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ALEISTER CROWLEY

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HASHISH

 

     The fourth book in our series is a new edition of Aleister Crowley’s The Psychology of Hashish.  Available in a very limited hand-bound edition of only 150 copies.

 

 

 

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     " 'The Psychology of Hashish' pleases me more every time I read it.  It contains such a wealth of knowledge, it shows such profundity of thought, that I find myself today still wondering how I ever wrote it.  I find in it ideas which I am hardly aware that I possess today; how I could have thought thus at this elementary stage of my career, and written it all down in a single day, is bewildering.  It is completely free from any blemishes of the old type.  The sublimity of my subject possessed me."

 

                                 — ALEISTER CROWLEY

                               The Confessions of Aleister Crowley

 


 

     Aleister Crowley’s The Psychology of Hashish, written under the pseudonym of Oliver Haddo, was first published in Volume I, No. 2 of The Equinox on 24 September of 1909. It made up part two of a serial publication entitled The Herb Dangerous.

 

     During Crowley’s early magical career, he, along with his then guru, Allan Bennett, investigated various pharmaceutical preparations, including hashish, in search of a substance that would provide a pathway to mystical states.

     The Psychology of Hashish presents Crowley’s personal investigation into the use of hashish and introduces his hypothesis that it can stimulate or serve as a precursor to valid mystical states.

     Crowley’s opinion regarding the use of hashish seems to be that an aspirant to spiritual enlightenment may, by using hashish under controlled circumstances, attain a mystical state, or obtain a “preview” of potential states of mind ordinarily only made possible through rigorous spiritual exercises.

     While Crowley investigated the use of various pharmaceutical substances as potential aids to spiritual attainment, there is no evidence that he advocated the use of hashish, or any other substance, as a substitute for hard work and discipline in a spiritual practice.
  


 

     Each book is bound by hand in a Japanese style binding and measures a large-sized 8 1/2” x 11". 97 pages. Printed in red and black on high quality 70 pound text weight, acid-free Via paper specifically chosen for this edition. Bound in an acid-free, glued-up composition cover consisting of a distressed brown faux leather over custom printed endpapers. Text set in a combination of Malgun Gothic, Bookman Old Style and Copperplate Gothic fonts. Illustrations include 20 vintage graphics of interpretations of "Alice and the Caterpillar" based on Lewis Carroll's classic novel "Alice in Wonderland".

 

     As an added bonus, each book comes with a hand-bound copy of Crowley's "The Opium Smoker."

 

     Each copy also includes a handsome themed bookplate and bookmark.

 

Edition limited to 150 numbered copies.  Price:  US $19.95

 

 

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