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Hall, Manly
An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolic Philosophy...the Secret Teachings...of All Ages
San Francisco: H. S. Crocker for The P. R. S., 1928. First Edition. 1st edition of Hall's omnibus of mysticism, the arcane, the esoteric, and the dark arts. Profusely, and astonishingly, illustrated in color by J. Augustus Knapp. 1st printing, being the specified "Subscriber's edition" preceding 4 other 1928 editions (King Solomon, Theosophical, Rosicrucian, and the 5th edition), totaling, in all, 2,200 copies, and then further reprintings, each one ever more inferior, with blurrier pictures and the type traits of a ransom note. No. 312 of 550 signed copies, this one for Juliette Davidson. Folio (19" tall), original 1/4 vellum, spine label chipped along its edges, paper covered wood case with 2 nicks, otherwise a fine and beautiful copy. Ex-Haven O'More (bookplate)! Views of Hall's encyclopedia are divided. Its champions call it a monument to the precursors of science, well worth studying, and among the elite books ever published. Its scorners call it a fall into the shadows, written at the command of Hall's insect overlords. It encompasses everything, so is firm on nothing, reminiscent of ants getting stepped on, and not knowing what hit them, but explaining it with an enigmatic name like spontaneous compression. The symbolism (in its plates) is unmatched in any other book, and the text has a veneer of historical data that is mostly factual, despite its focus being mostly antiquated, implausible, or magical, and it's the confusing kind of magic practiced by those with no flair for concise conversation. So, what are you to believe? Well, what's safe to believe is that this … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Biblioctopus [USA]

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