The Light of Life or The Mastery of Death. Delmar Deforest. With a. typed letter BRYANT, signed.
The Light of Life or The Mastery of Death.

The Light of Life or The Mastery of Death.

Boston, MA: The Sun Center Publishing Co., 1911. First Edition. Hardcover. Large Octavo. viii & 166pp. Original green cloth with gilt title, etc. to spine and front cover, top edge gilt, errata slip. With the ownership SIGNATURE of Juliet Barrett Rublee and a two-page TYPED LETTER SIGNED from Bryant to Rublee. A scarce volume by Delmar de Forest Bryant, an American alchemical author who also wrote under the pseudonym "Adiramled," ("Adiramled" being an anagramatic combination of his own and his wife's names), a name that he also used as the imprint for a monthly newsletter-magazine and a publishing company that he established. The book itself is a far ranging study of regeneration, in all senses, physical and metaphysical. The two page letter is dated 6/1/22 and is obviously written in response to queries from Rublee. After some discussion of yogic breathing practices, Bryant turns to Kundalini, discussing in considerable detail the practice of sexual occultism. He notes that "the breathing exercises were not put in the lessons, for if the sexual practice there indicated is carried out right there is no need of them. The sexual practice is SURE to raise the seed." It is of particular interest that he pays heed to the role of the female, noting that the "time of greatest desire on the part of the female" ... "should be utilized for a full expression." He ends that part of the letter with "now there you have the secret" explaining that he cannot widely reveal it due to the "violent prejudice against sex" and adding his thoughts that while he feels that some good can be attained through yogic breathing practices "I do not think that regeneration will be attained except through a counterparted man and woman." Oddly - and in seeming contrast to the rest of the missive - De Bryant ends the letter with spiel trying to persuade Rublee to invest in a projected fig plantation! Juliet Barrett Rublee (1875 - 1966) was an American political activist, suffragist, birth control advocate, and pioneering film producer. Cloth a bit rubbed and marked, corners bumped, light fraying to cloth at head and tail of spine and points. Inner (endpaper) hinges cracked but holding boards nicely. Pencil ownership signature and acquisition date of Rublee on front free endpaper, occasional vertical pencil marks besides paragraphs throughout text, pencil notes on rear blank, and a small erasure has caused a match-head sized hole in the text of pp. 47/48 (with the loss of a couple of words). The letter is lightly creased, with heavier creases at the folds, but is otherwise unmarked save for a couple of small tea spots on the blank reverse of the second page. A scarce book with a genuinely rare and important association letter. Item #62046

Price: $650.00