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THE SPIRIT OF SOLITUDE - VOLUME II


     

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

   

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8009 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] | II | Mandrake Press’.2
10 3/4” x 7 1/4”.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:

December5 1929.3

 
Edition:

1st Edition.

 
Pages:

vii + 308.2

 
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.8
Has an errata sheet facing page 308.2 
Has a portrait of Aleister Crowley as a frontispiece.7

 
Pagination:2

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[  i]

Half-title

[  ii]

Frontispiece

[  iii]

Title-page

[  iv]

Blank

[  v]

Quotation from AHA

[  vi]

Dedication of Volume II

[  vii]

Map of the Baltoro Glacier

[1-307]

Text

[308]

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

 
Contents:

Illustrations:
- Portrait
- Allan Bennett in Ceylon
- Portrait:  Ceylon, September, 1901
- The Chogo Ri Party
- Salama Tantra Shikari
- The Torrent of Mud; The River of Mud
- The Hot Spring; Rope Bridge
- Gusherbrum; Prehistoric Morraine
- Earth Pinnacles; Macherbru
- Mitre Peak; Dawn on Chogo Ri
- Chogo Ri
- Avalanche; Tent Emplacement
- The Zak; Broad Peak
- Chogo Ri
- Rose Crowley

 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

1.

Page proofs.  Pages:  Volume 2, 51-81.  Warburg Institute Collection.

2.

Volume II.  Page proofs with revisions in the hand of Aleister Crowley.  Pages:  306.  Dated:  1929.  Box 11, Folder 1.  Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.

 

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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. 128-129. 

3.

Personal observation of the item.

4. P.R. Stephensen, The Legend of Aleister Crowley, Helios Books, Enmore, NSW, Australia, 2007, rear cover.
5. Ibid., p. 34.
6. Aleister Crowley with Victor B. Neuburg and Leila Waddell, Magick, Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, San Francisco, CA, 2008, pp. ixxx-ixxxi.
7. Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 93, “Aleister Crowley.  Beastly Biographies and Other Used and Rare Books and Documents.”
8. Timothy d’Arch Smith, The Books of the Beast, Mandrake, Oxford, 1991, p. 19 and Note 114.
9. Ibid., p. 32.
 

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