THE STAR IN THE WEST: A CRITICAL ESSAY UPON THE WORKS OF ALEISTER CROWLEY, 1907
THE STAR IN THE WEST: A CRITICAL ESSAY UPON THE WORKS OF ALEISTER CROWLEY — By Captain J.F.C. Fuller — 4th Edition (Printed in the Same Year as the First Edition, 1907), 1907
Publisher: The Walter Scott Publishing Company, London and Felling-On-Tyne (1907)
In exceedingly well preserved condition. The boards and binding are solid and tight, with very little shelf-wear. The pages are crisp and clean, and free of interior markings. Very small bookshop sticker on inside front board. A very rare 1907 copy by a leading disciple or Lieutenant of Aleister Crowley. Please see below for more information on the author of THE STAR IN THE WEST, Major General John Frederick Charles "Boney" Fuller.
MAJOR GENERAL JOHN FREDERICK CHARLES "BONEY" FULLER
Major General John Frederick Charles "Boney" Fuller, CB, CBE, DSO (September 1878 – 10 February 1966) was a senior British Army officer, military historian, and strategist, notable as an early theorist of modern armoured warfare, including categorizing principles of warfare. With 45 books and many articles, he was a highly prolific author whose ideas reached army officers and the interested public. He explored the business of fighting, in terms of the relationship between warfare and social, political, and economic factors in the civilian sector. Fuller emphasized the potential of new weapons, especially tanks and aircraft, to stun a surprised enemy psychologically.
Fuller was highly controversial in British politics because of his support for the organized fascist movement. He was also an occultist and Thelemite who wrote a number of works on esotericism and mysticism. Fuller had an occultist side that oddly mixed with his military side. He was an early disciple of English poet and magician Aleister Crowley, and was very familiar with his and other forms of magick and mysticism. While serving in the First Oxfordshire Light Infantry he had entered and won a contest to write the best review of Crowley's poetic works, after which it turned out that he was the only entrant. This essay was later published in book form in 1907 as The Star in the West. After this he became an enthusiastic supporter of Crowley, joining his magical order, the A?A?., within which he became a leading member, editing order documents and its journal, The Equinox.