The Book of Destiny and the Art of Reading Therein. Arthur Edward WAITE, 'Grand Orient '.
The Book of Destiny and the Art of Reading Therein.

The Book of Destiny and the Art of Reading Therein.

Philadelphia, PA: David McKay, Publisher, ND [ 1912? ]. First US Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. xiv + 278pp. Original bright red cloth with gilt titling and pentagram design on upper board. Includes fold-out frontis of "The Wheel of Wisdom" and various tables in-text. The scarce first American edition of Waite's second book on divination and kindred subjects: presumably written as a pot-boiler. Chapters include: The Great Oracle of the Gods; The Art of Knowing the Good Genii and Their Influence Upon the Destiny of Men; The Occult Science of Jewels; Sidelights on Workings of Destiny in Business and Pleasure; Some Names of Womanhood; Curiosities of Planetary Lore; The Wheel of Wisdom; The Little Book of Divination by Flowers; and The Mystery of Dreams. The extremely scarce first US edition, bound up from British sheets with a cancel title page. The edition is so uncommon that it is not listed in Dr. R. A. Gilbert's typically comprehensive bibliography of A. E. Waite: Gilbert lists only the first UK edition and a later US printing. Some very small light marks on the cloth, spine slightly darkened, light bruising and chafing to spine ends & corners. Page edges a little darkened, pages lightly toned but clean and unmarked. Overall a tight, bright VG+ copy. Item #63917

Price: $500.00