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by Frater Shiva

First HB edition of 150 copies. Include a signed plate by the author. 

Octavo. Glossy printed boards (no dustjacket). xxiv + 158pp, b&w illustrations & diagrams. Although not stated this hardcover first edition was limited to 150 copies and is SIGNED by way of a bookplate, which is also stamped in red ink with Shiva's lamen seal and affixed to the front paste-down. From the publisher: " From remote antiquity to the present day people of all cultures and societies have experimented with "magick libations" involving psychoactive substances as part of their spiritual quest. While many of the materials are legally proscribed, other plants and potions used in these rites are legal and often easily available. This text explores the use of such libations - biochemically, medically, psychologically and spiritually - with particular emphasis on their role in modern-day occultism. The author, Frater Shiva, was a senior member of "Solar Lodge" - the 1960s US occult fraternity that drew many of its teachings from the works of Aleister Crowley - who since went on to explore other spiritual vistas. A licensed, primary-care health practitioner with extensive first-hand experience in these matters, both as a participant and as a guide, Shiva stresses that the book is not a "user's manual" or "recommendation," but rather an investigation and exploration of the subject. This book has the technical/magical title "Sepher Nesek Magi Qaqtvs Qol vel Coruscatio, sub figurâ CMXXXIV: "The Book of Libation - The Magical Cactus Voice." It is dedicated to Aleister Crowley's "lost Liber," that is: "The Cactus - Liber CMXXXIV - 934," no copies of which are known to have survived. From the collection of Clive Harper with his discreet book-label neatly tipped in at the rear. Harper is well- known as the bibliographer of Austin Osman Spare, for updating the Aleister Crowley bibliography in the 2011 Teitan Press collection of Gerald Yorke's writings, and as someone who has lent his expertise to numerous other publications. A hint of rubbing to covers. Otherwise a tight bright copy in Fine condition inside and out. (No dust jacket issued).