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The Rites of Eleusis.

   

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Guardian of the Flame

 

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Printed on laid paper.1
Bound in thick brown paper wrappers.1
Upper cover lettered in black ‘THE RITES OF ELEUSIS’ with a swastika figured centered above.2
10 1/8” x 6 1/4”.3

 
Publisher:

Privately published.

 
Printer:

Chiswick Press:  Charles Whittingham and Co., Tooks Court, Chancery Lane, London.3

 
Published At:

London.1

 
Date:

1910.1

 
Edition:

1st Edition.

 
Pages:

ii + 10 + 2 plates.2

 
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Remarks:

Contains two photogravures (Aleister Crowley and Leila Waddell) by Hertschel tipped in, facing pages [ii] and 4. 
This was printed to serve as an advertisement and programme for Crowley’s performances of ‘The Rites of Eleusis’ which took place between 19 October and 30 November 1910.

 
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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. 59.

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. 95. 

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Personal observation of object.

 

Comments by
Aleister
Crowley:

     I throw myself no bouquets about these Rites of Eleusis. I should have given more weeks to their preparation than I did minutes. I diminished the importance of the dramatic elements; the dialogue and action were little more than a setting for the soloists.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 636.

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     I saw no objection to stating my position for the sake of sincere and worthy people who might, through ignorance of the facts, be turned away from truth. I accordingly availed myself of the editor of a high-class illustrated weekly, the Bystander, and wrote two articles explaining what the Rites of Eleusis were; how people might cultivate their highest faculties by studying them. I also published the text of the rites as a supplement to number six of The Equinox.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Pages 451-452.

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     Even this did not exhaust my creative energy. As in Cairo in 1902 I had started the “Lover’s Alphabet”, on the ground that the most primitive kind of lyrics or odes was in some way the most appealing and immortal, so I decided to write a series of hymns to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the simplest possible style. I must not be thought exactly insincere, though I had certainly no shadow of belief in any of the Christian dogmas, least of all in this adaptation and conglomeration of Isis, Semele, Astarte, Cybele, Freya, and so many others; I simply tried to see the world through the eyes of a devout Catholic, very much as I had done with the decadent poet of White Stains, the Persian mystic of the Bagh-i-Muattar, and so on. I was, in fact, adopting another alias—in the widest sense of the word.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 639.

 
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