SONGS FOR THE WITCH WOMAN. DeLuxe Edition.
London: Fulgur Esoterica, 2014. Limited Edition of 156 copies only, slipcased, and hand-numbered. A FINE VOLUME, bound in black Morocco and premium custom blocked cloth, with special end papers, top edge silvered, printed throughout on an exquisite Italian paper, with a thematic dust jacket, enclosed in a custom lined slipcase. Superb in all ways. Small folio. 176 pages. Colored illustrations and drawings. Original material was inspired by the affair between Jack Parsons and his artist lover, and magickal confidante, Marjorie Cameron. For Parsons, Cameron was a muse, a fellow student of Thelema and magick, and a primal force of nature - a woman he proclaimed as his 'elemental' in a letter to Aleister Crowley. Without doubt, Marjorie Cameron fascinated, troubled and inspired Parsons. This volume not only features the original verse written by Parsons to document his feelings toward his often absent lover, but, for the first time, the images from the hand of Cameron which illustrated and echoed the most intimate of themes. After Parsons' death in June 1952, due to misadventure, Cameron continues the notebook in which this work was recorded. Though bereaved from the loss, Cameron offers a hand-written diary of the magical working which took place at Lamb Canyon, California in the period after the loss of Parsons. In the stark desert, her words become a raw lament as she attempted to gain contact with her Holy Guardian Angel. Throughout the Working, the memory of Jack Parsons is never far from her mind. Partial contents: The poems, drawings and diary entries published together for the first time; A facsimile of the original 1950s notebook with text by Jack Parsons and illustrations in watercolor by Marjorie Cameron; The texts have also been corrected and typeset alongside a second suite of pen and ink drawings that Cameron produced for the work after 1952: Contextual commentaries from William Breeze, George Pendle and Margaret Haines. (Item ID: FUL-WWd)