York Beach, Maine: Samuel Weiser, Inc., 1984.
Second Printing. Paperback. 8 1/4" X 5 3/8". xxviii, 306pp. Moderate wear to printed paper wraps, with creasing to spine and separation of glossy film at extremities. Pages are very gently age-toned, else unmarked. Binding is sound. A solid, if edgeworn, copy.
ABOUT THE MAGICIANS OF THE GOLDEN DAWN:
The Golden Dawn story, with its cast of eccentric characters and its saga of faked documents, mythical ‘Rosicrucian’ adepts, ‘Secret Chiefs’ and bitter internecine quarrels, will delight amateurs of the unusual and fantastic. The Hermetic Order fo the Golden Dawn, whose heyday was during the 1890s, has an almost legendary reputation. Those interested in Ritual Magic and occultism suppose that it represents a preeminent source of authority and knowledge. A wider public has been intrigued by W.B. Yeats’ lengthy connection with the Order, also by the membership of his friends Annie Horniman and Florence Farr. Miss Horniman later built the famous Abbey Theatre at Dublin for him, while Florence Farr was G.B. Shaw’s mistress during her Golden Dawn period.
Ellic Howe is neither a magician nor an occultist but has an unrivaled knowledge of modern (post-1850) European ‘underground’ occult movements and sects. The Magicians of the Golden Dawn is based upon previously inaccessible contemporary letters and other papers. Mr. Howe has provided a most scholarly and detailed work. It is the first documentary study of this curious Order’s tangled and incredible history. (publisher). Good. Item #6063