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The Winged Beetle.

   

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Glossary of Obscure Terms

 

 

 

 

 

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State (a): 50 copies printed on Arnold unbleached hand-made paper.6
Top edges cut and gilt.2
Bound in white buckram.2
Upper cover stamped in gilt with a scarab and lettered ‘THE WINGED BEETLE | ALEISTER CROWLEY’.2
Spine stamped in gilt horizontally across ‘THE | WINGED | BEETLE | ALEISTER | CROWLEY | MCMX’.2
Copies are numbered 1 - 50.1
8 11/16” x 5 7/8”.2
State (b): 300 copies printed on machine-made paper.6
Bound in brown paper boards.1
Upper cover stamped in gilt with a scarab and lettered ‘THE WINGED BEETLE | ALEISTER CROWLEY’.2
Spine stamped in gilt horizontally across ‘THE | WINGED | BEETLE | ALEISTER | CROWLEY | MCMX’.2
Copies are numbered 51 - 350.1
8 11/16” x 5 7/8”.2
 
Publisher: Privately published.5  
Printer: Turnbull & Spears.5  
Published At: London.1  
Date: 1910.1  
Edition: 1st Edition.  
Pages:

x + 228.2

 
Price:

The copies on handmade paper sold for One Guinea.  The regular copies sold for 10 shillings.3 

 

Remarks:

The Poetry Review indicates that a new edition of The Winged Beetle was published by Wieland in 1912.7

Dedicated to J. F. C. Fuller.

A December 1918 inventory of Crowley’s books held for him by Charles Whittingham & Co., also known as the Chiswick Press, lists 232 regular copies and 32 de-luxe copies as bound but unsold.6
Approximately 100 copies of the regular edition were destroyed in a flood that occurred at the facility were they were being stored.6
Contains a “Glossary of Obscure Terms” tipped in to the rear of the book which shows the third stanza of the dedication in verse to read:
     “Yea!  God himself upon his throne,
     “Cringed at thy torrid truculence,
     “Tottered and crashed a crumpled crone.
     “ At thy contemptuous ‘Slave get hence!.
     “Out flickered the Ghost’s marish tongue,
     “And Jesus wallowed in his dung.”4

 
Pagination:2
Page(s)  
[α-β] Blanks
[  i] Half-title
[  ii] Limitation notice
[  iii] Title-page
[  iv] Dedication to J.F.C. Fuller
[v-vi] Dedication in verse
[vii-ix] Contents
[  x] Acknowledgements
[1-171] Text
[172] Blank
[173] Divisional title ‘MR TODD | A MORALITY’
[174] Dedication
[175] Persons of the play
[176] Scene
[177-199] Text
[200] Blank
[201] Divisional title ‘TRANSLATIONS’
[202] Blank
[203-228] Text
 
Contents:

- Rosa Coeli
- Ahjad-i-Al’Ain
- The Hermit
- The Wizard Way
- The Wings
- The Garden of Janus
- The Two Secrets
- The Priestess of Panormita
- The Hawk and the Babe
- The Duellists
- Athor and Asar
- After Judgement
- The Five Adorations
- Telepathy
- The Swimmer
- The Muse
- The God and the Girl
- Rosemary
- Au Bal
- Dorothy
- Bathyllus
- The Mantra Yogi
- The Poet and His Muse
- Lilith
- Sport and Marriage
- The Twins
- The Convert
- The Sorceress
- The Child
- Clytie
- A Slim Gilt Soul
- The Silence of Columbine
- The Archaeologist
- The Ladder
- Belladonna
- The Poet at Bay
- Ut
- Rosa Decidua
- The Circle and the Point
- In Memoriam
- Ad Fidelum Infidelem
- The Sphinx
- The Jew of Fez
- The Pentagram
- Song
- An Hymn
- Prologue to Rodin in Rime
- The Camp Fire
- Ave Adonai
- The Wild Ass
- The Opium-Smoker
- In Manu Dominae
- Mr Todd:  A Morality
- L’Amour et le Crane

