The Book of the Law - Aleister Crowley
San Francisco, CA: Red Wheel/Weiser, 2011. Hardback, 160 pages. New.
Dictated to Crowley in Cairo in April 1904 by the spirit or Angel 'Aiwass', the text is the source book and key for Crowley students, as it it forms the basis Thelema, Crowley's philosophy. It gives the general reader a feel for Crowley, and gives the seriously well-produced volume of their sacred text,in a handy format: the interior features black endpapers, and a red silk marker ribbon. This 2004 centennial edition contains the corrected text of the 1938 edition of The Book of the Law, along with a facsimile of the handwritten manuscript and other material:
- Text of 'The Book of the Law' (Liber CCXX), as taken from the 1938 UK edition, but with the inclusion of the corrections that were made to the 1942 US Edition.
- 'Introductory Note' from AL, Liber Legis, The Book of the Law' (the 1926 Tunis Edition)
- Fascmile of the manuscript of 'The Book of the Law' (Liber XXXI) prepared from digital scans made by the O.T.O. in 1997
- Two pages of quotations and 'The Comment' from the Tunis Edition.
- Stele of Revealing reproduced in color
- Crowley's poetic paraphrases of the stele's hieroglyphs (from The Equinox Vol. I, No. VII),
- 'Colophon' of the Tunis edition.
- Six-page biblography of references
- Editorial Note signed V.V. (Hymenaeus Beta) on the construction of the volume.
- An updated version of the two-page notice starting 'Life & Liberty' that was in the rear of the 1938 UK edition