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Happy Three Days

I would like to wish everyone a joyous Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law, and the culmination of the holy season for Thelemites across the world.

Over the last year, I was able to acquire a very nice copy of the 1936 edition of The Equinox of the Gods, which includes loose leaf folios of the manuscript in facsimile. Today being the last of the three days, I was reading through the manuscript leaves of the third chapter. One of the first things I noticed in the facsimile is that the stain present on the first folio of chapter three is not present, having occurred some time after that publication.

Obscured by this stain, but clearly present on the first page of the folios included in The Equinox of the Gods, is a smudge over the letter “d” of “hardly” at the line “…deal hardly with them.” It’s an ink smudge that could only have occurred when the ink was wet, and therefore at the time of writing, meaning it’s an impression made by Crowley’s hand. I don’t know if this has been noted previously, and I have to presume I’m not the first to observe it, but I thought I would pass it along as it struck me as interesting. I thought at first it might have been a partial finger print, but it does not appear to be the case here, and would not make sense given the accelerated pace of writing evidenced by the manuscript and Crowley’s own account. It is more likely a pressing of a knuckle or some other external part of the hand.

So, there’s some trivia.

Happy Holidays. 🙂

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