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THE VISION AND THE VOICE


     

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The Vision and the Voice.

   

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Part of the original edition of probably 100 or less copies printed by Karl Germer in 1952.  Helen Parsons-Smith obtained a number of the original unbound pages from Karl Germer and had them bound in this edition.2
Bound in a maroon cloth to match the original (1952) binding.2
Upper cover lettered in gilt ‘THE VISION AND THE VOICE’.
 
Publisher: Thelema Publishing Company.1  
Printer:    
Published At: Barstow, California.1  
Date: 12 October 1952.1  Reissued by Helen Parsons-Smith circa 1980.2  
Edition: First Edition, Second Issue.2  
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vi + 164.2

 
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Has an errata slip loosely inserted.2

Reprinted from The Equinox, Volume I, Number 5.

 
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Contents:

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

 

Author’s
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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.
 

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

+ Thelema Publishing Company; Barstow, California, 1952.
 
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. Weiser Antiquarian Books, Catalog # 93, “Aleister Crowley.  Beastly Biographies and Other Used and Rare Books and Documents.”
 

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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