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LIBER OZ


     

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Liber OZ.

   

The Devil: State (a)

 

The Aeon: State (b)

 

Text:  All States

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State (a):

50 Copies1 printed on a thick sheet of 7 1/4” x 4 5/8” paper.2
Printed in dark blue on both sides.3 
The front side features the Tarot trump design “The Devil” executed by Frieda Harris with “Liber LXXVII” (Oz) on the reverse.3

State (b): 250 Copies1 printed on a thick sheet of 7 1/4” x 4 5/8” paper.2
Printed in dark blue on both sides.3 
The front side features the Tarot trump design “The Aeon” executed by Frieda Harris with “Liber LXXVII” (Oz) on the reverse.3
 
Publisher: Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.).2  
Printer: Apex Printing.3   
Published At: Published by the O.T.O. at the Abbey of Thelema, Rainbow Valley, Palomar Mountains, California and at 10 Hanover Square, London.2  
Date: Ceremonially published on An Ixv Sol in 0° Capricornus. (22 December 1941)2  
Edition: First Edition.  
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Remarks:

Crowley made up a dummy of Liber Oz on 6 November 1941 and the proofs were completed on Crowley’s magical birthday, 18 November 1941, the anniversary of his initiation into the Golden Dawn.1

The cards with the Aeon graphic were distributed first3 with Crowley sending these cards to a select group of leaders and figureheads in various walks of life.1 

 

The cards were sent as a “Magical Gesture” at “9 3/4 AM true time” on 21 December 1941 to:4

- H. G. Wells for literature & prophecy;

- Lord Donegal for peerage & press & air;

- Ivor Back for medicine;

- G. F. Kelly for art;

- General J.F.C. Fuller for the Army;

- Sir R. Keyes for the Navy & H. of C.;

-  F. W. Hylton for agriculture;

- Lord Maugham for Law;

- the Vicar of St. George’s church;

- Allchild trade and

- Esme Percy for the BBC & stage.

 

Some of Crowley’s acquaintances, including Frieda Harris and Ethel Archer, pleaded with him not to issue Liber Oz, particularly in regards to point 5 which states “Man has the right to kill those who would thwart these rights.”1

 
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Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., Perdurabo:  The Life of Aleister Crowley, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2010, pp. 517-518.  

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Personal observation of the item.     

3. A Catalog of the Early Editions of OZ, Frater Orpheus, in preparation.
4. Aleister Crowley, Diary entry for 21 December 1941, unpublished. 
 

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