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Understanding Aleister Crowley's Works

Aleister Crowley was probably the most renowned and influential occultist of the 20th century, often for entirely the wrong reasons.  Fortunately he was also a prolific writer and has left us numerous books relating not only to his system of magick, but also to poetry, fiction and drama, but unfortunately for Crowley, who self-financed the vast majority of his publications, these books are in much greater demand since his demise than they ever were when he was alive.

Trying to understand the ideas of this complex man is extremely difficult to say the least - many of his publications seem 'out of context'.  It is only when they are categorised that they actually begin to make any sense at all, but a reading of 'The Confessions of Aleister Crowley' (his auto-hagiography - his own autobiography of a saint - known as the 'Hag' for short) will give you some idea of his lifestyle, the way he thought, and the reasons for writing some of the material.

Many of his individual works (shown below) became part of greater volumes, upon which we shall try to shed some light thanks to other websites which have helped in my research.  For instance, what is referred to as Book IV (Liber ABA - Liber A+B+A (Aleph + Beth + Aleph = 1 + 2 + 1 = 4)) actually comprises four different works:

  • Part I - Mysticism
  • Part II - Magick (Elementary Theory)
  • Part III - Magick in Theory and Practice (referred to as MTP)
  • Part IV - Thelema - The Law

Book 4 was a tremendous achievement taking years of laborious writing and rewriting, but The Equinox was probably Crowley's greatest undertaking.  There are 'technically' four volumes of The Equinox each containing ten 'issues', each issue being a book in its own right.  Unfortunately, Crowley did not live long enough to see the completion of this work, passing away halfway through Volume III, all issues after this being made by the new owners and keepers of Crowley's literary works, Ordo Templi Orientis.

  • Volume I

    • Issues 1 - 10  --  This was the original which includes the first issue of Volume III (see below), The Book of The Law, serialised versions of The Temple of Solomon the King*, various instructional material relating to the AA, poetry, excerpts from his diaries and reviews of books and profiles.

      * The Temple of Solomon the King is basically a serialised biography of Crowley’s rise through the grades, and has since been superseded by not only his own autohagiography, but other biographies.

  • Volume II

    • "A Volume of Silence"  --  So named by Crowley as a joke, since he never published a Volume II due to spending the next five years in America (during World War I), as well as financial constraints.

  • Volume III

    • Issue 1  --  The Blue Equinox.

      After the publication of The Blue Equinox, Crowley's money ran out once more and it never appeared again as a regular journal although the O.T.O. continued to issue it in book format, these later publications being known by a number:

    • Number 2  --  Not published, although the main content was supposedly Jesus (Liber 888) since published as The Gospel According to St Bernard Shaw.
    • Number 3  --  The Equinox of the Gods.
    • Number 4  --  Eight Lectures on Yoga.
    • Number 5  --  The Book of Thoth.
    • Number 6  --  Liber Aleph.
    • Number 7  --  The Shih Yi.
    • Number 8  --  Tao Teh King.
    • Number 9  --  The Holy Books of Thelema.  These are Class A texts in which not so much as a letter can be changed (see below for classes of texts).
    • Number 10  --  Referred to as 'Three-Ten'.  This contains a great deal of material relating to the O.T.O.

  • Volume IV

    • Number 1  --  Commentaries on the Holy Books.
    • Number 2  --  The Vision and the Voice.
    • Number 3  --  The Urn and Other Papers.

      As far as can be determined this work is still in progress, and this is as far as this particular volume goes.

In addition to the Classes of Publications (immediately below) relating to the Golden Dawn, the AA, the Ordo Templi Orientis and Thelema, three further sections have been added.  The first is possibly a copy of the non-extant Liber DCLXVI, the second lists Crowley's poetry, novels, essays and other miscellaneous items, while the third gives suggestions as to where to acquire copies of his books.  You can also visit my Shopping page for a wide selection of Crowley's books or books about him.

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Classes of Publications

This is a syllabus of the Official Instructions of the AA, originally published in Equinox, Vol I, No. 10.  See also Liber XXVII - A Syllabus of the Official Instructions of AA.  These instructions are divided into four classes:
  1. Class A consists of books of which may be changed not so much as the style of a letter: that is, they represent the utterance of an Adept entirely beyond the criticism of even the Visible Head of the Organisation.  They are referred to as The Holy Books, because they originated from sources beyond human comprehension.  Liber LXI vel Causae was originally included in this classification but has since been reclassified as Class D.

  2. Class B consists of books or essays which are the result of ordinary scholarship, enlightened and earnest.

  3. Class C consists of matter which is to be regarded rather as suggestive other than anything else.

  4. Class D consists of Official Rituals and Instructions.
Some publications are composite, and pertain to more than one class - as can be seen below.

Class A Publications

Liber Title Description
I Liber B Vel Magi Sub Figura 1 This is an account of the Grade of Magus, the highest grade which it is ever possible to manifest in any way whatever upon this plane.  Or so it is said by the Masters of the Temple.  The Equinox VII, p. 5.  In Crowley's own words from Confessions:

"This is an inspired writing.  It describes the conditions of that exalted Grade.  I had at this time no idea that I should ever attain to it; in fact, I thought it utterly beyond possibility.  This book was given to me that I might avoid mistakes when the time came for me to become a Magus.  It is impossible to give any idea of the terror and sublimity of this book, while the accuracy of its predictions and of its descriptions of the state of being, at that time wholly beyond my imagination to conceive, make it a most astonishing document."

VII Liber Liberi Vel Lapidis Lazvli, Advmbratio KabbalAE AEgyptiorvm Svb Figvra VII Being the Voluntary Emancipation of a certain Exempt Adept from his Adeptship.  These are the Birth Words of a Master of the Temple.  The nature of this book is sufficiently explained by its title.  Its seven chapters are referred to the seven planets in the following order: Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Sol, Mercury, Luna, Venus.
X Liber Porta Lucis This book is an account of the sending forth of the Master by the AA and an explanation of his mission.  The Equinox VI, p. 3.  In Crowley's own words:

"This book is called "The Gate of Light".  It explains how those who have attained initiation, taking pity upon the darkness and minuteness of the earth, send forth a messenger to men.  The message follows.  It is an appeal to those who, being developed beyond the average of their fellows, see fit to take up the Great Work.  This Work is then described in general terms with a few hints of its conditions."

