Ancient Egypt, the Light of the World ( Two Volumes, complete ); A Work or Reclamation and Restitution in Twelve Books. Gerald MASSEY, From the David Tibet collection.

Ancient Egypt, the Light of the World ( Two Volumes, complete ); A Work or Reclamation and Restitution in Twelve Books

New York, NY: Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1970. First US Edition. Hardcovers. Small quartos. Two volumes (complete). Volume I: 545pp & Volume II: 546 - 944pp. Original rust cloth with gilt decorated spine, gilt titling to spines, appendix, index. The best known - and arguably most important work of Gerald Massey (1828 - 1907), self-taught Egyptologist, prolific poet and author. This set from the library of British artist, writer and musician DAVID TIBET (founder of the music group Current 93) with his OWNERSHIP SIGNATURE on the front free endpaper of each volume. This is the first Weiser edition of "Ancient Egypt, the Light of the World", which is also the first US edition of a work that was originally published in London in 1907 shortly before the author's death. Massey was an autodidact who undertook his study at the British Museum, where he taught himself to read the hieroglyphs. He was particularly interested in the symbolism, myth and religion of ancient Egypt, which he saw reflected in later civilizations. In these volumes he looked particularly at Egyptian religion, much of which he thought had found its way into the Judeo-Christian religious systems. His work was largely rejected - or at least ignored - by the mainstream Egyptologists and historians of religion, but embraced by many occultists and Masons, including Albert Churchward, with whom Massey collaborated, and Mme. Blavatsky, who cited Massey on numerous occasions in The Secret Doctrine. Kenneth Grant also draws heavily on Massey, and cites him frequently in the first of the Typhonian trilogies. Light overall shelfwear, edges of text block a little darkened and with a hint of foxing, internally unmarked. Overall a clean VG+ set . Please not it does NOT include the rather flimsy cardboard slipcase in which they were issued (no dust jackets were issued with the set). A large heavy set which will required additional shipping, both locally and internationally. Item #68410
ISBN: 0877280290