Beelzebub and the Beast - David Hall
David Hall's study compares two of the twentieth century's occult teachers: Aleister Crowley and George Gurdjieff. Starfire published the work decades after Hall first wrote the manuscript, and it proved well worth the wait. Both were charismatic, larger-than-life characters, whose force of personality struck all who met them. Both aimed to radically shake up the complacent sense of self which most people live with, and both were willing to do so with extreme means. Each of them set up a retreat centre: Gurdjeff's was in France at Fontainbleau, and Crowley's was at Sicily's Cefalu. Starfire took up Hall's unpublished manuscript and published it in a handsome volume -- and it has become an work in the canon of study of Crowley's Thelema. Now out of print, it is highly collectible.
London: Starfire, 2012. Hardback with dustwrapper. xxvii + 321 pages.
Edition, volume and condition. Beelzebub and The Beast; A Comparative Study of Gurdjieff and Crowley. David Hall. London: Starfire Publishing Ltd. 2012. First Edition (published in an edition of 750 copies). 8.5” x 5.5” 321pp. Colour frontispiece. Decorated end papers. Bound in publisher's original black cloth, titled in gilt to the spine, minor edgewear only, in a bright, clean example of the dustwrapper, lightly worn to the extremities and with a short closed tear (less than half an inch) to the bottom edge of the front panel. A very good copy of a rare book.