The Masculine Cross, or a History of Ancient and Modern Crosses and their Connection wih the Mysteries of Sex Worship. Also, An Account of Kindred Phrases; Nature Worship and Mystical Series. Phallic Worship, ANONYMOUS, Hargrave Jennings ?
The Masculine Cross, or a History of Ancient and Modern Crosses and their Connection wih the Mysteries of Sex Worship. Also, An Account of Kindred Phrases; Nature Worship and Mystical Series

The Masculine Cross, or a History of Ancient and Modern Crosses and their Connection wih the Mysteries of Sex Worship. Also, An Account of Kindred Phrases; Nature Worship and Mystical Series

London: Privately Printed, 1891. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Small octavo. viii + 100p + iip advert, b&w frontispiece. White parchment covered boards with red illustration and lettering, beveled edges. One of an unstated but apparently small limited printing. A volume from the "Nature Worship and Mystical Series" on phallic worship privately & anonymously published, but believed to have been authored by Hargrave Jennings (1817-1890) a British Freemason, Rosicrucian, and student of comparative religion. Jennings was best known for his writing on the subject of phallism (phallicism - phallic worship) and its place in the origin of all religions. The anonymity of this series would have been necessary because the subject matter of the work was considered much too controversial for public release at the time. Unfortunately this also makes it difficult to determine whether the books are first editions or not - a few in the series appear to have been first published under other titles, which is why we are calling it a "first edition thus." The contents of this volume include: The Cross, The Doctrine of Sacred Triad, pts I & II,; The Golden Calf of Aaron, Circumcision, Androgynous Deities; and Sex Worship etc. Both the binding and paper stock of the books in this series are notoriously fragile - the present volume is in unusually good condition. White boards darkened at edges, margins and spine (as common), a little rubbing and spots of browning to boards, corners bruised. Endpapers unevenly browned, a few flecks of foxing. Still a solid, about VG+ copy, and unusual thus. Item #69642

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