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THE VISION AND THE VOICE


     

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The Vision and the Voice.

   

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100 copies.2
Maroon textured limp boards with a 32 ring spiral back strip.3
Upper cover lettered in gilt ‘THE VISION AND THE VOICE’.1
10 7/8” x 8 3/8”.1

 
Publisher: Thelema Publishing Company.2  
Printer:    
Published At: Barstow, California.2 On some copies Barstow, California has been struck and replaced with a handwritten Hampton, N.J.6  
Date: 12 October 1952.1  
Edition: First Edition, First Issue.  
Pages:

vi + 163.1

 
Price:

Priced at $5.00.1

 

Remarks:

This edition includes the first publication of Crowley's elaborate commentary.6

Originally intended to be published by the Mandrake Press in 1930.4

Typed by Phyllis Seckler on plastiplates on an electric typewriter.  This edition was duplicated from these plastiplates.5

Has a 33-item errata slip tipped in before page 1.1  The Hebrew letters and the symbols on the errata slip and throughout the book were hand drawn in ink before the pages were reproduced.
Reprinted from The Equinox, Volume I, Number 5.

 
Pagination:1
Page(s)  
[i-iv] Blanks
[  v] Title-page
[  vi] A\A\ notice
[1-3] Introduction
[4-5] Prefatory explanation
[  6] Blank
[7-8] Contents
[9-163] Text
[164-168] Blanks
 
Contents:

LIBER XXX AERVM, VEL SAECVLI SVB FIGVRA CCCCXVIII.  Being of the Angels of the 30 Aethyrs.  The Vision and the Voice.

 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

1.

Holograph manuscript with notations in the hand of Aleister Crowley.  Contained in 6 notebooks.  Pages:  337.  Dated:  1909.  Box 5, Folders 1-3.  Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.

2. Typescript with commentary in the hand of Aleister Crowley.  Pages:  163.  Box 5, Folder 4.  Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.
 

Other
Known
Editions:

+

The Equinox, Volume I, Number 5, Aleister Crowley at the Office of the Equinox, London, March 1911.

+ Thelema Publishing Company; Barstow, California; Circa 1980.  (2nd Issue by Helen Parsons-Smith).
 
Bibliographic
Sources:
1. 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. 152-153. 
2. Clive Harper, A Bibliography of the Works of Aleister Crowley (Expanded and Corrected), Aleister Crowley, The Golden Dawn and Buddhism:  Reminiscences and Writings of Gerald Yorke, The Teitan Press, York Beach, Maine, 2011, p. 56.
3.

Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 7, “Aleister Crowley & Your Interest in Magick.”

4. Anthony Clayton, Netherwood:  Last Resort of Aleister Crowley, Accumulator, Press, London, 2012, p. 54, note 11.
5. In the Continuum, College of Thelema, An. LXXXVII, 1991, e.v. Sun in 0° Libra, Oroville, California, p. 34.
6. Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 117, “Aleister Crowley and Circle.  A Miscellany of Used and Rare Books and Ephemera.”
 

Comments by
Aleister
Crowley:

     In The Vision and the Voice, the attainment of the grade of Master of the Temple was symbolized by the adept pouring every drop of his blood, that is his whole individual life, into the Cup of the Scarlet Woman, who represents Universal Impersonal Life. There remains therefore (to pursue the imagery) of the adept “nothing but a little pile of dust”. In a subsequent vision the Grade of Magus is foreshadowed; and the figure is that this dust is burnt into “a white ash”, which ash is preserved in an Urn. It is difficult to convey the appropriateness of this symbolism, but the general idea is that the earthly or receptive part of the Master is destroyed. That which remains has passed through fire; and is therefore, in a sense, of the nature of fire. The Urn is engraved with a word or symbol expressive of the nature of the being whose ash is therein. The Magus is thus, of course, not a person in any ordinary sense; he represents a certain nature or idea. To put it otherwise, we may say, the Magus is a word. He is the Logos of the Aeon which he brings to pass.
    — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 795.

 
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