The Fernando Pessoa Auction


The Fernando Pessoa Auction. Handwritten and Typewritten Manuscripts, Books, Art and Literary Magazines, Photographs and other Personal Items from His Estate.


Lisbon: P4 Live Auctions: 2008



£ 150



4to; pp. 42. Auction catalogue, 70 lots. Copiously illustrated in colour; black and white lettering. Softcover. Excellent condition.



Amongst the lots at auction are documents, including letters, annotated texts and autographs, which testify to the friendly relationship between Aleister Crowley and Fernando Pessoa (lot 39). The friendship between Crowley and Pessoa started in 1929, after Pessoa first contacted Mandrake Press (Crowley’s international editor) as he intended to buy some of Crowley’s publications. In the next two years Pessoa and Crowley exchanged more than seventy letters about business matters and about Crowley’s simulated “suicide” at Boca do Inferno in Cascais which inspired Pessoa to write an unfinished mystery novel which survives in several versions.