Weiser Books, United States, 2017. Hardcover. 304 pages. New facsimile edition of The Book of Thoth. Brand New.
Aleister Crowley’s The Book of Thoth endures as one of the most definitive volumes on the tarot ever written. This classic text describes the philosophy and use of Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, a deck designed by Crowley and painted by Lady Frieda Harris. The Thoth Tarot has become one of the bestselling tarot decks in the world. It is also one of the most original interpretations of the tarot, incorporating astrological, numerological, Egyptian, and Qabalistic symbolism. While there are many other useful guides to this famous tarot deck, there are no others that explain the deck in its designer’s own words.
This new facsimile edition of The Book of Thoth is a faithful reproduction of the Samuel Weiser Inc. 1969 edition, which in turn was a facsimile of the original O.T.O. edition printed in 1944. The text is digitally restored, printed on a heavy, coated stock, and features revised color plates and black and white illustrations of the Thoth Tarot based on new photography of the original art, courtesy of the O.T.O. and The Warburg Institute. The book text block is smyth sewn, with a rounded back, and headbands. Printed endpaper reproduces the Egyptian motif from the board covers of the 1944 edition. The cover is quality cloth over boards with gold stamping on the spine, and is wrapped with a jacket which again features updated art while matching the original design. Weiser Books takes pride in the release of this new hardcover reprint on the event of our 60th anniversary in publishing.
“The Book of Thoth is an indispensable companion to the deck and the most authoritative and reliable guide to the Tarot in the New Aeon.” –Hymenaeus Beta, Frater Superior, O.T.O.
“If any book in the world deserves to be enshrined in hardcover immortality it is Aleister Crowley’s magnum opus and magical time-capsule, The Book of Thoth. The Weiser facsimile edition is breathtakingly magnificent.” –Lon Milo DuQuette, author of Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot
“This edition of The Book of Thoth, Crowley’s masterpiece on the Tarot, is as well-constructed and weighty as its subject matter, with full-color images as vivid as the original. It is an exceptional edition of a controversial and critical work in the history of modern Tarot that eloquently unravels the depths of this esoteric subject.” –Colin Campbell, author of Of the Arte Goetia, The Magic Seal of Dr. John Dee, and A Concordance to the Holy Books of Thelema