Besant, Annie. Group of Rare Pamphlets. Mostly Adyar, Madras, India: various publishers, 1912-1914. All measure approximately 7 3/8” x 4 7/8”, all in wrappers. Detailed descriptions below.
Annie Besant was a British women's rights activist who was prosecuted in 1877 for publishing a book on conception and birth control. She succeeded Helena Blavatsky as president of the Theosophical Society. Besant was the legal guardian of Jiddu Krishnamurti whom she believed was “The World Teacher”, Theosophy's rough equivalent of the Buddha.
The Citizenship of the Coloured Races in the Empire. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1913. pp. 20. Good: wrappers chipped. OCLC locates three copies, none in the United States.
Education in the Light of Theosophy. Adyar, Madras, India: The Theosophist Office, 1912. pp. 23. Very good, wrappers a bit dust soiled, owner stamp of Helen Jasper Swain ( Swain ran a gym for women and children in Boston in the late 19th and early 20th centuries) on front wrapper and verso of final leaf. OCLC locates five copies.
The Future Socialism. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1916. pp. 22. Very good: first and last pages heavily toned, a bit wavy. OCLC locates two copies of the first printing of 1912, and one of this printing.
The Meaning and Use of Pain. London: Theosophical Publishing Society, N.D. Self wrappers. pp. 20. Very good, wrappers toned with a couple tiny chips. Reprint of the 1894 edition, OCLC locates one copy of this edition.
The Inner Purpose of the Theosophical Society. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1914. pp. 13. Very good minus: Swain owner stamp to front wrap, rear wrap mostly detached but holding, first and last pages heavily toned. Possibly first published in 1909, OCLC locates three copies of this edition.
Spiritual Life for the Man of the World. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1914. pp. 22. Very good minus: what appears to be water damage along the far edge of all leaves, not affecting text, rear wrapper partially split but holding. First published in 1909, OCLC locates three copies of this edition.
Popular Lectures on Theosophy. I. What is Theosophy? Adyar, Madras, S.: The Theosophist Office, n.d. [1910?] pp. 19. About good: front wrapper and first leaf detached, text split but holding b/t pages 14/15, front wrapper chipped with owner stamp. OCLC locates one copy.
The East and the West. Adyar, Madras, India: Theosophical Publishing House, 1919. pp. 23. Good: wrappers detached with edge chips. First published 1908, OCLC locates 1 copy of this edition.
Occultism, Semi=Occultism and Pseudo=Occultism. Adyar, Madras, S., India: The Theosophist Office, 1912. pp. 27. Good: wrappers detached, first and last pages heavily toned. First published 1898, OCLC locates three copies of this edition.
A Sketch of Theosophy. Adyar, Madras, India: The Theosophist Office, 1912. pp. 26. Good: light vertical crease at center, wrappers soiled with a few small chips. OCLC locates no copies.
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