Vestiges of the Spirit-History of Man. S. F. DUNLAP, Samuel F. Dunlap.

Vestiges of the Spirit-History of Man.

New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1858. First US Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. Original blue textured cloth with blind borders on boards, gilt titling to spine, end-notes & postscripta. The author, Samuel Fales Dunlap (1825-1905) was a nineteenth century polymath who, like Forlong and Massey, came up with his own theories and interpretation of ancient history and religious and ritual belief and practice. In this particular work Dunlap charts different aspects of the development of spiritual belief from their origins in deep antiquity. Chapter headings: Spirits; Great Gods; Sun-worship; Fire-worship; Light; Cosmogony; Philosophy; The Logos, The Only-Begotten and The King; Genesis and Exodus;The Garden; Polytheism; Brahamanism and Buddhism; The World Religions. Dunlap's books found particular favour in Theosophical circles, with Blavatsky quoting from "Sod, the Son of the Man" on numerous occasions in "Isis Unveiled." Other works by him included "The Origin of Ancient Names of Countries, Cities, Individuals, And Gods" (1856), and "Sod, The Mysteries of Adoni" and "Sod, The Son of the Man" (both 1861). Cloth a bit darkened and lightly rubbed , corners bruised and some chipping to head and tail of spine. Endpapers darkened, outer margins somewhat toned, general signs of modest use. Overall a tight, clean better-than-VG copy (no dust jacket issued). Item #64945

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