London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent and Co. [1-3] then Privately Published [4-5] then Wieland & Co., 1909-. First edition. Large 8vos, bound in illustrated paper over boards backed in yelloiw , each with a printed spine label. No dust jacket as issued. Early numbers limited to 1000 copies, later numbers in editions of 500.
"So I found that the format of The Equinox shocked the bookseller; worse still, it was not a book, being issued periodically, nor a magazine, being to big and well produced!" - Aleister Crowley, Confessions, p. 606.
All issues published of the first volume and original incarnation of the Equinox, one of the most remarkable periodicals of the 20th century by any metric, including size - the series running to almost 20 inches of shelf space.
The Equinox included numerous first publications of work by Aleister Crowley, as well as Frank Harris, W.B. Yeats, Austin Osman Spare, Lord Dunsany, Francis Bendick, Ananda Metteya, Martial Nay, Katharine Susannah Prichard (co-founder of the Communist Party of Australia), Ethel Archer, Meredith Starr, Leila Waddel, Arthur Grimble et al.
A generally about very good set, with some staining, darkening, chipping, and creasing. There are old tape ghosts to the head and crown of spine on each volume, and a little shakiness here and there, as usual, but the bindings are all sound and intact. A genuine and unsophisticated set which, due to its bulk and fragile construction, shows wear easily. Item #29402