The Book Of Thoth
The Master Therion (Aleister Crowley).
New York: Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1969. Large Octavo. Blue cloth boards with minor foxing to the upper area of the front board with a couple of spots on the upper back board. The edges of the top and bottom of the boards show some signs of rubbing. Spine slightly cocked with minor rubbing on the outer edge of the bottom text block. A few stains are present on the first few pages, with slight foxing present in some pages near the back of the book. Two small tears to the unclipped jacket (one on the front cover, one on the back), with some discoloration to the spine with minor chipping to the heel and crown of the spine. First edition. Near fine in a very good dust wrapper.
"Complete mystery surrounds the question of the origin of this system; any theory which satisfies the facts demands assumptions which are completely absurd. To explain it at all, one has to postulate in the obscure past a fantastic assembly of learned rabbins, who solemnly calculated all sorts of combinations of letters and numbers, and created the Hebrew language on this series of manipulations. This theory is plainly contrary, not only to common sense, but to the facts of history, and to all that we know about the formation of language. Nevertheless, the evidence is equally strong that there is something, not a little of something but a great deal of something, a something which excludes all reasonable theories of coincidence, in the correspondence between words and numbers."