XXVII Liber Trigrammaton Being a book of Trigrams of the Mutations of the TAO with the YIN and the YANG.  An account of the cosmic process: corresponding to the stanzas of Dzyan in another system.
LXV Liber Cordis cincti serpente An account of the relations of the Aspirant with his Holy Guardian Angel.  This book is given to Probationers, as the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel is the Crown of the Outer College.  Similarly Liber VII is given to Neophytes, as the grade of Master of the Temple is the next resting-place, and Liber CCXX to Zelator, since that carries him to the highest of all possible grades.  Liber XXVII is given to the Practicus, as in this book is the ultimate foundation of the highest theoretical Qabalah, and Liber DCCCXIII to the Philosophus, as it is the foundation of the highest practical Qabalah.  The Equinox, number XI (vol iii, part i), p. 65.
LXVI Liber StellAE RubeAE A secret ritual, the Heart of IAO-OAI, delivered unto V.V.V.V.V. for his use in a certain matter of "Liber Legis," and written down under the figure LXVI.  This book is sufficiently described by the title.  Liber CCCXXXIII (The Book of Lies), pp. 34 and 35, and Appendix VI of Magick.  In Crowley's own words:

"The Book of the Ruby Star describes an extremely powerful ritual of practical Magick; how to arouse the Magical Force within the operator and how to use it to create whatever may be required."

XC Liber TZADDI Vel Hamus Hermeticus Sub Figura XC An account of initiation, and an indication as to those who are suitable for the same.  The Equinox, number VI, p. 17.  In Crowley's own words:

"The Book of the Hermetic Fish-Hook summons mankind to undertake the Great Work.  It describes the conditions of initiation and its results in language of great poetic power."

CLVI Liber Cheth Vel Vallum Abiegni Sub Figura CLVI This book is a perfect account of the task of the Exempt Adept, considered under the symbols of a particular plane, not the intellectual.  The Equinox, number VI, p. 23.  In Crowley's own words:

"The Wall of Abiegnus (the Sacred Mountain of the Rosicrucians) gives the formula of Attainment by devotion to our Lady Babalon.  It instructs the aspirant how to dissolve his personality in the Universal Life."

CCXX Liber L. Vel Legis Sub Figura CCXX as delivered by LXXVIII unto DCLXVI This book is the foundation of the New AEon, and thus of the whole of our Work.  Text in The Equinox, number X, p. 9.  Short commentary in The Equinox, number VII, p. 378.  Full commentary by the Master Therion through whom it was given to the world, has still not been published, although a condensed version was published in Equinox of the Gods.
CCXXXI Liber Arcanorum GR:tau-omega-nu ATV tau-omicron-upsilon TAHVTI QUAS VIDIT ASAR IN AMENNTI Sub Figura CCXXXI Liber Carcerorum tau-omeganu QLIPHOTH cum suis Geniis. Adduntur Sigilla et Nomina Eorum This is an account of the cosmic process so far as it is indicated by the Tarot Trumps.  The Equinox, number VII, p. 69.  In Crowley's own words:

"A technical treatise on the Tarot.  The sequence of the 22 Trumps is explained as a formula of initiation."

CCCLXX A'ASH Vel Capricorni Pneumatici Sub Figura CCCLXX Contains the true secret of all practical magick.
CD Liber TAV Vel KabbalAE Trium Literarum Sub Figura CD A graphic interpretation of the Tarot on the plane of initiation.  The Equinox, number VII, p. 75.
DCCCXIII Vel Ararita Sub Figura DLXX This book is an account of the Hexagram and the method of reducing it to the Unity, and Beyond.

Class A-B Publications

Liber Title Description
CCCCXVIII Liber XXX Aerum Vel Saeculi Being of the Angels of the thirty AETHYRS, the Vision and the Voice.  Besides being the classical account of the thirty AEthyrs and a model of all visions, the cries of the Angels should be regarded as accurate, and the doctrine of the function of the Great White Brotherhood understood as the foundation of the Aspiration of the Adept.  The account of the Master of the Temple should in particular be taken as authentic.  The instruction in the 8th AEthyr pertains to Class D, i.e. it is an Official Ritual, and the same remarks apply to the account of the proper method of invoking AEthyrs given in the 18th AEthyr.  The Equinox, number V, Special Supplement.

Classes A and B Publications

Liber Title Description
DCCCCLXIII GR:Theta-Eta-Sigma-Alpha-Upsilon-Rho-Omicron-Upsilon Epsilon-Iota-Delta-Omega-Lambda-Omega-Nu Only the short note pertains to Class A.

Class B Publications

Liber Title Description
VI Liber O Vel Manus et SagittAE The instructions given in this book are too loose to find place in the Class D publications.  Instructions given for elementary study of the Qabalah, Assumption of God forms, Vibration of Divine Names, the Rituals of Pentagram and Hexagram, and their uses in production and invocation, a method of attaining astral visions so-called, and an instruction in the practice called Rising on the Planes.  The Equinox II, p. 11 and Appendix VI in Magick.
IX Liber E Vel Exercitiorum This book instructs the aspirant in the necessity of keeping a record.  Suggests methods of testing physical clairvoyance.  Gives instruction in Asana, Pranayama and Dharana, and advises the application of tests to the physical body, in order that the student may thoroughly understand his own limitations.  The Equinox I, p. 25 and Appendix Vi of Magick.
XXX Liber LibrAE An elementary course of morality suitable for the average man.  The Equinox, number I, p. 17.
LVIII This is an article on the Qabalah in the Temple of Solomon the King.  The Equinox, number V, p. 65.
LXIV Liber Israfel, formerly called Anubis. An instruction in a suitable method of preaching.  The Equinox, number VII.  In Crowley's own words:

"Gives instruction in a method of summoning suitable persons to undertake the Great Work.  It includes a powerful invocation of the god of Truth, Wisdom and Magick."

