Cover Art for Moon Child

Acccording to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Beresford Egan (1905–1984) was an …

“UK artist, illustrator and author, in South Africa from 1910 to 1926, who early established a reputation for sexually charged and otherwise transgressive illustrations for works like the 1928 translation of Pierre Louÿs’s Aphrodite (1896); he also did covers for Aleister Crowley’s Moonchild (1929) and Sean M’Guire‘s Lost Race novel Beast or Man? (1930): as in Crowley’s case, his later career long outlived the time when Decadence could fairly be seen as response to the brutalities of late nineteenth-century philistinism, though his first novel, Pollen: A Novel in Black and White (1933), explores the boundaries of the then permissible as its “deco-decadent” protagonist experiences supernatural ecstasies in Paris. Of more direct sf interest is Epilogue (coll 1946), a series of sketches of imagined post-World War Two life, including one, “A Trip to the Moon”, in which Space Flight to the Moon is presented archaically.”

Here’s the cover art for the cover of Aleister Crowley’s “Moonchild”, sold at an auction in 2010.

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