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Boston: Occult Publishing Company,, 1888. Or, Cabala. Universal Science. Alchemy. Containing the mysteries of the universe, regarding nature, God, man, the macrocosm and microcosm, eternity and time, explained according to the religion of Christ, by means of the secret symbols of the Rosicrucians of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Copied and translated from an old German manuscript, and provided with a dictionary of occult terms. Folio. Original grey pebble-grain cloth, titles and vignette gilt to front board, publisher's device to rear in blind. Title page printed in red and black. Hand-coloured diagrams and allegorical illustrations throughout. Extremities bumped, a few small isolated markings to covers, internally crisp and clean. An excellent copy. First edition in English of the German occult text Geheime Figuren der Rosenkreuzer, first published in 1785, this copy notably illustrated in attractive contemporary hand-colour. Hartmann (1838-1912) trained as a doctor in Munich before travelling to the United States in 1865. He spent the next eighteen years practising medicine in various cities across North America, and developed a particular interest in American spiritualism. He then travelled to Madras to study Buddhist theosophy before his eventual return to Germany, where he became one of the leading figures of the country's occult revival and a notable follower of Guido von List, who first proposed the adoption of the swastika as an antisemitic symbol, and whose Wotanist movement sought to revive the ancient Germanic race. "Besides the scientific current of occultism, there arose in the 1890s a broader German theosophical movement, which derived mainly from the popularizing efforts of Franz Hartmann (1838-1912) Â… Hartmann's works were firstly devoted to Rosicrucian initiates, Paracelsus, Jakob Boehme and other topics in the Western esoteric tradition, and were published in America and England between 1884 and 1891. However, once he had established himself as a director of a Lebensreform sanatorium at Hallein near Salzburg upon his return to Europe in 1885, Hartmann began to disseminate the new wisdom of the East to his own countrymen" (Goodrick-Clarke, The Occult Roots of Nazism, p. 44). Fairly prevalent in North American institutions, though just three copies traced in British and Irish libraries, and notably scarce in commerce.
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