Desmond Harmsworth, London, 1932. Hardcover. 51 pages. First edition. The author notably assisted Aleister Crowley with his Magick (book 4) in 1912. Blue cloth with red titles. complete with dust-jacket. Some shelf-wear with two small tears. Very Good.
From the dustjacket :
“The power and originality of her work has, in certain quarters, earned for Mary Butts the opinion that she is among the very finest of women writers.
In this essay she examines the decay of religious belief in the Western world, and the reaching out of the human spirit for something else with which to satisfy the religious impulse, for “one of man’s major preoccupations does not pass in the night.” Since we must worship and believe something, we make Hollywood beauties or racing motorcyclists our gods and goddesses, psycho-analysis or hygiene or magic our creed.
Scholarship and a more than intelligent mind are brought to bear on a subject which, whether we like it or not, we cannot escape for long.”