A Plethora of Editions of Liber AL

A little earlier this year, Weiser Antiquarian Books posted a catelogue of multiple editions of Liber AL vel Legis aka The Book Of The Law. Some interesting versions include:

Lehmke (Germany) & Kentucky USA: Multi-Welt Verlag, 2017. First Edition Thus. Softcover. Octavo. 150 (+ ii)pp. Matt printed wrappers. An unusual edition comprising a facsimile reproduction of the manuscript of “The Book of the Law” (Liber XXXI) alongside what is said to be a “precise transcription of the text,” followed by the “Tunis Comment” a short Index and a Contents page. This is apparently a US edition (in English only) of the second “completely revised edition” a work originally published by Multi-Welt Verlag in Germany in 2016. Interestingly the title page ascribes the work thus: “Author: Aiwass / Scribe: Aleister Crowley / – The Great Beast & Prophet of Thelema -“. A new fine copy. Item #60548

London: Neptune Press, 2004. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Quarto. Unpaginated: approx. 142pp. (iv + 16 + 52 + iv + 66pp). Green cloth, with gilt titles to spine and upper board, red end papers. This edition limited to 500 numbered copies of which this is No. 269. (There was also a special sub-limitation of 31 copies containing an original mezzotint by Jameson). A special ‘illuminated edition’ of The Book of the Law, issued to celebrate the centenary of its ‘reception’ by Aleister Crowley and his wife, Rose, in Cairo in April 1904. Its comprises a sixteen page Introduction by Hymenaeus Beta compiled from various of Crowley’s lesser-known writings on the subject, the illustrated section: 26 leaves, printed on one side only, with the text of the Book of the Law set in a black type, within a border, around which are the intricate color illustrations by Susan Jameson. The artist/designer of the Via Tarot, Jameson is a professional artist, well known in British Thelemic circles. The illustrated section is followed by a reproduction of the original holograph manuscript of The Book of the Law, printed in red, at 93% of the original size. Very light bump to lower corners, otherwise a lovely, unused copy in Fine condition (no dust jacket issued). Item #60213



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