CROWLEY, Aleister.

Konx Om Pax: Essays in Light.

London and Felling-on-Tyne: Walter Scott Publishing Co. for the Society for the Propagation of Religious Truth, 1907 Stock Code: 149223
£7,500.00
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With a working manuscript copy of a poem printed within

Signed limited edition, number 28 of 100 copies only in black cloth, signed on the frontispiece. This copy additionally has a loosely inserted manuscript copy of Crowley's comic poem "Blow the tom-tom", written in pencil in his hand with corrections and strike-throughs. Crowley has later added an inked note at the foot of the poem: "See K. O. P." - the poem is printed in this work with a slightly altered text at pp. 59-60 in the midst of his essay "Thien Tao or the Synagogue of Satan".

This collection of spiritual "hyper-intelligent prosody and poetry" is named after the supposedly mystic Egyptian phrase "Khabs Am Pekht", roughly translating as "Light in Extension", used in the vernal and autumnal equinox ceremonies of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (Sutin; Churton). Crowley claimed to have designed the distinctive "vast modernist and geometrically disciplined maze of exaggerated lettering" front cover design while high on hashish on 2 October 1907 (McWilliams, p. 67). A further 400 copies were bound in white cloth lettered in gilt. Although the colophon states that each copy was numbered and signed, the majority appear to have been left blank.

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Description

Square octavo. Original black cloth, titles in geometric design by Crowley within frame in white to front cover, edges untrimmed. [Loosely inserted:] Single leaf of paper (179 x 120 mm), apparently removed from octavo book, written in pencil to recto only, slight creasing and a couple of tiny nicks to edges.

Illustrations

Title page printed in red and black. Frontispiece photogravure portrait of Crowley by Aimee Dupont and numerous diagrams in the text.

Condition

Rubbing to extremities, minor bumps to tips, white design to front cover flaking as often, offsetting to endpapers and occasional spots of foxing to contents; a very good copy.

Bibliography

Tobias Churton, Aleister Crowley in India: The Secret Influence of Eastern Mysticism on Magic and the Occult, 2019; Stuart McWilliams, Aleister Crowley's Graphomania and the Transformations of Magical Inscriptivity, 2016; Lawrence Sutin, Do What Thou Wilt

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