Hampton, NJ: Thelema Publishing Company, 1954. 4to, xxix, 399 pp, bound in red buckram titled in gilt. Second state, with the correct spelling of Magick to cover - one of about 50 copies thus produced, after the initial 50 printed with the misprint, for a total of about 100 copies. With a foreward by Karl Germer.
Magic Without Tears gathers 80 letters by Crowley, which are taken from his correspondence with a "young lady," as Germer refers to her - actually the Australian born composer and pianist Anne Macky. The collection was edited by Karl Germer, who had emigrated to the US after prolonged incarceration in various concentration camps, beginning with his 1935 arrest on Hitler's orders for his connection with Aleister Crowley. In the US Germer continued his fundraising and advocacy for the work of Crowley, significantly with this work. which is one of Crowley's most accessible books. The working title was 'Crowley Explains Everything."
Provenance; ownership signature of the NASA scientist Ralph Donaldson to verso of first blank.
Minute bump to lower edge of front board, else bright, fine, tight and square - a gorgeous and superb copy, the best we've handled. Increasingly scarce, especially in this condition. Item #29399