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THE EQUINOX OF THE GODS. The Official Organ of the A.:.A.:. Vol III No. III.
Issued by the O.T.O., BM/JPKH September MCMXXXVI E.V. [1936]., London - FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Large quarto, original cream cloth titled & decorated in gilt on spine and front panel. pp v, [138], together with the 65 loose page facsimile manuscript of The Book of the Law, in card covers with titles printed in red and black, inserted in a pocket at the end of the book. Printed on Japon vellum paper with untrimmed edges. The small errata slip, usually tipped in to the final page, has been neatly removed. Two colour plates showing the Stele of Revealing, plus additional pictorial title pages for Liber Al vel Legis and Genesis Libri Al. This is the correct first issue, issued in 1936; there is a second issue which is very similar but has a publisher's label to the title page changing the date to 1937. The original advertisement and order form - a single sheet printed on both sides and folded twice - is loosly inserted. Some very minor dust-soiling to the cream cloth, tiny bruised spot at the front edge of the outer spine, slight browning to the overhanging yapp edges of the folder at the rear, some foxing to top page edges but overall a near fine, bright copy, remarkably clean and certainly one of the best copies of the true first issue extant. The Equinox of the Gods was Crowley's first published study on the origins of The Book of the Law - it includes the text of Liber AL, essays on its history and meaning, reproductions and translations of the "Stele of Revealing" (her rather famously misnamed the 'Stele of Revelling'), and a full size facsimile of the original manuscript of the book. A magnificent example of book production. 1,000 sets of sheets were printed on Japanses Vellum, but Crowley's diaries of the time record disappointing sales and rejection by formerly friendly booksellers. The 1937 issues appear to be unsold copies of the 1936 edition with the new label affixed to the title leaf, but sales were poor and a vast quantity of the sheets remained unbound and were sent to Karl Germer in the States, where they appeared in a myriad hybrid forms until as late as 1987. It is estimated by Timothy D'Arch Smith (Books of the Beast, 1987 & 1991) that 900 sets of sheets were sent to Germer, leaving fewer then 80 copies to have been issued in both the first (1936) and second (1937) issues (W.T. Smith having received 20 sets of unbound sheets as well). This may or may not be accurate, but certainly Germer had 500 sets of sheets bound up by booksellers Samuel Weiser in 1955, so the amount of unbound sets must have been quite high. A major publication, and - in this first issue - a very rare book. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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