A New & Authentic History of the Rosicrucians. FR. - WITTEMANS, contributor ? Durvad . Israel Regardie, aka Francis Graem Davis.

A New & Authentic History of the Rosicrucians.

Chicago: Aries Press, 1938. First US Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. 224pp. Original red cloth with black titling to spine and gilt device to upper board, references, principle dates, bibliography. The first American edition of this work which was published simultaneously the same year in London by Rider & Co. Little is known of the author of the work, Fr. Wittemans, other than that he was said to be a "Member of the Belgian Senate" and the "International Rosicrucian Council." What is of particular interest about the book is that it includes a surprisingly good "contributed" chapter on the Golden Dawn, that appears to have been written by someone with inside knowledge of the Order. Although unconfirmed, all evidence would tend to suggest that the author of this section was none other than Israel Regardie. The contents of the whole work are: Introduction; Traditional Origin of the Order of the Rosicrucians; Christian Rosencreutz and his Successors; The Renaissance of the Order in the Eighteenth Century; The Rosicrucians in the Netherlands; The Rosicrucians in France; Bacon and the English Rosicrucians; The Ergon and the Parergon of the Rosicrucians; The Golden Rosicrucians; The Rosicrucians in Russia; The Rosicrucians of the Eighteenth Degree of Scottish Freemasonry; The Rose-Croix Grade in the Freemasonry of Holland; Saint Germaine and the Rosicrucians of France of the Eighteenth Century; Rosicrucianism in the Nineteenth Century; Rosicrucianism in the Twentieth Century; Rosicrucians and Theosophy; The Golden Dawn; References; Principle Dates of the History of the Rosicrucians; Bibliography. Cloth lightly rubbed & darkened at edges and spine, corners and spine ends lightly bumped and chafed. Page edges darkened, pages toned with browning at margins, unmarked. Overall a tight, clean VG copy (No dust jacket). Item #69061

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