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White Stains: The Literary Remains of George Archibald Bishop, A Neuropath of the Second Empire [Fine Binding].

Amsterdam: Leonard Smithers, 1898. Limited Edition/First Edition. Hardcover. "Written by magician and occultist Aleister Crowley and published clandestinely in 1898, White Stains is a collection of verse tracing the demise of a fictitious poet, George Archibald Bishop. His biography is given in the Preface. Crowley wrote White Stains as a refutation of the psychiatrist and pioneering sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing's contention in Psychopathia Sexualis that sexual perversions are a consequence of disease. Crowley's verse, which is modelled on Decadent and Symbolist poetry, explores a range of ostensible sexual aberrations. Excerpts from several poems appear in another clandestine classic, Raped on the Railway (c. 1899)." Printed in Amsterdam, on hand-made paper, in a limited edition of 100 copies. Many of these are said to have been destroyed by British customs officials in 1924. It is well known in the trade that most of the run was unnumbered and most appear so, making this "3" just that much more pleasing. Near Fine. Item #9154 Minor shelf/edge wear, minor sporadic foxing, owner bookplate at front pastedown, in fine binding, else tight, bright, and unmarred. Full black leather binding, 5 raised bands, gilt lettering, teg. 8vo. Numbered limited edition, this being 3 of 100.
Price: $7,500.00     Item #9154
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