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Rodin in Rime.  Seven Lithographs by Clot, from the Water-Colours of Auguste Rodin with a Chaplet of Verse.

   

Upper Cover: State (c)

 

Lower Cover: State (c)

 

Interior Cover: State (c)

 

Spine - Variation 1: State (c)

 

Spine - Variation 2: State (c)

 

Title Page: All States

 

Limitation Page: All States

 

Lithograph 1: All States

 

Lithograph 2: All States

 

Lithograph 3: All States

 

Lithograph 4: All States

 

Lithograph 5: All States

 

Lithograph 6: All States

 

Lithograph 7: All States

 

Dedication: All States

 

Chiswick Press: All States

 

Print
Variations
:

State (a):

2 copies printed on vellum.3

State (b):

10 copies printed on China paper.3
Pages unopened and uncut.2
Bound in white buckram.2
Upper cover stamped in gilt ‘AUGUSTE RODIN | SEVEN LITHOGRAPHS FROM THE | WATER-COLOURS OF AUGUSTE | RODIN WITH A CHAPLET OF VERSE | ALEISTER CROWLEY’.2
Spine lettered vertically down the spine in gilt ‘RODIN   CROWLEY’.2
Contains seven lithographs on China paper.2
13 3/8” x 10”.2

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One copy rebound by Zaehnsdorf in 1908 in deep blue morocco leather.2

This copy currently resides in the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, (Call No. PR 6005 R7 S48 1907 - Copy 1). 
Upper cover is inlaid with a red sun, with the sun’s rays stamped in gilt.  Upper cover is additionally embossed with a new moon in silver.2

Bottom of interior upper cover is stamped in gilt ‘BOUND BY ZAEHNSDORF 1908’4

Spine has five raised bands.4
Interior has dentelles stamped in gilt on a doublure-border enclosing a panel of rose and blue silk which faces a half-lining also of rose and blue silk.2

Double lines stamped in gilt on all outside edges of upper and lower covers.  A series of short double lines stamped in gilt in a semi-circle along the top and bottom of spine, following the curvature of the spine.4

All edges are gilt.4
Contained in a clam shell box.2
13 3/8” x 10”.2

State (c): 488 copies printed on hand-made paper.3
Pages unopened and uncut.2
Bound in white buckram.2
Upper cover stamped in gilt ‘AUGUSTE RODIN | SEVEN LITHOGRAPHS FROM THE | WATER-COLOURS OF AUGUSTE | RODIN WITH A CHAPLET OF VERSE | ALEISTER CROWLEY’.2
Spine is stamped in gilt, vertically down spine, ‘RODIN   CROWLEY’.2
Contains seven lithographs on thick, slightly glossy paper.2
13 3/8” x 10”.2
 
Publisher: Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth (S.P.R.T.).6  
Printer: Chiswick Press.4  
Published At: London.1  
Date: 1907.1  
Edition: 1st Edition.  
Pages:

x + [7 bound-in lithographs] + 68.4

 
Price:

Priced at five pounds and five shillings.10

 
Remarks:

Contains seven lithographs executed by Auguste Clot after the original sketches with water-colors of Auguste Rodin which were presented to Crowley during a visit in 1903.5
Dedicated to Kathleen Bruce.7

Variations are said to exist with “&” inserted between "RODIN” and “CROWLEY” on the spine.8

Title page printed in black and red.4

Dedication printed in red.4

Protective sheets are bound-in to protect the lithographs.4
It’s said that many of these books were destroyed or damaged due to a flood that occurred in a warehouse where they were being stored prior to sale and that surviving copies often show a light damp discoloration to the margins of the plates.9
Some of the poems in this book originally appeared in The Weekly Critical Review, a journal published in Paris and “devoted to Literature, Music and the Fine Arts.”5

 
Pagination:4

Page(s)

 

[a-b]

Blanks

[  i]

Half-title

[  ii]

Edition and limitation notices

  Blank
  Frontispiece [lithograph protected by tissue]

[  iii]

Title-page

[  iv]

Printer’s imprint ‘CHISWICK PRESS:  CHARLES WHITTINGHAM AND CO. TOOKS COURT, CHANCERY LANE, LONDON’

[  v]

Letter from Rodin

[  vi]

Blank

[  vii]

“Balzac” translated into French by Marcel Schwob

[  viii]

“Rodin” translated into French by Marcel Schwob

[  ix]

Dedication

[  x]

16 line poem

[  1]

Divisional title ‘EDITORIAL NOTE’

