London: Reeves & Turner, . First edition. 8vo, [vi] + 1-328, 329-647 pp, bound into two volumes at an early date in blind-ruled green calf raised in five bands at the spine, with gilt-stamped red crushed morocco spine labels. Lacking the photographic frontispiece. With a contemporary publisher's announcement of the book tipped onto a leaf inserted after the title page in the first volume, with a holograph annotation attributing the book to Kenealy and noting his involvement with the Ticheborne case. Small early bookseller's ticket to fep of Vol. 1, from H. M. Gilbert's Ye Olde Book Shoppe in Southampton. Text in English and ancient Greek.
The first edition of this eccentric work of syncretic theology attributed to Edward Kenealy, the Irish barrister who was ruined by his behavior during the Ticheborne case. The dizzying array of references from different religions, cultures and ages, and Kenealy's claim in this work that he was descended from Genghis Khan and Jesus Christ caused confusion to his early readers, but the work was a significant influence on Blavatsky and has remained influential since among certain schools. A generous portion of the second volumes prints an Apocalypse in ancient Greek with facing English translation. Some Atlantis content.
Kenealy was also the father of Arabella Kenealy, the eugenicist and supernatural writer who believed that men spent too much time dancing.
Lansing has given Keanely's name under the pseudonym on the title page, and also pencilled in the date of publication as 1866, though the book is generally considered to have been published in 1867. The publisher's announcement tipped onto the inserted leaf is dated in 1866, and notes that the book has just been published.
The binding is well rubbed at extremities, but the bindings remain sturdy and the contents very clean. Scarce in the trade, especially in this condition. Item #27837