LXXVIII A description of the Cards of the Tarot with their attributions, including a method of divination by their use.  Part-published in The Equinox, number VII, p. 143.
LXXXIV Vel CHANOKH A brief abstraction of the Symbolic representation of the Universe derived by Dr John Dee through the Scrying of Sir Edward Kelly.  Its publication is at present incomplete.  Part-published in The Equinox, numbers VII, p. 229 and VIII, p. 99.
XCVI Liber Gaias A Handbook of Geomancy.  Gives a simple and fairly satisfactory system of Geomancy.  The Equinox,number II, p. 137.
D Liber Sepher Sephiroth A dictionary of Hebrew words arranged according to their numerical value.  The Equinox, number VIII, Special Supplement.
DXXXVI GR:Beta-Alpha-Tau-Rho-Alpha-Chi-Omicron-Phi-Rho-EpsilonNu-Omicron-Beta-Omicron-Omicron-Kappa-Omicron-Sigma-Mu-Omicron-Mu-Alpha-ChiIota-Alpha An instruction in expansion of the field of the mind.  The Equinox, number X, p. 35.
DCCLXXVII Vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-MysticAE ViAE ExplicandAE, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicum Sanctissimorum ScientAE SummAE A tentative table of correspondences between various religious symbols.
DCCCLXVIII Liber Viarum ViAE A graphic account of magical powers classified under the Tarot trumps.  The Equinox, number VII, p. 101.
CMXIII Liber ViAE MemoriAE.  HB:Taw-Yod-Shin-Aleph-Resh-Bet Gives methods of attaining the magical memory or memory of past lives, and an insight into the function of the aspirant in this present life.  The Equinox, number VII, p. 105.

Class C Publications

Liber Title Description
XXXIII An account of AA First written in the language of his period by the Councillor Von Eckartshausen, and now revised and rewritten in the Universal Cipher.  An elementary suggestive account of the work of the Order in its relation to the average man.  The preliminary paper of MMM may be classed with this. The Equinox, number I, p. 4.
XLI Thien TAO or The Synagogue Of Satan An advanced study of Attainment by the method of equilibrium on the ethical plane.
LV The Chymical Jousting of Brother Perardua An account of the Magical and Mystic Path in the language of Alchemy.  The Equinox, number I, p. 88.
LIX Across the Gulf A fantastic account of a previous incarnation.  Its principal interest is that its story of the overthrowing of Isis by Osiris may help the reader to understand the meaning of the overthrowing of Osiris by Horus in the present AEon.
LXVII The Sword of Song A critical study of various philosophies.  An account of Buddhism.  A. Crowley, Collected Works, vol. ii, pp. 140-203.
XCV The Wake World (in Konx Om Pax) A poetical allegory of the relations of the soul and the Holy Guardian Angel.
CXLVIII The Soldier and the Hunchback An essay on the method of equilibrium on the intellectual plane.
CXCVII The High History of Good Sir Palamedes the Saracen Knight and of his following of the Questing Beast A poetic account of the Great Work, and enumeration of many obstacles.  The Equinox, number IV, Special Supplement.
CCXLII AHA! An exposition in poetic language of several of the ways of attainment and the results obtained.  The Equinox, number III, p. 9.
CCCXXXIII The Book of Lies falsely so-called This book deals with many matters on all planes of the very highest importance.  It is an official publication for Babes of the Abyss, but is recommended even to beginners as highly suggestive.  Its Chapters XXV, XXXVI and XLIV are in Class D.
CCCXXXV Adonis This gives an account in poetic language of the struggle of the human and divine elements in the consciousness of man, giving their harmony following upon the victory of the latter.  The Equinox, number VII, p. 117.
CDLXXIV Liber Os Abysmi Vel DAATH An instruction in a purely intellectual method of entering the Abyss.  The Equinox, number VII, p. 77.
DCCCLX John St. John A model of what a magical record should be, so far as accurate analysis and fullness of description are concerned.  The Equinox, number I, Supplement.
MMCMXI A Note on Genesis A model of Qabalistic ratiocination.  The Equinox, number II, p. 163.

Class D Publications

Liber Title Description
III Liber Jugorum An instruction for the control of speech, action and thought.  The Equinox, number IV, p. 9 and Appendix VI of Magick.
XI Liber N.V. An instruction for attaining Nuit.  The Equinox, numer VII, p. 11.  In Crowley's own words:

"This is a paraphrase of the instructions given in The Book of the Law for invoking Nuit."

XIII Graduum Montis Abiegni An account of the task of the Aspirant from Probationer to Adept.  The Equinox, number III, p. 3.
XVI Liber Turris Vel Domus Dei An instruction for attainment by the direct destruction of thoughts as they arise in the mind.  The Equinox, number VI, p. 9.  In Crowley's own words:

" 'The Tower; or the House of God', describes a series of meditation practices, the general method being to destroy every thought that tends to arise in the mind by an act of will.  The thought must be nipped in the bud before it reaches consciousness.  Further, the causes which tend to produce any such thought must be discovered and annihilated.  Finally, this process must be extended to include the original cause behind those causes."

XVII Liber I A O Gives three methods of attainment through a willed series of thoughts.  This book has not been published.  It is the active form of Liber H H H.  The article "Energized Enthusiasm" is an adumbration of this book.  See Liber CCCLXI.
XXV This is the chapter called the Star Ruby in the Book of Lies.  It is an improved form of the lesser ritual of the Pentagram.
XXVIII Liber Septem Regum Sanctorum Not published.  It is a ritual of Initiation bestowed on certain selected Probationers.
XXXVI The Star Sapphire Chapter XXXVI of the Book of Lies, giving an improved ritual of the Hexagram.  Liber CCCXXXIII (The Book of Lies), pp. 46 and 47, and Appendix VI of Magick.
XLIV The Mass of the Phoenix This is Chapter XLIV of the Book of Lies.  An instruction in a simple and exoteric form of Eucharist.
C Liber Koph-Pehfinal Has not been, and at present will not be published.
LXI Liber vel Causae The Preliminary Lection, including the History Lection.  Explains the actual history of the origin of the present movement.  Its statements are accurate in the ordinary sense of the world.  The object of the book is to discount Mythopoeia.
CXX Liber Cadaveris The Ritual of Initiation of a Zelator.
CLXXV Astarte Vel Liber Berylli An instruction in attainment by the method of devotion.  The Equinox, number III, p. 37, and Appendix Vi to Magick.  In Crowley's own words:

"Astarte, The Book of the Beryl Stone, gives the complete formula of Bhaki-Yoga; how one may unite oneself to any particular deity by devotion.  Both magical and mystical methods are fully described."

