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MAGICK WITHOUT TEARS


     

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Magick Without Tears.

   

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Prospectus

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State (a):

50 copies bound with misprint of “Magic” for “Magick”.2
Bound in bright red or dark maroon cloth.4
Upper cover lettered in gilt ‘MAGIC WITHOUT TEARS’.4
Spine lettered in gilt vertically down the spine ‘MAGIC WITHOUT TEARS [ornament] ALEISTER CROWLEY’4

State (b):

Bound in dark maroon cloth.4
Upper cover lettered in gilt ‘MAGICK WITHOUT TEARS’.4
Spine lettered in gilt vertically down the spine ‘MAGICK WITHOUT TEARS [ornament] ALEISTER CROWLEY’

State (c):

Bound in bright red cloth.4
Upper cover lettered in gilt ‘MAGICK WITHOUT TEARS’.4
Spine lettered in gilt vertically down the spine ‘MAGICK WITHOUT TEARS [ornament] ALEISTER CROWLEY’4

 
Publisher:

Thelema Publishing Company.1

 
Printer:

 

 
Published At:

Hampton, New Jersey.1

 
Date:

January 1954 (1st printing).4  Spring 1954 (2nd printing).3

 
Edition:

1st Edition.

 
Pages:

vi + xxx + 400.6

 
Price:

Priced at $10.00.5

 
Remarks:

100 copies total were printed.  Confirmed by a letter from Karl Germer.1

50 copies were initially published in January 1954 with the misspelling of “Magic” for “Magick”.  Louis Culling had an additional 50 copies printed in the Spring of 1954 with the correct spelling.3
Contains an errata sheet.6 
Foreword by Karl Germer.
The original working title of this book was "Aleister Explains Everything."6

 
Pagination

 

 
Contents:

 

 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

1.

Manuscript.  Pages:  265.  Warburg Institute Collection.

2.

Typescript.  Pages:  580.  Warburg Institute Collection.

3.

Typescript.  Pages:  11.  Box 3, Folder 9.  Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.

 

Other
Known
Editions:

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Llewellyn Publications, Minnesota, (Paperbound edition), 1973.

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Llewellyn Publications, Minnesota, (Hardbound edition), 1973.

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Falcon Press, Arizona, (Hardbound limited edition), 1982.

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Falcon Press, Arizona, 1982.

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Falcon Press, Arizona, 1986.

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Falcon Press, Arizona, 1987.

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Falcon Press, Arizona, 1989.

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New Falcon Publications, Arizona, (Hardbound limited edition), 1991.

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New Falcon Publications, Arizona, 1991.

 
Bibliographic
Sources:

1.

J. Edward Cornelius, The Aleister Crowley Desk Reference, The Teitan Press, York Beach, Maine, 2013, p. 211.

2.

Phyllis Seckler, In the Continuum - Volume V, No. 2, College of Thelema, Oroville, CA, p. 35.

3.

Ibid., p. 38.

4.

Personal observation of the item.

5. Prospectus for Magick without Tears, circa 1954.
6. Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 93, “Aleister Crowley.  Beastly Biographies and Other Used and Rare Books and Documents.”

 

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