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GOETIA: THE LESSER KEY OF KING SOLOMON


 

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Goetia:  the Lesser Key of King Solomon

   

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Bound in black cloth.1
Upper cover lettered in gilt ‘GOETIA | THE LESSER KEY | OF KING SOLOMON | [ornament]
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Spine lettered in gilt vertically down the spine ‘[ornament] | GOETIA’2

 

Publisher:

Occult Publishing House.1

 

Printer:

 

 

Published At:

Chicago, Illinois.1, 3

 

Date:

Undated, but thought to be about 1910.1

 

Edition:

First U.S. Edition.

 

Pages:

x +82 + ii advertisements.3

 

Price:

 

 

Remarks:

This is a pirated edition of the edition published by Aleister Crowley in 1904.1

 

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Author’s
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Other
Known
Editions:

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Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth (S.P.R.T.), Boleskine, Inverness, Foyers, 1904.

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de Laurence, Chicago, 1916.

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Ram Importers, New York, 1970.

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Health Research, California, No Date.

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Sut Anubis, Northampton, England, 1985.

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Magickal Childe, New York, 1989.

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Mandrake Press Ltd. England, 1993.

 

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. 50.  

2.

Personal observation of the item.

3.

Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 35, “Aleister Crowley:  Rarities.”

 

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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