Pasadena: Theosophical University Press, 1966. Reprint Edition. 2 vols., octavo, publisher's crimson cloth, spines gilt, original printed dust jackets.
Two-volume work by Russian occultist, philosopher, writer, and apparent medium Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, one of the most influential and controversial figures of the 19th century. Born in Ukraine in 1831, Blavatsky travelled extensively throughout her childhood and early adulthood, when she developed an interest in the mystical and esoteric. Eventually becoming involved in the Spiritualist movement in the early 1870s, she moved to New York to co-found the Theosophical Society in 1875. Two years later, Isis Unveiled was published. The entirety of its first printing sold in ten days, and it was praised by the New York Herald-Tribune as one of the most "remarkable productions of the century." In vol. I, Blavatsky approaches Western heavyweights such as Huxley, Tyndall, and Faraday from a New Age perspective. In vol. II, she criticizes ecclesiasticial systems while still maintaining that her thesis "contains not one word against the pure teachings of Jesus Christ." Blavatsky remains shrouded in mystery to this day, and many of her stories, writings, and teachings have been revealed to be inconsistent and often plagiarized (she also claimed to possess “extraordinary psychic powers” that helped her write). However, she is continues to be rightly considered the "Godmother of the New Age." Published by the leading producer of Theosophical literature, the Theosophical University Press, originally founded in the 1870s by Blavatsky's colleague William Q. Judge. With a frontispiece photo portrait of Blavatsky to vol. I, an index, bibliography, and several appendices. Rear flap to dust jacket of vol. I nearly detached, with closed tear to head of upper flap; some chipping to rear flap fold of dust jacket of vol. II, with small closed tear to top edge of upper panel; books fine. Item #1719