New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1923. First American edition. Hardcover. Duodecimo [19 cm] Black cloth over boards with red lettering on the backstrip and front board. "The London Publishers" at base of spine. Extremities rubbed; spine rolled; rear endpaper split along the hinge; text block cracked here and there. Good +. Item #58937
A first American edition of this work which was first published as a novel, but is believed to have been based on personal experience. Crowley joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in 1898, an organization descended from the Rosicrucians. Crowley's most stringent belief was "Do what thou wilt should be the whole of law," and he founded a new religion that he called Thelema from this theory. The British popular press deemed Crowley "the wickedest man in the world," after a follower in Sicily died after allegedly participating in sacrilegious rituals. Crowley died unknown and in poverty in an English rooming house in 1947.