One of only 1,000 signed and numbered hardcover copies. Book is in new unread condition. See pictures for more detail on condition.
THIS IS A LARGE OVERSIZED HARDCOVER
“Those who have opened this book merely out of curiosity might want to close it while there is still time. This is the author’s caveat in the introduction, having, himself, become obsessed with collecting the exceedingly rare, limited first editions of Aleister Crowley – a hedonistic freethinker, esoteric philosopher, and self-proclaimed prophet of Thelema, whom the international press once labeled “The Wickedest Man in the World.” For Blair MacKenzie Blake, it all began after he chanced upon a first printing of Crowley’s novel, Moonchild: A Prologue in a little book store off the Las Vegas strip. Despite a price sticker of $1,650.00, he felt compelled to purchase it; unaware at the time that the book’s author had performed magical operations to ensure the literary success of his prolific output. But, in the pursuit of wealth and fame from his writing endeavors, was it a requirement of the trans-mundane intelligences contacted, or just a clever scheme by the author to create complexity and rarity, that caused the Great Beast 666 to control nearly every aspect of a book’s production, including typefaces, paper, bindings, size, color, price and astrological publication dates? Whatever the case, there can be little doubt that the magical techniques employed were effective. Especially on the present author (and a close friend), who have for years attempted to overcome this particularly insidious form of bibliophilia, only to find themselves repeatedly hunting for scarce Crowley titles on the e-landscape or in dusty antiquarian shops.”