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Portable Darkness

Portable Darkness: An Aleister Crowley Reader is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Aleister Crowley's Portable Darkness by Scott Michaelsen from Harmony Books

This is the 1989 first edition hardcover which still retains material removed from later editions, including De Arte Magica Liber CDXIV (Book 414). This book was edited by Scott Michaelsen and has forewords by Robert Anton Wilson and Genesis P-Orridge.

 

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

De Arte Magica

De Arte Magica, one of the technical books by Aleister Crowley, published as a pamphlet by Sure Fire Press and the Holmes Publishing Group, is part of the collection at the Reading Room.

Aleister Crowley's De Arte Magica (Liber CDXIV, Book 414) from Sure Fire Press and Holmes Publishing Group

This is Liber CDXIV (Book 414) and was originally written by Crowley between Sep 6 and Oct 8, 1914. Although this document was released and widely disseminated by Ordo Templi Orientis under the same limited license as the other text files, it is now considered by the Order to be under seal of a particular degree. One particular chapter of this book, “Of Eroto-comatose Lucidity”, is still widely available as Liber CDLI (Book 451). Another special edition of this text is still available from J D Holmes, as of the time of this post, from a limited run of 9 hand-numbered copies, published in 2001.

 

 

The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.