Crowley's first volume of erotic poetry, edited with an introduction by William Breeze and illustrated by Fredrik Söderberg. LAST REMAINING COPIES (LESS THAN FIVE)!
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English poet-magician Aleister Crowley published White Stains in 1898, an era of intense creativity for the budding magus-to-be. The original edition of a mere 100 copies was printed in Amsterdam with the help of Leonard Smithers (publisher of Beardsley, Wilde, Burton et al). Part of the edition was later "appropriated" and destroyed by English Customs officers, due to the erotic nature of the poems. In a Victorian Zeitgeist that found Oscar Wilde intensely shocking, Aleister Crowley of course took everything one step further. The virile sexual force stemming from Crowley's pen is but one of his trademark traits here. In this early collection, we also find examples of his remarkable wit, a thorough understanding of psycho-sexual dynamics, bombastic expressions of lyrical love, as well as his beloved Swinburnean structures of classical poetry. White Stains really is Crowley at his youthful best.
This edition contains six stunning watercolour paintings by Fredrik Söderberg, reproduced in full colour.
Published 2011 by Edda Publishing. 128 pages, 11 x 18 cm. Hardbound with dustjacket. Standard edition of 418 numbered copies. LAST REMAINING COPIES (LESS THAN FIVE)!