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The Argonauts - CROWLEY, Aleister - 1904. [1204368]
Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth, Boleskine, Foyers 1904 - Softcover. Octavo, (vi) 18 (ii) 20 (ii) 20 (ii) 24 (ii) 24pp., Dark green camel hair wrappers with title in red on upper wrapper, and "Jason . Argo . Medea . Sirenae . Ares" lettered up spine. Machine made paper. Though much favoured by Crowley, the "camel hair" binding material was not at all durable. According to Duncombe-Jewell only 202 copies were printed: 2 on Roman vellum, and 200 thus, on machine made paper. A play in five parts - each act of which is "a separate play on the Greek model, separately paginated." The play was to have been published by Kegan Paul, but when Crowley discovered how poor the sales of his earlier works had been, he decided to published and distribute his works himself under the S.P.R.T. (Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth) imprint (the name being a none-too-subtle jest at the expense of the well known Christian publishing house the S.P.C.K. - Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge). The Argonauts was thus the first book to be published under this new imprint. The "camel hair" material is notoriously fragile - and thus a genuinely scarce work - it had a tiny printing and the already small number of copies in circulation have arguably been greatly reduced by its far from sturdy binding. From the collection of English bibliophile and Aleister Crowley scholar Nicholas Bishop-Culpeper, with his book-label lightly tipped in at front (easily removed). Spine a bit sunned (faded), all edges rubbed with some chipping - particularly at spine ends. Now protected by mylar jacket. Second, older bookplate on inside front cover, front hinge delicate but holding, page edges darkened, some glue residue on endpapers at inner hinges, pages lightly browned with some very faint scattered foxing. Still overall a solid VG copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Weiser Antiquarian Books, Inc.]
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