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THE SPIRIT OF SOLITUDE - VOLUME I


     

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The Spirit of Solitude (Volume I).  An Autohagiography.  Subsequently re-Antichristened The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.

   

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Dedication

 

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8008 copies printed on Japanese vellum.1
Bound in white buckram1 with bevelled boards.6

Top edge gilt.2
Upper cover lettered in black script ‘The Confessions of | [line drawing:  self-portrait by Aleister Crowley | Aleister Crowley’.2
Spine stamped in gilt horizontally across spine ‘ALEISTER CROWLEY | [star] | CONFESSIONS | [emblem of the Beast] | I | Mandrake Press’.2
10 1/4” x 7 3/8”.3

 
Publisher:

The Mandrake Press, 41 Museum Street W.C. 1.3

 
Printer:

The Boltolph Printing Works, Kingsway London.3

 
Published At:

London.1

 
Date:

1929.3

 
Edition:

1st Edition.

 
Pages:

vii + 286.2

 
Price:

Priced at 2 guineas.4

 
Remarks:

The confessions of Aleister Crowley was originally planned to consist of a total of six volumes with an additional seventh volume available to subscribers only.7
Has a portrait of Aleister Crowley as a frontispiece.6

 
Pagination:2

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[  i]

Half-title

[  ii]

Frontispiece

[iii-iv]

Blanks

[  v]

Two quotations from Swinburne

[  vi]

Dedication of Volume I

[  vii]

Aleister Crowley’s horoscope

[1-284]

Text

[285]

Blank

[286]

‘THE CONFESSIONS OF ALEISTER CROWLEY VOLUME ONE | Printed for the Mandrake Press | at the Boltolph Printing Works | Kingsway London | [device of the Mandrake Press:  a Mandragora]’

 
Contents:

Illustrations:
- Portrait of the author
- The Grange, Red Hill, Surrey
- Portrait
- The Devil’s Head Chimney, Beachy Head
- Portrait
- The Magician
- Allan Bennett
- Boleskine House
- Views of Boleskine

 

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Bibliographic
Sources:

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. 50.

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. 126-127. 

3.

Personal observation of the item.

4. P.R. Stephensen, The Legend of Aleister Crowley, Helios Books, Enmore, NSW, Australia, 2007, rear cover.
5. Aleister Crowley with Victor B. Neuburg and Leila Waddell, Magick, Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, San Francisco, CA, 2008, pp. ixxx-ixxxi.
6. Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 93, “Aleister Crowley.  Beastly Biographies and Other Used and Rare Books and Documents.”
7. Timothy d’Arch Smith, The Books of the Beast, Mandrake, Oxford, 1991, p. 19 and Note 114.
8. Ibid., p. 32.
 

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