CLXXXV Liber Collegii Sancti Being the tasks of the Grades and their Oaths proper to Liber XIII.  This is the official Paper of the various grades.  It includes the Task and Oath of a Probationer.
CC Resh Vel Helios An instruction for adorations of the Sun four times daily, with the object of composing the mind to meditation and of regularising the practices.  The Equinox, number VI, p. 59.  In Crowley's own words:

"The Book of the Sun.  Here are given the four Adorations to the sun, to be said daily at dawn, noon, sunset and midnight.  The object of this practice is firstly to remind the aspirant at regular intervals of the Great Work; secondly, to bring him into conscious personal relation with the centre of our system; and thirdly, for advanced students, to make actual magical contact with the spiritual energy of the sun and thus to draw actual force from him."

CCVI Liber R V Vel Spiritus Full instruction in Pranayama.  In Crowley's own words:

"The Book of Breathing describes various practices of controlling the breath, how to ensure success, what results to strive for, and how to use them for the Great Work."

CCCXLI Liber H H H Gives three methods of attainment through a willed series of thoughts.  See p. 437 of Magick.
CCCCXII A Vel Armorum An instruction for the preparation of the Elemental Instruments.
CDLI Liber Siloam Not yet published.  A direct method of inducing trance.
DLV Liber H A D An instruction for attaining Hadit.  The Equinox, number VII, p. 83.
DCLXXI Liber Pyramidos The ritual of the initiation of a Neophyte.  It includes sub-rituals numbered from 672 to 676.
DCCCXXXI Liber I O D, formerly called VESTA An instruction giving three methods of reducing the manifold consciousness to the Unity.  The Equinox, number VII, p. 101.
Liber Collegii Interni Not yet published.

An Explanation of the Numbering given to the Books

Liber Reason
I I is the number of the Magus in the Tarot.
III Refers to the threefold method given, and to the Triangle as a binding force.
VII Refers to the 7 chapters, and to the fact that the number 7 is peculiarly suitable to the subject of the Book.
VIII The Tarot card numbered 8, the Charioteer, the bearer of the Holy Graal, represents the Holy Guardian Angel.
IX Refers to Yesod.  The foundation, because the elementary practices recommended in the book are the foundation of all the work.
X Porta Lucis, the Gate of Light, is one of the titles of Malkuth, whose number is X.
XI A concentration of the title N V, whose value is 56, and 6 and 5 are 11.  See CCXX. I, i. and II, i.
XIII The number of Achad = Unity, and the title is perhaps intended to show that all paths of attainment are essential.
XVI The key of the Tarot numbered XVI is the Lightning Struck Tower.
XVII I A O adds up to 17.
XXV The square of 5, this being a ritual of the Pentagram.  Liber CCCXXXIII (The Book of Lies), pp. 34 and 35, and Appendix VI of Magick.
XXVII The number of permutations of 3 things taken 3 at a time, and (of course) the cube of 3.
XXX 30 is the letter Lamed, which is Justice in the Tarot, referred to Libra.
XXXIII This number was given on Masonic grounds.  The Equinox, number I, p. 4.
XXXVI The square of 6, this book being the ritual of the Hexagram.
XLIV From Dalet-Memfinal blood, because blood is sacrificed, also because the God Adored is Horus, who gave 44 as his special number.  Liber CCCXXXIII (The Book of Lies), p. 57, and Appendix VI of Magick.
LV The mystic number of Malkuth and of Nun-Heh ornament; a number generally suitable to the subject of the book.
LVIII Chet-Nunfinal Grace, a secret title of the Qabalah.  See Sepher Sephiroth.
LXI See Sepher Sephiroth.  The allusion is to the fact that this book forms an introduction to the series.
LXIV A number of Mercury.
LXV The number of Adonai.
LXVI The sum of the first 11 numbers.  This book relates to Magic, whose Key is 11.
LXVII The number of Zain-Yod-Nunfinal a sword.
LXXVIII The number of cards in the Tarot pack.
LXXXIV Enumeration of the name Enoch.
XC Tzaddi means a fish-hook.  "I will make you fishers of men.”
XCV The number of Mem-Lamed-Koph-Heh queen, attributed to Malkuth.
XCVI The total number of points in the 16 figures.
C Enumeration of the letter Kappa spelt in full.  GR:Kappa and GR:Phi are the initials of magical instruments referred to in the text.
CXX See Rosicrucian Symbolism.
CXLVIII Mem-Aleph-Zain-Nun-Yod-Mem-final The Balances.
CLVI Babalon, to whom the book refers.  See Sepher Sephiroth.
CLXXV The number of Venus or Astarte.
CXCVII Number of Z O O N, Beast.
CC The number of HB:Resh -- the Sun.
CCVI The number of R V, referred to in the text.
CCXX The number of the Verses in the three chapters of the Book.  It has, however, an enormous amount of symbolism; in particular it combines the 10 Sephiroth and 22 Paths; 78 is Aleph-Yod-Vau-Aleph-Samekh.  For 666 vide Sepher Sephiroth.
CCXXXI Sum of the numbers [0 + 1 + ..... + 20 + 21] printed on the Tarot Trumps.
CCXLII Aha!  Spelt in full.
CCCXXXIII The number of Choronzon.
CCCXXXV The Numeration of Adonis in Greek.
CCCXLI The Sum of the 3 Mothers of the Alphabet.
CCCLXX Ayin-Shin Creation.
CD From the large Tau HB:Taw in the diagram.
CDXII Numeration of Bet-Yod-Taw Beth, the letter of the Magus of the Tarot, whose weapons are here described.
CDXVIII Vide Sepher Sephiroth.  Used for this book because the final revelation is the Lord of the AEon.
CDLI The number of Shin-Yod-Lamed-Ayin-Aleph-Memfinal Siloam.
CDLXXIV The number of Daath.
D The number of omicron alpha-rho-iota-theta-mu-omicron-sigma the Greek word for Number.
DXXXVI The number of the Mem-Samekh-Lamed-Vau-Taw the sphere of the Fixed Stars.
DLV H A D fully expanded; thus Heh-Heh, Aleph-Lamed-Pehfinal, Dalet-Lamed-Taw; compare 11 where N u is fully contracted.
DCLXXI From Taw-Resh-Ayin-Aleph, the Gate, and the spelling in full of the name Adonai.
DCCLXXVII See Sepher Sephiroth.
DCCCVIII The number of the name Nun-Chet-Shin-Taw-Nunfinal.
DCCCXI The number of I A O in Greek.
DCCCXIII See Sepher Sephiroth.
DCCCXXXI GR:Phi-alpha-lambda-lambda-omicron-sigma.
DCCCLX The number of GR:Iota-omega-nu John.
DCCCLXVIII Nun-Taw-Yod-Bet-Vau-Taw Paths.
CMXIII Berashith, the Beginning, spelt backwards in the title to illustrate the development of the magical memory.
CMLXIII Achad spelt fully.  See Sepher Sephiroth.
MMDCDXI Berashith spelt with Capital B as in Genesis i, 1.

