Key to the Hebrew-Egyptian Mystery in The Source of Measures originating the British Inch and the Ancient Cubit by which was built the Great Pyramid and the Temple of Solomon; and through the possession and use of which, Man, assuming to realize the Creative Law of the Deity, set it forth in a mystery, among the Hebrews called Kabbala. [ with an original booklet ] The Source of Measures (1875) [ loosely inserted ].
Philadelphia: David McKay Company, (1931). Reprint of Second Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. xviii + 324pp + 70pp, fold-out. Publisher's dark blue cloth with gilt title, etc. to spine, b&w illustrations, fold-out chart, bibliography and index. Loosely inserted booklet see further below. "Key to the Hebrew-Egyptian Mystery" is a classic study of the units of measure "by which was built the Great Pyramid of Egypt and the Temple of Solomon; and through the possession and use of which, Man, assuming to realize the Creative Law of the Deity, set it forth in a mystery, among the Hebrews called Kabbala." The author, James Ralston Skinner (1830-1893) of Cincinnati, Ohio was an attorney, freemason, and kabbalist whose work was important in the development of Pyramidology and had considerable influential on Theosophists. He corresponded with Mme Blavatsky who cited several of his works in her own. "Key to the Hebrew-Egyptian Mystery" was first published by Robert Clarke & Co. in Cincinnati in 1875, with a second edition, with an additional 70 page Supplement at the rear being published in 1895. This undated edition, which reprints the expanded edition of 1895, was published by David McKay Company in Philadelphia circa 1931. LOOSELY INSERTED is an 8 page booklet, "The Source of Measures", dated May 1875, which was apparently issued by Robert Clarke & Co. as an advertisement / review to publicize the release of the first edition.
(Pages of booklet darkened, chipped at edges). Corners bruised and lightly chafed, a little light shelfwear, two-inch horizontal tear across title-page starting at fore-edge, closed at rear with acid free tissue. A small scrape to fore-edge of text block. Otherwise a tight, clean, VG+ copy (no dust jacket - if issued?). The accompanying booklet is of particular rarity. Item #69867