London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd., 1934. 2nd Edition. Octavo, publisher's blue cloth, spine gilt, original printed dust jacket.
"It must...be noted that all religions, all myths, all beliefs, all popular heroic legends of all peoples and all countries are based on the recognition of the existence sometime and somewhere of a knowledge far superior to the knowledge we possess or can possess." Russian esotericist Peter D. Ouspensky's attempt to articulate a new, syncretic philosophy that will include the "whole content of science, religion, and art." Ouspensky was a follower and interpreter of the ideas of G.I. Gurdjieff, the Greek-Armenian teacher of esoteric doctrine, whose orbit he came into in Moscow in 1915, and whose philosophy and practices he shared for nearly 25 years. Some say Ouspensky broke with Gurdjieff's New Age teachings just before his death, while others argue his late writings point to a different conclusion. In the introduction to the present volume, Ouspensky asserts, "There remained only what I had established for myself." Translated from the Russian under the author's supervision and first published in 1930. Light foxing and toning to endpapers and edges; some soiling and rubbing to unclipped dust jacket, with several small nicks to spine-ends and edges. Very good. Item #861