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The following is considered to be part of Liber DCLXVI (666), which is not extant


The Master Therion - A Biographical Note

Many scholars believe this is a part of Aleister Crowley’s Liber DCLXVI.  Knowing nothing to the contrary, we can only concur with their beliefs, and simply reproduce this document, titled 'A Biographical Note' for your own perusal.

What follows is strictly speaking more autobiographical than biographical since it is attributed to Aleister Crowley.  The late Gerald J. Yorke suggested that this paper could be identical to Liber 666 – The Beast, which is otherwise not extant.  One page of the original English typescript is lost; however, the text was recovered through double-translation from the 1925 e.v.  German publication. It includes the full text of the Oath of the Abyss, and readers are cautioned that this Oath is traditionally held to be absolutely efficacious and hence not to be taken casually or lightly. -- H.B.

SOME SIX MONTHS after the death of Eliphas Lévi Zahed, in the Year (1875 e.v.) of the foundation of the Theosophical Society, was born a male child.  The sign Leo being in the ascendant at his nativity, he is here called by that name.

The family of Leo was both distinguished and prosperous; he received the best education available in the land of his birth.

In the beginning of the third year (1897 e.v.) of his studies at the University, he underwent what may be called the Trance of Sorrow.  That is, he perceived the vanity of all earthly ambition.

This conviction so took hold of him that he renounced, then and there, his career, despite the brilliant promise which it would otherwise have afforded, and resolved firmly to devote himself without reserve to the Great Work.  By this, he meant to find a medium in which effort might secure success immune to the assaults of Time and other conditions of human existence.  For his mind was yet young and untaught.

His first reading of the literature of Alchemy and kindred subjects, to which he now resorted, convinced him of the existence of a Secret Body of Initiates competent to aid him in his research.

He sent forth instinctively an intense current of Will, calling upon the Masters in such a Sanctuary to come to his assistance.

The call was immediately heard.  Indeed, at the moment of its utterance (Easter 1898 e.v.) he was in the closest possible association with one of them, albeit this man so concealed his true nature that Leo did not discover the truth until three years later, when his need evoked the aid of this Master.

In the summer of 1898 e.v., Leo travelling in the mountains of Europe, fell in with a man who proved to be an eager student of Alchemy.  He pursued this acquaintance, and exacted from him a promise to introduce him to a more advanced adept.  The latter introduced him into that organization, so that he obtained his first initiation on November 18, 1898 e.v.

In this Society Leo made rapid progress and attained early in 1899 e.v. the highest grade which its Chief was permitted to give.  Within one or two months of that event that Chief, who was but the visible representative of Secret Chiefs, committed so grave a blunder, as a culmination of a series of blunders, that he lost Their confidence.  The Outer Order which depended on him dissolved at once in confusion.

Unfamiliar with the Inner workings of the Order, and realizing his own inability to judge a matter beyond his knowledge, Leo remained openly loyal to the fallen Head; but as he felt instinctively that he could not learn any more from this source, he undertook a journey of three years to the remotest parts of the earth, searching incessantly for further enlightenment.

The Masters, who were watching him, sent out messengers from time to time, in order to teach him in many secret paths of enlightenment.  In all these he attained the greatest success; it can be said that at his return to the country of his birth in 1903 e.v. he was the most advanced adept (as distinguished from a Master) in the world.  And yet he was so far from accepting his progress with satisfaction that he formally and finally gave up the Great Work as insignificant.

And this too was the Plan of the Masters.

Having surrendered his True Will so far that he had married (August 1903 e.v.) and settled down to the life of an ordinary man, having built up a fortress of resentment against all spiritual assault, Leo had become a fit instrument to carry out the inscrutable designs of the Masters.

At the end of a sporting expedition in Asia he stayed in Cairo for the Season with his young wife, a woman of neither instinct for, nor interest in, any but the most frivolous of worldly amusements.

Now the Masters, the Secret Chiefs of the Order to which he owed his first initiation, are the directors of the spiritual destinies of this planet.  These men chose this woman (of all women) to carry Their Will to the Aspirant who had renounced his aspiration.

Leo received their message with quiet mockery: he agreed to carry out the instructions conveyed by his wife in a spirit of irony, resolved to demonstrate to her the absurdity of her claim to be in communication with a praeter-human Intelligence.

The principal of these instructions was to shut himself up in a certain room of his house for one hour daily for three days (April 8-10, 1904 e.v.) that he might write what should then be given to him.

He was astonished beyond measure when, on the stroke of the appointed hour, he heard the accents of a human voice, speaking in English (a language he understood sufficiently for the purpose) and continuing until the sixty minutes had exactly passed.

This occurred on the two succeeding days: the result is the Manuscript known as Liber AL vel Legis; or The Book of the Law.

Other communications were made at about this period by the Secret Chiefs.  They proved beyond all possibility of doubt to Leo, a firm sceptic accustomed to mathematical and scientific methods of criticism, their own existence, and their possession of power and knowledge far exceeding anything hereto conceived as human.

This proof, at least the major part of it, a portion ample to establish the above thesis, is extant; it is contained implicitly in the MS. of Liber AL itself, and is accessible at any time to any Aspirant to the Secret Wisdom.

It is in this book, also, that the Secret Chiefs conferred upon Leo the title of TO MEGA VHRION, with its corresponding number DCLXVI; as the Master Therion, therefore, let him henceforth be denoted.  (It was not for many years that he became fit to assume this office in its full scope; he did so on October 1915 e.v.)

They instructed him definitely to take over the rule and governance of the Order, assuming the place vacant by the fall of the original Chief; and to publish openly the whole of the secret knowledge in his possession in such a form that it might survive the general catastrophe to the whole of civilization, which They saw was imminent.  (The war of 1914-18 is to be regarded as the preliminary skirmish of this vast world-conflict.)

