George Redway, London, 1887. First Edition. Hard Cover. Blue cloth, gilt titles. Small bookseller label on first inside blank, minor shelf-wear. A very good early first edition copy of a fascinating work.
Does the secret order known as the Rosicrucian’s even exist? Though fabled for centuries as clandestine movers and shakers of European and world events-alongside the Knights Templar and the Freemasons-evidence for its authenticity is shaky. But that doesn’t mean that later organizations haven’t claimed the name, or that libraries of words haven’t been written about them. Waite, a preeminent 19th-century expert in esoterica, here surveys all the literature necessary for understanding the roots of the Rosicrucian’s, whether they are real or fantasy. This volume, published in 1887, includes translations of the 17th-century German documents at the foundation of the story of the Rosicrucian’s as well as a comprehensive survey of literature about the Rosicrucian’s. Students of secret societies and European history and literature will be enthralled. American-born British occultist and author Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942) was co creator of the famous 1910 Rider-Waite Tarot deck. Among his numerous books are Book of Ceremonial Magic, The Holy Kabbalah, and New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry.