First Edition Thus, First Printing. NAP Hardcover, Very Good/No Dust Jacket. Mild Wear to book. Book pages clean. No markings in book. Binding is tight. Covers bright and clean. White buckram with Crowley's Baphomet seal design in Red, Gold gilt text. Cloth has some rubbing and is slightly darkened in areas. Slightly cocked. Previous owners gift inscription on back paste down. 12 mo. 44pp
Crowley wrote the bulk of The Heart of the Master in 1924, although the book was not published until 1938 when it appeared in a very small edition. In his introduction to this edition Kenneth Grant refers to this "small and cryptic volume" as containing "the One True Occult Tradition" and says that it "declares openly the Magical formulae of the New Aeon." Grant explains Crowley's choice of pseudonym by telling that Crowley was "inspired by the spirit of Khaled Khan while on the 'Holy Hill' of Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia, the present site of ancient Carthage. Khan was a great warrior who delivered the Arabs from the stranglehold of Christianity at the battle of Damascus. Both the Khan and Crowley were therefore avatars of the anti-Christian Current represented in the Apocalypse as the Beast 666."