New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1921. First English language edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. (x) 478pp + 346pp. Original blue cloth gilt titling to spine, gilt and blue device to upper board, gilt device to rear board, top edge gilt. Edition limited to 500 un-numbered copies. The first English language edition of this famous exploration of the mystical and symbolic ancestry of Hebrew words and letters, originally published by French author, composer and hermeticist Antoine Fabre d'Olivet (1767-1825) in French in 1815.
In this work d'Olivet used his vast knowledge of a variety of languages including, Arabic, Chaldaic, Greek, Sanskrit, and Samaritan, Syriac, to trace language back to its symbolic origins, and claimed to have uncovered what might be termed a proto-Hebraic language, that was the tongue of the ancient mysteries, and mastery of which was the key to understanding the ancient cosmogonies. The work became highly influential and was embraced by European occultists, including Eliphas Lévi, Papus and Édouard Schuré. Cloth a little darkened at spine and gilt lettering to spine dulled. Spine ends and corners a bit bruised and chafed with two tiny tears at upper spine, edges and extremities rubbed with a few light bumps. Pages toned but unmarked. Slight crack at rear endpaper hinge, binding solid. Overall, a tight and unmarked VG+ copy. Quite scarce. Item #66241