Crowley’s copy of his Collected Works fetches $37,500 at auction

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Aleister Crowley’s personal copy of his three-volume Collected Works–a one-of-a-kind set printed on vellum and bound in red crushed levant morocco by the famous book binder Zaehnsdorf–just sold at Christie’s for $37,500. It was inscribed in Crowley’s hand, “This unique copy is the sole and inalienable property of Aleister Crowley and shall devolve as an heirloom to his heirs.”

Of the rare Crowley books rediscovered in the late 1950s in storage at Detroit’s Leonard Warehouse, this is one of three pieces that did not make it into the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.

More information on the book is available at Christie’s.

Richard Kaczynski

Richard Kaczynski is the author of the biography Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley (2002; rev exp ed 2010), the history Forgotten Templars: The Untold Origins of Ordo Templi Orientis (2012), the novel The Billionth Monkey (2015), Panic in Detroit: The Magician and the Motor City (2019), along with a bunch of other books, articles, and chapters that you can read about at his website,

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