[  2]

Blank

[3-7]

Text (Editorial note)

[  8]

Blank

[  9]

Fly-title

[10]

Blank

[11]

‘Frontispiece’ in verse

[12]

Blank

[13]

Divisional title ‘VARIOUS MEASURES’

[14]

Blank

[15-20]

Text

  Blank
  [Lithograph protected by tissue]

[21-24]

Text

  Blank
  [Lithograph protected by tissue]

[25-32]

Text

  [Lithograph protected by tissue]
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[33-40]

Text

  [Lithograph protected by tissue]
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[41]

Text

[42]

Blank

[43]

Divisional title ‘SONNETS AND QUATORZAINS’

[44]

Blank

[45-56]

Text

  [Lithograph protected by tissue]
  Blank

[57-60]

Text

  [Lithograph protected by tissue]
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[61-67]

Text

[68]

Chiswick colophon

 
Contents: - Balzac (In French)
- Rodin (In French)
- Dedication
- Rodin
- The Tower of Toil
- La Belle Heaulmiere
- Femme Accroupie
- Caryatide
- Juene Mère
- L’Amour qui Passe
- Tête de Femme-La Casque d’Or
- Les Bourgeois de Calais
- Reveil d’Adonis
- La Main de Dieu
- Desespoir
- Épervier er Colombe
- Resurection
- L’Eternel Printemps
- Acrobates
- L’Age d’Airain
- Faunesse
- Madame Rodin
- Le Penseur
- La Pensée
- Le Baiser
- Couches d’Enfer
- La Guerre
- W. E. Henley
- Syrinx and Pan
- Icare
- La Fortune
- Paolo et Francesca
- Les Deux Génies
- La Cruche Cassée
- La Tentation de Saint-Antoine
- Eve
- Femmes Damnées
- Nabuchadnosor
- Mort d’Adonis
- Balzac
- Socrate
- Colophon:  An Incident
 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

1. Rodin in Rime Manuscript.  Includes the original manuscript and the French translations done by Aleister Crowley.  Also contains 11 letters from Auguste Rodin to Aleister Crowley.  Location: Warburg Institute Collection.
 

Other
Known
Editions:

+ The Collected Works of Aleister Crowley, Vol. III, Page 109, Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth, Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness, 1907.
 
Bibliographic
Sources:
1.

Gerald J. Yorke, Bibliography of the Works of Aleister Crowley in John Symonds The Great Beast, Rider and Co., London & New York, 1951, p. 303.

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, pp. 65-68. 
3. Clive Harper, A Bibliography of the Works of Aleister Crowley (Expanded and Corrected), Aleister Crowley, The Golden Dawn and Buddhism:  Reminiscences and Writings of Gerald Yorke, The Teitan Press, York Beach, Maine, 2011, p. 45.
4. Personal observation of the item.
5. Aleister Crowley, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969, p. 340.
6. Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., Perdurabo:  The Life of Aleister Crowley, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2010, p. 168.
7. Ibid., p. 112.
8.

J. Edward Cornelius, The Aleister Crowley Desk Reference, The Teitan Press, York Beach, Maine, 2013, p. 278.

9. Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 16, “Aleister Crowley.  Holy Books & Holy Days.”
10.

Aleister Crowley, Mortadello, Catalog “The Works of Mr. Aleister Crowley,”, bound in back of book, Wieland and Co., London, 1912, p. 117.

 

Comments by
Aleister
Crowley:

     While other defenders of Rodin were apologizing for him in detail I brushed aside the nonsense—“a plague o’ both your houses!”—and wrote a sonnet, which is, in its way, to conventional criticism exactly what the Balzac was. It was translated into French by Marcel Schwob and made considerable stir in Paris. Even at this length of time, I attach a certain importance to it. For one thing, it marks a new stage in my own art.
     The upshot was that Rodin invited me to come and stay with him at Meudon. The idea was that I should give a poetic interpretation of all his masterpieces. I produced a number of poems, many of which I published at the time in the Weekly Critical Review, an attempt to establish an artistic entente cordiale. The entire series constitutes my Rodin in Rime. This book is illustrated by seven of ten lithographs of sketches which Rodin gave me for the purpose.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 340.

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     But back to my sculptress! To her I dedicated Rodin in Rime and Clouds Without Water itself—not openly; our love affair being no business of other people, and in any case being too much ginger for the “hoi” “polloi”, but in such ways as would have recommended themselves to Edgar Allan Poe.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 557.

 
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