CROWLEY, Aleister

Olla: An Anthology of Sixty Years of Song

Great Britain, First Impressions Series, 1992.

£850

Limited Edition (copy No. 26 of 50). Folio, pp. 128, first title within floral border and vignette, second title reproduced from the first edition. Quarter black morocco, buckram over boards, marbled pastedowns. A reprint of Olla with an introduction by John Symonds and the latter’s corrections in red pen to his preface. Olla is a limited edition of Crowley’s poems (only 500 copies and 20 on mould-made paper), first published by the O.T.O. in 1946 in London with “a dust-jacket by Frieda Harris and a frontispiece by Augustus John, R.A.”. As Symonds states in his foreword, “I played a small part in the production of Olla for I read the proofs, and I urged the Master to expunge one poem which I thought in bad taste: he agreed to remove it. And I played a larger part in the sale of the work…”, a.e.g.