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THE HEART OF THE MASTER


     

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The Heart of the Master.

   

Upper Cover: State (a)

 

Lower Cover: State (a)

 

Interior Cover: State (a)

 

Spine: State (a)

 

Title Page: All States

 

Equinox of the Gods Ad: All States

 

Detachable Order Form: All States

 

Upper Cover Variant 1: State (b)

 

Upper Cover Variant 2: State (b)

 

 

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Variations
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State (a):

11 copies printed on Glastonbury paper.6
Bound in a limp brownish pink suede wrapper5 stamped in blind with a single fillet as a border to the entire piece, upper and lower covers, and spine.2
Upper cover stamped in gilt ‘THE HEART | OF | THE MASTER
’.2 
Marbled end-papers.2
6 3/8” x 5”.2

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The 11 special copies printed on Glastonbury paper were were received on 21 September 1938 and distributed by Crowley as follows:3
1)  666.  Crowley's personal copy.  This copy was still in Crowley's possession when he passed away at Netherwood.11
2)  J.B.J. [John B. Jameson].
3)  Saturnus [Karl Germer].  With the inscription “To my dear comrade Fra. from To Mega Therion (Greek).  An I, vii, Sun in Libra.”10
4)  I.W.E. [Martha Küntzel].
5)  Tzaba [Frieda Harris].
6)  [F.W.] Hylton.
7)  Day.
8)  V.I. [Gerald Yorke].
9)  Unknown.
10)  Unknown.
11)  Unknown.

State (b):

100 copies or less printed.7
Bound in a yellow buckram binding.6
Upper cover stamped in purple ‘THE HEART | OF | THE MASTER | [A
\A\ seal]’.4 
Some copies may have been issued with a glassine wrapper.7
6 3/8” x 5”.2

There are two binding variants of the buckram issue - in one the S in MASTER on the front board is a classic rounded serif font, in the other the S is still serif, but has a longer tail. 8

 
Publisher: Privately published by the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) (BCM/ANKH).1  
Printer:    
Published At: London.1  
Date: 23 September, 1938.4  
Edition: 1st Edition.  
Pages:

40 + 8 pages of advertisements.2

 
Price:

Priced at three shillings and sixpence.4

 
Remarks:

Published under the pseudonym of Khaled Khan.
Composed in March/April 1925.9

 
Pagination:2
Page(s)  
[  1] Half-title
[  2] Ornament:  dove descending | ‘Baphomet’ in script | Privately issued by the O.T.O. | BCM/ANKH | 188 High Holburn, London, W.C. 1.
[  3] Title-page
[  4] A\A\ PUBLICATION IN CLASS B.
[5-40] Text
[41-48] Advertisements
 
Contents:

I.

 

The Vision

II.

 

The Voice

III.

 

The Temple of Truth

 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

1. Typescript with corrections in the hand of Aleister Crowley.  Pages:  31.  Warburg Institute Collection.
 

Other
Known
Editions:

+ Das Herz des Meisters; Pansophia; Collegium Pansophicum; Leipzig, Germany; 1925.
+ Das Herz des Meisters; 1938/1939.
+ 93 Press, Canada, 1973.
+ Booklegger, Albion, England, 1973.
+ O.T.O./Gingko Press, California, 1985.
+ Mandrake Press, 1990.
 
Bibliographic
Sources:
1.

Gerald J. Yorke, Bibliography of the Works of Aleister Crowley in John Symonds The Great Beast, Rider and Co., London & New York, 1951, p. 307.

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. 132-133. 
3. Diary of Aleister Crowley.  Entry for 22 September 1938.  Royal Court Diary for 1938, Warburg Institute, NS 21, unpublished.
4. Personal observation of the item.
5. Timothy d’Arch Smith, The Books of the Beast,  Mandrake, Oxford; 1991, p. 33.
6. 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. 42.  
7. J. Edward Cornelius, The Aleister Crowley Desk Reference, The Teitan Press, York Beach, Maine, 2013, p. 145.
8. Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 140, “Aleister Crowley.  Used and Rare Books and Ephemera.”
9. Martin P. Starr, The Unknown God, The Teitan Press, Inc., Bolingbrook, 2003, p. 154.
10. Bill Heidrick, Thelema Lodge Calendar, November 1997, Internet resource last accessed on 27 November 2015.
11. Kenneth Grant, Remembering Aleister Crowley, Skoob Books Publishing, London, 1991, p.54.
 

Comments by
Aleister
Crowley:

   
Other Comments:

     The Heart of the Master, originally published by the O.T.O. in London in 1938, contains meditations on the Ten Sephiroth and the Twenty-two Paths of the Tree of Life. A beautifully printed little book, bound in buckram and on handmade paper, it took only five weeks to produce - in those days. Sent to the printer on August 18th, the first proofs were ready 11 days later; the second proofs on September 5th, binding proofs on September 14th; advance copies arrived on September 22nd. It was published on September 23rd 1938!

     Remembering Aleister Crowley.  Kenneth Grant, London, Skoob Books Publishing, Ltd., 1991.  Page 43.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
       
   

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