This volume is a compilation of book reviews written by
Aleister Crowley and published in The Equinox, The
International, and other periodicals of the time. Over
180 reviews, all done in Crowley’s inimitable style, are
reproduced here in one volume.
Crowley began the practice of publishing book reviews
in September 1909 with Volume I, No. 2 of The Equinox
and continued for the next 8 issues finally ending in
September 1913. His review column in The Equinox
eventually came to be called “The Big Stick”
The reviews published in The Equinox were, for
the most part, written by Crowley, but also featured such
luminaries as J.F.C. Fuller, Victor B. Neuburg, and others.
Although he would occasionally sign a review with his own
name or initials, Crowley typically chose instead to use a
multitude of aliases. When he traveled to America he
continued the practice of publishing book reviews from
September 1915 through February 1918 as editor of The
International. When he revived The Equinox in
March 1919 with Volume III, No. 1, reviews were again
subject matter of the books he reviewed ranged anywhere from
poetry to politics, from the spiritual to the mundane, and
from science to the occult. Crowley apparently was more
than happy to put forth his literary and philosophical
opinions about most any subject that came to his attention.
He was never less than honest in his opinions and although
he was certainly capable of writing a
caustic review when he
felt a book deserved it, he wouldn’t hesitate to
recommend something he felt was praiseworthy.
Those whom Crowley found unworthy, such as A. E. Waite,
often found themselves on the receiving end of a scathing
review. Although he attacked Waite in general and his
occult publications in particular, he praised Waite’s books
of poetry. All in all these reviews provide a critical look
at period publications from Crowley’s unique point of view.
obviously enjoyed writing these reviews and the 100th Monkey
Press is pleased to present them to you in this consolidated
form. We hope you enjoy them too.
Each book is bound by hand and measures 8 1/2” x 11”.
146 pages. Printed on 24 pound text weight, acid-free
premium Mohawk superfine paper. Bound in an acid-free,
glued-up composition cover consisting of cork over custom
printed end sheets. The text is set in Malgun Gothic font.
The book is bound with hemp cord in a Japanese style binding
with a spine fashioned from faux leather with a bound in
As an added bonus, each book comes with a hand-bound
copy of Crowley's “Slugs on Strawberries.”
As usual, each copy also includes a handsome themed
bookplate and bookmark.
Edition limited to 150 numbered copies. Price: US