London, The Mandrake Press, 1929 (first edition).
Octavo, 336 pages.
Green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine; bottom edges of the boards very lightly rubbed; all edges of the text block tanned; endpapers offset; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper (featuring the striking three-colour pictorial design by Beresford Egan) a little worn with minor loss (including where the original price printed on the spine has been hole-punched out), with some old paper repairs on the verso.
Crowley's second novel; one of only 2500 copies. 'The Mandrake Press was a British small press founded by Edward Goldston and P.R. Stephensen [an Australian] in 1929. In 1930 the company had financial problems and a consortium led by Aleister Crowley formed Mandrake Press Ltd. The new consortium was equally unsuccessful and the company was dissolved in 1930' (Wikipedia). Contemporary authors published by the press include D.H. Lawrence, Liam O'Flaherty, and Peter Warlock (Philip Heseltine).