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THE BOOK OF THE LAW (1938) by Aleister Crowley (First Separate Edition) Privately Issued by the O.T.O.

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THE BOOK OF THE LAW (1938) by Aleister Crowley (First Separate Edition) Privately Issued by the O.T.O.

795.00

CROWLEY, Aleister

The Book of the Law [technically called LIBER AL VEL LEGIS, SUB FIGURA CCXX AS DELIVERED BY XCIII = 418 TO DCLXVI] 

London: Privately issued by the O.T.O., 1938. First Edition Thus (first separate edition). Staple bound in white card wrappers. 6.5 x 5 inches. Title lettered in black to front wrapper. Pagination: [1] Half-title, [2] O.T.O. Lamen (dove descending), eleven-fold cross, plus 'Baphomet' in script, [3] Title-page, [4] Blank, [5-15] Introduction by Crowley (The Book, The Universe, The Law of Thelema, The New Aeon, The Next Step), [16] Publication in Class A with A.: A.: seal, [17] Divisional title: 'THE BOOK OF THE LAW', [18] Blank, [19-49] Typeset text of The Book of the Law, [50] The 'Tunis' comment, [51-52] Ad for The Equinox of the Gods with detachable order form, [53] Crowley's offer of instruction to aspirants, [54] Ad for Magick in Theory and Practice, [55]: Life and Liberty statement, [56] Freedom statement. All contents complete. Quite scarce. 

Staples have rusted, otherwise an incredibly well preserved, unmarked copy. About fine. 

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This is the first separate edition of The Book of the Law. It was issued in two states; the first state (offered here) has a misprint in Chapter 1, verse 32 which has the words "heart and tongue" reversed to read "tongue and heart." This was corrected in the second state, which was released in red buckram. 

Crowley first intended to print the text of The Book of the Law in 1907 in the third volume of his collected works but changed his mind before going to press. The text first saw print in volume III of The Holy Books in 1909. It was next published in 1913 in The Equinox Volume I, No. X. A privately printed edition was issued in 1926 and only contained facsimiles of the original manuscript pages; issued as 65 sheets of photographic paper and housed in a red leather box. Of the 11 copies printed, 8 were presented to acquaintances of Crowley, with the remaining three copies offered for sale. The Equinox of the Gods, which was Crowley's first published account of the events surrounding the Cairo Working, was issued in 1936 and again in 1937. It included the typeset text of The Book of the Law and contained a pocket at the end of the volume with the facsimile manuscript pages. 

This O.T.O. edition was released shortly after The Equinox of the Gods. Crowley felt that this was the best way to get his 'Law' into the hands of as many people as possible. This is the first separate publication of the typeset text.