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LITTLE ESSAYS TOWARD TRUTH


     

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Little Essays Toward Truth.

   

Upper Cover (State a) - Binding Variant #1

 

Upper Cover (State a) - Binding Variant #2

 

Spine / Cover (State a) - Binding Variant #2

 

Lower Cover (State a)

 

Spine (State a)

 

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Dust Jacket (State a)

 

Upper Cover (State b)

 

Title Page

 

Contents

 

Tipped-in Addendum

 

Addendum - Page 1

 

Addendum - Page 2

 

Tree of Life (Folded)

 

Tree of Life (Unfolded)

 

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Wilfred T. Smith Copyright

 

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State (a):

Printed on Glastonbury paper.1
Bound in dark blue buckram.1
Upper cover stamped in gilt ‘LITTLE ESSAYS | TOWARD TRUTH | [seal of the A
\A\]’.2
Buff colored dust jacket with a Tree of Life on front.1  Lettered in black ‘LITTLE ESSAYS TOWARD TRUTH | by ALEISTER CROWLEY’.3 
6 1/4” x 4 3/4”.2

Some copies have an "addendum" tipped in between page 22 and 23.3  

   - Binding variant #1 - The bottom of the sloping leg of the "R" in "Toward" and "Truth" is even with the bottom edge of the other words on the line.6   

   - Binding variant #2 - The bottom of the sloping leg of the "R" in "Toward" and "Truth" extends below the bottom edge of the other words on the line.6   

State (b):

A U.S. variant of this edition exists.  It’s believed that in order to save money on shipping, a number of unbound sheets were sent to California where they were locally bound.6
Bound in blue buckram (lighter in color than that of state (a)).6
Upper cover stamped in gilt ‘LITTLE ESSAYS | TOWARD TRUTH | [seal of the A
\A\] (The seal is much smaller that that of state (a))’.6
This variant may not have had a dust jacket issued.6

 
Publisher: Privately published by the O.T.O.1  
Printer:    
Published At: BCM/ANKH, 188, High Holborn, London, W.C. 1.3  
Date: An Ixii Sol in Capricornus, Thirteen minutes past noon.  December the Twenty-second, 1938 e.v.3  
Edition: 1st Edition.  
Pages:

96 + [1] folded leaf of plates + 8 pages of advertisements.2

 
Price:

Priced at 5 shillings.3

 

Remarks:

The dust jacket for State (a) was designed by Crowley on December 3 and completed two days later by Lady Frieda Harris.7

The prospectus for this book shows the original title of this book as Wine of the Graal:  Little Essays Towards Truth.
Contains a fold-out diagram of the Tree of Life following page 96.3
The contents of this book were copyrighted in the United States by Wilfred T. Smith on 28 January 1936.4

 
Pagination:2
Page(s)  
[  1] Half-title
[  2] Ornament:  Dove descending
[  3] Title-page
[  4] A\A\ PUBLICATION IN CLASS B.
[  5] Contents
[  6] Quotation from Zoroaster
[7-89] Text
[90-96] Glossary
[97-104] Advertisements
 
Contents:
- Man
- Memory
- Sorrow
- Wonder
- Beatitude
- Laughter
- Indifference
- Mastery
- Trance
- Energy
- Knowledge
- Understanding
- Chastity
- Silence
- Love
- Truth
- Glossary
 

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Other
Known
Editions:

+ Dove Press, Malton, Ontario, 1970.
+ Stellar Visions, San Francisco, 1981+
+ Sut Anubis, England, 1985.
+ New Falcon, Arizona, 1991.
 
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. 56.  
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, p. 134.     

3. Personal observation of the item.
4.

Catalog of Copyright Entries, Part 1, Group 2, Pamphlets, Leaflets, Contributions to Newspapers or Periodicals, etc., Lectures, Sermons, Addresses for Oral Delivery, Maps, Library of Congress, Copyright Offices, United States Government Printing Office, Washington, 1936, p. 110.

5. Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 91, Aleister Crowley.  Books from the Nicholas Bishop-Culpeper Collection (Part I).”
6. Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 10, “Aleister Crowley:  Books, Ephemera & A Drawing.”
7. Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., Perdurabo:  The Life of Aleister Crowley, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2010, p. 504.
 

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