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Gargoyles.  Being Strangely Wrought Images of Life and Death.

   

Crowley's Personal Copy: State (b)

 

Upper Cover: State (b)

 

Lower Cover: State (b)

 

Spine: State (b)

 

Turned-In Cover Detail: State (b)

 

Limitation Page: State (b)

 

Upper Cover: State (c)

 

Lower Cover: State (c)

 

Spine: State (c)

 

Interior Cover: State (c)

 

Advertisements: State (b) & (c)

 

Title Page: All States

 

Page 1: All States

 

Page 113: All States

 

Chiswick Press: All States

 

Print
Variations
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State (a):

2 copies printed on Roman vellum.1

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One copy bound by Zaehnsdorf in 1907 in red morocco leather.

This copy currently resides in the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, (Call No. PR 6005 R7 G3 1906b).

‘BOUND BY ZAEHNSDORF 1907’ stamped at bottom of inside upper cover.2
Upper cover is inlaid with a blue triangle.2
Spine is stamped in gilt vertically down the spine ‘GARGOYLES’.2
Interior dentelles stamped in gilt.3

Double lines stamped in gilt on all outside edges of upper and lower covers.  A series of short double lines stamped in gilt in a semi-circle along the top and bottom of spine, following the curvature of the spine.3

6 1/2” x 3 3/4”.2

State (b):

50 copies printed on hand-made paper.1
Bound in white turned-in Japanese vellum wrappers.2
Upper cover lettered in gilt ‘GARGOYLES’.2
Numbered and signed (Some copies unsigned).3
6 1/2” x 3 7/8”.2

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Copy No. 1 of 50 was Crowley's own personal copy and was bound by Zaehnsdorf in 1907 in blue leather.5
Upper cover stamped in gilt with a grinning gargoyle / jester above a device composed of a skull and bones over a crossed scythe and arrow.5

Spine lettered in gilt down the spine G | A | R | G | O | Y | L | E | S5

 

Copies No. 9 & 36 of 50 currently reside in the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, (Call No. PR 6005 R7 G3 1906).

State (c): 300 copies printed on machine-made paper.1
Bound in blue-gray cloth.2
Upper cover lettered in red ‘GARGOYLES’.2
Spine lettered horizontally across spine in red ‘GARGOYLES | [rule] | ALEISTER | CROWLEY | 1906’.3
6 9/16” x 3 3/4”.2
 
Publisher: Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth (S.P.R.T.).1  
Printer: Chiswick Press, Charles Whittingham and Co., Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London.1  
Published At: Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness.1  
Date: 1906.1  
Edition: 1st Edition.  
Pages:

vi + 113.1

 
Price:

Priced at three shillings and sixpence.1

Later sold for five shillings.4

 
Remarks:

Title page & Page 1 printed in black and red.1 
Page 113 printed in red.1
Copy # 9 of State (b) went to Frank Harris.

 
Pagination:2
Page(s)  
State (a):  
[α-β] Blanks
[  i] Half-title
[  ii] Blank
[  iii] Title-page in red and black
[  iv] Blank
[v-vi] Contents
[1-2] Dedication in red and black (to Lola Bentrovata)
[  3] Divisional title ‘IMAGES OF LIFE’
[  4] Blank
[5-58] Text
[59] Divisional title ‘IMAGES OF DEATH’
[60] Blank
[61-112] Text
[113] Dedicatory epilogue printed in red (to Lola Bentrovata)
  Colophon ‘CHISWICK PRESS:  CHARLES WHITTINGHAM AND CO. | TOOKS COURT, CHANCERY LANE, LONDON.’
   
State (b):  
[  α] Blank
[  β] Advertisements ‘Works by the Same Author’
[  i] Half-title
[  ii] Limitation notice ‘Fifty copies only printed of this edition on handmade paper, all of which are numbered and signed.’
[  iii] Title-page in red and black
[  iv] Blank
[v-vi] Contents
[1-2] Dedication in red and black (to Lola Bentrovata)
[  3] Divisional title ‘IMAGES OF LIFE’
[  4] Blank
[5-58] Text
[59] Divisional title ‘IMAGES OF DEATH’
[60] Blank
[61-112] Text
[113] Dedicatory epilogue printed in red (to Lola Bentrovata)
  Colophon ‘CHISWICK PRESS:  CHARLES WHITTINGHAM AND CO. | TOOKS COURT, CHANCERY LANE, LONDON.’
   
State (c):  
[  α] Blank
[  β] Advertisements
[  i] Half-title
[  ii] Blank
[  iii] Title-page in red and black
[  iv] Blank
[v-vi] Contents
[1-2] Dedication in red and black (to Lola Bentrovata)
[  3] Divisional title ‘IMAGES OF LIFE’
[  4] Blank
[5-58] Text
[59] Divisional title ‘IMAGES OF DEATH’
[60] Blank
[61-112] Text
[113] Dedicatory epilogue printed in red (to Lola Bentrovata)
  Colophon ‘CHISWICK PRESS:  CHARLES WHITTINGHAM AND CO. | TOOKS COURT, CHANCERY LANE, LONDON.’
 
Contents: - To Lola Bentrovata
Prologue:  Via Vitae
- The White Cat
- Ali and Hassan
- Al Mahk
- Song
- Amica
- Tarshitering
- A Fragment
- The Stumbling-Block
- Woodcraft
- A Nugget from a Mine
- Au Caveau des Innocents
- Rosa Inferni
- Diogenes
- Said
- Prayer
- Prologue:  Patchouli
- Kali
- The Jilt
- The Eyes of Pharoah
- Banzai
- Le Jour des Morts
- Ave Mors
- The Moribund
- The Beauty and the Bhikkhu
- Immortality
- Epilogue:  The King Ghost (Dedicatory epilogue to Lola Bentrovata)
 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

1.

Bound holograph manuscript with revisions in the hand of Aleister Crowley.  Pages:  125.  Dated:  1906.  Box 7, Folder 1.  Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.

 

Other
Known
Editions:

+

The Collected Works of Aleister Crowley, Vol. III, Page 84, Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth, Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness, 1907.

+ Gordon Press, New York, 1974.
+ Mandrake Press, London, 1992.
 
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, p. 239.  

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. 60-62.     

3. Personal observation of the item.
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. 2.
5. David Meyer, Along Came Lund, Caxtonion:  Journal of the Caxton Club, Volume XXII, No. 1, January 2014, p. 3.
 

Comments by
Aleister
Crowley:

     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.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 405.

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     My activities as a publisher were in themselves a sort of practical joke. It amused me to bewilder and shock people. I took nothing seriously except my occult life at any time and that was at present more or less in abeyance. I wrote one or two poems at this time, notably Rosa Inferni, before Rose joined me in St. Moritz, and somehow or other I had written the fourth book of Orpheus part of which is inspired by my experience in Egypt. I published them at once. They had never satisfied me; the form was theoretically impossible. On the other hand, the lyrics and some of the dramatic dialogue are as good as anything in my work. I felt that one part of my life was drawing to a close. I made a clean sweep of my literary dustbin. I had its contents carted away and dumped on the public. I felt myself to be on the brink of a new birth and in Gargoyles will be found the first fruits of that new life.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 416.

 
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