The effect of this upon Therion was to bring out two contradictory elements in his character.

On the one hand: he was absolutely convinced of the truth of the claims of the Secret Chiefs, of their praeter-human attainments, and of Their right and power to direct the course of events upon this planet. Moreover he was bound to Them by his original oath at his first initiation.

On the other hand: he was wholly at variance with the great bulk of philosophy and ethics set forth in Liber AL.  He was filled, in short, with two conflicting currents of enthusiasm and resentment.

In the upshot, after a mostly contemptuous attempt to carry out formally Their first instructions, acting, in such a way as to defeat his own apparent efforts (as if to say, let them bring their own work to fruition, if they can and will), he revolted openly.  The experience had forced him to abandon his attitude of deliberate worldliness, but he did his utmost to follow his own career upon a Path not Theirs.

The next few years saw him engaged in this desperate struggle against Them.  Little by little they broke his false will.  Many were the tortures by which They compelled him to renew his allegiance: many were the signs by which They manifested Their vigilance and Their virtue.

He fought every yard of ground with desperate tenacity; it was no sudden surrender of his, but the steady compulsion of Their might, that brought him back to the True Path.

Now the Secret Chiefs had chosen him as Their representative on earth, as the vehicle of the Utterance.  And because he was not yet fitted by full initiation to carry out Their designs, it was imperative that They should prevent him, even when he consented to execute Their commands, from making a premature appearance.  This was not altogether easy to secure for, despite his own determination to abandon his worldly career, he had obtained eminence in two widely distinct paths of human activity; so that whatever he might choose to set forth would be certain to receive due attention from the world at large.

As wary as he was courageous, as skilful and subtle as he was full of resource, he gave Them no shadow of cause to reproach him; yet They destroyed his love, his hope, and his peace of mind.  They alienated him from every single friend and supporter; he was betrayed again and again even by those who sought to be most loyal to him, and would have died a thousand deaths to serve him.

They masked him so grotesquely, hideously, obscenely, that it became scarce possible for any man to penetrate the secret of his true personality.

Yet also during this whole time, They led him in divers ways through ordeals more and more exalted, until They had fixed him at the summit of the Order, in that degree of enlightenment which (or so it is said) is attained by any man in the body not oftener than once in Two Thousand years.

The climax of their dealings with him came in the weeks immediately preceding and following the Spring Equinox of 1924 e.v.  At this time he lay sick unto death.  He was entirely alone; for They would even permit the presence of those few whom They had themselves appointed to aid him in this final initiation.  In this last ordeal the earthly part of him was dissolved in water; the water was vaporized into air; the air was rarefied utterly, until he was free to make the last effort, and to pass into the vast caverns of the Threshold which guards the Realm of Fire.  Now naught human may come through those immensities.  So in that Fire he was consumed wholly, and as pure Spirit alone did he return, little by little, during the months that followed, into the body and mind that had perished in that great ordeal of which he can say no more than: I died.

But these six months being accomplished, a certain Virgin came forth at the bidding of the Secret Chiefs, at whose touch he resumed contact with his human life.

Her he conveyed swiftly to the Desert of the Sahara, that in silent communion with her Soul he might become aware of the intimate nature of his Work for the Masters; for she was verily a symbol of the Virgin Bride, whose redemption is the mystery of the Perpetuation of the Godhead.

Now when they had taken ship and sailed even to the midst of the Mediterranean Sea, there came to him once again an impulse from the Secret Chiefs: to write down in the most succinct form possible a statement of his nature and purpose.

And this he did do in the manifesto following:


Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

My Term of Office upon the Earth being come in the year of the foundation of the Theosophical Society, I took upon myself, in my turn, the sin of the whole World that the Prophecies might be fulfilled, so that Mankind may take the Next Step from the Magical Formula of Osiris to that of Horus.  And mine Hour being now upon me, I proclaim my Law.  The word of the Law is Velhma

Given in the midst of the Mediterranean Sea An XX, Sol in 3ø Libra die Jovis by me TO MEGA VHRION DCLXVI LOGOS AIQNOS Velhma Whoso understandeth may seek.

Now of this which is here written; ``I took upon myself, in my turn, the sin of the whole World that the Prophecies might be fulfilled,'' it is to be understood that not only the definite spiritual experiences which determine the fact, but also the whole of his life, his joys, his sufferings, his travels in so many lands, his achievements in so many paths, his mingling with so many types of men and women of so many climes and climates, is, in sum, an universal experience which has enabled him to fulfil to the uttermost the great Oath taken by him on his initiation to the grade of Master of the Temple; as here follows:

I. I, O.M., etc., a member of the Body of God, hereby bind myself on behalf of the Whole Universe, even as we are now physically bound unto the cross of suffering:

II. that I will lead a pure life, as a devoted servant of the Order:

III. that I will understand all things:

IV. that I will love all things:

V. that I will perform all things and endure all things:

VI. that I will continue in the Knowledge and Conversation of my Holy Guardian Angel:

VII. that I will work without attachment:

VIII. that I will work in truth:

IX. that I will rely only upon myself:

X. that I will interpret every phenomenon as a particular dealing of God with my Soul.  And if I fail herein, may my pyramid be profaned, and the Eye closed to me.''

Now therefore this proclamation of this word is the fulfilment of his Oath on his initiation to the grade of Magus (even as Gautama Buddha uttered the Word ANATTA, Laotze the Word TAO, Dionysus the Word IAO, Mohammed the Word ALLAH, and so for the rest, at the due interval each in his place).  For the function of the Magus is to proclaim a new Law by virtue of one Word in which resides a Formula of Wisdom.

Here followeth the book called the Book of the Magus, and declareth unto him that shall understand it, the conditions of that office.

At this point the manuscript ends!

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Crowley’s Poetry, Novels, Essays and Other Miscellany

In this section we have tried to list the poems, novels and other miscellaneous items Crowley wrote during his lifetime along with the dates they were written and/or published.  This is an unbelievably difficult task!   Many items not listed will have been published in The Equinox, such as The Soldier And The Hunchback, while some of those that are listed may well have appeared in the same magazine or within collections.  There could be several errors and omissions for which we apologise.  His magical and other publications relating to the AA and O.T.O. specifically are listed above.

Many of his published poems were included in collections, in which case these are not shown in the year in which they were originally written and/or published, but in the year in which the collection was published.

