A Prologue.London: The Mandrake Press, 1929 Stock Code: 145012
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".
Octavo. Original dark green cloth, titles to spine in gilt. With the dust jacket designed by Beresford Egan.
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.
Sullivan, The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural (1986).
With the exception of framed items*, Peter Harrington offers free delivery on all UK orders of rare books, maps and prints placed through this website. Delivery to USA and the rest of the world is similarly free for orders over £200.
Established in 1969, Peter Harrington is one of the leading rare book firms in the world. It is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association – along with ILAB, the PBFA and Lapada – and from shops in Mayfair and Chelsea, London, sells rare books, prints and ephemera to customers across the world.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 0220