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Exhibition of Playing Cards The Tarot (Book of Thoth) 78 Paintings According to the Initiated Tradition and Modern Scientific Thought with other Occult and Alchemical Designs

   

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Bound in stapled wrappers.2
Upper cover lettered in black under a Graphic of an early version of the “Magician” tarot card | ‘Exhibition of | Occult and Alchemical Designs for the Cards | of the | Tarot of the Egyptians’.2
4 7/8” x 8 1/8”.2

 
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Privately published.

 
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Published At:

London.1

 
Date:

1941.1

 
Edition:

1st Edition.

 
Pages:

20.1

 
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Remarks:

The upper wrapper reproduces an early design of the first trump, The Magician.1

Printed for the exhibition originally planned for 7 – 21 June 1941 at the The Nicholson Gallery (Nicholson & Venn) at 46 High Street, Oxford.2 

Despite Lady Frieda Harris’ arrangement with Nicholson & Venn they withdrew from the agreement shortly before the opening of the exhibition.  Lady Harris was forced to quickly move the exhibition to a hired room at the nearby Randolph Hotel.1

Crowley only learned that the show would not be taking place when he chanced upon a postcard in the window of the Atlantis bookshop saying it had been ‘Cancelled owing to war’.4

The text of this catalog is believed to have been written by Frieda Harris from notes provided by Crowley.1

The title page of most existing copies of this catalog have the first page clipped to remove the information regarding the Nicholson & Venn Gallery.3

 
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Weiser Antiquarian Books, On-Line Catalog #1 – “Aleister Crowley (Part 1)”.

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Personal observation of the item. 

3. Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 20, “Aleister Crowley, Frieda Harris, and the Thoth Tarot.”
4. Anthony Clayton, Netherwood:  Last Resort of Aleister Crowley, Accumulator, Press, London, 2012, p. 102, note 135.

 

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