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CROWLEY, Aleister.

Moonchild.

A Prologue.

London: The Mandrake Press, 1929 Stock Code: 145012
£2,000.00
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First edition, first impression, of one of Crowley's best known works, in notably bright condition. Moonchild is "a novel about the magical pursuits and feuds of Crowley's day with many recognizable personalities... at times very amusing in its bizarre vituperation despite formal flaws" (Sullivan, pp. 106-7).

This copy has later annotations by a devotee of Crowley to the dust jacket front flap (noting their wait to procure a first edition of Crowley's first novel Diary of a Drug Fiend (1922) was well worth it) and authors note, with marginal outlining in black and red pencil, some of which sometime erased, and their ownership inscription and slight mis-transcription of the Mundaka Upanishad to the front free endpaper: "What is that knowing which all else is known? 6/30/42 Henderson, Kentucky, USA".

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Description

Octavo. Original dark green cloth, titles to spine in gilt. With the dust jacket designed by Beresford Egan.

Condition

Slight rubbing to spine ends and tips, minor bump to head of front board, cloth notably clean, faint offsetting to endpapers, contents bright, a near-fine copy in an uncommonly attractive if faintly toned jacket, a couple of small chips to top edge, minor creasing and nicks to extremities, small abrasion from previous sticker removal to front panel, slightly affecting the printed title.

Bibliography

Sullivan, The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural (1986).

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