Bacon, Shakespeare and the Rosicrucians. W. F. C. WIGSTON, William Francis C. Wigston.
Bacon, Shakespeare and the Rosicrucians.
Bacon, Shakespeare and the Rosicrucians.

Bacon, Shakespeare and the Rosicrucians.

London: George Redway, 1888. First Edition. Hardcover. Large Octavo. xxiv + 284pp (+ 40pp Redway catalogue dated 1887). Black cloth with gilt titling to spine, blind rules, beveled edges, gilt decorative illustration to front board. Frontispiece with tissue guard and one plate, rubricated title page. Wigston was a fervent supporter of the theory that Francis Bacon actually wrote the works usually attributed to Shakespeare. In this work he argues that Bacon was the founder or head of a secret society (Rosicrucian or at least Rosicrucian in form) and that that the poems and plays that he wrote under Shakespeare's name contained messages of Spiritual rebirth or revelation drawn from his Rosicrucian beliefs. Spine ends a little chipped, corners bumped and cloth rubbed through at the extremes of the points and in places on the bottom edge (shelf rubbing). A hint of bubbling to the cloth in a couple of places. Modern bookplate on front pastedown. Small stamp "Martinist Order" on dedication page which also has a short closed tear in upper margin, otherwise internally bright, tight, and unmarked. Otherwise overall a VG+ copy. Item #62431

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