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TEMPERANCE. A TRACT FOR THE TIMES


 

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Temperance:  A Tract for the Times.

   

Upper Cover

 

Lower Cover

 

Interior Cover

 

Title Page

 

Dedication

 

Contents

 

Apex Printing

 

 

Print
Variations
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100 copies printed on laid paper.1
Wrappers created by folding 20 1/4” x 15 1/4” piece of paper in half, then in half again, resulting in a double thickness wrapper with a finished size of 10 1/8” x 7 5/8”.  The wrapper is closed on top and left edges but open on the right and bottom edges.2
Bound in thick white paper wrappers and tied with gold cord through two holes punched through the pamphlet.2
Upper cover lettered in red ‘TEMPERANCE | A TRACT FOR THE TIMES | by Aleister Crowley’.2
Lower cover lettered in black with a colophon ‘[printer’s device:  sun behind a mountain peak] | APEX PRINTING SERVICE 25 LITTLE 17, ANDREW 17 | LONDON, | W.C. 3’.2
The title page states that copies are signed and numbered, but not all copies are signed and/or numbered.2 
10 1/8” x 7 5/8”.2

 
Publisher: Privately issued by the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.)1  
Printer: Apex Printing Service, 45 Little St. Andrew St., London, W. C. 2.2  
Published At: BCM/ANKH, 188 High Holborn, London, W. C. 1.2  
Date: 22 December 1939, 6.6 p.m.2  
Edition: 1st Edition.  
Pages:

17.2

 
Price:

Priced at a half-guinea.2

 
Remarks:

Decicated to Lady Astor.

On 11 December 1939, Crowley sent the manuscript for Temperance to Apex Printing Service, with the official release on 22 December.6

 

Distribution:
Copy # 6 went to Karl Germer with an inscription from Crowley that read ‘To Karl Germer in memory of many bottles of Hock drunk in sincere friendship.  Aleister Crowley’4
Copy # 11 went to Louis Umfreville Wilkinson with an inscription that read ‘To Louis Umfreville Wilkinson with love Aleister Crowley.’3
Copy #19 went to Isidore Kerman with an inscription from Crowley that read
ex machine deo.
Copy # 30 went to Wilfred Talbot Smith with an inscription that read ‘To Wilfred and his flock with love Aleister Crowley.’5
Copy #45 also went to Karl Germer with an inscription from Crowley that read ‘To Karl Germer safe in New York from his friend Aleister Crowley, the happiest man in Europe since that news arrived.  An I.x.v. Sun in Taurus’4
Copy # 50 went to Ethel Archer with an inscription that read ‘To Ethel Archer, also a maker of rimes, from Aleister Crowley, with love’8

Copy #58 was sold to Jean Michaud.7

 
Pagination:
Page(s)  
[  1] Half-title
[  2] Blank
[  3] Title-page
[  4] Dedication
[  5] Contents
[  6] Blank
[7-17] Text
[18-20] Blanks
 
Contents:

- Bob Chanler
- Hymn to Astarte
- The Moralist
- Happy Dust
- The Artist

 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

   
 

Other
Known
Editions:

+ Neptune Press, London, 1974.
+ Mandrake, England, 1993.
 
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. 47.  
2. Personal observation of the item.
3. Call No. PR 6005 R7 T4 - Copy 1 Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, Texas.
4. Bill Heidrick, Thelema Lodge Calendar, November 1997, Internet resource last accessed on 27 November 2015.
5.

Weiser Antiquarian Books Catalogue # 144, “Aleister Crowley & Associates.  Used and Rare Books and Ephemera”, Internet recource, last accessed 29 September 2015.

6. Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., Perdurabo:  The Life of Aleister Crowley, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2010 , p. 507.
7. Aleister Crowley, diary entry for 18 July 1941, unpublished
8. Caduceus Books catalog.
 

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