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LITTLE POEMS IN PROSE


     

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Little Poems in Prose.

   

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1,000 copies printed on Abbey Mills Greenfield paper.1 
800 copies bound in cloth-covered boards with felt spine.3
Top edge gilt.3
Copies are numbered with a mechanical stamp, not by hand.  Some copies are not numbered.3

7 1/4” x 5”.3

This book was printed in 1913 and was originally planned to be published by Wieland & Co. but Crowley’s financial problems apparently prevented this from happening.  The unbound sheets were kept in storage until 1928 when Crowley met Edward Titus who agreed to publish the book.1

Several versions of the Epilogue by various hands (actually by Crowley) and twelve copper plate engravings from the original drawings by the artist Jean de Bosschère.2 

State (a):

Three copies are known to have been bound with the Wieland & Co. title page.

Two of these copies currently reside in the collection of the Warburg Institute (Classmark EBH 1052 & EBH 1052c.2).

The remaining copy is said to be in a private collection.4

State (b):

Bound in gray cloth-covered boards with a brown felt spine.3

Upper cover has a brown felt label affixed and lettered in black ‘BAUDELAIRE | LITTLE POEMS IN PROSE | Translated by ALEISTER CROWLEY | Illustrated by JEAN de BOSSCHERE’.3
Spine stamped in black vertically across spine ‘BAUDELAIRE | LITTLE | POEMS | IN PROSE | PARIS’.
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This binding has a limitation page that states ‘First edition Limited to eight hundred copies for sale in France England & America.’3

Variations: 

Some bindings have been seen with a spine with a white paper label lettered in black ‘BAUDELAIRE | LITTLE | POEMS | IN | PROSE | [rule] | Tr. By ALEISTER | CROWLEY | Paris · 1928’.3

Additionally, some bindings have a slip tipped in in front of the half title that states ‘The quota of this edition apportioned to the United States of America sold by Random House, New York.’  [This is the same statement included on the limitation of state (b).]3

State (c):

Bound in a brown cloth-covered boards with a tan felt spine.3

Upper cover has a tan felt label affixed and lettered in black ‘BAUDELAIRE | LITTLE POEMS IN PROSE | Translated by ALEISTER CROWLEY | Illustrated by JEAN de BOSSCHERE’.3
Spine stamped in black vertically across spine ‘BAUDELAIRE | LITTLE | POEMS | IN PROSE | PARIS’.
3

This binding has a limitation page that states ‘First edition Limited to eight hundred copies for sale in France England & America.  The quota of this edition apportioned to the United States of America sold by Random House, New York.’3

 
Publisher: Edward W. Titus at the sign of the black Manikin.3  
Printer: Chiswick Press: Charles Whittingham and Co., Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London.1  
Published At: 4 Rue Delambre, Montparnasse, Paris, France / Great Britain.3  
Date: Printed in 1913.2  Bound & published in 1928.2  
Edition: 1st Edition.  
Pages:

xi + 147 + errata sheet + 4 pages advertisements + 12 copper plate engravings.3

 
Price:

Offered for sale in France, England and America at a pre-publication price of 125 francs, One Guinea or $5.00 respectively.1

 
Remarks:

First advertised as a forthcoming book in the September, 1912, issue of The Equinox.  It was next advertised as available in April 1913 in the March, 1913, issue of The Equinox.1
Illustrations engraved and printed by Martin Kealin.3
Assembled and completed by Imprimerie Crété, both at Montparnasse, Paris.3

 
Pagination:3
Page(s)  
[i-ii] Blank
[  iii] Half title
[  iv] at the sign of the Black Manikin.  Made and printed partly in Great Britain, partly in France.
[  v] Title page
[  vi] “Tous droits de reproduction, de traduction et d’adaption réservés pour tous pays y compris la Russie Copyright bt Edward W. Titus.”
[vii-ix] Translator's Preface
[  x] Blank
[  xi] “I am deeply indebted to Anna Wright for her brilliant and intoxicating assistance in the task of revision.  A.C.”
[  xii] Blank

[ix-xi]

These page numbers are repeated.

Contents

[  xii]

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[     ] Limitation Page [Varies depending on State(a) or State(b)- See associated pictures].
[     ] 2 page Errata Sheet bound in
[     ] Chiswick Press
[     ] Blank
[     ] Four pages of Advertisements with colophon of Edward W. Titus at the sign of the Black Manikin.
 
Contents:

-  The Stranger
-  The Despair of the Old Woman
-  The Artist’s Confession
-  The Double Room
-  Everyone has His Chimera
-  The Court Fool and the Venus
-  The Dog and the Flask
-  The Bad Glazier
-  One O’Clock in the Morning
-  The Wild Woman and the Spoilt Darling
-  Crowds
-  Widows
-  The Old Mountebank
-  The Cake
-  The Clock
-  A World in a Mane
-  Will You Come with Me?

-  The Poor Man’s Toy
-  The Fairy Gifts
-  The Temptations; or Love, Riches and Glory
-  The Twilight of Even
-  Solitude
-  Plans
-  Beautiful Dorothy
-  Poor Folks’ Eyes
-  An Heroic Death
-  Base Coinage
-  The Generous Gamester
-  The Rope
-  The Joys of the Soul
-  The Thyrsus
-  Intoxicate Yourself
-  Already!
-  Windows
-  The Desire of Painting
-  The Moon’s Gift
-  Which is the True One?
-  Thoroughbred
-  The Mirror
-  The Harbor
-  Portraits of Mistresses
-  The Polite Gunner
-  The Soup and the Clouds
-  The Cemetery and the Shooting-Gallery
-  A lost Halo
-  Miss Bistouri
-  Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World
-  Death to the Poor!
-  In Praise of Good Dogs
-  Epilogue
 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

1.

Page proofs with revisions in the hand of Aleister Crowley.  Pages:  143.  Dated:  1913.  Box 12, Folder 3.  Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.

 

Other
Known
Editions:

+

Mandrake, England, (Limited edition of 50 copies), 1993.

+ Teitan Press, Chicago, 1995.
 
Bibliographic
Sources:
1. Charles Baudelaire (Translator Aleister Crowley), Martin P. Starr, editor, Little Poems in Prose, The Teitan Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1995, pp. ix-x.
2. 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. 56-57.  
3. Personal observation of the item.
4.

J. Edward Cornelius, The Aleister Crowley Desk Reference, The Teitan Press, York Beach, Maine, 2013, p. 201.

 

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