The Scented Garden of Abdullah the Satirist of Shiraz ( The Bagh-i-Muattar ) by Aleister Crowley


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The Teitan Press, 1991. Facsimile edition. 318pp. Introduction by Martin P. Starr. Quarter red cloth w/ white papered boards, gilt title to spine, red Arabic script across front cover. Slight discolouration to top of boards, a very good copy. 

'A facsimile reprint of one of Crowley's scarcest works; part homo-erotic parody, part mystical text.
There were only 200 copies of the book printed, but many of these were destroyed in a customs seizure not long after publication, so that even before the beginning of the First World War Crowley was speaking of its rarity. A second customs seizure, 1924, depleted the number of surviving copies yet further, and it is consequently one of Crowley’s rarest works.
His esteem for Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton, pioneer translator of Arabic and Hindu erotica and inventor of his own Sufi poet, “Hâji Abdû El-Yezdî,” unquestionably led Crowley to imitation of Burton’s work, but this book is more than a recapitulation in verse of the author’s philosophy. In addition to all the Eastern lore, occultism and facetiae, with which the text is loaded, a close reading of THE SCENTED GARDEN OF ABDULLAH gives one access to part of the author’s psyche that could only find expression under a series of veils, penetrable solely by those of empathic interests or personal acquaintance. As it is so much a hidden and a closed book, a few words are in order to introduce this first facsimile edition.'