Henrik Bogdan (ed): BROTHER CURWEN, BROTHER CROWLEY
1st 2010 136pp Teitan Press. Illustrated. NM in NM (protected) dustwrapper.
Ltd. ed. 143/777, signed by editor Henrik Bogdan, and Tony Matthews on a bookplate tipped onto first page. In September 1944, a fifty-one year old Londoner named David Curwen wrote to Aleister Crowley, initiating a correspondence that would last several years. While Curwen approached Crowley with deference, the relationship that evolved between them was a complex one that defied the accepted parameters of the student-teacher nexus. For David Curwen was no newcomer to the study of the occult, and Crowley soon discovered that the flow of knowledge would not be simply one way. In particular Crowley was tantalized by the deep understanding of the principals of tantra that Curwen had acquired during the course of many years study under a mysterious guru. Curwen joined the O.T.O., but he remained skeptical of many of "the Beast's" claims, and the two ultimately parted company on strained terms. This is a record of their correspondence.