Theozoology: or the Science of the Sodomite Apelings and the Divine Electron. An introduction to the most ancient and most modern philosophy and a justification of the monarchy and the nobility. With 45 illustrations.
NP (USA): NP, ND (1989). First Edition Thus. Softcover. Large quarto. 102 pp + (iipp - illlustrations). Printed light green card wrappers with black card spine. An unsettling work by the Austrian social and racial theorist, occultist and pioneer of Ariosophy, Jörg Lanz von Liebenfels (Adolf Josef Lanz: 1874 – 1954). A defrocked former monk, von Liebenfels published his anti-semitic and völkisch theories in a magazine called "Ostara" which was said to have numbered a young Adolf Hitler amongst its readership, although the extent of its influence on the latter remains disputed. His "Theozoölogie oder die Kunde von den Sodoms-Äfflingen und dem Götter-Elektron" was first published in 1904/1905. The work presents as a work of biblical exegesis, in which the author uses a wide range of sacred texts and folklore to advance a theory that certain common words in the Bible are actually euphemistic references to various, bizarre, non-human creatures (including the "Sodomite Apelings" of the title) that were the second Adamites, created from dust in Genesis 2, as opposed to the true humans who alone were endowed with the "Divine Electron" and created in God's own image. From this von Liebenfels descends rapidly into the depths of racial theory, expounding that only Aryans represented the true humanity, and that darker races were the degenerate result of interbreeding with the non-human creatures of Genesis 2. Sadly much of what follows is pretty predictable: a call for the sterilization of the "lower races," the elevation of the "Aryan race" and opprobium for those guilty of miscegenation. The work was of some signifance in Nazi occult thought and Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke devotes several pages to it in his major study "The Occult Roots of Nazism." As far as we can determine this is the first English language edition, which was privately published in Texas in 1989. A couple of light marks on the cover, but still near-Fine. Item #59674