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London: G. Bell & Sons, Ltd., 1913. First Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. x + 338pp. Original green cloth, gilt title, etc. to spine and black title to front cover, index. George Robert Stowe [ G.R.S. ] Mead (1863 - 1933) was an English historian and writer who was a member of the Theosophical Society, as well as the founder of the Quest Society. In this volume Mead collects essays "illustrative of the quest of reality, the search for truth, or the restles striving of the human soul for the satisfaction of its needs, spiritual or philosophical, mystical or psychical. Most were previously published in the Quest Magazine, which he edited. Contents: The Way of the Spirit in Ancient China; The Doctrine of the True Man in Ancient Chinese Mystical Philosophy; Spiritual Reality in Progressive Buddhism; The Ideal Life in Progressive Buddhism; Some Features of Buddhist Psychology; The Doctrine of Reincarnation Ethically Considered; Some Mystical Experiments on the Frontiers of Early Christendom; The Meaning of Gnosis in the Higher Forms of Hellenistic Religion; 'The Book of the Hidden Mysteries' by Hierotheos; The Rising Psychic Tide; Vaihinger's Philosophy of the 'As If'; Bergson's Intuitionism; Eucken's Activism. Cloth lightly rubbed and a bit darkened with a few light marks from handling, corners and spine ends lighty bruised and chafed - and spine edges chafed page edges a bit darkened, endpapers unevenly browned, bookshop label on front pastedown, text pages very lightly toned but fresh and unmarked. Overall a tight, clean VG+ copy (no dust jacket). Item #69347