SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John. The King of the Shadow Realm. Aleister Crowley: his life and magic

London, Duckworth, 1989.

£500

8vo, pp. 588, with 4 plates of b&w photographic illustrations. Bound in red cloth over boards, gilt title to spine. Original dust jacket, wrapped in protective plastic film. Inscribed on the front endpaper by the author with a dedication to a friend: “Joan Stevens / from the author / John Symonds / 17 January 1991.” Occasional minor corrections and annotations in red ink in author’s hand; references to a meeting with Gerald Yorke on the verso of the last flyleaf, not in author’s hand. An excellent presentation copy.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, JohnThe Great Beast. The Life and Magick of Aleister Crowley

 London, Macdonald, 1971.

£500

FRIST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 413. Bound in paper over boards with gilt title to spine. Original dust jacket in very good condition. Inscribed by the author on front endpaper: “photos of AC, pre 1914, by Arnold Gerte”. Annotated and underlined throughout by Symonds. Verso of rear free endpaper and part of pastedown full annotated in reference to p. 153. A very good copy.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John. The Great Beast. The Life and Magick of Aleister Crowley

 London, Macdonald, 1971.

£500

FRIST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 413. Bound in paper over boards with gilt title to spine. Original dust jacket in very good condition. Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: “To Michael / from your old friend John / with affectionate regards / 20th September 1971”. A fine copy.

CROWLEY, Aleister

CROWLEY, Aleister (SYMONDS, John and Kenneth GRANT, Eds). The Complete Astrological Writings

London, Duckworth, 1974.

£150

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 224. Frontispiece plate and a few illustrations and tables throughout. Bound in dark blue buckram over boards, gilt title to spine, purple pastedowns and original dust jacket in very good condition. Autograph of Kenneth Grant (?) on the blank recto of the frontispiece plate. An excellent copy.

CROWLEY, Aleister

CROWLEY, Aleister (SYMONDS, John and Kenneth GRANT, Eds). The Confessions of Aleister Crowley

 London, Jonathan Cape, 1969.

£750

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 960, with illustrated frontispiece and 10 plates of b&w photographic reproductions. Presentation copy inscribed by one of the editors, John Symonds, on the front free endpaper with a dedication to his friend scholar and poet Michael Hamburger: “My dear Mickey / Well here at last is my / beastly book. Hope you’ll / find a place for it on / your shelves / Affectionately / John / 18th October 1969”. Bound in quarter cloth over boards covered in grey marbled paper, gilt title to spine, and original dust jacket. A fine copy.

CROWLEY, Aleister

CROWLEY, Aleister (SYMONDS, John and Kenneth GRANT, Eds). Magick

London, Routledge & Keegan Paul, 1973.

£400

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 511. Blue cloth over boards, title gilt to spine, original dust jacket in perfect condition. Occasionally annotated and underlined by the editor. Green top edge. A fine copy.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John. La Grande Bestia. Vita e Magia di Aleister Crowley

Roma, Edizioni Mediterranee, 1972.

£250

8vo, pp. 483 (5). Paperback. Inscribed by the author on half-title, presentation copy dedicated to a couple of friends: “To Ursula and Patrick / from the author / Spring 1973”. This Ursula was granddaughter to D. H. Lawrence. A very good copy.

CROWLEY, Aleister

CROWLEY, Aleister (SYMONDS, John and Kenneth GRANT, Eds). The Magical Records of the Beast 666 * The Diaries of Aleister Crowley 1914–1920

London, Duckworth, 1972.

FIRST EDITION (“250 numbered copies of this Limited Edition containing as frontispiece three holograph pages from Rex De Arte Regia and signed by the editors have been printed. This copy is number 42”). Title-page, dedication leaf to Karl Johannes Gremer, Contents and pp. 326. Printed on fine paper, marbled pastedowns. Bound in green buckram over thick boards, Crowley’s autograph reproduced as gilt-stamped on centre of left cover. Spine with black title label and gilt lettering. A fine copy, crisp and clean, in green slipcase. a.e.g.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John. The Magic of Aleister Crowley

Aylesbury and Slough, Frederick Muller Ltd, 1958.

8vo, pp. 209, frontispiece portrait of the author plus 4 plates with photographic reproductions throughout the text. Bound in buckram over stiff cardboards with gilt lettering to spine. Original dust jacket in very good condition. Inscribed by the author in blue pen with dedication: “To Eleanor / with love from / John / 23rd Feb 1958”. Printed name of author on title-page stricken through and autograph supplied right above it. An excellent copy.

CROWLEY, Aleister

CROWLEY, Aleister. Moonchild

Aylesbury, Sphere Books, 1972.

8vo, pp. 301 (ii), second edition; paperback reprint of the 1929 first edition by Mandrake Press, edited by John Symonds and Kenneth Grant, with a preface by the latter. Annotated and underlined in red pen throughout by Symonds who left a long comment on this work, which starts not entirely positively: “an unreadable novel, along auto-biographical,…”.