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THE BOOK OF THE GOETIA OF SOLOMON THE KING (1993) by Aleister Crowley. Translated by MacGregor Mathers (Deluxe Limited Edition, #23/50 Copies, from Mandrake Press/Holmes)

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THE BOOK OF THE GOETIA OF SOLOMON THE KING (1993) by Aleister Crowley. Translated by MacGregor Mathers (Deluxe Limited Edition, #23/50 Copies, from Mandrake Press/Holmes)

495.00

CROWLEY, Aleister (translated by MacGregor MATHERS)

The Book of the Goetia of Solomon The King, Translated Into the English Tongue By A Dead Hand and Adorned With Divers Other Matters Germane, Delightful To The Wise. The Whole Edited, Verified, Introduced and Commented by Aleister Crowley (Deluxe Edition of 50 copies)

[UK]: First Impressions (Mandrake/Holmes), 1993. Facsimile edition of Crowley’s personal copy which is now located in the Yorke Collection at the Warburg. Hardcover. Folio (measures 10” x 13”). Deluxe, limited edition of 50 hand-numbered copies. This is copy #23. Quarter black leather over black buckram boards. Gilt spine titles. All edges gilt. Beautiful marbled endpapers. Black silk page marker ribbon. xvi + 66 + 4pp. Illustrated with seals and sigils, plus holographic notes and drawings by Crowley, including previously unpublished images of the talismans of the seven planets, as well as an unpublished self-portrait by Crowley showing him evoking the spirit Paimon. In addition, there are numerous notes by G.J. Yorke, two Enochian calls - handwritten by Alostrael (Leah Hirsig), and more. This deluxe facsimile edition is the most elusive (and desirable) of the First Impressions volumes. It is rarely offered for sale. 

An exceptionally fine copy. Issued without dust jacket

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The Goetia contains descriptions and evocations of 72 demons. This version is based on manuscripts from the British Museum, with additions by Crowley, including a Preliminary Invocation drawn from Goodwin's Fragment of a Graeco-Egyptian Work upon Magic, and the essay ‘The Initiated Interpretation of Ceremonial Magic.’ It is not a faithful edition of the source manuscripts but contains several innovations, including some evocations in Enochian written by Crowley. In his introduction, Crowley argues that the work of demonic evocation is merely a form of psychological self-exploration. 

Crowley states thus: “After returning from Edinburgh, I do not seem even to have kept a record and I remember nothing about my doings. July is however the date of an essay “The initiated interpretation of ceremonial magick” which I prefaced to my edition of The Goetia. I had employed Mathers to translate the text of The Lesser Key of Solomon the King of which The Goetia is the first section. He got no further; after the events of 1900, he had simply collapsed morally. I added a translation of the conjurations into the Enochian or Angelic language; edited and annotated the text, prefixed a “Preliminary Invocation”, added a prefatory note, a Magical Square (intended to prevent improper use of the book) and ultimately an Invocation of Typhon when the First Magical War of the Aeon of Horus was declared”  — The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.  New York, NY.  Hill and Wang, 1969.  Page 362.