- L'Alchimie de Douleur

- Le Vampire
- Le Balcon
- Le Gout de l’Infini
- L’Heautontimoroumenos
- Le vin de l’assassin
- Woman
- Tout Entiere
- Le vin des amants
- Le Revenant
- Lola de Valence
- Le Beau Navire
- L’Invitation au Voyage
- Epilogue to “Petits Poems en Prose”
- Colloque Sentimental
- En Sourdine
- The Magician

 

Author’s
Working
Versions:

1. Page proofs.  Pages:  196.  Dated 1909.  Box 10, Folder 2.  Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.
2. Printers mark-up with paste ups and notes.  Pages:  180.  Dated 1909.  Box 10, Folders 3-5.  Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX.
 

Other
Known
Editions:

+ Teitan Press., Chicago, 1992.
 
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. 46.  
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. 89-92.     

3. Aleister Crowley, The Equinox, Volume I, No. 7, Wieland and Co., London, March 1912, ads at rear of book.
4. Richard Kaczynski, Ph.D., Perdurabo:  The Life of Aleister Crowley, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, 2010, p. 214.
5. Aleister Crowley, The Winged Beetle, The Teitan Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1992, p. 5.
6. Ibid., p. 14.
7. The Poetry Review, Number XI, November 1912, St. Catherine Press, 34 Norfolk Street, Strand, London, p. 496.
 

Comments by
Aleister
Crowley:

     Fuller was at this time in grave difficulties, à la d’Artagnan, but he gave his time and his toil with magnificent generosity. His draughtmanship, within certain limits, was miraculously fine. Certain subjects were altogether beyond him; he could not portray the human figure. His “Adonai-Ha-Aretz” is lamentable, but his symbolic drawing shows the highest qualities of imagination and execution, and his geometrical work is almost inconceivably perfect. His four Watch Towers (The Equinox, vol. I, no. VII) and similar illustrations are superb, and his ornamental alphabet is altogether beyond me to appreciate. Unfortunately, his prose was florid and confused, and he suffered acutely from what I call the “comma bacillus”. He loved a sentence so much that he could not persuade himself to finish it, but his images are more vivid and virile than those of any writer I have ever known.
     The style of The Star in the West is trenchant and picturesque. Its only fault is a tendency to overloading. I could have wished a more critical and less adoring study of my work; but his enthusiasm was genuine, and guaranteed our personal relations in such sort that my friendship wit him is one of the dearest memories of my life. I dedicated The Winged Beetle to him.
     — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 544.
 
Reviews:

     In the face of the whole horde of reviewers, critics, and in the face of the British public, I declare that Aleister Crowley is among the first of living poets.  It will not be many years before this fact is generally recognized and duly appreciated. “Rosa Coeli” and “Rosa Decidua” are two magnificient poems.  The latter is “no tragedy of little tears,” but the utterance of a god-like grief.  “The Priestess of Panormita” is an extremely fine work of art;  the right selection has been exercised to the utmost, there are no superfluous words, no vague images, everything is precise, clear-cut, and strong. . . . “Bathyllus” is a beautiful poem; . . . “The Ladder” is a fine lyric describing the ascension up the middle pillar of the Tree of Life, from Malkuth to Kether,  “Telepathy.” “The Opium Smoker,” “The Muse,” are all poems which will grip and hold the soul of the reader . . .
     What is not least remarkable in Crowley’s poetry is his amazing variety.  In some respects he is not unlike William Blake, but he is free from Blake’s metrical deficiencies whilst retaining all the sublimity of his conceptions.  The range of his subjects is almost infinite, and the majority of his poems are literally ablaze with the white heat of ecstasy, the passionate desire of the overman to-wards his ultimate consummation
re-union with God.
The Occult Review, date unknown

 
       
   

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