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Perhaps no one single person has had more widespread influence on the counter-culture of the 20th century, as the now infamous occultist Aleister Crowley. He was an English born ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he focused his attentions on mountaineering and poetry. In 1898 he joined the esoteric Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where he was trained in ceremonial magic. In 1912 he was initiated into another esoteric order, the German-based Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), rising to become the leader of its British branch. Crowley gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime, being a recreational drug experimenter, bisexual and an individualist social critic. As a result, he was denounced in the popular press as “the wickedest man in the world” and erroneously labelled a Satanist. The Equinox is a series of publications in book form that serves as the official organ of the magical order founded by Aleister Crowley. It is essential reading for the student of Crowley as cross-references to it are found in nearly all his writings.

Description: LIMITED HAND NUMBERED EDITION. #54 of 515 printed copies. COMPLETE 10 VOLUME SET. Hard bound, no dust jackets. Some minor wear and soiling to boards, otherwise very good. Interiors clean and bindings sound. The Equinox is arguably the single most influential journal in modern occultism, and among the most frequently cited journals in the history of western occultism. This edition features detailed supplementary tables of contents to each number. Crowley’s extensive annotations from his personal copies have been collected at the end of the set, along with biographies of the contributors. RARE!

Bookseller Inventory # 36250

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The Equinox: The Official Organ of the A. A.- The Review of Scientific Illuminism, Vol. 1, Nos. 1-10
Crowley, Aliester

Publisher: Samuel Weiser
Publication Date: 1972
Binding: 10 volumes
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: Limited Edition

Helen Levitt has been called “the most celebrated and least known photographer of her time.” She was particularly noted for her street photography, in and around around New York City. A Way of Seeing” was Helen Levitt’s first published collection of photographs and features 50 incredible gravure plates of her pictures taken on the streets of Yorkville, Harlem and the Lower East Side. “Levitt’s photographs are beautiful–major underrated works. Like Henri Cartier-Bresson, she achieves a rare balancing act: her pictures have sentiment without being sentimental, always maintaining an objective distance…The casual observer of these pictures, dazzled by their poetry, could easily miss the harsher realities masked by the surface warmth and joie de vivre.”  The New York Times stated, “Helen Levitt was the first American photographer to fully comprehend the essence of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photographic message and put it into practice. Like Cartier-Bresson, she understood how to combine intuition and intellect to forge sophisticated, lyrical compositions from commonplace events.”- Martin Parr

Description: Hard bound with dust jacket. First printing of the first edition. Levitt’s portraits of street life in 1940s Spanish Harlem, Agee’s eloquent text.  Some shelf wear to dust jacket edges, otherwise very good. Interior clean and binding sound. One of the Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century. Rare and sought after!

Bookseller Inventory #35344

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A Way Of Seeing
Levitt, Helen; Agee, James

Publisher: Viking
Publication Date: 1965, New York
Binding: Hard Bound
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First edition / 1st printing

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