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EIGHT LECTURES ON YOGA


     

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Eight Lectures on Yoga.  By Mahatma Guru Sri Paramahansa Shivaji.  Being The Equinox Volume III, Number Four.

   

Upper Cover - State (a)

 

Lower Cover - State (a)

 

 Title Page

 

Frontispiece

 

Errata Slip

 

 Dust Jacket - Upper

 

 Dust Jacket - Lower

 

Western Printing Services

 

Advertisements - 1

 

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Print
Variations
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State (a):

Edges are untrimmed.2 
Printed on Glastonbury paper.1

Bound in brown buckram.1
Upper cover stamped in gilt ‘EIGHT LECTURES | ON YOGA | [seal of the A
\A\]’.2
Dust jacket is white with Aleister Crowley’s portrait on the front.2
11 1/2” x 8 3/4”.5

State (b):

A U.S. variant of this edition is said to exist.  It’s believed that in order to save on shipping costs, a number of unbound sheets were sent to California where they were locally bound by the Agape Lodge of the O.T.O.  All aspects of this variation are the same as state (a) with the exception of (1) the actual binding, (2) the line “Printed in England has been added to the bottom of the colophon on page 88 and (3) the errata slip has been tipped in instead of bound in.3, 4
Edges are untrimmed.3   
Bound in a brown cloth that is coarser than that of state (a).3, 4
Upper cover stamped in gilt ‘EIGHT LECTURES | ON YOGA | [seal of the A
\A\] (Note:  The seal is not as clearly stamped and is slightly smaller than in state (a)’.3, 4
Dust jacket is the same as the UK edition.3, 4 

 
Publisher:

Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) (BCM/ANKH).5

 
Printer:

Western Printing Services Ltd., 31-35, Brick Street, London, W. 1.5

 
Published At:

188, High Holborn, London, W.C. 1.5

 
Date:

21 March 1939e.v., two minutes past noon.5

 
Edition:

First Edition.

 
Pages:

84 + [1] leaf of plates + 4 pages of advertisements.2

 
Price:

Priced at half-a-guinea net.5

 
Remarks:

This book grew out of a series of lectures given by Crowley at various London venues.7

The cover was designed by Crowley.6

A "signed and numbered hand-made paper edition" was planned but not released.  Some sets of these survive.1

Frontispiece photo taken by "Vernon D. Freedland."5

Frontispiece is protected by a tissue guard.3, 5

Contains an errata slip bound/tipped in at page 84.3, 5 
Published under the pseudonym Mahatma Guru Sri Paramahansa Shivaji. Of this pseudonym, Crowley wrote, "The name is, of course, a little slap of mine at the swinish scoundrels who confer high-sounding title on themselves, and write books about a subject which they do not understand at all."  He was referring to His Holiness Mahatma Sri Agamya Guru Paramahamsa, with whom he was associated at the dawn of his Equinox period in London.6 

This is The Equinox, Volume III, Number 4.1
Dedicated to Charles Richard Cammell, Our Chairman.5

 
Pagination:2

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Half-title

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Ornament:  dove descending | ‘Baphomet’ in script

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Title-page

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A\A\ PUBLICATION IN CLASS B.’

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Contents

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Dedication

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Advertisements, [rule], Colophon ‘W.P.S. Ltd. 31 - 35, Brick Street, London, W.1.

 
Contents:

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Preface

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Yoga for Yahoos

  

 

 

First Lecture: First Principles

 

 

 

Second Lecture: Yama

  

 

 

Third Lecture: Niyama

  

 

 

Fourth Lecture: Asana and Pranayama

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Yoga for Yellowbellies

  

 

 

First Lecture

  

 

 

Second Lecture

  

 

 

Third Lecture

  

 

 

Fourth Lecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illustrations:

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Portrait of Aleister Crowley (Photogravure by Vernon D. Freedland

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The Tree of Life

 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

1.

Typescript with corrections in the hand of Aleister Crowley.  Pages:  192.  Warburg Institute Collection.

2.

Pre-publication typescript with corrections in the hand of Aleister Crowley.  Pages:  162.  Warburg Institute Collection.

 

Other
Known
Editions:

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Sangreal Foundation, Texas, 1969.

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Sangreal Foundation, Texas, 1972.

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Sangreal Foundation, Texas, 1972.

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Falcon Press, AZ, 1985.

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The Equinox Volume III: Number 3-4, 93 Publishing, 1991.
New Falcon, Arizona, 1991.

 
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, p. 55.  

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. 135-136. 

3.

Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 38, “Aleister Crowley:  A Miscellany of Used and Rare Books.”

4.

J. Edward Cornelius, The Aleister Crowley Desk Reference, The Teitan Press, York Beach, Maine, 2013, p. 103, note 81.

5.

Personal observation of the item.

6.

Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., Perdurabo:  The Life of Aleister Crowley, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2010, p. 504.

7.

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

 

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