London & Felling-On-Tyne: Walter Scott Publishing Co. and the Society for the Propogation of Religious Truth, 1907. First edition. 8vo, xii, 108 + 12 pp. publisher's catalog, bound in cream glazed cloth extensively embossed in gilt. Fore edge untrimmed. Illustrated with a frontispiece photograph of Crowley by Aimé Dupont. One of 500 numbered and signed copies, but this copy unnumbered and out of series, as often. The third state.
A miscellany in the best sense of the word, with texts ranging from his allegorical text on initiation and involving the tarot, “The Wake World,” to the skit “Ali Sloper, and the 40 Liars,” which parodies several very thinly veiled members of the Order of the Golden Dawn. The book concludes with a selection of verse. The cross-genre nature of the book was met with confusion by early reviewers, and the book sold poorly upon release. However, it now stands as one of Crowley's better works, exemplifying his strengths as a storyteller across genres - for certain readers at least.
Yorke, p. 51.
Cloth mildly grubby and darkened, with some minor rippling of cloth to back panel. Endpapers and tissue guards lightly toned, with some mild offsetting to facing page of the photographic frontis, as usual, and a slight paperclip rust ghost to p. 53. Item #27536