White Stains.
The Fatal Force.
The Mother’s Tragedy.
Jephthah A Tragedy.
The Hermit’s Hymn To Solitude.
At The Fork Of The Roads.
Jezebel; And Other Tragic Poems.
                    Concerning Certain Sins
                    A Saint’s Damnation
An Appeal To The American Republic.
Carmen Seculare.
The Soul Of Osiris.
The Temple Of The Holy Ghost.
Tannhäuser A Story Of All Time.
Hong Kong Harbour.
Snowdrops From A Curate’s Garden.
In Residence.
The Book Of The Goetia Of Solomon The King.
The Scented Garden Of Abdullah The Satirist Of Shiraz.
Sir Palamedes The Saracen Knight.
Collected Works Volume I.
                    Acaldema: A Place To Bury Strangers In
                    The Tale Of Archais
                    Songs Of The Spirit
                                        The Goad
                                        In Memorium A.J.B.
                                        The Quest
                                        The Alchemist
                                        Sonnets To Night
                                        The Philosopher’s Progress
                                        An Ill Dream
                                        The Priest Speaks
                                        The Violet’s Love Story
                                        The Farewell Of Paracelsus To Aprile
                                        A Spring Snowstorm In Wastdale
                                        In Neville’s Court, Trinity College, Cambridge
                                        A Rondel
                                        The Initiation
                                        Isaiah A Sonnet
                                        The Storm
                                        Wheat And Wine
                                        A Rondel
                                        The Visions Of The Ordeal
                                        By The Cam
                    The Poem – A Little Drama in Four Scenes.
                    Mysteries: Lyrical And Dramatic.
                                        The Five Kisses
                                        The Honourable Adulterers
                                        The Legend Of Ben Ledi
                                        A Descent Of The Moench
                                        In A Cornfield
                                        The Triumph Of Man
                                        The Dreaming Death
                                        A Sonnet In Spring
                                        De Profundis
                                        Two Sonnets On Hearing The Music Of Brahms And Tschaikowsky
                                        A Valentine
                                        Ode To Poesy
                                        Sonnets To The Author Of The Phrase: “I Am Not A Gentleman And I Have No Friends.”
                                        Beside The River
                                        Sonnet For G.F. Kelly’s Drawing Of An Hermaphrodite
                                        A Woodland Idyll
                                        On Garret Hostel Bridge
                                        Astray In Her Paths
                                        Sonnet To Clytie
                                        A Valentine, ‘98
                                        A Sonnet Of Blasphemy
                                        The Rape Of Death
                                        In The Woods With Shelley
                                        A Vision Upon Ushba
The Psychology Of Hashish.
Alexandra: A Birthday Ode.
The Greater Ritual Of The Pentagram.
Collected Works Volume II
                    The Death Of The Drunkard.
                    A Peep Behind The Scenes.
                    Lines On Being Invited To Meet The Premier In Wales, September 1892.
                    The Balloon.
                    Spolio Opima.
                    A Welcome To Jabez.
                    Adaptation Of ‘Onward Christian Soldiers.’
                    The Needs Of Brethren.
                    To Mrs O. ......N...T.
                    The Little Half-Sovereign.
                    Ode To Sappho.
                    In A Lesbian Meadow.
                    ‘Tis Pitty’
                                        Epilogue To ‘Green Alps.’
                                        Two Sonnets In Praise Of A Publisher.
                                        My Wife Dies.
                                        Ode To Venus Callipyge.
                                        The Cannibals.
                                        The Blood-Lotus.
                                        The Nativity.
                                        Translations From Baudelaire.
                                        Chaldean Fools.
                                        Call Of The Sylphs.
                                        Hymn To Apollo.
                                        The Hermit’s Hymn To Solitude.
                                        The Storm.
                                        Assumpta Canidia.
                                        A Litany.
                                        March In The Tropics.
                                        Night In The Valley.
                                        Advice Of A Letter.
                                        On Waikiki Beach.
                                        The Triads Of Despair.
                                        The Dance Of Shiva.
                                        Sonnet For A Picture.
                                        The House.
                                        Anima Lunae.
                                        ‘Sabbe Pi Dukkham.’
                                        St. Patrick’s Day, 1902.
                                        The Earl’s Quest.
                                        The Sibyl.
                                        La Coureuse.
                                        Sonnet For A Picture.
                                        To ‘Elizabeth’.
                                        Rondels (At Monte Carlo).
                                        In The Great Pyramid Of Ghizeh.
                                        The Hills.
                    Alice: An Adultery.
                    The Argonauts.
                                        Actus Primus – Jason.
                                        Actus Secundus – Argo.
                                        Actus Tertius – Medea.
                                        Actus Quartus – Sirenae.
                                        Actus Quintus – Aries.
                    Ahab And Other Poems.
                                        New Year, 1903.
                                        The Dream.
                    The God-Eater.
                    The Sword Of Song.
                                        Preliminary Invocation.
                                        Ascension Day.
                    Ambrosii Magi Hortus Rosarium.
                    Berashith: An Essay On Ontology.
                    Science And Buddhism.
                                        The Four Noble Truths.
                                        The Three Characteristics.
                                        The Ten Fetters Or Sanyo’G’Anas.
                                        The Relative Reality Of Certain States Of Consciousness.
                                        The Noble Eightfold Path.
                                        The Twilight Of The Germans.
                                        The Three Refuges.
                    The Excluded Middle; Or The Sceptic Refuted.
La Gitana.
Konx Om Pax: Essays In Light.
                    The Wake World.
                    Thien Tao, Or, The Synagogue Of Satan.
                    Ali Sloper, Or The Forty Liars: A Christian Diversion.
                    Stone Of The Philosophers Which Is Hidden In The Mountain Of Abiegus.
Liber 777 – Table Of Correspondences.
The Soul Hunter.
The Dream Circean.
Collected Works Volume III
                    The Star And The Garter.
                    Why Jesus Wept.
                    Rosa Mundi, And Other Love-Songs.
                                        Rosa Mundi.
                                        The Nightmare.
                                        The Kiss.
                                        Katie Carr.
                    The Sire De Maletroit’s Door.
                                        Images Of Life.
                                                            Prologue – Via Vitae.
                                                            The White Cat.
                                                            Ali And Hassan.
                                                            Al Malik.
                                                            A Fragment.
