Meetings with Remarkable Books: Madame Blavatsky

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Well, such a series would be sorely lacking if we didn’t have an appearance from Madame Helena Blavatsky. The world-traveling polymath of the occult, Madame Blavatsky has had a huge influence on spiritualism. She was central to the burgeoning interest in spiritualism and the occult beginning in the nineteenth century.  After traveling the world, with classic stops in places like Tibet, Egypt and Greece she began setting up various organizations. Most notably, in 1875 Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society in New York City with Henry Steel Olcott and William Judge. Soon after she completed some of her most famous work, including The Secret Doctrine and Isis Unveiled both pictured below.

 

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She also ended up with American citizenship, so feel free to celebrate her this weekend. Also look at those beautiful volumes above. They’re also red white and blue! Who knew that a Russian spiritualist could make one feel so patriotic?

Meetings with Remarkable Books: The Chakras

 

And here we have yet another in our installment:

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In his classic 1927 monograph THE CHAKRAS, C.W. Leadbeater (long-time associate of the Theosophical Society and founding bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church) collects and updates a series of earlier articles elaborating and synthesizing various eastern doctrines associated with the nadis and chakras. The author claims that his work is among the first published in the English language on the topic. Bibliohead Bookstore is proud to offer for sale a choice first edition of this pioneering work on yoga, replete with several color plates depicting the various energy centers. Published 1927 by the Theosophical Press, Chicago, cloth. Below are two of our favorite chakras.

 

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The Root Chakra

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The Spleen Chakra

Meetings with Remarkable Books: A Treatise on Cosmic Fire

Up next in our metaphysical series: A TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE

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photo 2A TREATISE ON COSMIC FIRE by Alice A. Bailey is an expansive exploration of speculative physics, psychology and cosmology in a theosophical key (no less than 13 hundred pages!). In fact, the Anglo-American author dedicated the work to her revered teacher Helena Blavatsky, who (in)famously co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875.  First published in 1925, the work purports to have been dictated to the author telepathically from the mind of an ancient master of esoteric lore referred to as “The Tibetan.” Our well preserved copy is a second edition published in 1930,  by Lucis, New York. Highly collectable for lovers of magic, esotericism and metaphysics.

Meetings with Remarkable Books: The Science of Mind

We recently acquired a fantastic load of hard-to-find metaphysical books. We will be featuring some of them over the next few weeks, or until some lucky seeker comes in and buys them up. We are calling this series, Meetings with Remarkable Books, in homage to that mustachioed mystic, G.I. Gurdjieff. First up: The Science of Mind.

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THE SCIENCE OF MIND was written in 1926 by American author Ernest Shurtleff Holmes, well known as founder of the Religious Science movement. The present volume, heavily influenced by the writings of Thomas Troward (whose titles may also be found at Bibliohead) is a foundational text of the movement, a didactic work of practical spiritual instruction, indicating “the technique by which the seeker after truth may obtain freedom from the oppression of a mechanistic civilization.” Seekers-after-truth, BE WARY! Ours is a beautifully maintained copy from 1928 is from the third printing by McBride, New York.