The Commentaries of AL: Being the Equinox, Volume 5, No. 1 Hardcover – 1 Jan 1976
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Crowley, Aleister; Motta, Marcelo Ramos. Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd, 1976. Hardback. First UK Edition. This edition includes the facsimile of the original handwritten manuscript of Liber AL. Introduced by Marcelo Motta, then Praemonstrator of the AA, as part of a new series of Equinox editions which was the first book to bear the Imprimatur of the Order the 1962 publication of "Liber Aleph". Crowley said "He or she who seeks to penetrate these pages with honesty and courage will be brought to a deeper understanding of the significance of Liber AL, whose law was given for every man and every woman".
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A somewhat better and much more collectable edition of the Old and New commentaries on the Book of the Law was published in 1973, entitled Magical and philosophical commentaries on The book of the law, and was published by 93 Publications, Canada. A copy of that, if you can find it, will run you over $500.00. However, although it has more typographical errors than Isreal Regardie's The Law is for All edit, it is also less heavy-handed in the editing.
Good news for non-bibliophiles: the newest paperback version currently in print, entitled The Law Is for All: The Authorized Popular Commentary of Liber Al Vel Legis Sub Figura Ccxx, the Book of the Law is the original Louis Wilkinson edit of the Old and New Commentaries as supervised by Aleister Crowley before his death. This edit is admittedly a bit tighter than Regardie's. This Wilkinson edit, footnoted and appendiced by Hymenaeus Beta seems likely to remain be the 'ultimate' version for the forseeable future.
Frankly, I'm glad to see the current edition in print, and as well-done as it has been; Hymenaeus Beta and the O.T.O. are going to great lengths to produce "complete" or "revised" Crowley works that are much better than any previously produced, and much closer to the original Collecting Uncle Al shouldn't cost you a small fortune!!!
Fr. WLTR FV
Motta's stuff is incredible and not that hard to discern - providing one reads it without hatred in their soul (it tends to get in the way of the work of the Higher Manas). His commentary to Liber LXV is among the best textbooks on initiation extant - anywhere.
It's quite an experience, actually. Like Crowley, he had his issues and the man's corpus has to be taken like anyone else.
BTW he didn't claim to be an incarnation of the man Crowley, though he would have found the concept amusing. And, like Crowley, he
was often the first to put his own shortcomings under the microscope in print. Commentaries of AL is great stuff as well. If you
are a student and have actually doen the work you may find yoursellf experiencing some of the trances and experiences of which Motta
speaks and I trust you'll find his descriptions of amazing phenomenological and educational service.
- Shaddai Al Chai McNeuburg