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Songs for Italy. “Parturiunt MontesNascitur Ridiculus Mus” Solini.

   

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Interior Cover

 

Corfu (Page 7)

 

Epigrams (Page 15)

 

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Staple-bound pamphlet.2

Printed on cheap smooth paper and bound in pale blue wrappers.2
Upper cover lettered in black ‘SONGS FOR ITALY |  “Parturiunt Montes– | Nascitur Ridiculus Mus” –Solini | By |
ALEISTER CROWLEY | [ornament] | June – Sept. XIX.  Price:  One Shilling’.2
8” x 5 5/16”.2

 
Publisher: Privately published.  
Printer:    
Published At: London.1  
Date: September2 1923.1  The cover states June-Sept. XIX [The XIX represents the Thelemic Year 19, i.e. 1923 e.v.3]  
Edition: 2nd Edition.  
Pages:

15.1

 
Price:

Priced at 1 shilling.2

 
Remarks:

The first edition of this work contains only the two poems “Tyrol” and “Tirolo.”

Crowley had requested that Soror Estai [Jane Wolfe] oversee the production of this small pamphlet.  He was terribly disappointed in the result as evidenced by his 1 January 1924 diary entry:  “I can never see or write to her again.  What adds to the horror is that she did it with such very good intentions and took such pains and made such sacrifices—and all to blot my fame indelibly with the abomination of vile printing.”4

 
Pagination:2
Page(s)  
[1-5] Text
[  6] Blank
[  7] ‘CORFU | (Sept 2nd, 1923 e.v.) . | [double-rule] | five-line quotation from MacBeth | [double-rule]’
[  8] Quotations from newspapers
[9-15] Text
[  16] Blank
 
Contents:

- Resurgam et Libertas
- The Eruption of Aetna
- Tyrol
- Tirolo (In Italian)
- The Gambler’s Last Throw
- Inferno
- The Massacre of the Innocents
- Peaceful and Temporary
- The Plague Carrier
- Straddling the Ante
- Epigrams

 

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Other
Known
Editions:

+ Privately Published, London, August 1923.
+

Neptune Press, London, 1974.

+ Sut Anubis, England, No Date.
+ Broadsheet Collection, Mandrake, England, 1993.
+ Mandrake, England, 1993.
 
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. 304.
2.

Personal observation of the item.

3.

Weiser Antiquarian Books, On-line Catalog # 134, “Aleister Crowley.  Used and Rare Books and Ephemera.”

4. Timothy d’Arch Smith, The Books of the Beast, Mandrake, Oxford, 1991, p. 26.
 

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