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Riassunto: From the mouth of Mr. Crowley:
"My essential spirituality is made manifest by yet another publication, which stands as a testimony of my praeterhuman innocence. The book is called White Stains and is commonly quoted by my admirers as evidence of my addiction to every kind of unmentionable vice. Asses!
It is, indeed, technically, an obscene book and yet the fact that I wrote it proves the purity of my heart and the mind in the most extraordinary fashion.
The facts are as follows: In the course of my reading I had come across von Krafft-Ebing?s Psychopathia Sexualis. The professor tries to prove that sexual aberrations are the result of disease. I did not agree. I thought that I was able to understand the psychology involved; I thought that the acts were merely magical affirmations of perfectly intelligible points of view.
I said to myself that I must confute the professor. I could only do this by employing the one form at my disposal: the artistic form. I therefore invented a poet who went wrong, who began with normal and innocent enthusiasms, and gradually developed various vices. He ends by being stricken with disease and madness, culminating in murder. In his poems he describes his downfall, always explaining the psychology of each act.
The conclusions of the book might therefore be approved in any Sunday School and its metaphysics is orthodox from the point of view of the theologian. I wrote the book in absolute seriousness and in all innocence. It never occurred to me that a demonstration of the terrible results of misguided passion might be mistaken for pornography.
Indeed, now that I do understand that vile minds think it a vile book, I recognize with grim satisfaction that Psychopathia Sexualis itself has attained its enormous popularity because people love to gloat over such things. Its scientific form has not protected it from abuse, any more than the artistic form of my own reply to it.
But von Krafft-Ebing has not been blackguarded as I have. The average man cannot believe that an artist may be as serious and highminded an observer of life as the professed man of science."
~ Aleister Crowley (The Confessions of Aleister Crowley.)
Sinossi: Variations of sodomy, pederasty, bestiality, and necrophilia are interwoven with gleeful blasphemy in this seminal collection of poetry by Aleister Crowley. Inspired by Krafft-Ebing's study of sexual perversity, Psychopathia Sexualis, it purports to be "the literary remains of George Archibald Bishop, a neuropath of the Second Empire." Crowley's infamous first book, White Stains was clandestinely printed in 1898 by Leonard Smithers. Of the one hundred numbered copies that were originally printed, only a handful were spared destruction by Her Majesty's Customs; an outcome which speaks against Crowley's decision to invoke the blessing of the Virgin Mary in his prefatory sonnet. Crowley would go on to establish himself as a leading figure in the Western occult tradition. A drug addict, bisexual, and proponent of sex magick, Crowley's flamboyantly impious lifestyle would lead the tabloid press to crown him "The Wickedest Man in the World."
Titolo: White Stains
Casa editrice: Duckworth Pub
Data di pubblicazione: 1997
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Duckworth Pub, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Book is in very good plus condition, with nice black cloth covers, tight binding, crisp clean pages. Minor overall wear/aging, previous owner's information penned to first page. Jacket is also nice with light wear and a mylar cover for protection. Codice libro della libreria 903869
Descrizione libro Duckworth Pub, Lonodn, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. 1993 imprint. Light rubbing to DJ gloss. Book remains very fine, tightly bound with unmarked contents. Codice libro della libreria 132448
Descrizione libro Duckworth, 1973. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. Limited Edition. xv + 118 pages. Limited to 1000 copies (of which this is number 369 ). Top edge of book has light splash marks; otherwise in fine condition. Dust jacket is unclipped but slightly rubbed at one corner. However the laminate has crinkled quite considerably at the front and back. Jacket now protected in a removable transparent cover. Codice libro della libreria 007519
Descrizione libro London, Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd, 1993. gebundene Ausgabe. Third printing (1993) of John Symond's 1973 edition (text in English) Privately and anonymously Printed 1898 in an edition of 100 of which most were destroyed by H.M. Customs. Dustjacket as usual with this edition with shelf-wear, else Fine. Shipped bubble-wrapped in sturdy card-board. k1d Sprache: en Gewicht in Gramm: 550. Codice libro della libreria 13685
Descrizione libro Duckworth, London, 1993. Hard Back. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. Reprint. 8vo. Verse. Codice libro della libreria 014531
Descrizione libro (London), Duckworth, (1973)., 1973. 8°. OLwd. (etw. gebleicht). XV, 118 S. Nummer 178 von 1000 Exemplaren. - Papierbedingt etw. gebräunt. - *** Matthäus TRUPPE * Stubenberggasse 7 * A-8010 GRAZ *** - Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 400. Codice libro della libreria 7678
Descrizione libro DUCKWORTH, LONDON, 1973. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. number 868 of a limited edition of 1000 copies,white leatherette boards in fine condition with no inscriptions,vg+ d/w is clipped,118 pages. Codice libro della libreria 001270
Descrizione libro Duckworth Pub, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Very good. Codice libro della libreria HH-041-80-8192708
Descrizione libro Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd London, 1993., 1993. XV, 118 p., 8°, O-Hardcover A reprint of one of the scarcest of Crowley's books containing mystical and pornographical poems, a few of them in French. The small original 1898 edition (100 copies) was published anonymus and almost completely destroyed by British Customs in 1924. - Little knocked, else a good copy. Codice libro della libreria 13940
Descrizione libro Duckworth Pub, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: As New. Like new condition. Codice libro della libreria XX-041-80-8192708