita
- Jezebel. Part I.
- Jezebel. Part II.
- Concerning Certain Sins
- A Saint’s Damnation
- Lot
- Epilogue

AN APPEAL TO THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC

THE FATAL FORCE
THE MOTHER’S TRAGEDY
THE TEMPLE OF THEHOLY GHOST

I. The Court of the Profane:  Prologue-Obsession
- Fame
- The Mother at the Sabbath
- The Bridegroom
- The Altar of Artemis
- The Course of True Love
- Asmodel
- Madonna of the Golden Eyes
- Love at Peace
- Mors Janua Amoris
- The May Queen
- Sidonia the Sorceress
- The Growth of God
- To Richard Wagner
- The Two Emotions
- The Sonnet I.
- The Sonett. II.
- Wedlock. A Sonett
- Sonnet for Gerald Kelley’s Drawing of Jezebel
- Many Waters Cannot Quench Love
- Coenum Fatale
- The Summit of the Amorous Mountain
- Conventional Wickedness
- Love’s Wisdom
- The Pessimist’s Progress
- Nephthys
- Against the Tide
- Styx
- Love, Melancholy, Despair
II. The Gate of the Sanctuary
- To Laura
- The Lesbian Hell
- The Nameless Quest
- The Reaper
- The Two Minds
- The Two Wisdoms
- The Two Loves
- A Religious Bringing-up
- The Law of Change
- Synthesis
III. The Holy Place
- The Neophyte
- Sin:  An Ode
- The Name
- The Evocation
- The Rose and the Cross
- Happiness
- The Lord’s Day
- Cerberus
IV. The Holy of Holies
- The Palace of the World
- The Mountain Christ
- To Allan MacGregor
- The Rosicrucian
- The Athanor
- The Chant to be said or sung unto our Lady Isis
- A Litany

CARMEN SAECULARE

- Prologue - The Exile
- “Carmen Saeculare”
- In the Hour Before Revolt
- Epilogue

TANNHÄUSER

- Dedication
- Preface
- Tannhäuser
EPILOGUE:  A Death in Thessaly

APPENDIX:

Qabalistic Dogma

 

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.

+

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.

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, p. 239.

4. Personal observation of the item.
5. 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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