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[CROWLEY, Edward Alexander (Aleister)].
Translated from a Rare Indian Ms. By The Late Major Lutiy and Another. The Scented Garden of Abdullah the Satirist of Shiraz.

pp. VI, (i) Dedication, (i) blank, 137, (iii) blank. Original cream paper wrappers with a covering glassine wrapper, uncut, Arabic inscription in red on the front cover and a red printed winged figure within a decorative border initialled LM on the rear cover, much of the rear glassine wrapper torn and lacking, spine ends of the paper wrappers a little worn, the 'perfect' binding has, in addition been lightly stitched and both have now perished and the gatherings attached by an occasional thread, the front free end-paper cut out, the final 19 leaves and the rear cover have suffered from the attentions of a rodent with an elliptical patch of loss increasing from the interior of the book towards the cover but as the text margins are wide, there is no loss of text, the occasional fox-mark and dust-mark in the margins.

*One of the rarest of Crowley's titles, this piece of satirical erotica is sadly damaged, but when will another copy become available ? 3 copies are recorded by COPAC - Cambridge : Warburg Institute : British Library. OCLC does not record a copy in the USA. 200 copies were apparently published but regarded as obscene, many were seized and destroyed by Customs after publication and a further quantity seized in 1924. Only one copy has been recorded at major auctions since 1975, that sold by Sotheby's in 1986, for £200.

Privately Printed. London.

Date Published: 1910.

Stock No. 62149

Price: 8,000.00