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Moonchild. A Prologue - Aleister Crowley

1929 - The Mandrake Press, London - First Edition
Moonchild remains Aleister Crowley’s most famous fictional work, an entertaining tale of rival magickal lodges with numerous derogatory, (and often thinly disguised) pen portraits of colleagues, friends and enemies, many of whom were based on the members of Crowley’s fascinating inner circle during the 1920s, such as Mahatera Phang, largely thought to represent dancer and artist Isadora Duncan. 
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Laughing Torso - Signed - Nina Hamnett

1932 - Constable &, London - First Edition
‘A lady was the last thing I wanted to be’

Signed the year before her tragic death, rare in first edition even more so signed.

The witty, irresistible memoirs of the self-effacing artist and ‘Queen of Bohemia’, Nina Hamnett – her always enchanting and occasionally deadpan account of Bohemian life in Paris and a bestseller upon its first appearance in 1932 in both Britain and America.

A model as well as a painter, Hamnett shamelessly name-drops the innumerable artists and celebrities she encounters at Montmarte’s popular cafés and night spots – including Modigliani, Lytton Strachey, Erik Satie, André Gide, Walter Epstein, Nancy Cunard, and Jean Cocteau, among dozens of others – and with whom she engages in fancy dress parties, all night drinking, and naked dancing. She even sang nursery rhymes with James Joyce, who she described as ‘the most respectable and old fashioned man I have ever met’.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout with 23 black and white photographs and sketches and paintings by the author, including the infamous ‘torso’ as frontispiece, which can now be found at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
 
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Price HK$ 8,000