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THE RITES OF ELEUSIS by Aleister Crowley, Edited by Keith Richmond (#878/1000 Copies)

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THE RITES OF ELEUSIS by Aleister Crowley, Edited by Keith Richmond (#878/1000 Copies)

395.00

London: Mandrake Press, 1990. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Large quarto. Black boards with original dust jacket. Limited to 1000 hand-numbered copies. This is No. 878. With illustrations by Dwina Murphy-Gibb. A near fine copy in like dust jacket.

Contains the complete scripts of all 7 of the Rites, with introduction by Richmond and explanatory essays by Richmond and Terence DuQuesne. Also includes a series of adorations, "The Treasure House of Images" by Capt J.F.C. Fuller, and Crowley's "Magick Book 4 (Liber O)". The Rites of Eleusis were a series of seven public invocations or rites written by Crowley, each centered on one of the seven classical planets of antiquity. They were dramatically performed by Crowley, along with Leila Waddell (Laylah), and Victor Neuburg in October and November, 1910, at Caxton Hall in London. This act brought Crowley's occult organization the A.’. A.’. into the public eye. The names of the seven Rites are The Rite of "Saturn", "Jupiter", "Mars", "Sol", "Venus", "Mercury" and "Luna". Crowley claimed that the Rites were designed to inspire the audience with ‘religious ecstasy’, and that merely reading them would help people "cultivate their highest faculties". Some in the popular press thought otherwise, and considered the Rites an immoral display, riddled with blasphemy and erotic suggestion. Included at the end of the volume is Crowley's rebuttal to the critics (from The Bystander, November 16, 1910) entitled: Concerning "Blasphemy" in General and the "Rites of Eleusis" in Particular. 

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