The Magical Dilemma of Victor Neuburg

OVERTON FULLER, Jean. The Magical Dilemma of Victor Neuburg.

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OVERTON FULLER, Jean. The Magical Dilemma of Victor Neuburg. London, W. H. Allen, 1965.

8vo. Original cloth with illustrated dust-wrappers (not price-clipped); pp. xv, 295, plates after photographs; very short marginal tear to wrapper at head of spine, two leaves re-inserted (never properly bound in) and with slightly toned margins; otherwise very good.
Uncommon first edition of a strange book by the former SOE operative, friend, colleague and biographer of the legendary Madeleine. 'Magician, poet and seer, Victor Neuburg was the pupil of Alister Crowley and the literary godfather of Dylan Thomas … [He] was the active partner in all the most interesting and dramatic magic of that period in Crowley's life. This book was written with access to unpublished magical records of Neuburg and Crowley and to Crowley's unpublished autobiography. Because these records deal largely with homosexual sex-magic, access to them is not easily obtained - yet their jealous guardians entrusted them to Jean Overton Fuller to study and copy … The full story of the Neuburg-Goulden discovery of Dylan Thomas, and the launching of the 18 poems, is told here for the fist time' (inside flaps of dust-jacket).