CROWLEY, Aleister

CROWLEY, Aleister. White Stains. The Literary Remains of George Archibald Bishop. A Neuropath of the Second Empire.

 

[Amsterdam: for (London): Leonard Smithers], 1898

 

 

 

£ 9,500

 

FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 4to (22 x 17.8 cm). Number 27 of 100. [4] 131 pp. In English, French and Latin.  Half title; Title Page; Dedication in gothic type. Pages uncut; endpapers and half-title lightly toned; almost imperceptible water stain on lower margin of last few leaves not affecting the text. Original black cloth binding; lettered in white; minimal loss to head- and tail-pieces, covers slightly soiled, extremities rubbed. An excellent copy. Extremely rare.

 

 

 

White Stains is a poetic work dedicated to a lyrical exploration of every conceivable sexual taboo. It was first published under the pseudonym “George Archibald Bishop” and it is one of Aleister Crowley’s rarest books as many copies were destroyed by H.M. customs in 1924.