Los Angeles? NP, No date. First edition. Softcover. 32mo. (4 1/4 x 3 3/4"). 9 leaves, 64 (2)pp. 1 folding plate (Tree of Life). Original umber embossed suede lether. Gilt marbled endpapers. Frontispiece table, with numerical key for hexagrams. Limitation page 47/500 opposite the illustrated title page "The Equinox Volume III Number VII The Aim of Religion."
"The Yi King is mathematical & philosophical in form. Its structure is cognate with that of the Qabalah; the actual apparatus is simple, and five minutes is sufficient to obtain a fairly detailed answer to any but the most obscure questions." (The Mega Therion; introduction)
Aleister Crowley translation of the I-Ching, the Book of Changes, with instructions for its use. When exactly Crowley came across the I-Ching first is unclear. Matthew Levi Stevens suggests that it may have been Crowley's visit to China Town in San Francisco in 1900. He began working on the adaptation of the text circa 1907. The I-Ching's core is a divination text from the Western Zhou dynasty. The text in its current form was assembled between the 10th and the 4th century BC and is traditionally ascribed to King Wen of Zhou and the Duke of Zhou (wikiepdia). Light wear along edges with two small stains on front cover. Very good condition. Item #47174
Crowley appears to rely on the Legge translation as the basis of his English formulations. His philosophic or meathodlogical perspective is based on the concept that the Kabbalistic understanding of the natural order underpins all of our reality, and that this Eastern understanding and guide (I Ching) was formulated to assist the adept as they seek the truth and a proper understanding of reality. No copies OCLC.