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AN ENCYCLOPEDIC OUTLINE OF MASONIC, HERMETIC, QABBALISTIC AND ROSICRUCIAN SYMBOLICAL PHILOSOPHY Bein (Used)
by Hall, Manly P
Book ID: 11044, 11044
LA: Philosophical Research Society 1979 (1975) third printing, large heavy folio, tan spine with immitation tan & brown marbled paper-covered boards, immitation marbled end papers, gilt lettered front cover, 245pp plus 48 full color plates (some folding), plus 203 B&W text illustrations, bibliography and index—both very lengthy. Autographed copy, vg-f condition. Laid in is a handsome folio engraved print by an unknown artist, numbered & signed and dedicated to Ivan St. John, a deep impression of the plate, mint condition. Titled "La Nuit" (the night) It portrays two obilisks, one with a winged firgure atop. This is the third printing of the ‘Golden Anniversary’ edition, a facsimile reproduction of the famous 1928 original. It was the only reprint ever done that is the same size and format as the giant folio original edition of 1928. Then in 1998, after this edition was sold out (1000 copies as I remember it but no limitation number was ever stated) PRS issued a new reprint, the "Diamond Jubilee Edition" abd I sold quite a few of these reprints, again same size as the original. But after a few years I heard reports from a few customers that the sewing had come loose and when I called PRS they told me the printer this time was in Taiwan, a normally good place to have books made but upon closer examination I could see that the sewing was too tight. That reprint is in print at $185.00. This older reprint is a s sturdy as can be. I have a copy I have been brining around to kids in homeless shelters and after heavy use the sewing is still strong. The original of 1928 was a handsomely designed and printed work by John Henry Nash, one of America’s greatest text designers & printers. But because of the subject matter, this book is rarely acclaimed as the printing monument it is. Those original editions sell for well over $2000, and it can justifiably be called one of the great occult books of all time. It has been in print continuously in one form or another since 1928. The other reprints are quarto in size and hence considerably smaller print—readable—with strain. The new Tarcher paper edition is even worse, a horrible dumbing down of this beauty. There are 45 chapters: The Ancient Mysteries and Secret Societies Which Have Influenced Modern Masonic Symbolism; Atlantis and the Gods of Antiquity; the Life and Writings of Toth Hermes Trismegistus; the Initiation of the Pyramid; Isis, the Virgin of the World; the Sun, a Universal Deity; the Zodiac and its Signs; the Bembine Table of Isis; Wonders of Antiquity; the Life and Philosophy of Pythagoras; Pythagorean Mathematics; the Human Body in Symbolism; the Hiramic Legend; the Pythagorean Theory of Music and Color; Fishes, Insects, Animals, Reptiles, and Birds; Flowers, Plants, Fruits, and Trees; Stones, Metals, and Gems; Ceremonial Magic and Sorcery; the Elements and Their Inhabitants; Hermetic Pharmacology, Chemistry, and Therapeutics; the Qabbalah, the Secret Doctrine of Israel; Fundamentals of Qabbalistic Cosmogony; the Tree of the Sephiroth; Qabbalistic Keys to the Creation of Man; an Analysis of the Tarot Cards; the Tabernacle in the Wilderness; the Fraternity of the Rose Cross; Rosicrucian Doctrines and Tenents; Fifteen Rosicrucian and Qabbalistic Diagrams; Alchemy and its Exponents; the Theory and Practice of Alchemy; the Chemical Marriage; Bacon, Shakespere (sic), and the Rosicrucians; the Cryptogram as a Factor in Symbolic Philosophy; Freemasonic Symbolism; Mystic Christianity; the Cross and the Crucifixion; the Mystery of the Apocalypse; the Faith of Islam; American Indian Symbolism; the Mysteries and Their Emissaries. The 48 color plates are variously brilliant, odd, symbolic, curious, dignified, amateurish, but always interesting. The hundreds of medieval B & W woodcuts are exceptionally well displayed and as pleasing as the color plates, maybe more.
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