                                                            The Stumbling-Block.
                                                            A Nugget From A Mine.
                                                            Au Caveau Des Innocents.
                                                            Rosa Inferni.
                                                            Epilogue – Prayer.
                                        Images Of Death.
                                                            Prologue – Patchouli.
                                                            The Jilt.
                                                            The Eyes Of Pharaoh.
                                                            Le Jour Des Mortis.
                                                            Ave Mors.
                                                            The Moribund.
                                                            The Beauty And The Bhikkhu.
                                                            Epilogue – The King-Ghost.
                    Rodin In Rhyme.
                                        Various Measures.
                                                            The Tower Of Toil.
                                                            La Belle Heaulmiere.
                                                            Femme Accroupie.
                                                            Jeune Mere.
                                                            L’Amour Qui Passe.
                                                            Tete De Femme (Musee Du Luxembourg).
                                                            La Casque D’Or.
                                                            Les Bourgeois De Calais.
                                                            Reveil D’Adonis.
                                                            La Mian De Dieu.
                                                            Epervier Et Columbe.
                                                            La Casque D’Or.
                                                            L’Eternel Printemps.
                                                            L’Age D’Airain
                                        Sonnets And Quatorzains.
                                                            Madame Rodin.
                                                            Le Penseur.
                                                            La Pensee.
                                                            Le Baisser.
                                                            Bouches D’Enfer.
                                                            La Guerre.
                                                            W.E. Henley.
                                                            Syrinx And Pan.
                                                            La Fortune.
                                                            Paolo Et Francesca.
                                                            Les Deux Genies.
                                                            La Cruche Cassee.
                                                            La Tentation De Saint-Antoine.
                                                            Femmes Damnees.
                                                            Mort D’Adonis.
                                                            Le Cyclops Surprend Acts Et Galathee.
                                                            Octave Mirbeau.
                                                            Colophon – An Incident
The World’s Tragedy.
The Bagh-I-Muattar (Persian – See The Scented Garden).
The Soldier And The Hunchback ! And ?
Amphora (Republished As Hail Mary).
John St John.
Clouds Without Water (written under a pseudonym).
The Rites Of Eleusis.
Concerning “Blasphemy” In General & The Rites Of Eleusis In Particular.
The Winged Beetle.
                    Rosa Coeli
                    The Hermit
                    The Wizard Way
                    The Wings
                    The Garden Of Janus
                    The Two Secrets
                    The Priestess Of Panormita
                    The Hawk And The Babe
                    The Duelists
                    Athor And Asar
                    After Judgment
                    The Five Adorations
                    The Swimmer
                    The Muse
                    The God And The Girl
                    Au Bal
                    The Octopus
                    The Eyes Of Dorothy
                    The Mantra Yogi
                    The Poet And His Muse
                    Sport And Marriage
                    The Twins
                    The Convert
                    The Sorceress
                    The Child
                    A Slim Gilt Soul
                    The Silence Of Columbine
                    The Archaeologist
                    The Ladder
                    The Poet At Bay
                    The Circle And The Point
                    In Memoriam
                    Ad Fidelem Infidelem
                    The Sphinx
                    The Jew Of Fez
                    The Pentagram
                    The Camp Fire
                    Ave Adonai
                    The Wild Ass
                    The Opium Smoker
                    In Manu Dominae
                    Mr Todd: A Morality
                                                            L’amour et le Crane
                                                            L’Alchimie de Douleur
                                                            Le Vampire
                                                            Le Balcon
                                                            Le Gout de l’Infini
                                                            L’amour et la Crane
                                                            Le Vin de l’Assassin
                                                            Tout Entiere
                                                            Le Revenant
                                                            Lola de Valence
                                                            Le Beau Navire
                                                            L’Invitation au Voyage
                                                            Epilogue to ‘Petits Poemes en Prose’
                                                            L’amour et la Crane
                                                            Colloque Sentimental
                                                            En Sourdine
                                                            The Magician
The Vixen.
The Violinist.
The Birthday.
Meditation (Part Of Liber ABA – Book Four).
Magick (Preliminary Remarks (Part Of Liber ABA – Book Four).
The Abuldiz Working.
The Rosicrucian Scandal.
The Ghouls.
Hail Mary.
Sir Palamedes The Saracen.
Household Gods.
Adonis: An Allegory (published in Equinox Vol I, No 7)
The Book Of Lies.
The Ship.
The Lost Continent.
Energised Enthusiasm.
The Fun Of The Fair (not published until 1942).
The City Of God.
The Open Court.
Hymn To Pan.
The Vindication Of Nietzsche.
The Stratagem And Other Stories (published in 1929).
Chicago May, A Love Poem.
De Arte Magica.
The Paris Working.
The Gnostic Mass.
The Gospel According To Saint Bernard Shaw.
The Butterfly Net (See Moonchild).
Golden Twigs.
The Attainment Of Happiness.
The Cross Of A Frog.
1917 - 1918
The Scrutinies Of Simon Iff.
Absinthe: The Green Goddess.
The Urn.
The Amalantrah Working.
Concerning Death.
The Tao Teh King.
De Thaumaturgia.
The Message Of the Master Therion.
Manifesto Of The O.T.O.
An Open Letter To Those Who Wish To Join The Order.
De Lege Libellum.
Concerning The Law Of Thelema.
An Intimation With Reference To The Constitution Of The Order.
Khabs Am Pekht.
The Book Of Wisdom Or Folly.
Amrita Some Comments on the Elixir of Life.
The Cephaloedium Working.
The Diary Of A Drug Fiend.
Songs For Italy.
Introduction To Magick Excerpted From Magick In Theory And Practice.
Gilles De Rais (The Banned Lecture).
First Two Volumes Of 'Confessions'.
The Scientific Solution Of The Problem Of Government (known as Comte de Fenix).
The Heart Of The Master.
Little Essays Towards Truth.
The Equinox Of The Gods.
Temperance, A Tract For The Times.
Eight Lectures On Yoga.
Khing Kang King.
Thumbs Up: A Pentagram – A Pantacle To Win The War.
The Gauloise, Song Of The Free French.
The Fun Of The Fair.
Magick Without Tears.
The Book Of Thoth.
Olla, An Anthology Of Sixty Years Of Song.
Magick Without Tears (published posthumously).
The Book Of Wisdom Or Folly.

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