|Format||Hardcover (337x235mm)||Edition||Diamond Jubilee Edition Reduced Facsimile (1988)|
|Publisher||Philosophical Research Society||Printing|
|Series||No of pages||245|
Manly Palmer Hall (1901-1990) became interested in occult matters as a young man and began collecting works on mysticism and the esoteric sciences. Hall studied the full range of the world's ancient wisdom traditions and saw wisdom as the highest realm where philosophy, religion, and science come together without boundaries. He started plans for a comprehensive work on the symbolism of western mystical societies in 1922.
The result after six years was this encyclopaedic and illustrated overview of the esoteric and occult societies and traditions through the ages, describing in some detail the most ancient theory of education, which was in the keeping of the Mystery Schools.
This 2000 reprint of the Diamond Jubilee Edition Reduced Facsimile has the 54 original colour plates reproduced in colour, whereas the original edition of 1988 had them in b/w, as did earlier editions. The first of these plates depicts "Prince Ragoczy of Transsylvania," the Master Rackoczi in His manifestation as Count St Germain. On page 198 the author gives a description of the lives of Count St Germain and his pupil Comte di Cagliostro who, according to Benjamin Creme, was an earlier manifestation of H.P. Blavatsky (see Share International Jan./Feb. 1991, p.25, and Maitreya's Mission, Vol.II, p.337).
The image below shows the 5th edition, published in 1928.
Referenced in Benjamin Creme, The Ageless Wisdom Teaching (p.61, 1996ed).
|Original publication year||1928|