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Title:

The Book of the Goetia.

   

Upper Cover: State (b)

 

Lower Cover: State (b)

 

Interior Cover: State (b)

 

Spine: State (b)

 

Upper Cover: State (c)

 

Lower Cover: State (c)

 

Interior Cover: State (c)

 

Spine: State (c)

 

Title Page: All States

 

Chiswick Press: All States

Print
Variations
:

State (a):

1 copy printed on vellum.1
Bound in vellum with black silk ties.2
(This was Crowley’s personal copy and currently resides in the
Warburg Institute Collection).

State (b):

10 copies printed on Japanese vellum.1
Bound in white Japanese vellum turned-in wrappers.1
Upper cover lettered in gold, ‘GOETIA’ in the center, and surrounded by the legend ‘GOETIA VEL CLAVIVULA SALOMONIS REGIS’ frequently repeated.1 

Spine lettered in gold vertically down the spine GOETIAVELCLAVICULASALOMONREGIS.3

11 1/2” x 8 3/4”.3

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One copy rebound by Zaehnsdorf in full red morocco leather.3

Bottom of interior upper cover is stamped in gilt ‘BOUND BY ZAEHNSDORF’3

Spine has five raised bands and is lettered in gilt horizontally across the spine GOETIA | CROWLEY | 1904.3
Interior has dentelles stamped in gilt enclosing a panel of red silk which faces a half-lining also of red silk.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

State (c):

200 copies printed on machine-made paper.1
Bound in green camel’s hair wrappers.1
Upper cover lettered in red, ‘GOETIA’ in the center, and surrounded by the legend ‘GOETIA VEL CLAVIVULA SALOMONIS REGIS’ frequently repeated.1 

Spine lettered in red vertically down the spine GOETIAVELCLAVICULASALOMONREGIS.3
11 1/2” x 8 3/4”.3

 
Publisher: Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth (S.P.R.T.).1  
Printer: Chiswick Press.1  
Published At: Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness.1  
Date: 1904.1  
Edition: 1st Edition.  
Pages:

x + 66.3

 
Price:

Priced at 21 shillings5 raised from the subscription price of 10 shillings.

 
Remarks:

The material in this book was translated into English by Macgregor Mathers (Credited by Crowley as A Dead Hand.).  It was apparently acquired by Crowley during his raid of the Golden Dawn's Second Order Headquarters in April 1900.  Crowley contributed the emendations, introduction, and notes.4

 
Pagination:1
Page(s)  
[  i] Half-title
[  ii] Invocation in Greek
  Blank 
  Frontispiece 
[  iii] Title-page
[  iv] Magical square
[v-vi] Prefatory Note
[vii-ix] Preliminary Invocation
[  x] Blank
[1-65] Text
[  66] Colophon of The Chiswick Press
 
Contents:

- Prefatory Note
- Preliminary Invocation
- The Initiated Interpretation of Ceremonial Magic
- Lemegeton Vel Clavicula Salomonis Regis
- Goetia

 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

   

Other
Known
Editions:

+

Occult Publishing House, Chicago, 1910.

+ de Laurence, Chicago, 1916.
+ Ram Importers, New York, 1970.
+ Health Research, California, No Date.
+ Sut Anubis, Northampton, England, 1985.
+ Magickal Childe, New York, 1989.
+ Mandrake Press Ltd. England, 1993.
 
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. 238.  

2. Clive Harper, A Bibliography of the Works of Aleister Crowley (Expanded and Corrected), Aleister Crowley, The Golden Dawn and Buddhism:  Reminiscences and Writings of Gerald Yorke, The Teitan Press, York Beach, Maine, 2011, p. 50.
3. Personal observation of the item.
4. Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., Perdurabo:  The Life of Aleister Crowley, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2010, p. 135.
5.

Aleister Crowley, Mortadello, Catalog “The Works of Mr. Aleister Crowley,”, bound in back of book, Wieland and Co., London, 1912, p. 117.

 

Comments by
Aleister
Crowley:

     ... (There is always occult opposition to the publication of important documents. It took me over three years to get my The Goetia through the press, and over two years in the case of 777. This is one of the facts whose cumulative effect makes it impossible to doubt the existence of spiritual forces.) . . .
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 176.

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     The condition of my soul is clearly indicated by my output. The fount of lyric poetry had run completely dry. I had not touched the unfinished Orpheus; wrote nothing new. I no longer aspired to become the redeemer of humanity. I doubt whether I should have been able to attach any meaning to any such words. After returning from Edinburgh, I do not seem even to have kept a record and I remember nothing about my doings. July is however the date of an essay “The initiated interpretation of ceremonial magick” which I prefaced to my edition of The Goetia. I had employed Mathers to translate the text of The Lesser Key of Solomon the King of which The Goetia is the first section. He got no further; after the events of 1900, he had simply collapsed morally. I added a translation of the conjurations into the Enochian or Angelic language; edited and annotated the text, prefixed a “Preliminary Invocation”, added a prefatory note, a Magical Square (intended to prevent improper use of the book) and ultimately an Invocation of Typhon when the First Magical War of the Aeon of Horus was declared.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 362.

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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.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 406.

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     I was still entirely “off” The Book of the Law. I had with me my unique vellum copy of The Goetia and I proposed to use the Preliminary Invocation. . . .
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 517.

 
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