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Title:

Rosa Coeli.  A Poem with an Original Composition by Auguste Rodin.

   

Upper Cover: State (b) & (c)

 

Lower Cover: State (b) & (c)

 

Interior Cover: State (b) & (c)

 

Frontispiece

 

Title Page State (b)

 

Title Page State (c)

 

Limitation Page

 

Interior Page

 

Chiswick Press

 

Print
Variations
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State (a):

2 copies printed on vellum.1 

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One set of unbound vellum sheets copy currently resides in the Warburg Institute.5

State (b):

10 copies printed on China paper.1

Upper cover lettered in black ‘AUGUSTE RODIN | ROSA COELI | H.D. CARR’.3
13” x 10”.3

State (c):

488 copies printed on hand-made paper.1
Bound in blue wrappers.1
Upper cover lettered in black ‘AUGUSTE RODIN | ROSA COELI | H.D. CARR’.2
13” x 10”.2

 

Publisher:

Privately published.

 

Printer:

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

 

Published At:

London.1

 

Date:

1907.1

 

Edition:

1st Edition.

 

Pages:

x + 17 + vi.3

 

Price:

State (b) priced at 3 Guineas net.3

State (c) priced at 16 shillings.3

 

Remarks:

Published under the pseudonym of H. D. Carr.  Crowley borrowed the surname of Auguste Rodin's wife Katie Carr and used it to form his pseudonym.4
The frontispiece is a color lithograph of executed by Auguste Clot after an original pencil and wash design by Auguste Rodin.4

Auguste Rodin provided Crowley with ten sketches for his use in Rodin in Rime for which Crowley used only seven.  The remaining three sketches were used for Rosa Mundi, Rosa Coeli, and Rosa Inferni.4

 

Pagination:2

Page(s)

 

[i-iv]

Blanks

[  v]

Half-title

[  vi]

Limitation page

[  vii]

Blank

[  viii]

Frontispiece

[  ix]

Title page

[  x]

Blank

[1-17]

Text

[  i]

Chiswick colophon

[ii - vi]

Blank

 

Contents:

 

 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

1.

Page proofs.  Pages:  17.  Dated:  1907.  Oversize Folder 1.  Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.

 

Other
Known
Editions:

+

The Winged Beetle, Page 1, Privately published, London, 1910.

+

Rosa Coeli, Rosa Mundi and Rosa Inferni, Neptune Press, London, 1976.

 

Bibliographic
Sources:

1.

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.

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. 62-63.     

3.

Personal observation of the item.

4.

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

5.

Call No. EMH 1160 Warburg Institute, University of London.

 

Comments by
Aleister
Crowley:

     I sailed for England in the Campania on May 26th, arriving in Liverpool on June 2nd after a pleasant voyage, during the latter part of which I wrote most of Rosa Coeli, to find letters awaiting me to tell me of the tragedy of which I have given an account elsewhere.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 503.

 

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