Item #72099 The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus. Translated from the Greek, and Demonstrated to be the Invocations which were used in the Eleusinian Mysteries, by Thomas Taylor. Thomas TAYLOR.
The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus. Translated from the Greek, and Demonstrated to be the Invocations which were used in the Eleusinian Mysteries, by Thomas Taylor.
The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus. Translated from the Greek, and Demonstrated to be the Invocations which were used in the Eleusinian Mysteries, by Thomas Taylor.

The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus. Translated from the Greek, and Demonstrated to be the Invocations which were used in the Eleusinian Mysteries, by Thomas Taylor.

London: C. Whittingham, 1824. Second Edition, Revised. Hardcover, octavo, lvi + 206 pp (+ vipp. advertisements). Lovely twentieth century half-leather binding: brown calf spine with raised bands and gilt titling and rules, over matching marbled-paper boards. First published in 1787 as "The Mystical Initiations; or, Hymns of Orpheus," this second edition, "with considerable emendations, alterations and additions," was published in 1824 and presents Taylor's translations of the Hymns of Orpheus, with a lengthy Introduction in which he expounds his thesis that they were the original invocations used in the Eleusinian mystery plays. Thomas Taylor (1758 - 1835), was a one time bank-clerk who devoted himself to the classics with such passion that it was said that he and his wife only allowed themselves to converse with each other in in the language of ancient Greece. He became the leading modern exponent of Neo-Platonic thought, and it was largely as a result of his translations of Iamblichus, Proclus, Porphyry and other Neoplatonists and Pythagoreans that their work and thought became known within nineteenth century English-speaking mystical circles. Taylor's translations also served to introduce the Romantic poets to Platonism, and in the US his work was enthusiastically embraced by Emerson and a number of his followers, and in the Britain was rediscovered by G. R. S. Mead, and others involved in other turn of the century occult and mystical movements including W. B. Yeats. The binding is in near-Fine condition, edges of text block darkened and lightly flecked. Text is tight and clean, save for a few minor age marks and occasional light pencil marks and marginal notes throughout (these would erase easily - but there are enough of them that it would be a bit of a job). A lovely copy of a scarce and important edition. Item #72099

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