Philadelphia: J. M. Stoddart & Co., 1877. First edition. 8vo, 312 pp, bound in pictorially gilt-stamped brown cloth. Illustrated with a color lithograph frontispiece heightened in gilt,, a foldout diagram illustrating the Sephiroth, and four color lithographs on two sheets also heightened in gilt within, as well as additional diagrams in the text. Text printed in blue with red borders. With the small bookseller ticket of the legendary occult bookstore Macoy's tipped onto fep.
Though not denoted as such, from the library of Gerrit Lansing.
The rare first edition of this work on the Kabbala by the prominent American Quaker, who was Madame Blavatsky's doctor and one of the founding members of the Theosophical Society. The book examines the Kabbala within a Christian context, especially with regards to light. The book was an early influence on the development of Chromotherapy, and is a remarkable physical object. The text is printed in two colors, echoing Pancoast's examination of red and blue light.
The remarkabl frontispiece, which, as with four of the internal illustrations, is heightened in gilt and is a symbolic illustration of the Book of Revelations, which is central to the text: "...he tells us of a most remarkable vision: 'And there appeared a great wonder in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars," etc. The Rosicrucians call the Light of the Celestial Sun the Divine Sophia, "Wisdom," ... The Egyptian Kabbalists called this light Isis, and represented Isis as a pure woman... they placed under the feet of Isis the Crescent, beneath which, but outside the sacred circle, was a vanquished Fiery Serpent; then as a token of the supremacy of Tipheroth in the universe, they surrounded the head of Isis with a halo of twelve Stars." [pp. 32-33]
Softened and a bit rubbed at extremities, but with the gilt still bright; hinges cracked, but holding. Very good. Item #27795