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Rosa Inferni.  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

 

Chiswick Press

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Variations
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State (a):

2 copies printed on vellum.1

State (b): 10 copies printed on China paper.1
Bound in orange wrappers.1
Upper wrapper lettered in black ‘AUGUSTE RODIN | ROSA INFERNI | H.D. CARR’.
2
13 1/8” x 10 1/8”.
2
State (c): 488 copies printed on hand-made paper.1
Bound in orange wrappers.1
Upper wrapper lettered in black ‘AUGUSTE RODIN | ROSA INFERNI | H.D. CARR’.
2
13 1/8” x 10 1/8”.
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 + 7 + v.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
[1-7] Text
[  i] Chiswick colophon
[ii - v] Blank
 
Contents:    

Author’s
Working
Versions:

   

Other
Known
Editions:

+

Gargoyles, Page 38, Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth, Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness, 1906.

+ The Collected Works of Aleister Crowley, Vol. III, Page 91, Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth, Boleskine, Foyers, Inverness, 1907.
+ Rosa Coeli, Rosa Mundi and Rosa Inferni, Neptune Press, London, 1976.
+ Selected Poems, Crucible, London 1986.
 
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. 64-65.     

3. Personal observation of the item.
4. Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 16, “Aleister Crowley.  Holy Books & Holy Days.”
 

Comments by
Aleister
Crowley:

     My activities as a publisher were in themselves a sort of practical joke. It amused me to bewilder and shock people. I took nothing seriously except my occult life at any time and that was at present more or less in abeyance. I wrote one or two poems at this time, notably Rosa Inferni, before Rose joined me in St. Moritz, and somehow or other I had written the fourth book of Orpheus part of which is inspired by my experience in Egypt. I published them at once. They had never satisfied me; the form was theoretically impossible. On the other hand, the lyrics and some of the dramatic dialogue are as good as anything in my work. I felt that one part of my life was drawing to a close. I made a clean sweep of my literary dustbin. I had its contents carted away and dumped on the public. I felt myself to be on the brink of a new birth and in Gargoyles will be found the first fruits of that new life.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 416.

 
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