Chicago: Collegium ad Spirium Sanctum, 1922. First edition. 8vo, xiv, 106 + 43 pp, bound in greenish black paper over boards stamped in gilt and backed in linen, with printed spine label. t.e.g. No dust jacket. The subscriber's edition, one of a limited edition of 250 numbered copies signed by Frater Achad. Illustrated with four color plates and a folding black and white plate.
Provenance: bookplate of Mrs. John T. McCormick, aka Laura McCormick to first blank, and later ownership signature of NASA scientist Ralph Donaldson beneath. Small sheet laid in with pencil notes on the text laid in, with a typescript liad in, entitled "A Prayer," which is hand-colored in gold ink and several other colors (see photograph).
The rare first edition of Frater Achad's first published book, published the year after he joined the Universal Brotherhood, and not to be confused with the autograph edition which was issued three years later. The laid in notes and typescript are unsigned, but are similar to other examples of Laura McCormick's hand that we've seen. The prayer is addressed to Sanat-Kumara as well as H.B.P. (H.P. Blavatsky?) and J.B. (perhaps the Theosophist Jacob Bonggren, whom McCormick elsewhere describes as her teacher). Bonggren was a co-editor of the Occult Digest.
A very good example with some light staining to the boards and spine, and rubbing to the tips, and offset ghosts in a couple places in the text, with a crease to the folding plate at rear. Item #29484