The Theosophical Society and its Esoteric Bogeydom. Part 1. A Study in the sifting of chaff from grain.

Madras, India: Published by the Author/Printed by Thompson & Co., 1914. First Edition. Softcover. Small octavo. xvi +184pp +xciv + ii adverts. Original beige textured wrappers lettered in brown. A serious critical survey of Theosophy, in particular a critique of Annie Besant and her promotion of Alcyone (Jiddu Krishnamurti) as a "Master." The author was uniquely positioned, being a former Theosophist - and in particular a member of the "Esoteric School" under Besant - as well as quite a wit. With the bookplate of the "Quest Library" that bears the presentation inscription of George Robert Stowe [ G.R.S. ] Mead (1863 - 1933), English Theosophist and author / editor of numerous books on gnosticism and hermetica, as well as being a founder of the Quest Society. Also has the Quest Library inkstamps on front wrapper and first few leaves. More recently from the collection of from the collection of Dr. M. H. Coleman, though not marked as such. Covers well rubbed, darkened and a bit discoloured, all edges chafed, publishers inkstamp to front blank, pages a little browned with creased edges and corners, text unmarked. Overall a tight, clean & complete Good copy of a very scarce title with an interesting association. Item #61474

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