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Crowley, Aleister
Moonchild: A Prologue (in original dust jacket)
London: The Mandrake Press, 1929. First Edition. Hardcover. Crown octavo. In publisher's original dark green cloth, spine titled and ruled in gilt. In the original Beresford Egan dust jacket (professionally restored). 335 pages. Former owner's bookplate. Light edge wear to spine ends and corners, page edges browned. The dust jacket has had skillful restoration; there is a 1.5 x 4 inch repair to the bottom of the spine and inner edge of the front panel where the artwork has been carefully reapplied and retouched. A smaller repair has been made to the top of the spine, as well as some minor reinforcements. The repairs have been very well done and are virtually invisible when the jacket is viewed on the book; outwardly the jacket appears near-fine, but the restoration is apparent when the jacket is removed and viewed from the rear. Dust jacket now in a protective, removable mylar cover. All in all a very good copy in like dust jacket. This is Crowley’s magical story dealing with a battle between two magicians, and a magical experiment of invoking the moon into the body of an expectant mother, in order to create a homunculus, the “Moonchild”. Numerous acquaintances of Crowley appear as thinly disguised fictional characters. Crowley portrays MacGregor Mathers as the primary villain, including him as a character named SRMD, using the abbreviation of Mathers' magical name. Arthur Edward Waite appears as a villain named Arthwaite, "A.B." is theosophist Annie Besant. Among Crowley's friends and allies Allen Bennett appears as Mahatera Phang, the dancer Isadora Duncan … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Richard Bishop Bookseller [United States]
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