Aleister Crowley. The Stratagem.
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DescriptionAleister Crowley. The Stratagem. And other stories. London: Mandrake Press, no date [but 1929]. First edition. Small octavo. 139, [1, imprint] pages. Publisher's cloth decorated to look like snakeskin in gold and black, backed in black cloth with a printed paper spine label; original printed dust jacket. Minor edgewear, foot of spine just pushed. Cream endpapers; unevenly toned, minor soiling, effaced pencil notation to front free endpaper recto. Internally clean and tight, soiling to margins and edges, minor edgewear. Dust jacket with no price listed; minor edgewear, spine sunned, small closed tear to the bottom edge of the back panel, somewhat rubbed and soiled. Very good book with very good dust jacket.
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