CROWLEY, Aleister et al.


CROWLEY, Aleister et al.. The Equinox (Vol. I, Nos I-X).


FIRST EDITION. 4to, Vol. I: No. 1: Spring 1909. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd; No. 2: Autumn 1909. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd; No. 3: Spring 1910. Privately published, London; No. 4: Autumn 1910. Privately published, London; No. 5: Spring 1911. Privately published, London; No. 6: Autumn 1911. Wieland & Co.; No. 7: Spring 1912. Wieland & Co.; No. 8: Autumn 1912. Wieland & Co.; No. 9: Spring 1913. Wieland & Co.; No. 10: Autumn 1913. Wieland & Co.. Ex libris of Leon M. Hurtado. Occasional pencil underlining. Light toning, browning and age yellowing. Bound in quarter linen and paper over boards. Nos I, III and X rebacked with attempt to preserve parts of the fragile original spines. Some minor wearing and rubbing on covers and corners. Titles on paper label to spine, some small fragments torn. An excellent and complete set.

Volume number one of “The Equinox”, or the Review of Scientific Illuminism, a series of publications in book form that served as the official organ of the A∴A (a magical order founded by Aleister Crowley), published biannually between 1909 and 1913. This set is the “Standard” issue, which comprised an edition of 1000 copies for the early numbers, and about 500 for the later dates. Crowley was the editor and principal author of most of the “The Equinox”, a compilation of esoteric poetry, fiction, and reviews, alongside a number of articles of occult instruction. It is widely acknowledged as one of the landmarks of occult literature, and comprises ten huge volumes – over 4000 pages – including numerous colour and black and white illustrations, tables etc.