Crowley’s personal copy of Collected Works acquired by O.T.O.

Ordo Templi Orientis has announced that it has acquired Aleister Crowley’s personal copy of his Collected Works for its archives.

As previously reported on, this important work was recently offered for sale at auction by Christie’s in New York.

From the O.T.O. press release:

Crowley’s Last Will and Testament named Ordo Templi Orientis as the sole heir of his “books and writings and literary effects…for the absolute use and benefit of the said Order,” so it is especially fitting that this important heirloom has finally found its way home after all of these years, in accordance with the wishes of its creator.

More information about its provenance and remarkable history is available in the January 2014 issue of the bibliophile journal Caxtonian, available online here. This acquisition will have an honored place in the permanent collection of the Order’s archives, which serve as an important resource for authors and scholars of Western Esotericism, Thelema, and the life and legacy of Aleister Crowley.

Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) is a spiritual fraternity founded in 1906 with over 4,000 members in 52 countries throughout the world. The Order is dedicated to the high purpose of securing the Liberty of the Individual and his or her advancement in Light, Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, and Power through Beauty, Courage, and Wit, on the Foundation of Universal Brotherhood. O.T.O. is also the custodian of the literary and artistic estate of the author, mountaineer, and occultist Aleister Crowley (1875-1947).

Vere Chappell

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