York Beach, ME: Teitan Press, 2013. Second Edition Revised. Softcover. Octavo. [vi] + 382pp. B/w illustrations.
Comprising nearly 400 pages and many thousands of listings, this new edition of “The Aleister Crowley Desk Reference” is the most comprehensive alphabetical guide to the writings of “the Beast” ever created. While its primary purpose is to allow the reader to trace the various appearances in print of any published work by Aleister Crowley, it is much more than a simple cross-reference, and the listings are enlivened with bibliographical and historical detail that is sure to delight and amuse even the most jaded Crowleyphile. The sometimes baffling system of “Liber” numbers and classifications are clearly laid out in a series of Appendicies. The principal editor of the text, J. Edward Cornelius, is of course well known in Thelemic circles, not least for his editorship of the “Red Flame” series of journals in which “The Aleister Crowley Desk Reference” first appeared. Contributing editor, Andrew Drylie, is also an authority on Crowley’s works and was co-author of the “Crowley Cross-Index” (1976), the first modern work to systematically explore the publishing history of his texts.